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Family beach rental pet friendly

Saint Augustine, FL, USA
  • Townhome1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Townhouse, 3 Bedrooms ,open loft, 5 beds , 2 full Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Feel the "ocean spray in your face" while you watch birds and dolphins from the huge deck of this 3-unit townhouse named Mi Casa. Atlantic Ocean in front and the Matanzas River Inlet on the side. Very private dog friendly beach in an oceanfront homes section with no cars allowed on the beach and no public access. ( we're an island connected to the mainland by Hwy A1A bridges on each end). When the tides out kids have great fun searching tidal pools for critters. Fort Matanzas National Monument is on the other side of the bridge within walking distance, with free boat ride to the fort and a great nature trail.. 2 miles north you can rent boats and kayaks and buy bait. 3 miles south is Marineland where you can swim with dolphins or go on a kayak guided tour. Bicycle path for miles in both directions. Waterfront seafood restaurant across the street where you can bring your dog, and a gas/convenience store 1 block away. Brick charcoal grill outside. Fully equipped kitchen to spend a weekend or 6 months.

Sleeping arrangements: downstairs two full size beds roll out from beneath the elevated kitchen deck; upstairs is all master bedroom with a king bed; above the king bed is an open loft with two twin beds.

Keywords: Condo, Townhouse, oceanfront, beachfront, fully furnished, cottage


Owner, Barry Fouts

Member Since 2001
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Owner, Barry Fouts

We're both retired business owners who breeds parrots as a hobby. On our 55 acre farm covered with 100+ year old grandfather oaks we have dogs & cats on rat & predator patrol duty, cows, horses & a rescue pony with a resident wild deer as a pal; guineas, peacocks, chickens and many breeding pairs of macaws, cockatoos and african greys. We're both Florida natives; me from Lakeland, Pat from Jacksonville

Owner, Barry Fouts purchased this Townhome in 2011

Why Owner, Barry Fouts chose Saint Augustine

We love the quiet & solitude. When we moved to NE Florida in 1998 we visited St Augustine public beach and were not impressed by the crowds. 2011 was the first time we returned, and discovered Mi Casa. Our place on Summer Haven Island is the closest thing to a private beach you'll find for under $10 million. As soon as we stood on the deck, which really is on the beach, we told the realtor 'we'll take it!' Some of the yearly renters have come back 10 years in a row, and everyone has written wonderful reviews of the location and the updates & upgrades we've made. Sept '12 we shopped for another investment oceanfront condo and were amazed at the $4-500k condos that couldn't offer what Mi Casa has. It was a challenge just to walk the distance out their crowded walkway over sand dunes to the waters edge. Mi Casa has us spoiled. Walking down our 5' wide steps is an unfair comparison. The rod holders on the deck railing are your first clue that nobody else is this close to the water! Some say it's like being on a boat!

What makes this Townhome unique

Waking to the roar of the ocean is a wonderful experience. Coffee on the deck, then 2nd cup on the beach letting the dogs run free (oops, the leash slipped out of my hand). Birds huddled on the sandbar in front. Discover turtle nests in season, and shells and critters caught in the tidal pools or rent a bike and enjoy the miles of paved bike paths north and south. Spot a sea turtle or manatee or dolphins swimming past. Whales pass in front but I haven't spotted one myself. Watch the kite boarders sail 20' into the air. Watch the Ospreys shake in flight like a dog after diving for fish. Last year a Bald Eagle pair regularly fished out front off the rocks. Gaze at the shrimp boats with binoculars (provided) then drive up the road & buy tonights shrimp dinner you watched being caught. The 3-grill brick BBQ has a smoker built in on the back side. View the stars in the near total darkness. Cross over the bridge & explore Fort Matanzas and its nature trail for free.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        2 double, ground floor the beds roll out from under the kitchen deck.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, Entire 2nd floor is a master bedroom
      • Loft
        2 twin/ single, Open loft with porthole windows
      • King bed with memory foam, Double Beds (2) These two full size beds hide during the day under the kitchen deck, and roll out at night. Two twin beds in the loft over the master bedroom. You can see the ocean thru the portholes.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Downstairs tiled bathroom with shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, shower, Tiled bathroom with full tub/shower
      • Downstairs bath is luxurious. Upstairs bath is also tiled and has an outside window. Ladies enjoy the bonus makeup counter with sink & mirror in the bedroom. We supply make-up remover pads.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Looking north across the Matanzas Inlet is the Matanzas National Monument Park, and if you look under the bridge you can see the actual Fort Matanzas. It's the #2 most visited tourist attraction.
        • Beachfront
          The huge deck sits right on the beach. Step down the 5' wide steps and you're there. No lugging beach stuff down a long, crowded walkway over sand dunes.
        • Downtown
          Historic downtown is easy to find; just pull out of our driveway and head north on A1A. You'll be there with no turns in 20 minutes.
        • Ocean View
          While watching the shrimp boats, you'll see ocean freighters in the distance. Lucky ones see whales passing by. Sea turtles, dolphins and manatees are often seen up close to the shoreline.
        • Oceanfront
          Watch the shrimp boats in the distance, or the surfers and kite boarders up close. The provided binoculars bring them closer.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Spacious with couch & 2 recliners. Double sliding glass doors onto the deck with 100% oceanfront view
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Quiet heat pump. Two speed fan is extremely quiet. UV light in the air flow for added sanitation
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Heat pump does a great job. You'll never be cold here!
                    • Internet
                      High speed AT&T
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Plenty of towels/wash cloths; sheets/pillows/blankets. No beach towels are provided.
                    • Broadband Access
                      AT&T wifi sends a strong signal
                    • Mobile Phone
                      We get good reception with our AT&T service
                    • Parking
                      Two spaces right at the front door, plus extra parking adjacent.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      each unit has two paved parking spaces right at the front door. The side area covered in pavers holds 3 car spaces for whoever needs them.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Park your boat 2 miles upriver at Devils Elbow.
                    • Telephone
                      With everyone bringing a cell phone we've dropped the local telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Full set up of towels is provided, plus washer/dryer with detergent provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Residential size washer & dryer inside the downstairs bathroom.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Bring your computer, the wifi signal is strong with the new AT&T fiber optic high speed internet service. Wifi is free.


