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The Sandbox - Classic Beach Cottage 1 house off the beach - Pet Friendly!

Ilexhurst, Holmes Beach, FL, USA
  • Cottage1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

A great place to come and relax. This 3BR, 1.5 BA classic style cottage is for rent and is located on a very peaceful street, just one house off the Gulf. You don't even cross a road to walk to the beach. What could be nicer?

Property used to be a concert venue called "The Sandbox" - and comes complete with a unique backyard, pool and your own private tiki. Not to mention a sunset viewing deck!

The master bedroom has its own TV and sleeps 2 in a brand new king bed as of 12/2017. This room has a private half bath attached. The second bedroom sleeps 2 in our twin beds. Living room sleeps 2 in a very comfy pull-out sleeper-sofa.

All sheets are at least 400 thread count. The kitchen includes a fridge (with ice maker, of course), garbage disposal, microwave, dishwasher, new stove and new granite counter tops.

Comfortable, bright living room with WI-FI, and large flat-screen TV.

The updated full bath has a step-in tiled shower, sink, vanity, and washer/dryer.

Step into the backyard for a tropical oasis that includes salt water pool, tiki bar, and small stage which is now the hammock landing pad! The fridge in tiki bar keeps your beverages cold as you cool off in the pool or sit on the bar stools and listen to music through more outdoor Bose speakers. Catch glimpses of the Gulf and hear the waves at night. You're just a short walk to the beach!

We have provided a cart to carry your stuff to the beach because after all, you're on vacation. You don't need any hassles.

The Sandbox is within walking distance of a shopping center that includes Walgreens (and liquor), Beach Shop, Dollar store, breakfast restaurants, German restaurant, Subway, cupcake shop, hardware store, ice cream shop, Dunkin Doughnuts, and a Chinese carryout!

Want more variety? Take the free trolley that runs up and down the island every 20 minutes.



Member Since 2017
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english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About JoJo

Avid traveler and fan of hospitality and adventure. I've skied the alps and toured Morocco. I love other cultures and collect the word "Thank you" in any language I come across. Welcome to AMI my favorite slice of heaven off the beach!

JoJo purchased this Cottage in 2017

Why JoJo chose Holmes Beach

Park your car the entire stay! Walk to the beach and nearby shops and restaurants -- or take the free trolley that runs up and down the island every 20 minutes!

What makes this Cottage unique

There is NO backyard like this one. Between the sunset viewing platform that gives you a little slice of the ocean every night, and the amazingly fun tiki bar... you'll never want to leave. And when it comes to a vacation rental, what could be more perfect?


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Second Bedroom
        2 twin/ single
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king
      • SunRoom
        2 twin/ single, The day bed /trundle bed pulls out
      • Master bedroom has 1/2 bath attached


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            Walk up your sunset viewing platform in the back yard for a look at the beach and waves!


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Linens Provided
                    High quality 400 thread count sheets
                  • Air Conditioning
                    Central Air
                  • Heating
                    Electric Heat
                  • Internet
                    High-speed wi-fi / 100MBP +
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                    Off-street parking for 2 vehicles
                  • Telephone
                    Telephone is available for 911 calls.
                  • Towels Provided
                    Including beach towels
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                        Freezer with ice maker
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            Table and seating for 6
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 6 people


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                                Backgammon and checkers
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                                There is a stereo system in the tiki bar.
                              • Television
                              • Video Library


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    There is a wonderful sundeck in the backyard to watch the memorable sunsets of AMI.
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Heated Pool
                                          • Private Pool
                                            Private salt-water pool. Heating the pool is optional and additional at $20 per day.


                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • fishing
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming


                                                              • We are happy to help try to get any additional accommodations that you may need...just ask.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 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.

                                                                11 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Amazing Oasis By The Ocean

                                                                David R.New York

                                                                We want to book this place for the whole winter we loved it so much. We had the best time, and basically never left the pool, the tiki bar or the sunset viewing platform because the backyard was so peaceful and relaxing. We just tossed steaks on the BBQ, and kept chilling! I am already making plans to come back. Thank you for making such a magical retreat.

                                                                Florida Cute best describes the place! Things are older but the pool and tiki hut are awesome!

                                                                Marvin S.ORLAND HILLS, IL

                                                                The cottage has everything needed for you to enjoy yourself. It’s conveniently located for dining out, very close to beach access and very walkable to most anywhere might want go. Local choices for dining abound. We would definitely rent again

                                                                Well maintained and beautifully decorated property

                                                                William H.

                                                                This property is beautifully decorated and well maintained. Private pool area very well landscaped. Short walk to the beach and shopping. Quiet neighborhood. Property manager was easy to work with.

                                                                So perfect. I want to go back!

                                                                Katy C.

                                                                Friends of mine raved about Holmes Beach and after spending time there... we loved everything about this area. Close to the most gorgeous beach, this charming house was the perfect place to recover from back surgery. I spent my days by the pool, relaxing while my husband made the best drinks in the Tiki Hut. We loved the decor inside the house. The kitchen cabinets even have nautical inspired rope pulls... and the backyard made me smile every day. We love trop-rock music so having the names of all the famous performers all around, was sooo fun. The stereo system and music just made every day so great and so chill. The welcome book suggested we try the BBQ place called Mr. Bones, which is just one block away, and it was divine. I am telling all my friends and family about the Sandbox, and about Holmes Beach. Next time my parents want to come and stay the Postcard Cottages, which are right next door.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Katy we loved having you. You kept the place spotless, were a great communicator and we so appreciated you letting us know about the water heater. Amazing we were able to get in there and replace it before anything happened! Please stay again.

                                                                Great space, so close to beach!

                                                                Anna W.Charlotte, NC

                                                                House was perfect size and very cute, and the location so close to the beach was perfect!

                                                                Wow. Just Wow. I want to go back now!


                                                                I booked this house before it was renovated last year, so you can imagine my surprise when I arrived to a totally upgraded home. The bedroom decor, the landscaping, the tiki bar... this place has everything you need to enjoy chill time by the ocean. There is even a sunset viewing platform, where you can see the sunset and drink fresh margaritas! (There is an outlet on the platform!!!) Speaking of the ocean, it's literally a 1minute walk. You can HEAR THE SURF which I adore. I would have thought I'd have to pay way more for a little ocean view and the sound of the surf so I'm thrilled that I found this place. We will DEFINATELY be coming back... In fact I'm going to book my 2019 dates now. :)

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Joanne - we are thrilled you chose the Sandbox for your vaca. Please rest and recuperate with us anytime.


                                                                Ilexhurst, Holmes Beach, FL, USA

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Pet fee is per pet. Showings may occur during your stay. We will give you as much advanced notice as possible.

                                                                11 Reviews
                                                                Excellent 4.7/5
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                                                                Property # 1028708