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Blue Whale on St. George Island, Florida

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms+Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, 1 outside showers (Sleeps 6/8)



The Blue Whale Inn is a small private cottage on beautiful St. George Island, Florida. Ranked the #3 beach 2013-2017 in the USA by Dr. Beach!
Our island is in the 'upper echlon' of vacation destinations... which is quite an honor & distinction!!

Find & 'LIKE US' on Facebook!

Please note; SGI is a 'laid back', quiet and peaceful location. 'Serenity Now' comes to mind. This island is the complete opposite from Panama City Beach! Although there are several bars & restaurants blocks from the house with live music on some nights, DJs & karaoke on others... If you are looking for wild 'party times' then we are not for you.

Built in the late 70's & Purchased in '94 by the Summers/Matthews family, our home is now available for rent (in 1 week blocks only) to the general public on a limited basis.

This vacation house is not a 'glamorous beach mansion', (the paint is a little faded on the exterior, the sheets don't always match, there may be a spot or two on the carpet and dust on the picture frames). We are NOT a 5 Star hotel or resort (we probably wouldn't pass the white glove treatment). That being said: the BWI is cozy and comfortable with a lot of character... plus the price is affordable!!

The Whale is a traditional 'Florida beach cottage'! Friends have described it as a "1970's type island bungalow". The surrounding grounds are natural (no fancy landscaping). The location is directly across the street from the ocean with easy public beach access. It's near the center of the island (309 West Gorrie Drive) and within walking distance to shops, restaurants and recreation areas (it's only a half block walk to or from The Blue Parrot). There is very little 'traffic' on the road in front of the house, so crossing the street to the beach w/kids is not a problem (more bicycles, walkers and golf carts pass by than cars).

The island is great for runners or bikers (with flat terrain and sidewalks along Gulf Beach Drive). The ocean can be flat as glass on some days or produce nice sized waves on others... perfect for boogie boarding (there are boogie boards at the house that you are welcome to use). The good news is that (unlike many other beaches on the Gulf), it's SAFE! No 'rip-currents' on St. George Island!

The home sleeps 6 comfortably with 3 bedrooms (loft BR with king bed and sitting area, master BR with queen bed & additional BR room with twin beds). 2 extra people could sleep on the Futons in the living room (but it gets a little crowded... 6 is the perfect number). There is a recently renovated bath with a large walk in custom tile shower on the main level, a half bath in the loft and outdoor 'open-air' shower on the side. The home features a large deck with fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico along with a 4 person hot-tub.

This cottage is available for WEEK LONG STAYS ONLY (top rate: $1300 per week). Season 2 is priced at $1000 per week and season 3 is lower. Shorter stays (or month long stays) are sometimes available during 'off season', check with owner (we'd be happy to try and work with you). Deposit is 50% of rent (balance due at least a week prior to arrival). We personally use the house a lot and only rent 8 to 10 times a year (to cover our taxes and insurance). Our rates are quite fair & affordable and vary depending on length of stay and season. They are also NOT NEGOTIABLE (please do not 'make us an offer' or ask for reduced rates). When the house is not rented then we will be there :-)

There are lots of extras including a hammock for the deck, entertainment system w/outdoor speakers. 42' HD flat screen TV with dual-tuner HD Dish Network satellite receiver & DVR (loaded with movies), Sirus/XM radio, HBO, Showtime and over 250 additional channels. There is a ROKU internet 'streaming video' box for your use with Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO-GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME subscriptions (thousands of movies and programing, free on demand). There is an additional TV w/DVD in Palm bedroom. The furniture & appliances are several years old, but in good shape. Linens, towels, extra blankets & pillows, dishes, cookware and an extensive selection of cooking utensils are available. A collection of books and DVDs are also provided.

There is a central AC/heat system (Train) along with individual wall mounted AC units in each bedroom for personal climate control. The cottage stays CHILL :-)

The home and island/beach are 'pet friendly' (pets require a non-refundable $100 pet fee). Dogs in public areas/beach/park must be on a leash. There are no additional charges other than 9% state sales tax. We are currently not set up for credit cards, but personal checks or money orders are fine. We can accept PayPal with a 3% surcharge.

This home is owner managed (not by a rental company). There is on-site direct (pass word protected) Wi-Fi & high speed DSL internet service provided. Cell service on the island is good (with the exception of T-Mobile).

Although I personally (or my housekeeper in Eastpoint) come down to the island between reservations to wash the sheets/towels, make up the beds and make sure the house is ready for our next guests, we do ask that each family/group make every effort to leave the cottage in the condition it was when you arrived and is clean and presentable for the next guests. This arrangement allows us to keep our rates lower and has worked well. We do have maid/cleaning services available at no charge if, upon arrival, you discover anything unsatisfactory (which you should report to us immediately). We also have a monthly professional exterminating service.

The HOT TUB is a thrill... in the summer, we keep it 'cool' which provides a stimulating experience after a warm day on the beach. When it's chilly at night, you can move the temperature 'up' for a relaxing warm night time 'soak'.

If the hot tub water looks 'cloudy' you are welcome to 'drain' and refill with fresh water (a hose is there on the deck next to the outside shower).

We appreciate you considering the BWI for your next vacation & look forward to hearing from you :-). Also, PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO on YouTube (it's not very well produced, but gives you a good feel of the cottage). Copy and paste the link below to your browser.

