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

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Last updated: 05/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/17/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    main floor only, non-shedding breeds. Collapsible large breed cage on site for times when you may need to leave the pet for extended periods....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Main floor master...moreless

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

    Main room fold out...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    2nd floor guest room with Double/Twin bunk sleeps 3/balcony...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 queen

    2nd floor guest room with balcony...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (3) with flat screen LCD televisions in main living room, master bedroom and double bedroom...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    with spectacular unobstructed views...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Right on the ocean with nothing but native plants and white sand separating you from the turquoise waters of The Gulf of Mexico...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    with separate units and controls for both floors....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    2 concrete drives approximately 50-60' feet each side. Plenty of room for boat and tow vehicle....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance:

    (20) 25 minutes per week stay is provided at no additional charge....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    top quality cotton towels and sheets...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    with full concrete drive and pads...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Limited space available for RV in the cul-de-sac...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    password protected for your safety...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    good quality equipment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    with well stocked spice cupboards...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    New with ice and water on the door....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    fully exposed sun deck with teak chaise lounges, a wide selection of chairs and pads...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened/covered with teak dining table and chairs. ...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Beach side - right on the dunes with large benches. Bay side - small covered walkthrough, no seating. Large beach side gazebo with seating for 10. Enclosed Hot/Cold shower, cold hose, and bench seat....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub


from 21 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Peak
May 20 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer Late
Aug 19 - Sep 22, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Fall 2017
Sep 23 - Nov 24, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Winter 2017/2018
Nov 25 - Feb 23, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Cleaning $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 11%


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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/17/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Port St. Joe, FL, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/17/2017

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  • View from the water

    View from the water

  • House and decks from the Beach-side pergola

    House and decks from the Beach-side pergola

  • The family room - main floor

    The family room - main floor

  • Master bath room - main floor

    Master bath room - main floor

  • Queen upstairs guest room

    Queen upstairs guest room

  • Cape Sunset

    Cape Sunset

  • Blue Water Kayak Fun

    Blue Water Kayak Fun

  • Starfish from the bay - One of the many things you see while snorkeling

    Starfish from the bay - One of the many things you see while snorkeling

  • Bay-side dock from the pergola

    Bay-side dock from the pergola

  • Well stocked kitchen and dining area - main floor

    Well stocked kitchen and dining area - main floor

  • Master bedroom looking out from the whirlpool tub - main floor

    Master bedroom looking out from the whirlpool tub - main floor

  • Protected deck

    Protected deck

  • Double/Twin bunk in upstairs guest room

    Double/Twin bunk in upstairs guest room

  • Burried Alive

    Burried Alive

  • Nice Redfish from the Bay

    Nice Redfish from the Bay

  • Sunset from Cape Refreshment.  No finer time to wet a line.

    Sunset from Cape Refreshment. No finer time to wet a line.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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