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Frequently Asked Questions About Put-in-Bay


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There is a 50% deposit at the time of booking. When reservations are made the day of arrival, the full amount will be charged and is nonrefundable. Cancellations must be received by email. This policy includes changes to date, length of stay, or room type. This policy goes into effect as soon as the reservation is made.

Villa/Condo Reservations:
There is a 50% deposit at the time of booking. Cancellations must be received by email. Please reply to your confirmation email to cancel. Cancellations made at least 90 days prior to arrival date will result in a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made between 89-45 days prior to arrival date will result in a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations made 44 days or less will result in a forfeit of deposit. Once within the 44 days prior to arrival date, no changes can be made to the length of stay, date, or room type. No exceptions will be made. When reservations are made day of arrival, full amount will be charged and no refund will be given if cancelled or a no show. This cancellation policy goes into effect as soon as the reservation is made. All weekend reservations, those that include a Friday and/or Saturday stay, will require a $500 security deposit upon arrival. All other reservations will require a $250 security deposit upon arrival.

Suite Reservations:
There is a 50% deposit at the time of booking. Cancellations must be received by email. There is a $25 cancellation fee per Suite when received 15 days or more prior to scheduled date of arrival. Cancellations received 14 days or less before arrival will result in the loss of the deposit. Once within the 14 days prior to arrival, no changes can be made to the reservation including date, length of stay, or room type. No exceptions will be made. When reservations are made day of arrival, full amount will be charged and no refund will be given if cancelled or a no show. This cancellation policy goes into effect as soon as the reservation is made. All weekend reservations, those that include a Friday and/or Saturday stay, will require a $250 security deposit upon arrival.

All other Room Reservations:
There is a 50% deposit due at the time of booking. Cancellations must be received by email. There is a $25 cancellation fee per room when received 15 days or more prior to scheduled date of arrival. Cancellations received 14 days or less before arrival date will result in the loss of the deposit. Once within the 14 days prior to arrival, no changes can be made to date length of stay, or room type. No exceptions will be made. When reservations are made day of arrival, full amount will be charged and no refund will be given if cancelled or no show. This cancellation policy goes into effect as soon as the reservation is made. No refunds will be given for early departures.

Our check in time is 4 pm. If your accommodations are ready early, we will check you in as early as possible. The Put-in-Bay Resort offers luggage storage at no charge both for the day of your arrival as well as the day of your departure. Check out time is 11:00 am.
The Put-in-Bay Resort charges a 50% deposit at the time of booking with the balance due at check in. For guests booking on line, sales tax of 13% is added at check in.
It is suggested that you make you hotel reservations very early in the year especially if your stay involves a weekend. Hotel rooms are limited on the Island and booking early will help insure you get the dates you want. You may book online by visiting our reservations page and selecting the hotel room, suite or villa of your choice.
You must be 18 years of age to rent a golf cart. You must possess a valid driver's license to operate a golf cart as they are licensed motor vehicle in the state of Ohio.
We have one ferryboat operator that services the Island with a high-speed passenger ferry. The Jet Express services the island for passengers and lands/docks right in the heart of downtown. The Put-in-Bay Resort is just three blocks from the terminal. The Jet Express is the only ferry boat that services downtown and offers late night ferry service.
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 run on a first-come first-served basis operating as quickly as one boat every 15 to 30 minutes during the peak season and one boat every hour during non peak periods. The Jet Express has numerous boats and departs from Port Clinton, Sandusky and Lorain Ohio. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay! Check the Jet Express Website for details.
We recommend you do NOT bring a car to the Island. Aside from the expense associated with transporting your vehicle, parking is very limited on the Island. Waits to get a car on or off the Island can run as long as four hours. The Put-in-Bay Resort is located in town and just a short walk from Downtown Put-in-Bay and a pleasant golf cart ride to most attractions. Golf Carts, Bicycles, and Mopeds may be reserved at Delaware Rentals and are also readily available there or at the Put-in-Bay Resort Front Desk.
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 weather section. Just remember, it NEVER rains inside our great restaurants and bars!
The Put-in-Bay season starts April 1st and our last big weekend is the Halloween Bash at the Bay weekend the last weekend in October. Off-season activities include walleye and perch ice fishing.
On weekends our Put in Bay hotels require a two-night minimum except in April where you may stay one night. On holiday weekends there is a three-night minimum. Holiday weekends are Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, July 4th weekend and Christmas in July. There is no minimum stay requirement Sunday thru Thursday nights where Sundays are not on a holiday weekend.
Yes, all of the Put in Bay hotels featured on www.putinbay.com permit you to bring your own beverages to the privacy of your own hotel room or rental home. 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's here on the Island with prices comparable with those on the mainland. There is no full-proof liquor store on the Island. Some hotels do prohibit you from bringing alcohol onto the premises. It is always best to check BEFORE making a reservation.
As a general rule, most downtown bars close around 1:00am-2:00 am. There are three late night bars on the Island: The Skyway (closed), Mr. Ed's Bar & Grill, and the Brewery.
NO! As anywhere in Ohio, we have an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave a liquor permit establishment. This is strictly enforced and failure to comply can result in an expensive ticket.
As a general rule no, dockage is on a first come first served basis. There are a few private docks that will accept reservations. Some require membership.
Check our entertainment page for your favorite Put in Bay entertainer!
Yes! Put-in-Bay has a K thru 12 school that is located in the downtown area. The Put-in-Bay School system serves all of South Bass, Middle Bass and North Bass Island Students.
Yes! There is a full service grocery on the Island located on Catawba Avenue. There is a drive thru with beer and wine located next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill on Hartford Avenue.
When the ferryboats stop running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put-in-Bay to Port Clinton and Sandusky Ohio. There is also a hovercraft offering ferry service across the ice to the mainland.
The Jet Express operates a ferry service from downtown Sandusky just 10 minutes from Cedar Point. The Port Clinton jet Express Terminal is a 20 minute drive from Cedar Point.
That is a tough one! There are a wide variety of great dining choices on the Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring Put-in-Bay, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice! You can also download our printable Island Guide in PDF format for a listing and map of local dining establishments.
There are about 480 full time residents on the Island.
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