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Panama City Beach...the quiet side! Covered parking at your door!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This adorable beach cottage is located in Emerald Pointe Resort, one of the friendliest gated communities near the beach. Stay in our two bedroom beach-themed cottage surrounded by palm trees as you enjoy all the amenities provided by the resort. Enjoy the large heated pool by the beautiful clubhouse (complete with hot-tub), or the cozier pool near the small fish stocked lake with boardwalk and catch-and-release fishing. Emerald Pointe is family oriented and perfect for bike riding, strolling and skating. There's even a playground by the clubhouse. While the SandCastle welcomes well behaved dogs, owners must follow the resort rules concerning dogs: Pets must be added to the rental agreement and pet fee must be paid. All dogs must be under 25 pounds, leashed while outside and owners must pick up after their dogs. While inside, dogs are not allowed on the furniture.

Enjoy the convenience of covered parking at your front door. The Sand Castle has a fully supplied kitchen complete with everything you'll need for your vacation including a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. Luxurious linens are provided for your bed and bath. In fact all you'll need to bring with you is your suitcase. The master bedroom comes with a Queen sized bed while the second bedroom is perfect for children with it's built in bunks providing a full size bunk on the bottom and a twin sized bunk at the top. The master bedroom has cable TV and DVD player while the Florida room has a new flat screen TV with cable and a DVD player. We've even got a drawer full of family themed DVD's for your entertainment. Bring your laptop too, because the SandCastle has wi-fi.

Relax in the large tiled Florida room and pleasant screened-in back porch. We provide a library of DVD's, board games and books for your visit. We've even got a toybox in the Florida room to keep your little ones occupied. Also provided for your use are some beach essentials, such as sand chairs, sand mats, umbrella, sand toys and a rolling cooler.

Enjoy your morning coffee sitting on the patio and watching the sun come up in this serene resort that reflects Florida's relaxed lifestyle. The cottage is spacious and affordable and just minutes away from one of the world's most beautiful beaches, championship golf, tennis, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, fine dining and good family entertainment. There's even a local trolley to help meet your transportation needs. Be sure to check out St. Andrew's State Park and the new Pier Park as featured in the June 2008 Southern Living magazine. Both of them are just minutes away. Perhaps you'd prefer a day of shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Destin, less than an hour away. Come enjoy our comfortable climate and friendly atmosphere. You are responsible for the $70.00 cleaning fee which you leave in cash when you check out.

Keywords: Cottage

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Gayle Blake
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Gayle Blake

Brendan and I live in the northern 'burbs of Atlanta with our Jack Russell, Stonewall Jackson. I am a retired high school teacher who keeps busy with my new DUI and driving school and Brendan is a civil engineer.

Gayle Blake purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Gayle Blake chose Florida North West

We have always loved Panama City Beach since spring breaks in college (a long time ago). We have relatives in the area and love the friendly laid back Florida lifestyle. We're hoping to retire on the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

You're five minutes away from the world's most beautiful beaches and yet you have the privacy and tranquility of your own place in a gated community with all the amenities you want while at the beach. Float a couple of hours in one of the pools, throw some horseshoes or scoot some shuffleboard while watching the kids frolic in the pool, the playground or the hot tub. For the price of a hotel room you get so much more. Grab the provided cooler, sandchairs, beach umbrella and beach towels and head to St. Andrew's State Park (5 minutes away) for some fun in the sun. Book a scuba diving trip or deep sea fishing and spend the day on (or under) the clear aqua waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Then come back to the SandCastle, park at your own front door and throw some seafood onto the charcoal grill. From the resort you can avoid the beach traffic on the strip, while having dining, shopping and beaches right around the corner. It's paradise, and you might just decide to stay...and stay...and stay.


Panama City Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen Bed in Master bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa bed in the Florida room. Also a queen size air bed., Bunk Beds (1) Built in bunks in the second bedroom. Bottom bed is a double and upper bunk is a single.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Full Kitchen including Microwave, Refrigerator/Ice Maker, dishwasher and cooking utensils, Washer/Dryer, Shuffleboard/Horseshoes, No Smoking


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Panama City Beach...the quiet side! Covered parking at your door!
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 33 reviews