We highly encourage you to watch the video prior to calling us.
We also have a Facebook page:

Please contact John Summers Matthews for more information and availability.
We anticipate and look forward to personally connecting with potential guests prior to booking. we've been on VRBO for many years... we have a good reputation. THANKS!!

Kind regards,

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 890 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of games, books and videos for kids...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • King size bed (1) Upstairs in loft BR w/seating area, Queen size Bed (1) in BR2, Queen Futon in living room, Twin beds (2) in BR 3....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Completely renovated bathroom with custom tile/stone shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Upstairs in the loft bedroom...moreless

  • Recently renovated bathroom on main level with large custom 'walk in' tile shower. Additional shower on outside deck....moreless


  • Books:

    variety of children and adult books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    standard (not Blu-Ray)...moreless

  • Games:

    board games...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network 250+ channels w/HBO and XM satelite radio w/speakers on deck...moreless

  • Stereo:

    w/outside deck speakers and aux input for MP3 player (or Iphone)...moreless

  • Television:

    42" HD flat screen plasma. Roku streaming receiver box with Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Go...moreless

  • Toys:

    Many board games...moreless

  • Video Library:

    a nice variety of DVDs available...moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View:

    Directly across from the Gulf w/great ocean views (close enough to hear the surf). Direct public access to beach in front of the house (across the street)....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table can seat 8 (6 is more comfortable)...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    TRAIN central system w/additional window units in bed rooms (plus fans)...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Parking for 2 cars under house and 2 additional in drive...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central AC & heat (with additional space heaters)...moreless

  • Internet:

    Personal hi speed Wi-Fi and direct 'plug in to router' DSL on site & in home (password protected). Password provided upon check-in. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    With extra pillows and blankets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    1 full size sofa (seats 3) plus 2 lounge chairs...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    With laundry detergent provided (while it lasts)...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free Wi-Fi is available on site....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee (filters provided)...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full selection of pots, pans,bakeware and extras....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full selection of dishes, glassware & utensils. Top of the line KitchenAid blender (for perfect margaritas)....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    With dishwashing detergent provided...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    All the basics, including: extra trash can liners, laundry & dishwasher detergent, cleaning supplies & more (while they last)...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    KitchenAid 4 slice...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Balcony off upstairs loft overlooking living room downstairs...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck with great view of the Gulf of Mexico w/deck furniture...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa



from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Season 1 (prime)
May 20 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,300 $4,200
Special Holiday
May 28 - Jun 3, 2017
7 night min stay

flat fee
Season 2 (2017)
Sep 10 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay

Season 3
Nov 5 - Nov 18, 2017
7 night min stay

Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay

Season 3
Nov 26 - Dec 23, 2017
7 night min stay

Christmas/New Years
Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay

Season 3
Jan 7 - Mar 2, 2018
7 night min stay

Spring Break
Mar 3 - Apr 14, 2018
7 night min stay

Season 2
Apr 15 - May 12, 2018
7 night min stay

Season 1 (PRIME)
May 13 - Aug 18, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$1,190 $2,550
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 9%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: We live in Tallahassee, FL We've owned this cottage for 20+ years and have many wonderful memories of fun times with friends! Our family grew up and spent many, many summers and weekends at The Whale... SGI (and the BWI) is dear to our heart!

Why the Owner Chose Gulf Beaches, Eastpoint, FL, USA:
SGI is the best... Our little piece of paradise is something we are very fortunate and blessed to have had for over 20+ years. Life is good!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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  • Blue Whale Inn on SGI

    Blue Whale Inn on SGI

  • Front shot of BWI from deck

    Front shot of BWI from deck

  • Another side shot of The Blue Whale Inn (with our new steel roof).

    Another side shot of The Blue Whale Inn (with our new steel roof).

  • Blue Whale Inn kitchen

    Blue Whale Inn kitchen

  • Palm room with queen bed and TV.

    Palm room with queen bed and TV.

  • New tile shower!!

    New tile shower!!

  • Stairs to loft bedroom (w/half bath)

    Stairs to loft bedroom (w/half bath)

  • Hall leading from living room to bedrooms.

    Hall leading from living room to bedrooms.

  • Microwave, coffee maker & Kitchen-Aid professional blender.

    Microwave, coffee maker & Kitchen-Aid professional blender.

  • Matthews Family Fun on SGI @ BWI :-)

    Matthews Family Fun on SGI @ BWI :-)

  • World class fishing pier extending deep into the bay!

    World class fishing pier extending deep into the bay!


  • Gulf view from deck

    Gulf view from deck

  • Another shot of the front of the Whale.

    Another shot of the front of the Whale.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Blue Whale Inn loft bed room (w/seating area)

    Blue Whale Inn loft bed room (w/seating area)

  • Another view of the 'Palm Room'.

    Another view of the 'Palm Room'.

  • The Bunk Room (with twin beds)

    The Bunk Room (with twin beds)

  • Flags flying proud on the front deck (we have many for you to choose from)

    Flags flying proud on the front deck (we have many for you to choose from)

  • Laundry room

    Laundry room

  • Kitchen counter w/Kitchen-Aid toaster.

    Kitchen counter w/Kitchen-Aid toaster.

  • Hot Tub Fun!!

    Hot Tub Fun!!

  • The beach across the street from the house (voted #3 in the nation)!!

    The beach across the street from the house (voted #3 in the nation)!!

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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