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Tranquil Mermaid Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2-4

While being waterfront is wonderful, it is an entirely different world when you stay just a block or two off our main highway yet still walking distance or a bike ride to the sugar white sandy beaches. Wake up to birds and green looking out of every window. No houses on one side or behind you. This property is not a 'rental', but rather the perfect home away from home. A perfect couples or family retreat.

Two Beach Cruiser Bikes are onsite for your use. Feel free to bring your own or rent additional bikes right in town.

If you want to retreat away from the crowds but still close to our market, restaurants and beaches, this is the perfect home for your stay. Room for boat and onsite parking. Cottage is one level. Bedrooms are on opposite sides of home for privacy. Has both front and back porches.

Mexico beach is so perfectly situated as a place to just come and hang out, or to venture out. You can visit the historical fishing village of Apalachicola (and try Tamara's Cafe or Tapas bar), the downtown shopping of Port St Joe (and awesome restaurants)...Horseback ride out at the Cape, or travel up to Seaside for a totally different flavor and shopping. Best of all, just stay put and fish, look for shells, start your morning at the internet cafe, have a bite at Killer Seafood (written up in magazines-love the fish tacos!) or sit and watch the sunset at Toucan's from the deck or balcony while sipping a drink. You will feel like you are a world away...

WELCOME to MEXICO BEACH. Thank you for viewing my listing. dana

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dana palmer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About dana palmer

I was a photographer for 25 years and settled in Mexico Beach where I enjoyed such a blessed life. I moved to Michigan- exploring another beautiful coastline, but never could let go of my home, friends and clients in the Panhandle. It brings me great pleasure to share my cottage and sweet & slow coastal lifestyle with others. My home is your home.

dana palmer purchased this cottage in 2004

Why dana palmer chose Florida Main North West

I am a born and raised Southern Californian. I always gravitate to water. What we experience in Mexico Beach reminded me of how I grew up. Everything was just slower- sweeter. I fell in love with the lifestyle and the southern flavor. Old Florida is so unique. My cottage has been with me for 12 years. She never let go of me- no matter where else life tried to take me or thru trying times. I know now that I was meant to have her so that I can share her with the dear guests that come to stay.

What makes this cottage unique

While the water is always my passion- sometimes I need to retreat away from crowds and cars during tourist season and have the serenity of a home close enough, but a little ways off the beaten path. I love my neighbors, all the light is so peaceful in this house. The property has no one on three sides- so it feels like my lot is huge. I love to ride my bike around the neighborhood, sipping my morning with coffee on the front porch and a glass of wine on the back.

My t.v.'s are not flat screens... and I don't have cable. I have complimentary Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. streaming, as well as Blockbuster pay-per-view, and a humble DVD collection. There are books to read, chess, checkers, cards and Monopoly.

You can sit in the garden, take a shower outside at either the cold or hot/cold showers, and enjoy a little slower pace at the Mermaid Cottage. I invite you to stay... dana


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Tranquil Mermaid Cottage
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews

A true home away from home

  • 5 of 5

While traveling with another couple through the area to take in some Florida warmth and biking trails, we stayed three nights at this location in Mexico Beach. Although this is off season for the area (restaurants closed, little traffic), it was SO much warmer than home (Michigan). We enjoyed the quiet and had to turn the air conditioner on! The home is so very cozy and just right for us two couples (two beds and two baths). We used the kitchen and enjoyed wine and muffins left by our hostess. We were well attended to when we had a question about tornado warning protocol and some jewelry left behind. We truly felt the owner wanted us to enjoy ourselves and we did. We had fun searching the place for mermaids and left a new one behind. It was a memorable location for the four of us on our trip.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. The property is beautifully and tastefully decorated. It is cozy and homey feeling as well, unlike many places we have stayed. The owner, Dana, couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. She did everything possible to make sure our stay was great and that we had everything we needed. I highly recommend staying at this cottage. You will love it!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this beautiful review. This is what I hope every guest feels. I hope there will be another opportunity to host your stay. Thank you again..! dana
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The "Wonderful " Tranquil Mermaid Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Tranquil Mermaid Cottage was absolutely wonderful! The beautiful photos of Dana's home are the reason we chose her property for our vacation. The cottage lived up to all of our expectations! The moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice. Dana has thought of everything her guests might need to feel right at home. From the well supplied kitchen to the bicycles in the side yard, Dana has you covered. We did not want to leave! We look forward to returning soon! Thank you Dana for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for this amazing review. You BETTER be back, lol...would love to host your stay any time. Thank you again...dana
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Absolutely enjoyed our stay at The Mermaid Cottage. A unique beach town experience!

