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Put In Bay Island Club FAQs

The Island Club Home Rentals is located in the middle of South Bass Island between the airport and the state park and about 3/4 of a mile or a 10-15 minute walk from town. There are always taxis available for Island Club guests. Over 600 people stay every weekend at the Island Club. It's fun just to meet everyone staying at Put-in-Bay's Island Club. Please check our Property Maps page for a visual overview of the island and the Island Club community.

A $255 refundable security deposit is required on weekends ($103 on weekdays) to secure your reservation for an Island Club Rental Home. A $500 refundable security deposit is required on weekends ($103 on weekdays) to secure your reservation for a Waterfront Condo. If you cancel 90 days or more in advance there is a $50 cancellation fee, 45-90 days is a $100 cancellation fee, and less than 45 days you would forfeit your deposit and all monies paid unless the unit can be re-rented on such short notice.

Unfortunately we do not allow pets at any of our properties. 

Yes, opened in 2008, the long awaited Island Club Pool is finally here. With a huge deck for sunbathing now you can walk to your own pool. You're welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks to the pool as long as there is no glass. There are several tables, chairs, umbrellas and lounge chars near the pool. Also as a guest of the Island Club your welcome to visit every major pool on the island. Pool hours are from 9 am until dusk, and there is no lifeguard. The pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather-permitting. Please call for more details.

You need to bring sheets, pillow cases, towels.. We provide pillows and comforters. This helps to conserve water and lessen the burden on the small island water treatment plant. Bed sizes are provide in your final check in instructions. We can provide linens and towels for your stay for $100.00. Some other items that we do provide for you, free of charge: Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Garbage Bags, Dish Detergent, and All Purpose Cleaner. Please call with any questions.

Once your reservation is paid in full, check-in instructions will be sent to your email. We use contactless check-in and check-out. You'll use the 4-digit code that we sent to your email to access the house at check-in time. You do not need to meet with any staff members upon check-in. We are here to help if you need anything during your stay but you do not need to meet with a staff member in order to check-in.

Yes you can but we are usually 90% booked by March so get your reservations in early. Put in Bay has limited lodging so the earlier you book the best chances you will have of getting the home you want.

No the security deposit is to hold and secure your reservation. The total balance plus tax is due 45 days in advance. The security deposit is returned by check 7 business days after you check out provided the home was left in good order and nothing was broken or missing.

Sure, you can bring up to two cars per house. Each Island Club home has a driveway for two vehicles. Each Condo has parking for ONE vehicle maximum. You can also bring your boat. If you have additional guests in your group and need more parking, you can also leave cars on the mainland near the Miller Ferry in their free parking lots.

It is suggested that you make you reservations very early in the year especially if your stay involves a weekend. Cottage Homes and hotel rooms are limited on the Island and booking early will help insure you get the dates you want. You may book on-line by visiting our reservation request page and selecting the hotel or home rental of your choice.

We have two ferry companies that service Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island). The one closest to the Put-in-Bay Condos is the Miller Ferry. It transports both passengers and vehicles to the island. The Miller is also popular for mid-summer late night cruises such as their Stargazing and Green Week. Check the Miller Ferry website for hours, rates, and mainland address on Catawba Island.

The other ferry is a high-speed passenger-only ferryboat operator that services Put in Bay Island called the Jet Express. The Jet Express leaves out of Port Clinton and whisks you around the island to land on their dock downtown. They also have their schedule and rates posted online at the Jet Express website so you can plan ahead.

Visit our Getting Here page for more information on Ferry Services.

We recommend you do not bring multiple cars to the Island. The Put-in-Bay Condos have ONE parking spot available per condo. The Island Club homes each have a TWO car driveway. Parking is very limited on the Island. Pack up your group's biggest SUV or truck with all your luggage and goodies and send it over!

Golf Carts may be rented during your stay to leisurely enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island and to get back and forth downtown. We also have a taxi service at the  Put-in-Bay Condos which is only $4 per person to go anywhere on the island!

The weather at Put-in-Bay is much like all of northern Ohio coastal communities. In spring and fall a light jacket our sweatshirt is recommend for evenings. Island dress is casual. Current weather and a 10-day forecast may be found in our current island weather section. Just remember, it NEVER rains in our great restaurants and bars!

On weekends our Put-in-Bay vacation homes require a two-night minimum. On holiday weekends there is only a two-night minimum compared to many downtown hotels which require three. There is a two-night minimum stay requirement Sunday thru Thursday nights where Sundays are not on a holiday weekend.

Yes, all of the homes featured on permit you to bring your own beverages to the privacy of your own rental home, as long as you are of legal drinking age in Ohio (21). You may not bring your alcoholic beverages into any of our bars or poolside bars as they are considered part of the liquor permit premises. There is no need to bother bringing beer and wine from the mainland as we have carryout here on the Island with prices comparable with those on the mainland. There is no liquor store on the Island.

As a general rule, most downtown bars close around 1:30 to 2:00 am. There are many late night bars on the Island including The Brewery and Mr. Eds to name a few.

Yes! Golf Carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the Island. All traffic laws apply including open container laws as well as drinking and driving. We rent to licensed drivers over the age of 18. We recommend Island Club Golf Cart Rentals at

NO! The state of Ohio has an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave a liquor permit establishment. This is strictly enforced on Put-in-Bay Island.

The city docks are on a first come first serve basis for boat dockage. The Keys dock accepts reservations, and they may be made by calling 419-285-4900.

This is not recommended! Trying to find a last minute Put-in-Bay hotel late in the evening can be difficult if not impossible.

No! Our ferryboat services can transport as many as 350 people per trip and have numerous boats. You do not need to make reservations. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay!

Yes! Put-in-Bay has a K-12 school that is located in the downtown area.

Yes! There is a full service grocery on the Island on Catawba Avenue. There is a drive thru with beer and wine located next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill on Hartford Avenue.

Our season starts April 1st and our last big weekend is the Halloween weekend the last weekend in October. Off-season activities include walleye and perch ice fishing 

When the ferryboats stop running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put in Bay. When there is a cold winter, a few brave soles drive their vehicles, snowmobiles and 4 wheelers across the ice to the mainland.

Both ferryboat lines can be reached from Cedar Point in about 20-30 minutes.

That is a tough one! There are a wide variety of great dining choices on Put-in-Bay Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring the Island, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice! We recommend Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille.

There are about 280 full time residents on Put-in-Bay Island

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