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Goof Off at the Gufenauf

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

The original 'Gufenauf' name was for our boat, symbolizing our intentions -to goof off! We learned to do it so well, we extended the name to our house and invite you to enjoy your own goofin' off experience.

This Gulf Front home is located at Indian Pass in the heart of 'Florida's Forgotten Coast'. Indian Pass is one of the last beaches which still allows campfires for wiener-roasts and s'mores. Because of the unique land/water interplay, the sky creates a planetarium affect, producing sunrises, sunsets and night skies that have to be seen to be believed.

Bring your boat, the driveway is accommodating and the public boat ramp leading to some of Florida's best fishing is only 3/4 mile east; but if you don't find our hidden grouper holes, just drive one mile west to the renowned Indian Pass Raw Bar, home to Apalachicola's finest oysters and seafood. Snorkeling and scalloping is available in St. Joe Bay, only a few miles further West. One-quarter mile from the boat ramp lies St. Vincent Island, a 12,358 acre uninhabited national wildlife refuge (a shuttle is available). Also within minutes is St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - A 2500 acre Park voted the top beach in America in 2002 and is constantly in the top 10.

No boat? Book your own diving or fishing charter with one of the many captains or just sit on the balcony, sipping your favorite beverage and watch the shrimp boats passing the 'Gufenauf' on their way to deep waters.

Whether it’s fishing, crabbing, diving or metal detecting for the legendary pirates' treasure buried at Money Bayou, we hope you enjoy the magic of 'Gufenauf'.

Keywords: Beach House

More Details

Ralph Monger
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Ralph Monger

Although we live in Central Fl., we have been coming to Indian Pass for the past 35 years. At first we rented in the area and then in 1987 we bought the Gufenauf. To visit Indian Pass is like stepping back in time 50 years. We have been lucky enough to take our kids, grandkids and now our great grandkids to this magical place. It truly is the 'Forgotten Coast' and hopefully will remain that way for many years to come.

Ralph Monger purchased this house in 1987

Why Ralph Monger chose Port St. Joe

This is a question better answered by those renters who come back year after year.

What makes this house unique

We love it here because it's quite, safe, and secluded. We enjoy fishing off of the beach and crabbing with the kids, not to mention, the fresh seafood in the area. Mostly, we enjoy just kicking back, doing nothing, and working on our stress relief. We've had enough of the big city resort vacations.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our beach house has been available for rent for 8 years as of this posting. We are averging just under 3 rentals per month. That's outstanding. The people who stay here come back. Why? because they love it. It's a cute little house, that's priced right, on a beach that's almost deserted. What's not to like? Did I mention that it's very very quiet with sunsets and stars to die for????
May 2008
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Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rules: Please treat our beloved home with tender respect but, most of all, enjoy your time in our peaceful, replenishing atmosphere.
  • When pets return from beach, please use downstairs shower to wash off sand. If you close the sliding glass door blinds, you will stay cooler :-)
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Queen sofa - Queen Futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fish Cleaning Station, Hot/Cold Outdoor Shower


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Goof Off at the Gufenauf
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 53 reviews
Port Severn, Ontario Canada

Beyond Expectations !

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a wonderful time walking the quite stretches of pristine beach, surf fishing and cooking local oysters on the BBQ. Experienced many excellent day trips exploring this beautiful region by car. Our Host Ralph was very helpful and can be contacted any time if you need something or require information about the area. The home is comfortable and has everything you could possibly need for a short or long term stay. The Forgotten Coast exceeded all expectations with its spectacular scenery and laid back atmosphere. We will definitely will be back.

A and Y Whyte

ON Canada

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scottsville, Kentucky

Great Confortable Pet Friendly House

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I stayed a week with our two dogs and had a wonderful stay. All you need is there, from the bath & dish towels, plates, pots & pans, washer/dryer, charcoal bbq. I brought spices from home and the grocery store, but to my surprise, those were there already. Every place I've rented before has never had even your basic needs of salt & pepper!

The neighborhood was quiet & safe. The beach is right thru the pathway & we had a beach stroller to carry all our beach stuff, so it was easy to take everyday to & from.

We enjoyed having our morning coffee on the picnic table and ate dinner there too while watching the sunset. The last day while hanging out on the beach, we got to see a bunch of doliphins swimming pretty close to the shoreline!

The Indian Pass Raw Bar was fabulous! Frank gave us information on a good place to buy fresh shrimp to cook at tge house.

I hope to make future vacations at the Gufenauf. Big thank you to Frank for his hospitality on this rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just let me know when you want to come back and we'll set it up. Glad you enjoyed yourselves we certainly enjoyed you. Until later, Ralph
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Great location, beautiful beaches.

  • 4 of 5

Our family had 7 great nights at Gufenauf. It is centrally located between the Cape, Port St. Joe and the Apilachicola area. Anything fun to do on the Gulf is close by. The beach is less than 2 minutes by foot, it's sparsely populated and the shelling is great. We were treated to dolphins at sunset our last night there.

The house was spotless, the A/C was cold and we never ran out of hot water. Having only one bath required 5 of us to plan accordingly, but it was manageable. The house was comfortable and everything worked as it should.

Ralph, the owner, is as pleasant a person as you could ask for. He made this, our first VRBO experience, simple and seamless. He even called us to make sure all was well with our stay.

The only problem we encountered at the house were mosquitos, which we solved by spending more time on the beach!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that the mosquitos bothered you --- I'll have a talk with them the next time I'm there. :-) Happy Forth of July
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A great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

this home is just steps away from the east end of Indian Pass beach. Miles of uncrowded beach await. I was there several weeks before Memorial Day and it was virtually empty. Indian Pass Rd. and Hwy 30A have nice shoulders and light traffic. It was a great bike ride out to Cape San Blas (which has a dedicated bike/runner trail). This allowed for up to 40 miles of cycling. The Port St. Joe Country Club is less than 10 miles away for golf.

The house has everything you could need. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review , David You guys were great and you're welcome back anytime. Just let me know.
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Wonderful Location, Friendly Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

After enjoying part of our last two winters on the east coast of Florida, we decided to try and find somewhere less crowded. We certainly did that when we discovered Gufenauf and Indian Pass. Ralph was very friendly and accommodating. The house was clean and well equipped. To wake up to the sound of mocking birds instead of traffic was special. We had a relaxing and great time. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Panama City
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
St. Joe Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 12.0%

There is a deposit required to hold the reservation and is part of the rent. This is normally $300.
The balance is due 2 weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.