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Large Family Beach House! Great Value! Pet Friendly!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-17)

You will think you're on your own private island in this large five bedroom, three bath beach house. Have the best of both worlds with your own private beach on the Lagoon in the back yard or walk mere steps across the street to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The front decks offer unobstructed views of the Gulf and the rear deck overlooks the Lagoon. There is a water view from every room in the house.

The lagoon is perfect for small boats, kayaking and jet skiing. There is plenty of parking. You will also enjoy fishing and crabbing. This 2700 square foot home has two complete kitchens, making it perfect for two families traveling together.

The beds have changed since the initial listing was made but VRBO doesn't seem to have a way to let you change this. There is one bedroom with a king-sized bed, 2 bedrooms have queen-sized beds, one bedroom has 2 full beds and one has 2 twin beds. There used to be 2 sleeper sofas, now there's only one, but with 2 of the twin beds being replaced with 2 full beds, it sleeps the same number of people. There are still 3 day beds in the den that are suitable for children. They're not quite as big as a twin bed.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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January 13, 2017

Why Anne chose Alabama

I was on vacation in Gulf Shores and fell in love with the beautiful beaches. I wanted to buy a house there and this house offered so much. The location was perfect, it has the best of everything with the lagoon in the back yard and the gulf in the front. It's very private and the house is large enough to accomodate a large group.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Large Family Beach House! Great Value! Pet Friendly!
average rating of 4.709677 based on 31 reviews

My favorite house

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this house now probably 12-15 times in the last 4 years. Only now getting around to posting a review.

The house is located on the lagoon side of West Beach blvd, so you get the best of both worlds. Nice relaxing time on the lagoon in the back, or a day at the beach just across the road. The lagoon in the back is usually about a foot or 2 deep sometimes for hundreds of yards out. I always bring my dogs and the lagoon is the perfect place for them to play. It is their favorite spot on earth.

Every day the sunset on the lagoon could be a postcard. The beach is almost always empty as it is privately reserved for the handful of houses. There might be someone 100 yards down but more often than not you have the entire beach to yourselves, especially on weekdays.

The owner Anne is always accommodating and the house is always in good shape and has everything one would need for an amazing time. Me and my friends always look forward to the summers and our getaways at 'the Crab House.' I hope to be coming here for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kettering, OH USA

Really Great Dog Friendly Beachhouse

  • 4 of 5

My family of 5 adults and 2 dogs stayed here the week of Thanksgiving. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Crazy Crab. 5 bedrooms and 3 baths was just right and the big main kitchen and dining area was a great gathering place for meals and playing games. Mornings were spent in the large sunroom soaking up the morning sun. We only used the second kitchen for its refrigerator. Since we cooked all of our meals here, the main fridge was always full of food and the second one with beverages. The second kitchen abuts the living room with the big television. Other TV's are in the sunroom and the diningroom.

A large deck across the back of the house with chairs and the gas grill was a nice place to let the dogs out once the two stairs were barricaded. Also, there is a deck off the sunroom with chairs and table where people and dogs liked to go. This deck has no access to the ground - perfect for the pooches.

Other reviews mention the great sunsets off the back deck over the lagoon. I am sorry I missed this - we were always running down to the beach for sunrise and sunsets!

The access to the beach is directly across the road from Crazy Crab - a very short walk. The beach was wonderful when we were there. We saw dolphins and a million pelicans, several jellyfish on the beach, and a few shore birds. We spent a lot of time with the dogs walking up and down the beach which was virtually empty.

Area activites we enjoyed - We travelled to Big Lagoon State Park in Florida - very nice, I saw the first armadillo that I had ever seen. Dogs allowed on the trails. Gulf Shores National Seashore, Florida - very nice but dogs not allowed on beach. A ranger directed us to an area where we could picnic and walk a couple of trails. We took the ferry across Mobile Bay and back in town we stopped at the very nice dog friendly Big Beach Brewery.

Bottom line - We found Crazy Crab to be clean, well equipped, great for the dogs. There are some burs around the side of the driveway but every beachhouse we have ever rented has those. We wished for some window screens. I guess we could have turned on the AC but we tended to just open the doors to get the great breezes especially coming off the lagoon. Had to close doors because of a few mosquitos.

A plus that I had not known about was the enclosed area under the house. Great for that last "out" of the night for the dogs. One dog would ONLY "go" there and the other who wouldnt get near the area!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and you've given me some info I didn't have about places to take my dogs. I hope you'll come back again.
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Best Rental in Gulf Shores

  • 5 of 5

My family has been using The Crab House each summer for at least ten years. We have always found it to be comfortable, clean and the best value for rentals in Gulf Shores.

