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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 60 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 - 60 nights

About the property

A great all round Cape experience: Beach, Bay, 500' Dock, Kayaks, Paddleboards

AMELIA BY THE BAY is more than just a house - it is a large, private property with private dock, screenhouse, and 3 bedroom 2 bath home located at the desirable north end of the Cape.

*Great for families with children from toddlers through teens.

*Parents: Stop stressing on the Gulf side with your small children and experience the calm, shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay.

*Bring your boat - 500' dock with fish-cleaning sink. Crab trap at dock.

*Screen House right on bay with power, electricity, and water

*Paddle boards, 2 kayaks come with property (no need to rent them)

*Home updated twice a year with attention to details that make your stay better than expected in a rental home.

*Families LOVE this property.

*House built on pilings but is a single-floor, split bedroom plan.

*Quality bedding and comfortable mattresses. (King, Queen, Full, Double, and large

Sectional Sofa with Queen Sleeper).

*Best of both worlds: Bay Experience AND walk to beach .

*Plenty of Beach towels provided in addition to all standard linens.

*Fish, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, scallop (in season).

*Pet-friendly. ($75 pet fee).

*Charming décor, clean, well-provisioned kitchen.

*Lots of activities and lots of relaxing. Hammock overlooking Bay in Screen House.

More Details

Marcia Barnett
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Marcia Barnett

Our family lived on the Cape for 3 years when daughter Amelia was 2. We love the water and especially St. Joseph Bay. It is one of very few bays of this size in the country that is 100% salt water. We love kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, skiing, and the clear skies at night. Our dog especially loves kayaking and whines endlessly if we launched without her. I eventually resettled in South Florida and my Amelia is now attends a fine arts college in NYC. But the Cape will always be a special to us - there is no other place like it. If you've been there, you know. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. I have put lots of TLC in Amelia by the Bay and hope you'll give it a try.

Marcia Barnett purchased this house in 1999

Why Marcia Barnett chose Florida Main North West

Privacy, natural surroundings, and easy access to the bay and beach.

What makes this house unique

Very Private, fishing off of the dock, kayaking and scolloping in the bay. Very well-kept by myself and my wonderful innkeeper, Cathy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's beautiful. We are thrilled! Thank you so much.
Dec 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.8653846 based on 53 reviews

Memories That Last Forever

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Amelia By The Bay more than 5 years ago {before children/grandchildren :-)} and we were so happy that it was still available for rent this year. The family has grown since our last visit so this time we had a 3 year old son, Nathan, and 3 month old daughter to make our vacation even more enjoyable! Nathan, Daddy and Papa made numerous trips to the dock each day to check the bait traps. We always had a good supply of pinfish to use as bait and found that the fishing was best at night. Inside the home, we enjoyed cooking, playing and just being together as a family. The beds were comfortable, kitchen well stocked and it was great to be able to wash clothes. Our Fall 2016 family vacation was something that we'll always remember, especially Nathan who did not want to leave. Marcia is so kind and easy to work with. Amelia BTB will see us again!!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Great vacation get away. Secluded, close to everything. Very comfy with all the little extras

  • 5 of 5

Very nice vacation home close to st Joseph state park, cone heads, Trading Post and short drive to port st joe and appalachicola. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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We always stay at Amelia by the bay. Love the property and the owner Marcia!

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Secluded, private and perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th year to stay at Amelia. The house is very comfortable and well stocked. The screen house down on the bay is my favorite feature! Even though Hermine cut our stay a few days short we had a wonderful time. We recommend you check I out for yourself.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Perfect Location on the Cape!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd trip to Amelia By the Bay, that alone speaks well for any rental! Our Family consist of 6 adults ranging in age from 18 to 50+ years old. Amelia By the Bay has something for everyone. The home is centrally located to everything the Cape and surrounding areas have to offer. The Rental home is private (uncommon for beach areas) and has everything one could wish for. The Home is always clean and has an open floor plan that works great for family vacationers. This is one of only a few properties that has a 500' dock on the Bay. My family has experienced some new form of Marine life while observing from the dock each year! This year we found the home to have many updates and also added the paddle board to it's lineup that already had included Kayaks! The Screen house that includes the hammock is a must. There's also a fire pit at the Bay for conversation and smores! We had an unusual amount of rain during this trip, but the homes location made it easy to take advantage of the sunny periods and the screen house gave us shelter to wait out the smaller summer showers. I come to expect nothing but the best when arriving to Amelia by the Bay, but Marcia is the class of all owners! She is first class from initial communication when making reservations to checking on you once you arrive home. We experienced flooding back at our home during our stay and she was willing to help us in any way. Marcia went above and beyond to make us comfortable and accommodate us in many ways. To sum it up, Best location on the Bay/ Cape San Blas, Great home with everything you could possibly need, Privacy, Private 500' dock, Central location, and the best owner on the Cape. You cannot go wrong with this combination!

Thanks so much for having us again!

The Devilliers

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great bay house for taking your boat!

  • 4 of 5

This house is in a great location on the cape. Nearby to popular cape stores and beach access. The house is fully equipped and very comfortable beds. It's a great house for multiple people, we never felt crowded. The sunrise is amazing whether on the dock or watching from the deck. We took our boat and went out everyday, easy to pull up and tie off at the dock. The snorkeling and fishing in the bay is excellent! Definitely go to Webers Little Donut Shop which is walkable it's great. The beach is beautiful from the state park.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fires on the beach, Golf cart rentals for the beach and state park, fishing, scalloping and crabing off of the dock. Kayaks.

Horse riding rentals on the beach. Boat rentals at the Port St. Joe Marina and dockage right on the property.


Rates & Availability

Port Saint Joe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 11 2017
60 night minimum stay
Peak Spring
Mar 12 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer/Scallop Season
May 28 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
December Holidays
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Reservation Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Call me directly anytime: 561-469-9520 or 561-401-1704.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Port Saint Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • 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
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Roomy with large private bath, all new linens
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , 2nd couples or single guests will love this room
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Plush Microsuede Sectional with queen sleeper
    Kids' room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed , Double bed with twin bunk on top
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in great room sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Directly on open water of St. Joe Bay and across from Gulf beach park access, Cape Palms county Park with 24/7 access. (BBQ grills, shelters and childrens play area). KAYAKS & PADDLE BOARDS by screen house. Boat dockage and trailer parking. Wetland walk-over to bay beach. 1/6th mile north from 'The Trading Post' general store. Close to the St. Joe golf corse (apx. 10 mi.)

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