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100 steps to beach!Big screen porch!Gulf views!hammock,WiFi,grill,beach supplies

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Views!!1st Tier, 2 BR/2 BA (4-6 people) Cozy Cottage-located on the beach access

Sweetwater Cottage was just completed summer 2013! You will love the convenient location and extra amenities of this custom-built cottage which is only about 100 steps to the beautiful, white, sandy beach.

With its 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a dining area and hammock on its large screened porch and ample covered parking, this beautifully decorated home can easily accommodate a family or two couples...but is still small enough for lovers on a romantic getaway!!

We also try to simplify what you need to pack by providing:


bath towels (6 sets)

beach towels (4 sets)

starter supply of: paper towels, toilet paper, bath soap and detergents

cooler w/ wheels

beach cart

beach chairs (4 to 6)

beach umbrella


crabbing nets & buckets

boogie boards, rafts and beach toys!

You can enjoy the sweeping Gulf views and spectacular sunsets from almost every room in the house or while you are dining on the large screened porch with ceiling fans.

Floor Plan:

The GROUND LEVEL has ample covered parking and a storage room that contains the washer & dryer as well as a plentiful supply of beach chairs, rafts and beach toys for your convenience. There is also an outdoor shower with hot water and a fish-cleaning sink and a portable Weber charcoal grill with lid.

The MAIN LEVEL is up a short flight of stairs which is entered through a large screened porch that spans across the entire front of the home. The porch dining table and ceiling fans make it easy to dine 'al fresco' while enjoying the view...or you may just want to curl up in the porch swing and read a book or take a nap. The main level contains a vaulted great room that includes the living area with flat-screen TV and stereo and a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, glass-top stove, side-by-side refrigerator and pantry. There are 2 bedrooms: each has a queen bed, ceiling fan and flat-screen TV. The master bedroom has its own private bath with shower and a great view of the Gulf. The second bedroom is adjacent to a full bath that is equipped with a tub/shower combination.

Area Features:

As you stroll along the quiet beach, you can find a variety of seashells to collect or just enjoy watching the dolphins swimming by or eagles and osprey scouting for prey. Of course, swimming, sunbathing or fishing in the surf are always a favorite, too.

Our neighborhood is extremely quiet and friendly, with no thru traffic - a great place for families with children, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all!

You may want to rent bikes or a golf cart and cruise quietly through the streets or on the beach. Horseback riding on the beach can also be conveniently arranged.

Money Bayou is just a short walk down the beach where you can catch blue crabs, throw your cast net or put in your kayak to explore the winding waterway. Scalloping in nearby St. Joe Bay is also a lot of fun during the summer scallop season. These sweet, tender delicacies can be enjoyed on your vacation or frozen for later when you return home.

In addition, the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar is just a mile up the road where you can enjoy the area's delicious oysters, other seafood and a cold drink. Weekends at the Raw Bar often feature outdoor live entertainment and dancing.

Our area is reminiscent of 'Old Florida.' There are no tall condos or hotels anywhere near by! Our beaches are very quiet and pristine and, in the off-season, you will rarely encounter anyone as you stroll quietly along the beach!

Our home is located on the mainland, just 1.5 miles east from Cape San Blas - which has been rated in the top five of the best beaches in the United States. Port St. Joe is only 10 miles to the west where you can stock up on all of the provisions you'll need. If you're not in the mood to cook, there are a number of great, local restaurants and night spots nearby. A golf course is only a few miles away and there are 4 separate boat ramps within 15 miles.

Just 20 minutes to the east is the historic and quaint fishing town of Apalachicola. Here you will find some great shopping as well as many wonderful restaurants and night spots. In addition, you can walk along the boardwalk and see what catch the fishing boats have brought in for the day.

We invite you to relax at 'Sweetwater Cottage' and enjoy 'Old Florida.'

More Details

Leslie Frye Allen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Leslie Frye Allen

We live in Tallahassee and love this area of the Gulf Coast. I have been coming down here since I was a child and have since introduced my husband and our two girls to this wonderful taste of 'Old Florida.'

Leslie Frye Allen purchased this house in 2013

What makes this house unique

We hope you will also fall in love with this area. It is a beautiful part of Florida where you can really get away from it all.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

100 steps to beach!Big screen porch!Gulf views!hammock,WiFi,grill,beach supplies
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Sweetwater Cottage at Cape San Blas, Leslie

  • 4 of 5

Leslie was an awesome renter. She answered every question I had, kept in touch regularly, came to visit me at the cottage, and even sent another person for a courtesy check while I was there. Her cottage was perfect for me. It is very well maintained, has lots of extra's, and so close to the beach! I have been to this area several times previously and if her cottage is the right size for you and your pets, book it now! A great view of the beach even though it is one tier back. Her screened in porch is a big plus. So important for me was that it is pet friendly! No fault of Leslie's but some issues with VRBO and still not sure how my damage deposit refund is going to work. Would also appreciate a fenced in area for pups to potty off lead and stretch their legs. Hope to return again next time I'm in this area. Thank you Leslie!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, so much, for your kind review. I enjoyed meeting you, too. We are so glad you and your pups had a good time. I am only sorry you had so much trouble with the VRBO payment system. I'm not sure what went wrong, but I am glad we were able to figure out something that worked. I am just sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. You were a wonderful guest and we will look forward to having you come back!
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Ontario, Canada

