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'Cape Refreshment' - Beach Front Bliss & Private Bay Access

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-8)

Cape Refreshment is an ideal escape, where you can shake off the snow, recharge your batteries and melt into the soft glow of the the most spectacular sunsets anywhere.

Peace. Privacy. Open spaces. Cape San Blas is an oasis in a busy world, and Cape Refreshment is located in one of the quietest portions of the cape. Just three homes share your quiet paved road that extends from the beach to the bay. About everything a person could hope for in a romantic couple’s get-away, a honeymoon, a private family vacation or just a time of refreshment can be found here, in abundance, and Cape Refreshment delivers all the cape has to offer.

Located about mid-way between St. Joseph State Park and the narrows where the cape turns North (the Stump Hole), our central location is blessed with the clear waters of the gulf, close proximity to the stores a short drive to the south. The bay-side dock offers easy access for kayaker’s, boaters, waders, fishermen and the world famous scalloping of St. Joseph Bay.

Cape Refreshment is beach-front with an unobstructed view. Every room in the home looks over the turquoise waters and lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Even the large shower and Jacuzzi tub in the master bath can be opened to the view of the gulf if you desire. Every bedroom opens through large screened sliding glass doors to a deck or balcony, allowing all guest the opportunity of being lulled to peaceful sleep by the gentle sound of rolling waves.

Cape Refreshment is our oasis, and has never been on formal rental program. We spend at least 2 months a year in the home and offer limited rentals when we are not on site. Cleaning and landscaping are performed by trusted friends that know our home and the way we like it kept. Our hope is to develop a small group of customers and friends that will treat our home the way they would like their home to be treated. Some repeat guests may have the opportunity to use recreational equipment stored on site.

Cape Refreshment is perfect for small groups or couples, and the main floor is the ideal combination of quality and functionality for a couple that seeks a time of intimacy. Little things like high thread count quality cotton sheets, whirlpool tub, good kitchen appliances and cooking equipment with a well stocked spice cupboard differentiate our home from the typical vacation rental.

For the person that must keep business alive during vacation, DSL, Secure Wi-FI, Print/Copy/Fax and 25 minutes of Long Distance via land line are provided.

Our deck is one of Cape Refreshment’s greatest features. Many homes offer nice decks, but few have the full combination of protected and open decks offered here. The deck at Cape Refreshment extends across the entire western face of the home. As you step out of the large glass doors, the first half of the deck is fully enclosed by roof and screen, well lit and has a large ceiling fan. This section allows full enjoyment of the gulf for storm watching, sipping breakfast coffee, eating meals at the teak-wood table, escaping the bugs if they are bad or just getting out of the sun. The second half of the deck is a fully exposed sun deck with no obstructions from one end to the other, ideal for working on the perfect bronze that sun lovers seek, watching dolphins chase fish in the waves, feeding the gulls or just watching the people and sites along the beach.

Our pergola sits on the beach, right atop the dune line, looking due west over the Gulf, offering the ideal spot to enjoy the magnificent sunsets for which Cape San Blas is famous.

Fishermen, water sports fans, bird watchers and nature lovers will find everything they hope for, and this is what originally drew us to the cape. Beach lovers for years, we set out to find a place that was not over developed, had exceptional outdoor opportunities, but offered reasonable access to shopping, dining and social activities. It only took us 5 years to find it, but we believe the Cape offers it all, and think you will too.

Our home is not the largest, or most lavish home on the beach. If you come to the beach so you can swim in a pool, play video games and watch movies, this is not the place for you. But on more than one occasion, people have stopped along the beach and made comments like 'this is the prettiest home on the beach' or 'the quintessential beach house'. If rest, relaxation or water sports in a comfortable, understated, yet executive quality home is your idea of the perfect beach get-away, then your search is over. Cape Refreshment is your destination.

If you need space for a larger group, but still want beach front and seclusion, I would recommend 'Cape Ann' vrbo #12986, we stayed there before buying our own. It is a very nice home with friendly, helpful owners.

