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Sarasota's Only Retro Vacation Experience! Pool and Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,475 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Halfmoon South is Sarasota's ONLY true retro vacation rental!

Located in sunny Sarasota, Florida... only minutes from endless shopping, and Siesta Key's world renowned beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Go back to a better time! Relive the 50's and 60's at Halfmoon South, a truly unique vacation experience. The moment you enter Halfmoon South, you will be amazed at the attention to detail throughout. From the furniture and decorations to the cupboards full of authentic retro dinnerware and glassware, it IS a one of a kind getaway!

Halfmoon South is also close to so many things the wonderful city of Sarasota, Florida has to offer. A seemingly endless choice of restaurants, shopping, and activities await. Sarasota is known for its rich culture in the arts and the arts and crafts of many local artisans.

From Halfmoon South, it is an easy drive to Busch Gardens, Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios and all of the other Orlando and Kissimme attractions without being in the hustle and bustle of it all.

'It was like going back in time. Like the vacations my family took in the 50's and 60's when I was a kid.'

Ryan Daley, British Columbia, Canada

'The attention to detail is unbelievable! It was like living in a 50's museum for my vacation!'

Shari Granger, New York, NY

'Highly recommended. The pictures don't do it justice, and the location is perfect!' John Williams , London

'We had a ball! Very comfortable, We shared the experience ( and cost) with another couple and we had the best time ever!'

Mr & Mrs JB Bulloch, Toronto

'Spectacular! The collection of retro artifacts that make up Halfmoon South is amazing!'

Tracy Belanget, Chicago Il

Please visit our website(via approved link below)for VIDEO, more photos and details.


More Details

Heather and Craig McCracken
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2017

About Heather and Craig McCracken

This is our family property which we lovingly remodeled after the purchase and made it a fun place in the sun!

Heather and Craig McCracken purchased this house in 2005

Guestbook comments from the owner

SOOOOOOO COOOOLL!! private pol allows for nude sunbathing and skinny dipping. They let us bring our dogs and told us about a bunch of great restaurants. This is not a 5 star resort by any means but it is absolutely amazing...just check out the photos on their site!
Jan 2011
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Car: recommended

Only minutes from endless shopping, and Siesta Key's world renowned beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Easy drive to Busch Gardens, Disney, Universal, Seaworld and all other Orlando /Kissimmee attractions without being right in the hustle and bustle of it all.


Gulf Gate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Playard is available - no linens
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cabana with pool toys and stereo, bar, private fenced backyard.


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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Sarasota's Only Retro Vacation Experience! Pool and Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.1 based on 13 reviews

Quaint rental put getting old and tired

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately we had a very disappointing stay. Many things broke down or fell apart. Major issues with the hot water. All the memorabilia on the walls are cute but are dust collectors which don't get cleaned by the cleaning staff. The pool is beautiful but a lot of work due to the neighbors trees.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is kind of surprising and yet kind of not. These people have stayed here before so that is why this is surprising, but kind of not surprising as they seemed like a totally different couple this time around. I am not sure if they are having health or personal issues but their demeanor was quite different than from last year and the property manager noticed it too. They are really quite decent folks and I hope all is well, but I do need to respond to this review. The issue with the hot water was that when they arrived it was off. The property was empty for the previous month so the hot water heater was shut off and my property manager forgot to turn it back on. (She is human and she forgot to turn it on .) This was rectified immediately by turning it on and in a couple hours they had hot water and should have had plenty for the duration so this comment kind of stumps me. Myself and my family followed them in and there was absolutely zero issues with hot water and tank is quite new. ( approx 2 years old). They were just a couple. We have our 2 kids, one being a teenager who has very lengthy showers and we never ran out of hot water. The memorabilia ( which is part of the Halfmoon South retro experience)is the same as last year so this should be no surprise, but as far as it being cleaned, a phone call would have taken care of it. But again we followed them in and there was no issue with dust on the items so not sure about that either. I agree the pool IS beautiful and it can get leaves in it from the neighbors trees. Absolutely true but having stayed there before this should be nothing new. I personally don't mind getting my morning coffee in the backyard in the morning sun and skimming the leaves off the pool. I find it very peaceful ...almost therapeutic. Weekly pool maintenance (cleaning, skimming, chemicals etc.) is provided and daily maintenance could definitely be arranged if the tenant had so desired. As far as things breaking down or falling apart, I really have no idea what this means. Again we were the next people in and everything was fine. I certainly wish no disrespect to these people and sincerely wish them well with their future rentals and with their lives. It is just kind of a kick in the pants, being that they were previous renters and that if we were contacted about any issues we have addressed them promptly and professionally. Thanks for reading my response. Enjoy life! from Craig, Heather , CJ and Hadleigh!
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Half Moon South

  • 4 of 5

Our family gathered here this March, when the weather up North was wicked. We had a lovely week at Half Moon.....close to shopping, dining, Starbucks, and the best beach in the world, Siesta Key. It was especially lovely to soak in the hot tub in the evening. Everyone enjoyed their stay and would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay! I hope maybe we will see you again!
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Great for my little dog, fenced yard check their website!

  • 5 of 5

I am not sure what to say here, I've never done a review before. The owners allow pets and our little chihuahua had a blast too. If you have not looked ather website...I think it is then that is the best review I can leave. It is not a luxury palace. It is however very comfortable and private and the 50's decor is simply amazing. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place belongs in the movies!!! It's lioke a movie set!

  • 4 of 5

I work in the film industry and it felt like walking onto a set for a 60's period piece. I do set design and will actually make thisplace known to my colleagues if the need for such a location comes up. Just think Craig & Heather, your place may end up on the big screen some day. Thanks again for eveything!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2011
  • Stayed: March 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The worst thing was having to go home!!! Great family get together!!! Highly recommended!!

  • 5 of 5

Besides the awesome furnishings and retro decor, we loved the pool area. It was a great place fo me and my brothers to do a get together. Life gets so busy you forget what it is like to relax. We had a ball! I swear some of the stuff on the walls looked like home, growing up in New York in the 60's. The nearby beach is spectacular. We also did Busch Gardens and Universal. Thanks again for a wonderful time. I have already toild my friends all about it so expect a few more New Yorkers here.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2011
  • Stayed: March 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked into the place we felt totally relaxed. Free internet and long distance helped with business needs. Midnight skinny dip within the privacy of the backyard. Loved the neon lights! Right near lots of great shopping and restaurants and they had great suggestions of hole in the wall dining places. Thanks so much! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2011
  • Stayed: March 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $15

Rates are subject to chance before confirmation of reservation. Please contact for variable pet fees. Damage deposit is generally $500, but may be subject to more depending on situation.

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