Bright & Beautiful Beach bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for more! This bungalow was the perfect retreat for my husband and I, and our dogs. The sunlight filled the bungalow during the day and we enjoyed sitting in the swing, or eating at the table on the screened porch. The dogs LOVED finding sun spots on the porch and enjoying the view!

The beds were extremely comfortable and the kitchen is stocked with everything you could possibly need.

Leslie is an incredible hostess - I recommend reaching out to her prior to booking and you will know exactly what I mean. Even though a binder and brochures are provided at the cottage, Leslie enjoys speaking with guests, in person, to share her knowledge of the area.

I highly recommend this beautiful bungalow. And it is just a few steps from the beach!

You will not be disappointed if you book this accommodation.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder City, NV

A Perfect Sister Trip

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything promised. The location was wonderful and all the amenities are provided. The weather was wonderful and the beach was so uncrowded. A memory that will last forever.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, clean and comfortable for a family of four + little dog.

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about Cape San Blas, Leslie's house and the service she provided.

Hurricane Hermine hit the day we were set to drive in from Atlanta. Leslie stayed in constant contact with me as we tried to decide what to do on the eve and morning of the storm. Ultimately, she made our decision an easy one by advising us not to risk it and refunding our money for the first night.

We drove in a day late, but had a wonderful, wonderful trip! We spent most of our time at the State Park on Cape San Blas fishing and catching blue crabs. Heaven.

We rented a pontoon boat one day and drove to the end of the Cape. Being born and raised in Destin, I couldn't believe how secluded it was. Definitely a different Florida vibe.

I'd recommend Leslie's place to anyone looking for a peaceful vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love Love Love Love....

  • 5 of 5

Loved the View, Loved the House, Loved the Fantastic Customer Service and Loved the Multiple Extra's received during our stay. This was my 4th visit to the area and this stay was by FAR the BEST! You will love the screened in porch and the view it provides, the comfortable layout of the house, and of course the BEACH is Awesome! We toured near by towns for shopping and dining.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You ladies are amazing! I am so glad I got to meet you. It really seems like you all have a great time and we really appreciate you letting Sweetwater Cottage be a part of it. I also enjoyed getting to see all the jewelry you made from the shells you found. So cool!! Thanks, again, for staying at our home...we hope you will be back , SOON!
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at "Sweetwater Cottage," and we have yet to be disappointed. The cottage is functional, close to the beach, and a convenient location to both Port St. Joe and Apalachicola's many amenities. The responsiveness and friendliness of the owners is outstanding (thank you, Leslie!). The adjectives I would offer include well-maintained, clean, and efficient. I would and have recommended Sweetwater to friends and family. We do plan on going back again later this summer as the kayaking is terrific. This is a great place to begin your vacation.

Ps. During your stay we highly recommend a visit to "Killer Seafood" in Mexico Beach. The only downer is that they are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Frank Shimkus & Nancy Lewis

Vestavia, AL

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are amazing! It is always so nice when you come to stay at our home. You always take such great care of it AND are always so nice to work with! Thanks, also, for the review of Killer Seafood...I will have to add that to my list! Thank you also, for letting Dennis know about us...he was a great guest, too! We hope you know how much we appreciate you two. Thank you!!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
North Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St. Joe Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Beach
90 Metres
about 100 steps from your front door
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Port Saint Joe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Winter
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 11 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 12 2017 - Apr 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Spring
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring 1
Apr 30 2017 - May 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2
May 7 2017 - May 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 21 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th week
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 12 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 13 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Fall
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

For Summer Season & Holiday weeks, FULL WEEK requests are preferred unless it is a few weeks before arrival. Rental weeks are from Sun to Sun for 2015. Monthly rates are available upon request.
Check in-4 pm/Check out-11 am (EST)
Rates include: linens, bath towels, 4 beach towels & chairs, cart, rafts, toys & starter supply of paper towels, TP & soap.

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Port Saint Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath has shower with glass enclosure.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Enjoying the hot/cold outdoor shower is a MUST!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Full bath w/ shower, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan & gulf view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Is adjacent to full bath, has flat-screen TV & ceiling fan.
  • Additional sleeping space is accommodated with a queen air mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Additional kitchen equipment: there is a crock-pot & electric hand-mixer. Each bathroom has a blow-dryer. Beach equipment provided: at least 4 beach chairs, umbrella, beach cart and various rafts, boogie boards, beach toys, buckets & nets.

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