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"CARAPACE" Great beachfront view! 3BR/2 Bath beach getaway-Jun 3-10 is available

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'Carapace' is the perfect beachfront cottage with white sandy beach right on the gorgeous bluish-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once again SGI makes Top Ten Beaches on the 2015 BEST BEACHES by Dr. Beach!

Carapace offers expansive beachfront gulf views from living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and sun deck. Great place to enjoy unspoiled beaches and gulf breezes. Take a short stroll down the uncrowded beach or sit at water's edge. It's 'Old Florida' the way it should be - a beautiful natural setting unblemished by crowds and highrise development. Just take a deep breath and reeelaaax.

The natural environment here supports many plant and animal species you will enjoy seeing - blue,fiddler, and hermit crabs; many fish, dolphins, sea turtles, tarpon, manatee, eagles, osprey, and many other sea birds-snowy plovers, least terns. Eco-tours are available on the island for guided sight-seeing, if you like. Or you can strike out on your own for a private adventure.

Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the deck. As darkness falls, you are treated to a magnificient display of starry constellations without the distraction of bright city lights. Many nights you can see the lights from local shrimp boats on the horizon.

To support a sustainable healthy environment we participate in 'eco-lodging' practices at Carapace.

Great floor plan: Open living area and master bedroom open to beachside sun deck, covered parking, hot-and-cold outdoor shower, large picnic table and park style charcoal grill for family cookouts.

3 Br, 2ba with one king bed in MR w/ private bath, one double bed, two twins-these 2 bedrooms open onto central hall with shared bath, one queen sleeper sofa in living area - linens provided. Ideal for 2 - 6 guests, can accommodate 8. 3 TVs, 1 VCR, 1 Blu-Ray player, CD player, free WiFi, and free long distance phone calls (USA). Equipped kitchen, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, initial stock of paper products provided.

One or two well behaved non-aggressive dogs are allowed. No cats please. Smoking is not allowed at Carapace.

This is a family oriented destination. No vacationing students or young adults ( 25yo) unaccompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Carapace is not available for weddings or parties.

Keywords: Beach Cottage, Cottage, Bungalo, Home, House

More Details

Owner of Carapace, Primary contact by email
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2017

About Owner of Carapace, Primary contact by email

I retired and relocated to the forgotten coast in 1998. I was, and still am, enamoured by the amazing natural environment here.

I love animals and have 3 'rescue' dogs. They are fantastic companions and love spending time at the beach house.

Owner of Carapace, Primary contact by email purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Owner of Carapace, Primary contact by email chose St. George Island

I have been vacationing here since 1975 and couldn't wait to live here fulltime. The area is a great place to live quietly and close to nature. The vistas are breathtaking and the people are friendly. You'll experience life at it's best here. The natural environment is just breathtaking. This area is a globally significant hot-spot of biodiversity. Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the northern hermishere. For bird watchers, there are 3 flyways through this area. You can still enjoy dark skies abundantly speckled with bright stars here. The mild climate is very enjoyable. I think it's just about as perfect a place as you could ask for. A nature-lover's paradise.

What makes this cottage unique

Carapace is the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. Its a great house for vacationing with your family, including the doggies. You can't beat the views, the climate, the food, the fishing, the eco tours. It's a great place to relax and rejuvenate the spirit.


Gulf Beaches Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , connects to master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , in central hall-accesible to bedroom 1,and 2, & living area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master bedroom with its own bathroom-shower/commode/vanity
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , livingroom sofa converts to sofa bed
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Guide fishing and estuary tours are available in the local area. St. George Island is a pet friendly beach community. Pets are allowed to go to the beach with you. Franklin county does have a leash law and you must clean up behind your pet. Local veterinarian is located in Eastpoint - 850-670-8306


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

"CARAPACE" Great beachfront view! 3BR/2 Bath beach getaway-Jun 3-10 is available
average rating of 4.611111 based on 18 reviews

Relaxing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first year staying on St George Island and we had no complaints. Carapace is the perfect place to get away from it all. Very peaceful, laid back, and relaxing. The view was absolutely gorgeous. The unit was clean and we had everything we needed. Thank you to the owner for providing this great getaway and for being very responsive to our last minute request.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to help out and to share our little piece of paradise. Thanks for visiting Carapace and for taking the time to submit a review. Hope you'll come back soon now that you've discovered the "forgotten coast"! It's a great place to relax and rejuvenate.
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  • 5 of 5

