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Ocean views & Starry nights beside the Gulf of Mexico in private natural setting

Carrabelle, FL, USA
  • House1450 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with ocean views on Florida's "Forgotten Coast" (Sleeps 6)

Located in a serene area alongside the Gulf of Mexico, this wonderful vacation home located in the Summer Camp Beach property, offers gorgeous gulf views from the front porch, and is just a short stroll down a sandy pathway to the water! Enjoy the fresh air from the furnished back porch while grilling your fresh catch from the day or relax on the front porch swing admiring the view! The open living/kitchen/dining area boasts coastal themed furnishings and a gas fireplace. Natural beaches and nature trails right out the front door await you, as more than half of this coastal community has been set aside for conservation, featuring open space and conservation land, naturally preserved beaches, wildlife habitats and undisturbed marshlands, wetlands and woods. Fish, canoe, or kayak in the Gulf of Mexico and then stroll or bike along boardwalks winding through the woods in awe of your natural surroundings. In the evening, witness amazing sunsets, and then enjoy an array of stunning starry nights from the comfort of your own private front porch. This unspoiled area of the Gulf coast is the perfect place to hide away for a few days.

This exceptionally clean 3 bedroom, 2 bath beach-view home welcomes you to a relaxing stay like no other, featuring a queen-size bed in the master suite and in the second bedroom, and two bunk beds in the third bedroom, providing comfortable sleeping for up to 6-8 family or friends. The amenities included in your private ocean view home are more than you would expect by the coast, including granite countertops, gas stove, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, outdoor gas grill, and coastal decor, all to make you feel relaxed and right at home.

Our community's environmentally friendly design integrates its homes and amenities with the natural surroundings. Vacationing at Summer Camp Beach allows you abundant time to create wonderful family memories without sacrificing comfort. Take a dip in the refreshing community resort-style pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or enjoy an afternoon cookout by taking advantage of the on-site grill. There are men's and women's changing rooms with showers and lockers on-site. A mere stroll from the pool down a winding boardwalk is the Kayak Shack, where kayaks and canoes can be used by guests free of charge. Climb aboard your kayak or canoe and take a self-guided tour or cast a line with one of our fishing poles to catch some grouper or tarpon to make your own fresh seafood dinner. Take a ride on the provided bikes (two adult size and one child size) through the property and enjoy the breeze as you pedal along.

The St. James Bay golf course is a short 5 minute drive, where you can enjoy championship conditions and a nice restaurant that serves every meal. They also offer well-maintained tennis courts that can be used for a nominal fee. St. George Island, with beaches ranked among the Top 10 Beaches of America for several years, is a mere 35 miles away. Apalachicola is only 45 minutes away, and is famous for some of the best oysters in the country, and provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy old Florida with several antique shops to leisurely stroll through. If you want to venture a short distance away, learn about things to do in the area by visiting: saltyflorida .com.

Locals call this part of the Florida Panhandle "the Forgotten Coast," but spend some time here, and you'll never forget it. We welcome you to our "'Starry Night Coastal Retreat" here at Summer Camp Beach.


Mark Frost

Member Since 2017
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Mark Frost

Born in different areas of Ohio, we met while attending the same University, and even though we had large families and multiple friends, we decided upon graduation to venture South. Over 20 years later, it was still one of the best decisions we ever made. A few years ago we were fortunate to see another dream become a reality, building a small home near the coast. It is our sanctuary of peace, a nature's preserve, and we enjoy every moment we get to spend in this little slice of heaven.

Mark Frost purchased this House in 2011


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 bunk bed


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Near The Ocean
            • Ocean View
            • Water View


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Internet
                          Secure Wifi available - Password in book on-site
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Nest Thermostat
                        • Fireplace
                          Gas fireplace turns on with the flip of a switch
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Nest Thermostat
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Clothes dryer available with softener sheets
                        • Linens Provided
                          Clean sheets and coverlets on all beds
                        • Living Room
                          Large sectional sofa; fireplace; screen TV
                        • Parking
                          Driveway and cul-de-sac area, large enough for several cars and a boat
                        • Towels Provided
                          Bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Washing machine available with limited laundry soap


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Keurig coffee maker with limited coffee samples
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Dishes, utensils, knives, glasses, pots and pans included
                            • Dishwasher
                              Dishwasher soap available
                            • Kitchen
                              Four stools at kitchen counter and six chairs at dining room table
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Gas oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Saran wrap, aluminum foil, sugar, flour, salt, pepper, and variety of spices and condiments available for use
                            • Refrigerator
                              Freezer includes ice maker and water dispenser
                            • Stove
                              Gas four-burner stovetop
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Adjoining dining area with six chairs and four barstools at counter
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      Several titles to choose from
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Several board games available, volleyball net for cul-de-sac, beach-combing metal detector, footballs, frisbees, and foam airplane
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Dish Satellite
                                    • Television
                                      Two (One in Living area and one in Master Bedroom)
                                    • Toys
                                      Very minimal but a few stuffed animals and small items in the bedroom with the bunkbeds
                                    • Video Library
                                      Several titles to choose from


