Blue Whale on St. George Island, Florida

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Last updated: 08/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description



The Blue Whale Inn is a small private cottage Located on beautiful St. George Island, Florida which was ranked the #3 beach for 2013 & 2014, 2015 & 2016 in the USA by Dr. Beach!
This 'ranking' puts our island/beaches in the 'upper echlon' of vacation destinations and is quite an honor & distinction!!
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Please note; SGI is a 'laid back', quiet and peaceful location. 'Serenity Now' comes to mind. Our 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 Matthews family, our beach home is now available for rent (in 1 week blocks only) to the general public on a limited basis.

While this vacation house is not a 'glamorous beach mansion', (the paint is a little faded on the exterior, the sheets don't always match and there may be a spot or two on the carpet)... it is cozy, comfortable and clean with a LOT of character!

It's 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. 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 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 fold out queen Futon 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 shower on the main deck. An additional 'rustic' enclosed shower is available on the ground level. 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 ($1500 per week). Season 2 is priced at $1100 per week and season 3 is $1000 per week. Shorter stays (or month long stays) are sometimes available during 'off season', check with owner. 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 very affordable and fair and are NOT negotiable (please do not 'make us an offer' or ask for reduced rates).

There are lots of extras including a hammock for the deck, entertainment system with outdoor speakers. 42' HD flat screen TV with dual-tuner Dish Network satellite receiver & DVR (loaded with movies), HBO and over 250 additional channels. There is an additional TV w/DVD in Palm bedroom. All the furniture and appliances are in good shape and linens/towles/dishes/cookware are 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 :-)

Our rates are affordable and vary depending on length of stay and season. The home and island/beach are 'pet friendly' (pets require a non-refundable $100 pet fee). There are no additional charges other than 9% state sales tax. We are currently not set up for credit cards, but personal checks are fine. We can accept PayPal with a 3% surcharge. This home is owner managed (not by a rental company). There is no direct Wi-Fi service provided, but you can normally pick up many free signals. 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 and make up the beds to 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. We also have a monthly professional exterminating service. If the hot tub water looks 'cloudy' you are welcome to 'drain' and refill with fresh water (a hose is there on the deck).

We appreciate you considering the BWI for your next vacation & look forward to hearing from you :-)

PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO on you tube (it's not very well produced, but gives you a good feel of the cottage). (copy and paste to 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,

Keywords: Beach House

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed on deck...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    $100 additional fee for pets. Beach is 'pet friendly' :-)...moreless

  • 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

  • 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 Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    TRAIN central system w/additional window units in bed rooms...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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    With extra pillows and blankets...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line is available for emergency calls only...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    With laundry detergent provided...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free WiFi is usually available from several nearby sources...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • 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

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Tile counter tops...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    All the basics, including: extra trash can liners, laundry & dishwasher detergent, cleaning supplies & more....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • 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



Write a review 5
from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Season 1 (prime)
May 21 - Sep 9, 2016
7 night min stay

Season 2 (2016)
Sep 10 - Nov 18, 2016
7 night min stay

Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 18 - Jan 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Season 1 (prime)
Mar 4 - Apr 15, 2017
7 night min stay

Season 1 (prime)
May 20 - Sep 9, 2017
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:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/15/2016
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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 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!

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:



  • Blue Whale Inn

    Blue Whale Inn

  • 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

  • New tile shower!!

    New tile shower!!

  • Stairs to loft bedroom (w/half bath)

    Stairs to loft bedroom (w/half bath)

  • Additional photo of 'Palm Room'

    Additional photo of 'Palm Room'

  • 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.

  • Blue Whale Inn living room

    Blue Whale Inn living room

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

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

  • The Bunk Room (with twin beds)

    The Bunk Room (with twin beds)

  • 'Palm Bedroom' w/queen bed (and TV)

    'Palm Bedroom' w/queen bed (and TV)

  • 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 - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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