                        • Microwave
                          works well & is clean
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Automatic cut off 12 cup model
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Nice quality dishware & utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          We supply the detergent
                        • Kitchen
                          Full size kitchen with everything you'll need to set up housekeeping for a night or 6 months. Ceramic top stove/refrigerator with ice maker/ dishwasher/black granite sink.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Probably as many pots & pans as you have at home! Crock pot, toaster, blender, electric opener, powered wine opener, pancake griddle
                        • Oven
                          Self cleaning with hidden heating element, and we supply aluminum drip pans in the bottom. This style oven takes longer to reach cooking temperature.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Large salad bowl, baking dishes, etc
                        • Refrigerator
                          Refrigerator with ice maker
                        • Stove
                          Ceramic top gets razor cleaned every week by our long term cleaning crew
                        • Toaster
                          4-slice toaster speeds up breakfast prep.


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              table with chairs and benches
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Magazines and books
                                • Games
                                  A few boxed games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish Network satellite with movie programming
                                • Television
                                  Nice 47" smart' flat screen Vizio TV
                                • Toys
                                  5 miles up the road Dollar General sells beach toys


                                    • Balcony
                                      Private balcony opens directly off the master bedroom via two pairs of patio doors. Let the ocean breeze ruffle your hairdo.
                                    • Boat
                                      Boat rental 2 miles north at Devils Elbow Marina
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Lots of deck chairs & recliners. Huge 3500 sq ft deck allows privacy
                                    • Golf
                                      Public golf course is 8 miles north. About 20 miles north is World Golf Village
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Devils Elbow rents kayaks, and 1 mile south Marineland offers kayak tours
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Grassy area for pets is fenced and gated. A paved walkway leads thru the lawn to hidden trash can area behind the shed.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      The hurricane destroyed our beautiful brick BBQ. Currently rebuilding a triple BBQ
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Jet skis can be rented at the main St Augustine marina. 8 miles north kite boad instruction/rental is available


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • theme parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Stand at the edge of the deck & feel the ocean spray on your face. During unusually high tides there's water on 3 sides. Compare that with the usual 300 room condo 500 feet from the water with a 'peek' sideways of the ocean. Mi Casa truly is 'Awesome'

                                                                  53 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Spring break

                                                                  Dave R.

                                                                  Perfect for our spring break vacation. Fit our family of 8. The vacation was a fantastic time of fun and relaxation.

                                                                  Great location

                                                                  Anthony P.

                                                                  We loved the location and the incredibly secluded beach. We had a great time bringing our dog on the beach. The owner was great to work with and very helpful when needed. Highly recommend this rental.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Our beach has no public access (some do climb over the rocks) plus we're on an island. There are just a few rentals available on our island, and that makes it "almost" a private beach. Dogs love being able to run on the beach as well as kids.

                                                                  Wonderful oceanfront location

                                                                  Gail B.

                                                                  Extremely well equipped home.

                                                                  Comfy beds.

                                                                  Owner worked with us to immediately repair TV cable connection

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  When guests return year after year you can believe it’s a fabulous location. The salt air destroyed the TV connection outside but was quickly repaired.

                                                                  Loved Mi Casa !

                                                                  danny b.Gordonsville Tn

                                                                  Mi Casa exceeded our expectations! It was a great location. A short vehicle ride to all the attractions but far enough away from all the hub to really relax and spend time as a family. We cannot say enough about how clean and well stocked it was. MiCasa will be our recommendation if someone is going to St Augustine!

                                                                  Beautiful views to wake up to

                                                                  Eva B.Myrtle beach, SC

                                                                  We loved our stay at Mi casa. It has the perfect location on the beach.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Beach on two sides makes the view incredible. This couple experienced a "dolphin rescue" in front and the rescuers from Marineland just down the road used our steps & beach access.

                                                                  The weather was not the best and the area was a mess from the hurricane but it was still great!

                                                                  Fantastic. The ocean is lapping on your deck. There were wind surfers to watch and all kinds of birds.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Lots of hurricane debris on the roadside but the beach is perfect.


                                                                  Saint Augustine, FL, USA

                                                                  Walk, bike, or drive over the bridge to Fort Matanzas. It's free and very interesting. Park service boat transports you across the river to the fort, where a ranger gives interesting information about the history of the fort. The boat leaves on the half hour. Excellent nature trail thru the Matanzas National Park. Or, turn south and 3 miles away you can swim with the dolphins at Marineland.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  If the calendar shows no vacancy for the week you want, check my other listing vrbo.com/7190 for a vacancy in the middle unit/same building.

                                                                  53 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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