About the property
- House1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Sleeps 6 With Pool And Boat Dock. Watch Dolphins & Boats From The Deck Or Dock
Special Note: Thankfully, our properties and our area in general made it through hurricane Irma with very minimal damage. No storm surge, and no disruption to the availability of our properties.
*****Also see our other waterfront listing (vrbo# 961733) just down the canal from this property. It is a larger home and yard, big enough for 10 yet cozy for two.*****
Hernando Beach is a special place. It is so rare to find such a laid back, safe, and friendly place these days, where the neighbors walk their dogs or just stroll down the street to catch the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. You can feel the vibe as soon as you roll into town. It seems to go hand-in-hand with the fresh ocean breeze.
This property is quintessential Hernando Beach. Built in the 70's but updated and newly remodeled inside and out. It's a two bedroom one bath home, with high ceilings, a heated pool and a large back deck overlooking the water. The master bedroom includes a queen bed. The second bedroom includes twin bunk beds. The sofa in the living room is a sleeper sofa. So, all together it sleeps six comfortably, and an inflatable mattress is available to sleep two more if needed. Fully stocked kitchen with stove, oven and microwave. Cable TV, high speed internet, DVD player and library. The cabana by the pool includes a full sized washer and drier. Very large back deck overlooking the water and the private boat dock. Beautifully landscaped with tropical foliage including citrus and bananas. Great for grilling and watching the boats go by. Or use the dock to tie up your own boat, or a locally-rented pontoon boat. The property includes a 17 foot canoe and a small boat ramp for launching it. It is also ideal for launching kayaks, paddle boards, or even a small john boat. We love our dog and we know that they are part of the family. Therefore, our property is pet-friendly. We keep it sparkling clean and we expect our guests to abide by our pet policy. The back area is fenced-in with a vinyl privacy fence, so Fido can run around and chase the lizards or perhaps just watch them curiously.
Dolphins are frequently seen frolicking in the canal. Even manatees, sea turtles, and huge tarpon are sometimes seen. Ospreys are always around, and bald eagles are spotted sometimes as well. Just down the canal, the open water of the Gulf of Mexico is very inviting, with clean sandy areas ideal for dropping the anchor and wading in the waist deep water while collecting shells and viewing fish. The sunsets over the gulf are spectacular, showing nightly.
Two beaches are within a few miles, as is kayaking on the crystal clear Weeki Wachee river, where manatees are always around during the cooler months of the year. At Weeki Wachee State Park, you can catch the world-famous mermaid show where a below ground theatre provides a view into one of the largest freshwater springs in the world, and site of many Hollywood movies. If paddling with manatees makes you want to jump in the water and hug them, you can actually do that - just down the road a few miles in Crystal River or Homosassa, where tour operators provide wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and boat rides to enter the water with wild manatees that have come in from the Gulf of Mexico to the 72 degree springs to wait out old man winter.
We provide two bicycles for your enjoyment. The neighborhood streets and sidewalks are safe for riding. Just a short walk from the property, there's a trailhead for the 11,000 acre Weeki Wachee Preserve. Many miles of hiking or biking provides a nature experience with crystal clear spring lakes, palm forests, countless wading birds, and if you're lucky you might catch a rare glimpse of one of Florida's wild black bears.
Hernando Beach is a very small, quiet seaside town, but it includes some of the best restaurants in the Spring Hill area. The food is great, there's live entertainment, and the waterfront setting is very relaxing. Just 5-10 minutes down the road, depending on which way you go, Spring Hill offers many more opportunities for shopping and dining. With a population of 170,000 people in the Spring Hill/Brooksville area, you can imagine the retail and dining options. However, if a trip to the big city is called for, a one hour trip down the Suncoast Parkway will lead you into the Tampa/St Petersburg metro area, with a population of about 4 million people and all the offerings of one of America's finest resort destinations. Highway 50 leads to Orlando in under two hours. Disney, Universal, and people from all over the world.
After a long day of fun, it's really nice to return home to your beautiful little home overlooking the water in Hernando Beach. The streets are all dead-end streets that end at the Gulf of Mexico, so traffic is light. It's an ideal little village for walking or riding your bike, or if you have a boat, just cruising the canals and viewing the properties and boats. There's even some waterfront dining where you can arrive by boat, and the same goes for the convenience store just down the canal.
