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Clean, Airey, Artistic, Tropical Townhouse with a Gulfview

Laguna Beach, Panama City Beach, FL, USA
  • Townhome1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

This Newly Remodeled Townhouse Is Directly Across the Street from the Beach

The Blue Heron has a beautiful Gulf view and is located just steps from the beach. We have two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The Master bedroom has a queen-sized bed and a full bathroom, with a balcony and a Gulf view. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed with a full bathroom and a garden view. All of the bedrooms have a T.V., cable, and Wifi. The upstairs is also equipped with a washroom, that has a full -sized washing machine and dryer, as well as an iron and ironing board. Downstairs, the living room is spacious and has a queen-sized sleeper sofa that opens up to sleep two. The Blue Heron will sleep six guests comfortably. The living room also has a large T.V.; it has cable, a DVD player, a library of movies, and free WIFI. The dining room table seats four and the kitchen-counter bar seats an additional four.

The fully remodeled kitchen is outfitted with an electric stove, a full sized refrigerator, a dishwasher, a microwave, a toaster, and a coffee maker. It is fully stocked to serve eight, and we supply everything, from bowls to a pizza pan... You will find yourself fully equipped, for all of your culinary needs at your home, away from home. Directly outside of the kitchen is a small patio and garden, with seating for romantic and tropical dinners. We also have a gas grill, on which you can cook your fresh catch of the day!

Possibly, our favorite element to The Blue Heron is the artwork that graces the walls and counters. The owners, Ron and Yolie Strickland are glass artists. Every room is decorated with original artwork by Floridian artists. Please read the owners' story to see how this came about. Featured artwork by Florida artists includes: Mixed-media artist George Bragg; Photography of local landmarks by Micheal Jasinski; Paintings by Daryl Harwood- Bragg; Glass work by Us, Ron and Yolie Strickland, and artwork by other talented regional artists. This townhouse is like vacationing at an art show by the beach. It is refreshing and unique.

The entrance to this lovely townhouse is furnished with outdoor furniture and has an area to rinse off sand after a long, enjoyable day at the beach.

There are two designated parking spaces for your stay.

The feel of The Blue Heron is tropical, clean, airy, and unique.


Ron and Yolie Strickland

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Ron and Yolie Strickland

We are traveling glass artists, with a passion for the unique. We have found our greatest memories in places that had something different to offer. During our years on the road, we realized that clean and unique lodgings were hard to come by.. And so, after 15 years of travel, we decided to settle down and spend more time together, on the beach. We dreamed of creating the special accommodations that had eluded us for all those years. The result is a group of four, uniquely themed vacation rentals.The Blue Heron is our most recent adventure. Our three other properties are located close by and are also available on VRBO. They include Sunset Palms( property #812247), Banana Cabana(property #405927), and Malibu Palms (property #589440). Ron Strickland is a true native of Panama City, Florida. Growing up on the beach gave Ron a personal love for this region. Most of his childhood was spent playing in the tops of magnolia trees and learning about the natural beauty that this area has to offer. This "aerial view" gave Ron a special perspective on his life. He has, since 1981, owned many clothing stores on Panama City Beach. He attended Huntingdon College, with the intention of becoming an archaeologist, BUT, the beach lured him back home.. Yolie (Jolijn) Strickland is the product of an International, United Nations family. She was born in Rome, Italy and grew up in Africa. This special coupling of living in distant lands, and her family's quest to rid the world of hunger, gave Yolie a humble view of people and their beautiful uniqueness. After coming to the United States, as a student at N.Y.U. and living in New York for 10 years, she moved to South Florida, and eventually ended up in Panama City Beach. She has lived here since 1995 and would NEVER want to live anywhere else again.She loves it here.."This is paradise!", she says. Ron and Yolie live a mile away from The Blue Heron. They have been married for 20 years and have one daughter and three doggies.

Ron and Yolie Strickland purchased this Townhome in 2016

Why Ron and Yolie Strickland chose Laguna Beach

The Blue Heron is unlike most beach rental properties on Panama City beach. It is very uniquely decorated, has a Gulf view, is VERY clean and, is fairly priced. The atmosphere on the west end of Panama City Beach is peaceful and serene. It is located away from all the noise, congestion, and tourist traps of the east end of the beach. It is close to many restaurants and great seafood dining areas. And, most uniquely, it is located two miles from the beginning of scenic Highway 30-A, in Walton County. This resort area includes Rosemary Beach, Seaside, Alys Beach, and Seacrest, amongst others. All these townships are connected by 30-A and a 22 mile bike path, so you can tour each town for lunch, the beaches and adventure. We purchased this property for it's view and proximity to the beach. You can watch beautiful sunsets from the balcony, as well as see large flocks of pelicans, flying east for the night. You can fall asleep to the sounds of waves lapping the beach. When we are at The Blue Heron, we are often captivated by it's tranquil feel and don't want to leave. We know that you will feel the same way.

