Classic Beachfront Cottage 'Carapace' Great View! Pets O.K.
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Gulf Beaches cottage description
'Carapace' is the perfect beachfront cottage with white sandy beach right on the gorgeous bluish-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once again SGI makes Top Ten Beaches rating. St George rated #3 on the 2013 list of Top 10 Beaches by Dr. Beach, up from #4 last year!
Carapace offers expansive beachfront gulf views from living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and sun deck. Great place to enjoy unspoiled beaches and gulf breezes. Take a short stroll down the uncrowded beach or sit at water's edge. It's 'Old Florida' the way it should be - a beautiful natural setting unblemished by crowds and highrise development. Just take a deep breath and reeelaaax.
The natural environment here supports many plant and animal species you will enjoy seeing - blue,fiddler, and hermit crabs, many fish, dolphins, sea turtles, tarpon, manatee, eagles, osprey, and many other sea birds-snowy plovers, least terns. Eco-tours are available on the island for guided sight-seeing, if you like. Or you can strike out on your own for a private adventure.
Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the deck. As darkness falls, you are treated to a magnificient display of starry constellations without the distraction of bright city lights. Many nights you can see the lights from local shrimp boats on the horizon.
To support a sustainable healthy environment we participate in 'eco-lodging' practices at Carapace.
Great floor plan: Open living area and master bedroom open to beachside sun deck, covered parking, hot-and-cold outdoor shower, large picnic table and park style charcoal grill for family cookouts.
3 Br, 2ba with one king bed in MR w/ private bath, one double bed, two twins-these 2 bedrooms open onto central hall with shared bath, one queen sleeper sofa in living area - linens provided. Ideal for 2 - 6 guests, can accommodate 8. 3 TVs, 1 VCR, 1 Blu-Ray player, CD player, free WiFi, and free long distance phone calls (USA). Equipped kitchen, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, initial stock of paper products provided.
One or two well behaved non-aggressive dogs are allowed. No cats please. Smoking is not allowed at Carapace.
This is a family oriented destination. No vacationing students or young adults ( 25yo) unaccompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Carapace is not available for weddings or parties.
Keywords: Beach Cottage, Cottage, Bungalo, Home, House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Carapace pet policy: 2 well-behaved canine pets are allowed. Bring your pet’s food and water bowls, bed, and toys along so he/she will feel more comfortable in new surroundings. Please do not allow your pet to get on “people” furniture and beds. If this is impossible to manage, please bring furniture covers to protect our upholstery and bed spreads. You will be responsible for any extra cleaning or repair of damage caused by your pet while at Carapace. Let us know as soon as possible if there is an accident and we need to make arrangements to get some extra work done for you after your stay. Our county (Franklin) requires by law that when in public areas your pet must be under your command (leash or voice) at all times and that you “clean up” after your pet. ...moreless
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- DVD Player:
- Free Long Distance
- Wireless Internet
Location & View
- Water View
- Ocean View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Pier Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Massage Therapist
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Botanical Garden
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Miniature Golf
ReviewsWrite a review
The house was perfect for our family. It was clean and cozy. Looking forward to coming back some day!! Wish we were still there...
- Guest Jenny (Evansville, IN)
- Date of stay 09/07/13
- Review Submitted 09/17/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review for Carapace. We are pleased the house worked out well for your family. We try to make it a home away from home for our guests. We hope you'll come back for another visit very soon.
The panoramic view from the house was sensational. The problems with the house were that is wasn't completely clean, seems a bit run down and the kitchen is not fully stocked with essentials for cooking. It just wasn't as crisp and clean as the website indicates.
- Guest CB (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 07/30/13
Owner response: The view from Carapace you describe is one of my favorite things too. I am so sorry you encountered problems at the house during your stay. The problems you describe are a departure from the norm but nonetheless could’ve been addressed in short order had I been made aware during your stay. I will be making an inspection at Carapace to asses these issues and correct any deficiencies. I do hope you will consider returning to Carapace in the future.