  • 5 of 5

The description of the property was right on. The immaculately clean cottage was tastefully decorated with the owners awesome photos , artwork and personal touches that make you feel right at home the moment you walk into the door. The yard was beautiful and well kept. The kitchen was well stocked with condiments, dishes, pots and utensils. There were muffins and a bottle of wine available for the weary travelers. Home away from home!

Dana, the owner, made contact early on to make sure that we had arrived safely and were comfortable. A thorough information notebook described our surroundings and provided need-to -know information. She also gave personal recommendations about what to see and where to go. The distance from the beach (approximately 1/2 mile) was accurate. Bicycles were provided and there is vehicle parking available near the beach.

We were able to meet Dana as we were leaving and she is a delightful lady! If you are looking for a place for relaxation and tranquility, this is the place. We had a wonderful stay and we hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey you two... I loved hosting your stay and meeting you before your departure. Thank you so much for this beautiful review! dana
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Wonderful week at the Mermaid Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid Cottage was a delightful get away.

The cottage is decorated beautifully.

It was such an inviting place to relax.

Every detail is attended to including home made muffins upon arrival.

Would definitely recommend this charming slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you soooo much for this sweet review. It was my sincere pleasure to host your stay! dana
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Beautiful cottage, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Mermaid Cottage our only regret was that our stay was too short!

The cottage is beautifully decorated- very homely and stylish. Dana provides lots of special touches including lovely fresh muffins and a bottle of wine. The cottage is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed all the different outdoor spots for sitting and relaxing in the very pretty garden. The cottage is located a couple of blocks from the beach in a lovely quiet location with lots of trees to provide shade. There are also plenty of spots to relax inside and lots of lovely books to read. Dana provides two bikes (she very kindly also provided an extra one on request) and we had a great time cycling to the beach (about 5 mins) and to the local shops and restaurants and even to the Drive Thru ATM (something we don't have in the UK!). The cottage is very convenient for the local shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed our meal at Killer Seafood- the quality was good and the staff were very friendly. Coffee at Caribbean Coffee is good too.

The local beaches are all very good but we particularly like Crooked Island Beach which is about 10 minutes drive away (we did cycle once but it was quite a hot ride!). It is very uncrowded and beautiful. There is so much to see in the area. Apalachicola is a really lovely town with lots of historic buildings and nice shops. Port St Joe is also a nice town and the beaches on the Cape look beautiful although we didn't have enough time to explore properly.

Dana provided lots of local information and was also at hand if we needed anything during our stay. She has created a really lovely relaxing environment in a beautiful, peaceful location. Hopefully we will be back one day to fully explore the area. We loved the Forgotten Coast!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca, thank you so much! This is such a beautiful review with so many details that also help guide other guests. WOW... I had no idea you cycled up to Crooked Island Beach! That's a nice little "trek"!. Thank you again for your generous words. I loved hosting your stay, and would love to have you back any time... : ) dana
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Nearest Airport
46.7 Miles
Panama City Beach International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St. Joe Country/Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Toucans, Killer Seafoood, etc.
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mexico Beach

Walking distance to beach, local grocery shop, shops, restaurants & bars. 15 minutes from quaint Port St. Joe downtown and 30 minutes from Apalachicola.


Rates & Availability

Mexico Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Standard
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Seasonal
Mar 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Standard
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mexico Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , his/her sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • They are located on separate sides of the house. Each has its own bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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