What makes this Townhome unique

From the moment that you arrive at The Blue Heron, to when you tour each room and experience the decorating details, you will know that you are in a special place. We hope that the experience of staying in our vacation rental will mirror the natural experience of our beautiful beach... that alone, is a huge challenge, but we feel that our care, in designing this townhouse will compliment the beautiful memories that you will experience on the beach. The Blue Heron is a wonderful place to escape life for a while, both inside and regionally. Our favorite touch is all the artwork. It defines what it is like to be from here and it describes what the artists felt as they created their artwork along the shores. Panama City Beach is a magical place and The Blue Heron is a magical place , along those emerald waters.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Master bedroom with Gulf-view balcony
      • Guest bedroom
        1 queen
      • Sleeper Sofa (Queen)
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed and a full, adjoining bathroom. It has a large balcony, with a Gulf view. The master bedroom has a flat screen T.V. with cable and WIFI. It also has a closet and a dresser. The guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed and a full, adjoining bathroom. It has a flat screen T.V. with cable and WIFI. It has a closet and dresser. As a third "bedroom", the living room has a queen sleeper sofa, that will fold out and sleep two. The Blue Heron sleeps six comfortably.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, A private bathroom, adjoining the master bedroom.
      • Guest bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, A private bathroom, adjoining the guest bedroom.
      • Downstairs 1/2 bathroom
        toilet, Downstairs 1/2 bathroom.
      • The two upstairs bathrooms are both full, private bathrooms, each adjoining to a bedroom. The downstairs bathroom is a 1/2 bath, with a sink and toilet.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          The master bedroom deck has a Gulf view, from which you can see and hear the waves.
        • Beachfront
          The west end of Panama City Beach is the most pristine beach in the area. It is located just east of Lake Powell, one of Florida's outstanding coastal lakes.
        • Ocean View
          You can see the sun come up on the beach, to the east in the mornings and disappear into the sunset in the evenings.
        • Oceanfront
          We are located directly across the street from one of the world's most beautiful beaches. You can experience wonderful sunsets and listen to the waves, lapping on the shores at night.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      We provide ALL top quality linens for the bedrooms, as well as for the sleeper sofa. We also provide extra blankets for each room.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central heating and air. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and downstairs living room.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heating and air.
                    • Internet
                      Free WIFI and free cable.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Full sized dryer.
                    • Living Room
                      Large, spacious living room with a queen sleeper-sofa couch. The living room has two additional chairs, a coffee table, and end tables. It has a large T.V. with free cable and WIFI.
                    • Parking
                      Two reserved parking spaces, directly in front of the townhouse.
                    • Towels Provided
                      We provide bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, beach towels, and kitchen towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Full sized washing machine.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          We supply coffee and coffee filters, as well as an array of teas, creamers, sugar& artificial sweeteners.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          We are fully stocked to serve 8 and supply everything, from bowls to a pizza pan.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully remodeled, with an electric stove, a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and coffeemaker. It is fully stocked to serve 8 and has everything you will need to cook.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          We provide all cleaning materials, such as soaps, dish & laundry detergents and paper towels. We also supply extra toilet paper, dish towels and coffee filters. You must bring your own food.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full sized with freezer
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              The dining room table seats four. We also have a connecting kitchen counter that seats four, with stools.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Free cable, through WOW.
                                • Television
                                  A large, wall mounted T.V. with free cable and WIFI.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      The master bedroom has a large, sunny porch with seating, tropical plants and a Gulf view.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      We have a downstairs(front) patio with seating. We also have a backyard patio, with seating and a gas grill.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak and canoe on nearby, pristine Lake Powell. Local rentals are available.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      A small backyard.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Tennis
                                      Sunnyside Tennis Club and Rosemary Beach Racquet Club are close by.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Yolo board on nearby Lake Powell. Yolo board rentals are available on-site.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • playground
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • cinemas
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • parasailing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • We try to provide almost everything that you could need for a wonderful vacation. We are locals and are very knowledgeable about this beautiful area. There are many things to do, that are not listed on VRBO. Please talk to us at check-in and we will be happy to recommend some.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              7 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Everything was perfect!

                                                              Julia V.

