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Tranquil Mermaid Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 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


Mexico Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Tranquil Mermaid Cottage
average rating of 4.925 based on 40 reviews

Great cottage to stay during our vacation. Clean and so homey. I would recommend this cottage .

  • 5 of 5

Owner had all the necessities of home. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Loved this sweet little getaway.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you... clean, homey and well appointed is everything I strive for. I so appreciate it! : ) dana
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  • 5 of 5

One of a kind experience! Dana us so down to earth and welcoming that's truly hard to say goodbye. She's goes out of her way to make your stay so comfortable and provides everything you need from cruiser bikes to get around to some of the best music selection. I enjoyed just grilling burgers, a few beers and soaking in the great weather. I highly recommend the Cottage for your trip and Mexico Beach is a perfect spot to get away from the maddening crowd. Endless white beaches and close to some great adventurous areas. You will not go wrong with booking this wonderful home!

Bruce from Colorado

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bruce, I will truly treasure this awesome review, always. I thank you. It was a pleasure, and I look forward to having you stay again...dana
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Loved the Mermaid cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had a peaceful and relaxing time at the cottage. It was very comfortable with many thoughtful features.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear friends...hope to see you again next year! dana
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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
Owner's Response: Thank you Michigan friends, for this beautiful review...dana
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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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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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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 12.0%

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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