The person with the critical review is totally wrong on each item she cites. This had to be some sort of vendetta type effort. We advise any reader to disregard this ladies review.

My family fills the place once each year with people from senior adults to early age children all experiencing fun, comfort, and safety We have never considered staying any place else.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's hard to believe this much time has gone by. So many of you have become like family to me. I've been fortunate to have such great people stay at Crazy Crab. It's inevitable that a bad one comes along now and then.
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Lovely Experience

  • 5 of 5

I arrived on August 13th 2016. This home was lovely, clean, and very inviting. I am not a neat freak, but found it to be quite lovely. It was like a home away from home. It has the best of both worlds. You have the lagoon on the back side, and easy beach access on the other side. It was very peaceful and enjoyable. I have read the reviews and think that the lady writing the ugly comments, must be confused?? (or just wanted her money back???!!) I have stayed here numerous times and will stay again. I will most likely have my wedding in this spot. It is a shame that owners who put their property out there and share with others have to be subjected to such scrutiny of disgruntled patrons.. I have never found this place dirty, buggy, or sheets nasty! If you look at the reviews overall, it is a lovely place and I will definitely stay again. It is big enough to bring the whole family and friends which provides for a fun, relaxing, and sharing time together. I LOVE it!!! Just now getting around to writing this because I am looking at going again soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review and I hope you decide to have your wedding here. There have been several and everyone had a good response. I'm glad you came back and look forward to hearing about your wedding. By the way, you're right, it was about money. Thanks, Anne
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Family Christmas in August

  • 5 of 5

Each year since 2008 my wife and I have given our family a "week at the beach" for Christmas instead of unneeded and possibly unwanted presents. We have three children with spouses, three grandchildren ( one married), and this year our first great grandchild. This August was our sixth year at the "Crab House". One year the kids wanted to try a place closer to town and beachfront. Before the week was over they were all insisting that we return to the "Crab House" the next year and each year after.

The five bedroom, three bath, and two kitchens works perfect for us. The large Sun Room is our nightly gathering place for family games and conversations. It is only a short walk across the scarcely traveled street to what seems like our own private beach. The large house- length deck on the back side of the house has to be the best place in Gulf Shores to watch the sun August.

The house is always exceptionally clean when we arrive and all appliances are in good working order. The TV's and WiFi worked great. The three air conditioners maintained a very comfortable temperature even in August and with heavy in and out traffic.

My wife and I love the "at home feeling" at the "Crab House" and were very pleased that our grandkids preferred it as well. The owner, Anne Moss, is the most pleasant and accommodating proprietor you could ever hope to deal with. Our family hopes to spend many more summer "Christmas" vacations in our favorite place. The "Crab House" at Gulf Shores.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, and I really appreciate the review since you checked out the same day Tracey V. checked in and can vouch for the house. I'm so glad you're coming back next year.
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New Port Richey, FL , US


  • 5 of 5

I almost canceled this vacation after reading Tracy V.'s review and I'm so glad I didn't. The owner sent me a copy of an exterminators inspection and told me if I had any problems she reported, that she would make it up to me. There was no problems with the house. It truly is the best of both woulds the whole family loved it. We will be back next year. Maybe Tracy V. has this confused with another house because we did not see any of the problems she reported. The best part of this house is the easy beach access, the views, lots of space and tons of character.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mary, I feel somewhat vindicated.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
West Beach Grill
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Ft. Morgan
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
West Beach Grill
Car: necessary

Crazy Crab is located in a quiet, single-family, residential area, about 5-6 miles west of the main intersection. You'll be within a 10 minute drive to the restaurants and attractions, but you'll feel like you're far from the hustle & bustle. There's very little traffic and never any congestion. It's about 4 miles from Waves, West Beach Grill, a convenience store and a seafood market.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 28 2017 - May 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 21 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Oct 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
winter 2017-2018
Oct 29 2017 - Feb 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $225

Monthly rentals are available, call for pricing. Call for pet fees. Due to insurance requirements, some pets are not allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , located off master bedroom (bedroom 1)
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 3 child bed , 3 daybeds located in den. Not quite as big as a twin bed.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Full or Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (3) These are day beds, they're not quite as big as a twin bed. They are located in the den, overlooking the lagoon., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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