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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

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:
December 8, 2016

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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Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Sarasota's Only Retro Vacation Experience! Pool and Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 12 reviews

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: Feb 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: Apr 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: Mar 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: Mar 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: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very disappointed

  • 2 of 5

My original review on April 7 was more detailed, but I have revised it based on the owner’s subsequent behavior. On the day I left the property after a 4-week stay, I sent him a letter outlining the concerns listed below, but received no helpful reply. A month later he refunded two thirds of my original deposit; it was short due to an admitted error on his part and I was promised a check for the balance. However, upon seeing my review, he 1) added his own positive “reviews”; 2) posted lies about my stay; 3) berated me on the phone and hung up on me; and 4) refused to refund the balance. I have email threads and a photo proving my claim. I had 6 guests who can attest to the issues, but they can’t post reviews here (only one per contract). I have filed a complaint with the Fla. Div. of Consumer Svcs. The worst problems were the inadequate plumbing and the property manager’s slow response and lack of follow-up. The half-bath toilet stopped working the first weekend and feces, including toilet paper, were coming out an open pipe just outside the screened porch and 10 ft. from the kitchen and barbecue grill. The kitchen sink clogged and we had no use of the sink or dishwasher for 3 days. In both plumbing cases, the PM (owner’s sister) was, IMO, slow to respond in order to save money on weekend plumbers. Other problems included, but were not limited to: the property was dirty (my feet turned black if I went barefoot in the house); the pool, including the bottom of it, was choked with leaves and there was no pool service during the 4 weeks; the pool vacuum was unusable due to missing pieces; the original ad claimed “2.5 baths,” but one is in the shed outside and has no hot water; the window in one of the back bedrooms is bolted shut (the owner later claimed for safety reasons, but the bedroom next to it has a working window); a raccoon was nesting in the attic and the owner falsely tried to blame the resulting fleas on my dog (only one, contrary to his reply). He claimed that I had a $250 electricity overage, but I used NO a/c or heat and only used the pool for 5 of the 28 days. I broke nothing, and left the house in better shape than when I arrived. The PM did no inspection on my arrival but the guest before me was not charged for items I allegedly damaged, if their “review” is to be believed. This place has potential, but I feel that the owner has behaved unscrupulously by withholding my deposit and lying about the true reason: he didn’t like my review.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there, this is Craig, the owner of Halfmoon South. I really feel the need to respond to this review. The renter's cash deposit was withheld because of a number of issues with damage & breach of contract, plain & simple & that is why she is upset. In the last 7years we have NEVER had to charge ANY renter, even one cent for damages, or breach of contract except this one. The renter that left this review left the home in a totally unacceptable state. The screen door was broken. The screen itself was pushed out. Barbecue equipment was broken. Trash and bottles were left everywhere. We allowed her dogs to stay and then had to pay an exterminator to get rid of the fleas. She allowed her dogs on the furniture & we even had to remove dog nose prints from the window glass above the couch. She left the house filthy, & even admits in her review to exceeding the number of guests allowed! Yes the pool does get leaves, it is a private outdoor pool. This is the first renter to complain that they have to skim the leaves off the pool. To have a daily pool service do this would cost almost as much as the rental, & we never claimed to provide such service. Pool vacuum & equipment work fine. THEY ARE NEW! The cabana, (not a shed) has a shower for rinse off & does not have hot water. I am not sure why she expected otherwise. We did have a raccoon enter the attic. It was immediately & professionally trapped & humanely removed. The "kid's room" window that faces the pool is indeed bolted shut. This is so kids do not have any opportunity to leave via window to the backyard pool area unsupervised. It is a safety issue. Normal people open the lanai doors & use the air conditioning.There was a plumbing issue while this guest stayed there. It was unfortunate, and unforseeable but we took care if it asap and had plumbers address the situation AS SOON AS WE COULD GET THEM TO! The problem was caused by a blockage of NON-FLUSHABLE MATERIAL. We could not prove it was her fault but we have our suspicions. The plumbing is more than adequate. Because of the inconvenience of the plumbing issue, we did refund part of her deposit. I wish now we had not, yet still wanted to try to be fair and put myself in the renter's shoes, and it was an inconvenience. We have been very lucky with the people we have rented to. They have been courteous & responsible. (I feel for the owner of HER next rental.) l know you can't please everyone ( we do try to) but this guest was just something else.
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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.


Rates & Availability

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High Season
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

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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Gulf Gate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
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.

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