For really great boating, there's of course the open gulf, where one may enjoy fishing, scuba diving, scalloping, swimming, sailing, dolphin watching, or star gazing. The near shore waters in this area are usually quite calm, with 2 foot seas or less most of the time. It's an ideal area to head out offshore, drop anchor and spend the night.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Nick Garbarino
Some of my happiest childhood memories are of summer vacations spent in Florida. We now live in Weeki Wachee just a few miles away. We enjoy the property ourselves whenever we can year-round, inviting family and friends to join us. We love this property and are happy to offer it for your use. We want to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Nick Garbarino purchased this House in 2015
Why Nick Garbarino chose Hernando Beach
We fell in love with Hernando Beach the moment we first wandered into this area five years ago. It is really unique. We've not found a comparable area for relaxation, and just getting away from it all, yet still being close to retail, dining, and night life.
What makes this House unique
This area is known as Florida's "Nature Coast". The opportunities for wildlife viewing are spectacular, especially when you consider that you're not having to travel to Africa or the Amazon. There are 6 crystal clear spring fed rivers in the area, inhabited by manatees, dolphins, river otters, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, alligators (of course), wild turkeys, black bears, wild peacocks, roseate spoonbills, ospreys, wild hogs, and the list goes on and on. Go offshore and you're bound to see sea turtles, sometimes by the hundreds, as I have. The fishing here is very good, and charter boats are available. There's grouper, spotted sea trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, snook, tarpon, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and sheephead. For the spearfisherman, there's the delicious hogfish inhabiting an extensive artificial reef system, including world war two army tanks. So, in summary, a stay in Hernando Beach puts you in the center of everything, from mermaid shows to boat watching, from dolphin encounters to Disney, from Bush Gardens to spectacular sunsets over the gulf, from hugging a wild manatee to grilling on your deck while watching the shrimp/crab/sail/pleasure boats go by. From big city excitement, to gentle sea breezes.
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Very pleasant and relaxing
We had a wonderful stay. The only thing that we didn't like is the some of the amenities were a little out dated.
Everything you need
Well equipped cottage with great deck. Watching the boats go by was interesting. Never got quite warm enough to enjoy the pool but nice that it was available. Close to lots of restaurants, stores, and boats to rent.
Great compact property in quiet location.
It is obvious upon arriving at the property, the owner and housekeeper have high standards.
Although not a large property it is fine for a small family or indeed as this was, a couple of guys away for a fishing trip.
Everywhere was very very clean.
Although not the latest of everything in terms of furniture, equipment etc - it is all very much in great condition and not showing any tiredness.
Communication with the owner was swift and very clear.
One thing to be aware of, we had a couple of cold mornings where dew formed on the outside deck. It is worth knowing that it can be slippery.
A very nice experience - thank you.
Thank you. We plan to paint the deck next month, and this time, we are applying a non-slip coating.
Stayed for a Month,and loved it. House was cute ,very clean .,and had everything we needed . Great local restaurants close by, lots to see and do in the area. Had one issue, and Nick corrected it immediately.(pump quit) Loved sitting on the deck in the aft watching the fishing boats go by. Used the canoe a lot and a great area to ride the bikes in. Would definitely stay here again.
Nice little place.
Property was clean inside and outside. Very nice landscaping. The canoe/kayak ramp to the water was steep and slippery (especially at low tide), but we were able to carry our kayaks to the dock and launch them from there. Window unit A/Cs make noise (similar to a hotel room), but that actually helps me sleep. Price is good for what you are getting. I would rent again.
The house was perfect!
Thank you so much Nick for accommodating us.. after our trip was cancelled due to hurricane Irma, Nick was gracious enough to let us stay the very next week..
this two bedroom one bath home is very charming.. especially loved the deck (where we spent all our time)!!
Watching the shrimp boats go out every night and come back in early in the mornings was so much fun! While I sunbathed, he was able to fish .. perfect situation!
I highly recommend this property if you are looking for a small quiet community and vacation ..
grocery stores are five minutes drive with absolutely no traffic or you can stay in and order Insta-cart on your mobile app.. which we did and was so neat!!
Mild climate, swimming with wild manatees, beaches, mermaid shows, clear spring river kayaking, great fishing, scalloping, scuba diving, bird watching, dolphin watching. Tampa/St Petersburg is less than an hour away with Busch Gardens, aquariums, beaches. Orlando is less than two hours away with Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and many other theme parks.
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