Wear your t-shirt, shorts & flip-flops to the airport, because that's all you need for your Florida beach-house vacation . . . We provide the rest. Travel light -- & live large -- with the fully-stocked, 5-Star-amenity properties of Beach Houses in Paradise! (At BHIP, our motto is "We stock heavy, so you can travel light")
Situated directly ON the Atlantic Ocean, "Family Tides" is an ocean-to-river beach house / modernist vacation retreat where Malibu chic meets Milan fashion in the idyllic Southeast Florida warmth & sunshine. The perfect beach retreat for large or multi-generational families (or groups of friends) to re-connect in a fun-yet-relaxing vacation setting. This three-level house easily sleeps over a dozen based on actual bedcount in private bedrooms, and even more with our collection of rollaway beds, cots, and sleeper sofas. Each floor features its own living area with couch/chairs/TV/kitchenette. Everyone comes together on the middle floor, where the giant double-oven kitchen overlooks both a large riverfront dining room and gorgeous oceanfront living room and outdoor ocean deck. (complete with easy-to-use grille & patio furniture)
Here's the best news of all: At rates starting at less than $100 per night per bedroom, Family Tides gives you 5-star luxury amenities and accommodations at a price you can AFFORD. ("champagne on a beer budget", as they say) Note: Family Tides is rented only to one party at a time; you will not be sharing the premises with strangers or unknown travelers.
Why is "Ocean to river" so special? Easy: When you step off the back-porch oceanfront deck, you are walking onto your own private, Atlantic Ocean beach. Now, head on over to the front door. Walk 20 paces in the other direction. Now, you are on your own private dock on the mile-wide Indian River. A dock that's just a mile north of the St. Lucie inlet, which connects the river to the ocean. Fish (saltwater *or* freshwater). Surf. Paddleboard. Jetski. Snorkel. Scuba. Catch giant marlin just a few miles offshore, within view of your ocean-to-intracoastal home located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart FL, long regarded as the "Sailfish capital of the world". Enjoy our complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards, snorkeling gear, fishing gear, bicycles, metal detectors, the list goes on and on ... did we mention the free sunrises & sunsets?
Situated on a private, swimmable beach in a quiet residential area. There are no condos, high rises or large public beaches for miles: No crowds, just a beach all to yourself and your party. Just across the street is your own 150-foot-long deep-water private dock on the Indian River, offering some of the best fishing in the world, & stocked with all your favorite water toys and fishing gear. (Provided complimentary, of course).
SAVE! Paradise need not hurt the wallet / pocketbook. We offer many discounts via the HomeAway/VRBO/VR platform: Military, educators, civil service, rescue & law enforcement, medical & more. Active or retired. Even Florida residents save $$. (But "Seniors" age 50+ get the biggest discount of all).
About B.H.I.P. ---- Family Tides is one of several luxury five-star properties operated by Beach Houses in Paradise, the 15-year leader in offering five-star luxury, amenities and service in sunny beachfront settings. Read our reviews, and see how families and groups like your own are enjoying five-star experiences IN THEIR OWN HOUSE -- at nightly rates starting less than $100 per private bedroom -- just a fraction of the price you would pay at a beachfront hotel or resort!
Own a boat? Bring it! Moor it at your own private dock! (or rent one at one of the many nearby providers, and park it at your dock for the duration of your stay!)
Not only is the home situated in the most biodiverse marine environment in America (source: Florida Oceanographic Institute), but it's also located in Stuart FL, Winner of the "America's Happiest Seaside Town" award given annually by Coastal Living Magazine! (locals -- of a certain age that remember TV's "The Andy Griffith Show" -- proudly call Stuart the "Mayberry of Florida")
New in 2018: View our 'virtual tour' video for the latest visuals of the home, both inside and out. (Footage taken in Dec 2017). How to view: Scroll through all photos in this listing. At the end of the photos, watch video.
Nervous about alligators? Don't be: They don't exist in this part of Florida. (Gators can't survive near the beach in saltwater environments; they live only inland, where there is plenty of fresh water) At BHIP, both the river & ocean are salty.