                                        • Boat
                                          If you want to bring your boat, Lanark Marina or Alligator Point offer locations to launch your boat w/in 5-10 minute drive.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Front porch and back porch
                                        • Golf
                                          5 miles west of property at St. James Bay (Open to public)
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          On-site and available for use by guests
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Gas grill
                                        • Tennis
                                          5 miles west of property at St. James Bay (Open to public but there is a fee per game)
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          Three fishing poles and tackle gear


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  Beautiful resort-style pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with spacious, clean, showers/bathrooms on-site. (Not heated)


                                                    • churches
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • swimming


                                                                    • Several beach chairs, fishing poles, and a few bikes available for use at the house

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      22 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Very clean. All the comforts of home.

                                                                      Gayle H.

                                                                      This is a beautiful home, offering easy beach access. The beach is a natural beach, so there were lots of grasses that had washed up, but that made it fun for “treasure hunting.” Ot is close to the town of Carrabelle where you can get groceries. 30 minute ride to st. George island and Apalachicola. Both are worth the time.

                                                                      Beautiful & Relaxing!!!

                                                                      Brittany L.

                                                                      We needed a quick getaway and this place hit the spot. So lovely!

                                                                      Perfect Vacation

                                                                      Heather P.

                                                                      We had a wonderful vacation in Carabella! The house was a short walk to the beach and given the "cool" Florida weather, we basically had the beach to ourselves. Being from WI, it was beautiful weather for us. We spent mornings combing the beach for "treasures" and found conch, starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and snails. We built sand castles and enjoyed the sunshine and privacy of the community.

                                                                      We vacationed with children ages 3-5 and visited the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, Leon Sinks Geological Area and St. George Island. The National Estuarine Reserve was a favorite of ours, it was free (donations accepted) and had many fossils, shells, specimens to look at and learn about. We did spend a couple of days at different beaches where we found a larger variety of shells and scenery which was a pleasant change from the beach at the property. We enjoyed ice cream at the Old Time Soda Fountain in Apalachicola but didn't have time to shop downtown. There were many seafood stands/restaurants in the area and each night we tried a different thing. We grilled fresh shrimp and oysters at the property and washed them down with margaritas...it was perfect!

                                                                      If you are looking for a low-key, relaxing vacation I would highly recommend this property.

                                                                      I cannot attest to the helpfulness of the owner because we didn't need a single thing! The house had EVERYTHING we could have needed and we had no reason to ask/request anything additional! It was clean, had towels for the house and beach, bikes to use, plenty of cookware, beach chairs, etc.

                                                                      Best Christmas Vacation Ever!

                                                                      Wendy S.

                                                                      We absolutely loved staying in this beautiful home and were terribly sad to leave to go back to frigid temperatures in the Midwest! The home is perfectly decorated (and even had some Christmas decorations, which was so nice!), and comes complete with everything needed for a comfortable and relaxing (really relaxing!) vacation.

                                                                      The beach is just steps from the front door, and we made sure to hurry down there every night and morning for stunning sunsets and sunrises. We loved walking out at low tide to explore. We made use of the kayaks, and thought about jumping into the pool, even in December. :) We took day trips to St. George Island State Park (miles and miles of beautiful beaches) and Wakulla Springs State Park (take the boat trip--we saw tons of alligators and even a bush full of baby alligators). We ate at Sopchoppy Pizza, which was super yummy, and one night we grilled fresh shrimp on the grill that is provided with the house.

                                                                      Everyone we met at Summer Camp Beach was so friendly. All in all, I can't think of anything negative about this place, except that I wish we could have stayed longer. If you are looking for a beautifully relaxing place to make some awesome family memories, this is definitely the place to go! Thanks so much, Mark and family!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hi Wendy, We are so happy you made wonderful memories at SummerCamp for Christmas. Everyone is so nice there and I glad you experienced that. The kayaks are fun but jumping in the pool in December would have been like those dares up North (almost) for the polar dips we watch on the Weather Channel! Come back anytime! Mark

                                                                      A beautiful, clean relaxing home

                                                                      Susan B.

                                                                      Such a perfect find. We got to explore and enjoy Old Florida and The Forgotten Coast

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you Susan - we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the tip about being a foodie and desires on types of pots and pans as well - we are looking into that now as we agree!

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                                                                      JoellenSaint Petersburg, FL

                                                                      We had a lovely time staying at this home. It was comfortable and had everything we needed (and more). We had our 1 year old daughter there and had no issues with that (except for having to relocate some shells from a display case. The property is set back from the water's edge, but a very short walk and you're there to enjoy the shoreline. Unfortunately, we were not able to use the neighborhood facilities, but did see that they were located closely. Thank you!


                                                                      Carrabelle, FL, USA


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