I want to thank the owner of carapace for being so sweet an going out of her way to make our vacation so enjoyable . The beach house was cozy an clean . We plan on coming back again. St. George island is so peaceful an beautiful.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your time and thoughtful review. We are happy to do whatever we can to make your stay enjoyable. Hope you'll come back to paradise real soon!
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Our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the beach started and ended at Carapace and it couldn't have been better. The setting was perfect on the beach the home was open to those inside as well as nature outside. This was our 5th year at St George Island and Carapace made this stay the best ever. I take my 81 year old mother to the beach every year for her birthday and she loved everything and thanks to the owner we were able to bring Jackson my pup with no problem. Of course we all go for the sun and surf, the nature and meeting all the others who come to enjoy the same. We did it all and then when we came in at the end of the day Carapace was comfortable and secure. I look forward to visiting again next year and gladly recommend this cottage and owner to all you are seeking solace at St George Island.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kindness and effort is so much appreciated. The island and Carapace really are a magical mix and we are happy to share it with guests like y'all. We hope to see you again soon.
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Great location! Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to SGI and Carapace was the best house so far. We love the location and the house was very comfortable for four adults and our grand dog. It is an older house, but well maintained. The open living area with all the windows is gorgeous! The kitchen was well equipped with lots of dishes, glassware, cooking utensils. The owner was very accommodating and brought us a new toaster very quickly after we called. The state park is wonderful for kayaking and love the dog friendly beach. The sunsets and moon rises were beautiful and we haven't seen stars and the Milky Way so bright in a long time? We will definitely return to Carapace!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Please return soon! Great meeting you! Bruce
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Columbia, Missouri

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed on SGI 5 times now. We've been on the beach every time and have not been disappointed once. Love Gulf Beaches West. Everything is easy access here and our favorite part is having plenty of space on the beach and watching the dolphins swim every day. Carapace is wonderful.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to submit a review for Carapace. I agree that W. Gulf Beaches is the best area on the island for a beach front getaway. Carapace gives you a comfortable place to enjoy your stay and Mother Nature provides the entertainment. It's all good. Hope you'll come back soon.
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Jacksonville, Florida

Comfortable Old Florida Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week at SGI. The house was clean and very comfortable. Lots of room in the large, open, light-filled living room/dining room/kitchen. The view from the living room and deck was beautiful, we had good weather and saw dolphins every day. Nice uncrowded area of the island. My husband had oysters at Hole in the Wall in Apalachicola and said they were the best he ever had. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased you enjoyed your stay and took the time to submit a review. You really can't beat the location and I too love the open floor plan of the house. Your husband is in good company as Apalachicola oysters are world famous for being the best. Hope you'll come back soon.
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Nearest Point of Interest
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Nearest Point of Interest
St George Island State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nature trail w/ elevated wooden pathway
Nearest Point of Interest
Apalachicola Historic Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Lafayette Park


Rates & Availability

Gulf Beaches Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Aug 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2017
Aug 7 2017 - Feb 28 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Manager's fee $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Final rental payments are due in full 30 days prior to arrival. Checks are not accepted within 30 days of arrival.

Cancellation Fee Waiver Program is included with your reservation: waives the non-refundable cancellation provision of your reservation and pays you the value of the unused portion of your prepaid vacation in the event that you need to cancel your vacation within 30 days of arrival (for specified reasons). For cancellations 30 days prior to arrival, there is no cancellation fee.
Through the Cancellation Fee Waiver Program, my manager will waive the standard cancellation provision and refund to you the otherwise non-refundable value of the unused portion of your prepaid vacation rental, should you need to cancel or interrupt your vacation for any one of the following reasons (subject to the restrictions noted below**):
- local officials issues a Mandatory Evacuation due to Tropical Storm, Hurricane or other Severe Weather for the dates of your scheduled Vacation Rental;
- you are involuntarily terminated or laid off by your employer (of one continuous year or greater);
- injury or death to yourself, or members of your immediate family which is diagnosed and treated by a physician for the dates of your scheduled Vacation Rental;
- involvement in a traffic accident en route to your Vacation Rental that causes you to miss your scheduled arrival time by more than 50% of your scheduled Vacation Rental;
- you are called into active military service to provide aid or relief in response to a national disaster.

A minimum payment of 50% down per reservation is required within 14 days of initial reservation. Deposit Payments may be made by bank money order, credit card or personal check.
Standard Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 30 days prior to arrival to receive a refund.
Reservations for the next calendar year are subject to rate increase and availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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