Great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the Sandcastle and all it had to offer. Arrangements were great for our family of 5 and little Yorkie and so affordable. It was easy to find, navigate, and get to the beach and other locations easily. It was very quiet and relaxing and loved the pools. My only suggestion would be to update the master mattress! Thank you for another vacation to remember!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the 5 star review. So glad that you enjoyed the resort and it's terrific location. It is very quiet and peaceful to be so close to the beach and all the other things that PCB has to offer. Master bedroom mattress and bed frame were replaced the day after you checked out. We tried to schedule the replacement between guests leaving and new guest arrival. We hope that you'll come back and visit us again at Emerald Pointe Resort.
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as described and the location was perfect. I was able to wake up each morning, cook a wonderful breakfast for our family and enjoy being able to sit around the table discussing what we did the day before and were going to do that day. Also, at 7:55AM every morning we enjoyed hearing reveille from the Naval base across Thomas Drive and then at 8:00AM the Star-Spangled Banner. We also enjoyed something at night which I think was retreat. (I don't pretend to know the traditions, but I can say it was the most amazing thing I have ever heard. I actually wish it was louder because I had to go out in the sunroom to hear it.) We did have to stay inside a couple of days due to rain from a tropical storm and there was still plenty to do. Also, unfortunately, we did have to visit an urgent care due to my son having a severe sunburn. It was easy to get to and convenient (even during a tropical storm). The homeowner, Gayle, was very nice and easy to work with and the community was great. We had our two small dogs with us and everything was very much dog friendly. My kids did try fishing at the pond and didn't have any luck because there were so many turtles, but there were so many things to do in PCB that they didn't say that much about it. We enjoyed our trip very much and hope to be able to come visit again soon. We would definitely want to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very family friendly. Nice, well kept and friendly community. Great pools and hot tub. Close to stores and restaurants. Only a short drive to the beach. Recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're thrilled that you had a terrific visit. I agree that the location is perfect and the friendly community is perfect for families. It's definitely the quiet side of the beach, but you're still just minutes away from everything that Panama City Beach has to offer. We'd love to have you visit us again. When you book, just remind me that you want the "Returning Guest Discount" and hopefully you'll be back soon to visit those gorgeous Emerald Coast beaches.
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1 Star is too Much

  • 1 of 5

The owner told me it was OK to bring our 54 pound dog. She didn’t keep up on the Emerald Pointe’s HOA bylaws because renters are not allowed to have a dog that weighs more than 25 pounds. Owners can have large dogs because I saw them walking their large dogs. Yes, owners can have any size dog they want but renters cannot. At least 2 residents followed us while we were walking our dog. They went to the HOA office and made fabulously untrue statements about our dog. The 2 residents even staked our place out – yes they would walk by the unit and then the male would glare at my wife through the windows. The unit itself - You can clearly hear street conversations through the front bedroom walls. The roof over the family room roof sounds like a drum in a hard rain. I believe just about every appliance except for the coffee maker needs to be replaced. The refrigerator doesn’t regulate the temperature so that milk against the back of it will freeze. Naturally the freezer compartment has similar issues, the ice cubes partially melt and then refreeze into a block. You have to throw out the ice every 2 -3 days otherwise you have a mess – yes I have pictures of the ice globs. I wish I had a picture of the sign above the washing machine that said you had to put the machine into the spin cycle separately otherwise it wouldn’t spin out properly. It wouldn’t spin out at all when we were there. The owner said she ordered a new washing machine, but we never saw it. Is it just me, or is there something unusual about knowing an appliance doesn’t work properly and considering the problem is fixed by putting up a sign? I like my toast dark but I couldn’t make toast in the kitchen because it would set off the smoke alarm – so I made toast in the bathroom. The dishwasher bin that holds the silverware is missing half of its bottom. The owner was aware of this issue but hasn’t figured out how to get a replacement part. The latch for the sliding glass door was broken making it extremely difficult to latch and unlatch – not impossible, but very difficult. Another issue the owner was aware of but hasn’t figured out a solution for. (She thought she fixed it once but I saw no signs of it.) We stopped watching TV because the sound level required constant adjustment for commercials or when the dialogue on the show grew loud or soft.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry about the misunderstanding about your dog. At no time during our communication did you mention that your dog was a pit bull mix. I am sure you are aware that pit bulls and a few other large breed dogs are an insurance liability. I am therefore not surprised that the HOA and residents were concerned when they saw you walking the dog with what "appeared to be a muzzle". Numerous renters have commented on the friendliness of the neighbors and resort residents. I have quite a large number of renters that return again and again. I've never gotten a complaint of people "glaring through the windows". Regarding the noise issue: In my visits to our SandCastle I have always found the noise level typical of other resorts. I'm sorry that it bothered you. As we discussed, as soon as you notified me that the washing machine was not working, I ordered a new one and had scheduled the installation when you checked out. It is installed and is quite an upgrade. When you last communicated with me you seemed satisfied with my offer of rental refund and I was generous enough to include your golf fees for upcoming scheduled tee times. You received that refund. I really enjoy all the positive comments from previous guests. I want all of our guests to leave with not only a beach glow but wonderful memories of their Panama City Beach holiday. Smiling faces and happy responses are my goal.
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time for our first trip to Florida. The stay was quite peaceful at the resort. Hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay in our SandCastle. I agree that the resort is very attractive and the neighbors are always friendly too. Will look forward to hearing from you again. Make sure that you remind us that you're a "returning guest".
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Such a beautiful warm place

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved the Sandcastle!!! It was beautiful, in a quiet area, and exactly what we needed!! My kids loves all of the games, books, and sand toys that were available!! Next time we visit we will for sure stay at the Sandcastle again!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
NW Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Motorway
Thomas Drive
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
St. Andrews State Park
Car: necessary

Small gated resort community with Club House, fitness center, ping pong table, large screen TV and outdoor playground for children. On local trolley route. Dog walk and exercise areas. Three miles from the beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $80
Damage Deposit $250

Rates include groups of 4 or less. Additional people can raise the cost. Events/Holidays raise the rates. Check with us for final rate. We also offer discounts. It never hurts to ask. We are pet friendly and we welcome well behaved dogs. We require minimum age of 25 for our rental.

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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