Cape Refreshment is open to NON-SHEDDING pet breeds, that are permitted on the tiled main floor. We have pet allergies, so pets are not permitted in the carpeted top-floor guest rooms, no exceptions. Our home is NON SMOKING. No reservations accepted for vacationing students or singles under age 25 unless accompanied by adult legal guardian or parent during entire stay. Chaperoned groups not accepted. Restrictions apply regarding number of people that may accompany parent or legal guardian. 7 person maximum occupancy. Persons found in violation of house rules will be excused from the property immediately without refund.

Keywords: Beachfront Single Family Home

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Beth Hicks
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Beth Hicks

Landlocked in the frozen northlands of Ohio, but beach bums at heart, we had been visiting east coast beaches for years. Thankfully, a friend convinced us to try the Gulf coast. Our second year on the Cape, we started looking for a place we could call home. As a construction contractor, we found it hard to find a home that suited our tastes in the high on flash - low on substance McMansion mecca that Florida has become. Our first time in this house, with it's huge screened and open decks, understated construction quality, and bay side boat dock just a couple hundred yards away, we knew we had finally found what we were looking for.

Beth Hicks purchased this house in 2008

Why Beth Hicks chose Port St. Joe

Cape San Blas is simply a water sports paradise. The fishing in the bay, off the beach or on many of the freshwater bodies in the area is as fine as anywhere. Scalloping, snorkeling and shelling in the calm crystal clear waters of the St. Joseph bay is something we never tire of. A year after our first visit to Cape San Blas we began our search for our perfect vacation home. It only took 4 years to find what we believe is the perfect place. We hope you will love it as much as we do, and we look forward to the new friends that Cape Refreshment may bring to our lives.

What makes this house unique

The location of our home is virtually ideal. The south end of the cape often has dirtier water and beach erosion has created numerous difficulties along the south end. Yet the fishing, scalloping and water sports in the bay are better in the south. Centrally located, in one of the narrowest sections of the cape, our beach is quiet, yet we are close to the sports that most Cape vacationers enjoy the most. The bay is so close that a person of average health can easily carry a kayak from our house to the bay-side dock. For our needs and desires, Cape Refreshment offers the total package.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Beth & Mike,

Thank you so much for everything! We thoroughly enjoyed the house, loved the large kitchen (which was well stocked and labelled making things easy to find). Kids loved the fact that we could walk to the Trading Post to get an icecream after dinner. I liked the fact that we could get fresh donunts in the morning. David loved fishing in the ocean and scalloping in the bay. It was great to take the kayaks out in the bay, kids loved taking a bath in the big tub and the adults loved the outdoor shower. And the view!!!... it was so nice to be able to look out and see the ocean at ALL times. We enjoyed our dinners on the deck. In short, we loved everything and look forward to coming back if you will have us. PS: How could I forget, Robin and I thoroughly enjoyed the two 1,000 piece puzzles this week. That was a real treat for both of us and something we never get to do at home. :)
Aug 2012
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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: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main floor master
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main room fold out
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , 2nd floor guest room with Double/Twin bunk sleeps 3/balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 2nd floor guest room with balcony
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) Brand new update from Double to Queen in north guest room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) Double on bottom, twin on top. Perfect for three kids.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private bay side dock, 2nd floor bedroom balconies, Ocean view from every room, water sports equipment may be available for repeat customers, non-shedding dog breeds permitted on main floor level ONLY.


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'Cape Refreshment' - Beach Front Bliss & Private Bay Access
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews

Absolutely Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

This is about my sixth time to this house at the cape. It's so perfect for a family of 4-7. Like always the fishing was spectacular off the beach and from the kayak out in the ocean. I couldn't imagine going to another place for vacation. When the wife and kids would rather cook dinner so you don't have to leave, you know it's a great place. The bay access is wonderful also. We got kayaks and went for a beautiful bay cruise and saw all kinds of wildlife including a big shark. We will be back again for more Cape San Blas fun!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation We Have Ever Had !!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home, on a beautiful beach, with the bay in walking distance. We brought our dogs with us and had the best vacation of our lives. We never even went upstairs since it was just my husband and I but the one floor we used was everything we could have ever wanted. You can see the ocean from anywhere on the first floor. The patio is amazing, a combination of open and screened in (if I had to pick a favorite the patio is it). The bedroom was so comfortable and had such amazing views we spent a lot of time there when we weren't on the beach, fishing, or finding wonderful restaurants. There is newer furniture and televisions in the living room than what is shown in the pictures and it is very comfortable. The kitchen was really great and we enjoyed cooking fresh seafood several nights. The walk to the ocean was easy and we were able to leave our beach supplies under the gazebo each night so it only took a few minutes to set up each day. I had back surgery 3 weeks before and I never had any discomfort. Now, about the owners. This couple loves this home and it shows. They pay attention to every detail and work hard to make sure their guest are very comfortable and have the best time possible. Everything from the towels in the bathroom to the comfortable beds are there for your enjoyment. I had a question while I was there and she answered me immediately. They don't just want to rent you a place to stay, they want you to love your visit to their home. We are blessed for having found them and their wonderful home on the beach. P.S. Our dogs loved every minute too!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great family vacation here at Cape Refreshment! Even though our weather could have been better, we did exactly what we wanted to do. We went to the local fish markets and was able to eat very well the week we were there, with a fully stocked kitchen. The boys were able to do all the shelling they ever had wanted to do. We walked to get ice cream. We walked the beach at night and got to watch the ghost crabs run around, which we thought was way cool to watch:). We drove over to Apalachicola and on the way there saw an alligator on the side of the road, to shop and eat. We had such a great family vacation that I can't wait to visit this place again!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingston Springs, TN

Bliss at the beach

  • 5 of 5

Cape Refreshment was a perfect retreat for my wife, myself, and our dog Grits. We had a daughter come in for the first three days with her two sons 13 and 11. We kayaked, fished, walked the beach, and enjoyed the screened porch and the unscreened deck. The place had everything we wanted - solitude, comfort, nice new living room furniture, kayaks. We ate in Port St. Joe a couple of times. We drove over to Apalachicola for lunch one day. We ordered pizza from the store down the road. It was fun to have to drive away to eat and then come back to the solitude again. Ahhh!!!!!

We ant to thank Mike and Beth for being great VRBOers. We really enjoyed staying in your home and hope to be back in the very near future. Thanks for opening your home to us. God Bless you and your family.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bonfires on the beach, Dogs allowed on the beach, peace and privacy,

  • 5 of 5

Cape Refreshment is the perfect beach home owned by the most thoughtful and generous family. My family celebrated Thanksgiving at the beach with our pet. I have to say it was the best vacation because we got to have our pet with us. The house has a large screened in porch (with rocking chairs) and an outer deck to enjoy the view and sunshine. The new living room furniture was very comfortable for the whole family to relax together at night to watch tv. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you may want to cook. All three bedrooms have views of the beach, ceiling fans and large flat screen tvs. The two bedrooms upstairs have private balconies. A private outdoor shower is perfect for bathing pet after a day at the beach. At night, we enjoyed bonfires on the beach after watching the sunset over the water.

We are planning on coming back next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Refreshing Cape Refreshment

  • 5 of 5

My family (husband, self, and 9-year-old son) just spent a wonderful week at Cape Refreshment. This is our second time renting on the Cape so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect and what's important for us.

The house is just the right size for the 3 of us. We love the outdoor space - the massive covered/screened porch and sun deck are definitely two of the best features of the house. We enjoyed many meals on the porch, away from bugs and wind. The view of sunset from the deck is just fabulous!

Another great feature of this house is the private access to St. Joe Bay. We saw sea stars, cranes, horseshoe crabs, and tons of other wildlife. We even tried the crab traps tied to the dock. We didn't catch anything, but it was a lot of fun!

The house is immaculately kept, well equipped and all the appliances/electronics/wifi are in good working condition. Beth, the owner, is very responsive to my questions. The booking process went smoothly. There was even a welcome gift when we arrived at the house.

All in all, we really enjoyed our vacation at Cape Refreshment. Thank you, Beth, for sharing your wonderful house with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Linens provided (excludes beach towels).

Spring Break and Holiday rates may vary according to demand.

50% due at reservation
50% due 30 days before arrival
100% at reservation if less that 30 days from 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.

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