Great stay. We were there over the 4th and it was our second year staying at Carapace. House is nice and right on the beach. We will definitely be back next year.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, pet owners.
Owner response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Carapace. It was our pleasure to have you for a return visit. We were blessed to have you and your family visiting during 4th of July. All of you went way above and beyond the call that week. We look forward to your next visit and hopefully we'll get some bright sunny days next time you're in town. All the best to you and again, thank you.
My husband and I and our dog stayed at Carapace for a week to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We all enjoyed our stay quite a bit. The owner is so friendly and went out of her way to make our stay great and make sure we had everything we needed. She was easily accessible and accomodating. It was wonderful to get to meet her after having spent almost a year corresponding with her about the reservation prior to our trip. The house is so well laid out and it was clean and comfortable. We felt right at home. We hopefully will return sometime in the future.
- Guest yinyankh (Arkansas)
- Date of stay 06/15/13
- Review Submitted 07/02/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, pet owners.
Owner response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a great review of your experience at Carapace. It was our privilege to accommodate your family for such a special occasion. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you as well. Sharing your “guest’s eye view” of the VRBO rental experience has been enlightening and enabled me to better serve my guests. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay and I do hope you will return soon. It was a pleasure getting to know you and having your family visit Carapace.
We just got back from SGI where we stayed at Carapace. There were 4 of us: 2 adults and 2 kids. The house was clean and cozy. We instantly felt at home. The house looked exactly as it was described. The location was great, the beach was nearly empty. We had a great time!
- Guest Katheris (Arkansas)
- Date of stay 06/08/13
- Review Submitted 06/18/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Thanks for taking the time to submit a great review of your stay at Carapace. St George Island really is a great "Old Florida" destination and you can still get some beach all to yourself there. We are so glad you found Carapace to be comfortable and felt at home there - thats exactly how we want you to feel when you visit. We'd love to have you come back for another visit soon.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Carapace. Everything was as we expected and then some! The house was very clean and comfortable, and the views were spectacular! The atmosphere was very relaxing and private. I'm missing the sound of the waves, and watching pelicans dive for their dinner. We saw families of dolphins swim by with the little ones jumping clear out of the water! We will definitely come back to Carapace, and we recommend it to everyone. The owner is extremely helpful and genuinely concerned about our comfort. The islanders as well as the vacationers always made us feel welcomed and comfortable. Besides the restaurants and shops on the island, East Point and Apalachicola offer full varied eateries and shops of interest for everyone. "We walk the beach, we watch the waves, reluctantly we pack. We hate to leave, yet as we do, we know that we'll be back."
- Guest Miss Crabtree (Concord, Ohio)
- Date of stay 01/03/13
- Review Submitted 02/11/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope you'll come back soon. It was a pleasure having you as our guest. Thanks for your visit and your comments, and the Yankee Candle scented puzzle too. I'm sure other guests will enjoy it as well.
Great Oceanfront Rental
Great Oceanfront Rental
We had a great time visiting SGI and the Carapace. The house was very open and comfortable with a huge deck overlooking the beach. There is a gate on the deck so the doggies could stay out on the deck which was great. The kitchen was well stocked so we were able to do a lot of cooking during our stay. I would highly recommend staying at the Carapace. Thanks!
- Guest Laura (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Date of stay 08/27/11
- Review Submitted 10/14/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+, pet owners.
Owner response: Thanks for the great review and for visiting Carapace. We are happy that you and the doggies ejoyed yourselves. I happened to drop by the house after you checked out and could hardly tell that y'all had been there. You left the house in great shape. Do come back soon.
Wonderful turtle friendly cottage for families
Wonderful turtle friendly cottage for families
We have visited St. George Island for over 25 years and this is one of our favorites. The house is well stocked and well taken care off. It isn't a luxurious estate, but a great place to spend time with your family and enjoy the beach, your family, and your dog if you brought one. The beds are comfortable and there is a nice picnic table below the house from which you can see the waves. The home is owned by a lovely lady who is a real supporter of the sea turtles who nest in the summer. She will respond to any problems you have quickly and kindly. There is a gate on the deck so that your pet can't escape which comes in handy for those who bring their dog.