ONE OF ONLY 60 BEACH HOUSES LIKE IT IN THE U.S.A:
A rare ocean pearl, the home is among the fewer than 60 beach houses in the entire United States that sit DIRECTLY ON THE OCEAN and also sit DIRECTLY ON A MILE-PLUS WIDE RIVER with private dock for fishing and water toys, and where the river empties into the ocean just a short mile away. Start every day with breakfast views of a glorious sunrise gently emerging above the peaceful ocean. Usher in each evening with mesmerizing vistas of golden-hued sunsets rippling across the majestic Indian River.
A NATURE-LOVER'S PARADISE:
The home sits at the southern terminus of the Indian River, the most biologically diverse estuary in all North America (according to marinelife samples taken by the Florida Oceanographic Society marine biologists in May 2015 ... samples taken just yards away from this home's dock.) From your dock oroceanfront deck, watch manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles frolic year-round. Birdlife abounds with ibis, egrets, herons, warblers, pelicans and more. And the fishing? Well, let's just say that while a Publix supermarket is conveniently located just a few blocks down the street, you'll never need to buy fish from the market during your stay.
A WATER WONDERLAND:
In addition to the private beach, enjoy your own private dock, complete with complimentary fishing equipment (fully-stocked rods, line & tackle), snorkeling gear, and even complimentary water toys like paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks , rafts and more. Not bringing your own boat or jetski? Rent from a location just a few hundred yards away from your own private dock!
A TREASURE CHEST OF DELIGHT:
And there's even more fun to be had: the house sits smack dab in the middle of the "Treasure Coast". To this very day, gold doubloons, pieces of eight and other spanish treasure still occasionally wash up along Hutchinson Island, especially following big storms. In fact, just two hundred yards away to the north of the beach house, the House of Refuge Museum showcases relics from prior shipwrecks, one of which -- the Georges Valentine wreck -- is a fun snorkeling experience and is close enough to swim to from the beach house! (Complimentary beach-comber metal-detectors are provided, of course!)
HELP PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENTALLY PRISTINE AREA
The waters in and around the beach house are among the most biologically rich and environmentally sensitive in the entire United States. The owners of the home have been financial supporters of local environmental groups for many, many years, with financial contributions into the 7 figures. Upon your arrival, you will notice and appreciate the extent to which exhaustive measures have been taken to preserve the pristine areas surrounding the home in a no-impact, leave-no-trace manner. ("Leave no trace": After you have enjoyed your stay, the beaches and waters surrounding the home should appear exactly as they appeared when you arrived. -- No footprints, no litter, no nothing -- it's as if you never visited)
Help preserve the natural beauty and sensitive ecosystem surrounding the home:
* Do not touch or approach dolphins, sea turtles and manatees (who swim near the end of the dock). These are protected species. The Florida Fish & Wildlife officers in their boats have powerful binoculars, and they WILL arrest you.
* Be responsible with your fishing tackle. Avoid leaving behind loose line, hooks and other tackle after a successful day fishing. (Pelicans, egrets, heron and other birdlife get tangled in fish line or snagged by hooks ... or by fish they've caught who still have a hook in their mouth.
* Please do not litter (this includes urinating into the water, emptying alcohol or soda into the water, and so on)
CAN I COMBINE A FLORIDA BEACH HOUSE VACATION WITH A DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO VACATION?
Absolutely. For those interested in combining a beach house experience with Mickey Mouse, Disney World, Universal, and all the other Orlando Resorts: It's a pleasant two-hour drive from the Ocean-to-River Beach House to Disney and Orlando, driving along the Florida Turnpike. (Avoid the Interstate). Many vacationing families in our beach-house community will spend a week bringing three (or four!) generations together in a florida beach house, then "spin off" the younger side of the family to Disney World for a few days. It may just be the best way EVER to combine a Florida Beach House vacation with an Orlando / Disney World / Universal / Mickey Mouse vacation!
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY & MOTION-IMPAIRED ACCESSIBILITY:
Like most other ocean-to-river beach homes in this area, only the ground floor is available to wheelchairs and motion-impaired individuals. Florida building codes in this oceanfront area require that the living & sleeping areas of these homes be well over 12 to 18 feet above sea level, to withstand the surging waves & debris that hurricanes present. For FT, this means that the ground-floor level contains an enclosed two-vehicle parking garage. Need wheelchair access? These nearby homes have elevators: VRBO/HomeAway IDs 4162649, 4225514, and 4568299