                                                              Our family of 5 absolutely loved this place. The townhouse was extremely clean and well organized. The towels and linens were so comfortable. It was very open and spacious. The owners have a great eye for detail and were very nice. The entrance to the beach was very close, about a 5 minute walk and you were right in the water. The beach was very quiet, not too many people. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation look no further, this location is FANTASTIC!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Julia, for the kind review. I know your trip was short, But, I loved that you made the best of it with a early arrival and trip to the beach. We would love to have you and your family back. Thanks Ron

                                                              A beach gem

                                                              Emma K.

                                                              The condo couldn't have been more ideal for our girls weekend away. Perfect location for a short 2 minute walk to the beach access and the view from the balcony. We enjoyed the best of both worlds with a 'quieter' and a short 10 minutes to 30A restaurants. The Blue Heron was extremely clean and fresh making it feel Beach-y and relaxing. We will stay again. Thanks Ron and Yolie!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Emma,

                                                              It was great to meet you and your friends. It really is the best of both worlds in Sunnyside. It is quiet, and close to the action. I am always amazed, when I go to the beach, and there are only ten people within sight, during the busiest season. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay. We would love to have you back. Thank you Ron

                                                              Home Away From Home!

                                                              Abigail H.

                                                              Our entire vacation could not have been more perfect, and the stay at The Blue Heron definitely made it all possible! Ron and Yolie truly have thought of everything, down to the smallest details, and this beach home is just amazing. Beautifully decorated, open and airy, clean and comfortable, and it is away from the busy traffic amd congestion found just a few miles down the road near Pier Park. The beach is just steps away, and it is a family oriented area - quiet and low key, but close to shops, restaurants, etc. The bedding was comfortable, clean linens, every amenity you could ask for - and did I mention the attention to detail?? We just left this morning and our girls are already asking when we can go back to our beach home! I would recommend a stay here for anyone looking to stay in or near Panama City Beach.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Abigail,

                                                              It was nice to meet you also. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. I'm especially happy that you noticed the quality of the bedding and linens. We try to provide linens that you would never experience in a vacation rental. Thank you for noticing. We would love to have you stay with us again. Ron

                                                              Spectacular, clean, and welcoming

                                                              Joey P.

                                                              Wow! Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! It is a very nice and up to date place. Located on the "quieter" side of Panama City Beach, yet close enough to the fun and entertainment. The beach is literally right across the road! It had everything we needed, plus some, (thanks Ron and Yolie)! We will definitely be returning.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you guys. I'm happy that you got to experience several of our properties. This one was definately the way to go with a larger family. I will see you next year.

                                                              Perfect vacation home!

                                                              Christy D.

                                                              Nothing could have been better, loved the house and the location. Ron and Yolie were perfect and so friendly, and the house was so well stocked. We can't wait to stay with you guys again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks Christy. We would love to have you back. Thanks for the kind words.

                                                              Clean, comfortable and relaxing!

                                                              Deborah S.

                                                              My family and I had a wonderful time and enjoyed our stay so much! The house was perfect for us - very clean, comfortable and inviting! Easy access to the beach and Ron and Yolie already had the beach cart loaded up with beach chairs for us! With a gas grill outside the back door, we were grilling dinner every night. We couldn't have asked for a better place!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Deborah for the kind review. We really enjoyed meeting you. I am glad you got to use the grill so often. I love the little courtyard near the grill. Its unbelievable, but I think we might have bananas this year. I hope to see you again. Ron


                                                              Laguna Beach, Panama City Beach, FL, USA

                                                              The Blue Heron is located in a beautiful part of Florida and we have some of the prettiest beaches on the Emerald Coast.. We boast sugar-white sands and crystal clear, emerald waters. We are located two miles from Scenic 30-A and the beaches of South Walton County. Scenic 30-A has unique beach communities, brimming with interesting and diverse architectural styles. At the turn of the century, most of North Florida was owned by the paper mills out of Jacksonville, Florida. Their lands stretched north, to the Alabama state line and west, to Pensacola. In the 1980's, the paper mills sold their paper interests and went into the real estate business. Their model was, to create self-sustaining townships in various architectural themes. The results were beach communities, such as Rosemary Beach (modeled after the Dutch Antilles), Seaside and Alys Beach (a white-washed town, reminiscent of Morocco). A 22 -mile bike path runs along 30-A and offers a great opportunity to explore all these townships, along with their beaches, shops and restaurants. Bike rentals are conveniently located all along 30-A, so you do not have to transport bikes, in order to enjoy all 30-A has to offer.

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