- Guest Susan (Sharpsburg, GA)
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 10/12/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+, pet owners.
Owner response: Y'all were great guests and I hope you'll be back soon. We do keep the house sea turtle "friendly" so all guests can easily share the beach with some of the oldest to the island.Thanks for your kind remarks....and for the homemade pickles!
We've rented a number of different beach houses and this was one of the best. We went in mid-May and it was very quiet and beautiful weather. No bugs yet either. We would highly recommend Carapace, especially in late spring or early summer.
- Guest Mike (Asheville)
- Date of stay 05/07/11
- Review Submitted 10/12/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, pet owners.
Owner response: Thanks for the great review and for your visit to Carapace. I agree,spring and also fall are great times to visit the island. Great weather, no crowds. We hope you'll come back soon.
Just what we needed!
Just what we needed!
We spoke with the owner before renting, and she was very nice and helpful. We stayed at Carapace March 26 - April 2. It was just perfect for us - 2 adults and our two golden retrievers. They loved the beach and so did we! When we arrived, the home was clean and fresh. Doors opening to the deck and the sea breeze were wonderful. Views of the gulf and the beach were spectacular. Dolphins swam in the water and entertained us every day. We saw osprey, pelicans, sea gulls, sandpipers and even a bald eagle. We could not believe how pet friendly everyone was. Even the restaurant in town, the Blue Parrot served our boys a bowl of water :-) It was just what we needed after a winter in Michigan. We would recommend it to anyone and would love to go back.
- Guest Jim (Plymouth, MI)
- Date of stay 03/26/11
- Review Submitted 04/13/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Great to hear you and your goldens had an enjoyable stay at Carapace and St George Island. Come back anytime and get caught up on your sunshine and nature quota. SGI and the surrounding areas are truely very special, and yes we really are pet friendly. We offer discounts to repeat guests so remind us when you make your reservation that you have stayed with us in the past. We look forward to your next visit.
Carapace rents Sat. to Sat, check-in is 3-5pm and check-out is 10am Summer 2013 (May 18-August 3 & Aug 30-Sept 2) $2108/week weekly only Spring 2013 (March 1-May 18) $1471/week ; 2 nites $518,add nite$209 Fall/Wntr 2013-14 (Aug.2-Aug.30 Sept.3-Feb.28):$1194/wk; 2 nites $432,add nite$166 Monthly(28 d) Rates available for Dec,Jan,Feb. All reservation include linens & Manager's Cancel.Fee Waiver. Managers $65 fee & 9% tax must be added to all rentals: (rate + $65 fee) X.09 = all inclusive price Let us know if you are a repeat guest to Carapace!
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Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: I retired and relocated to the forgotten coast in 1998. I was, and still am, enamoured by the amazing natural environment here. I love animals and have 3 'rescue' dogs. They are fantastic companions and love spending time at the beach house.
Why the Owner Chose Gulf Beaches:
I have been vacationing here since 1975 and couldn't wait to live here fulltime. The area is a great place to live quietly and close to nature. The vistas are breathtaking and the people are friendly. You'll experience life at it's best here. The natural environment is just breathtaking. This area is a globally significant hot-spot of biodiversity. Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the northern hermishere. For bird watchers, there are 3 flyways through this area. You can still enjoy dark skies abundantly speckled with bright stars here. The mild climate is very enjoyable. I think it's just about as perfect a place as you could ask for. A nature-lover's paradise.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Carapace is the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. Its a great house for vacationing with your family, including the doggies. You can't beat the views, the climate, the food, the fishing, the eco tours. It's a great place to relax and rejuvenate the spirit.
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master bedroom with great Gulf view
Carapace from beach side
living room and dining area with beautiful Gulf view
sunrise view from beachside sun deck
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