The beach is calling. Summer is slipping away.

Classic 100 year old beach house, now 4 unique seaside villas.
Classic 100 year old beach house, now 4 unique seaside villas.
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Classic 100 year old beach house, now 4 unique seaside villas.

About this rental

Cottage (Sleeps 4)
400 sq. ft.  ·   1 bedroom   ·  1 bathroom
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Property Type: Cottage
  • Minimum Stay: 2 - 3 nights
  • Living Area: 400 sq. ft.

This vacation try something unique. Skip the big condo box with the slow elevator and the crowded beach . Our grandparents blessed us with two classic beach houses on the prettiest spot on the island. To make it affordable they lovingly converted the classic 100 year old homes into 6 seaside villas. Unit 4 is our one bedroom villa on the second floor of the beach house.


Our most requested for the romantic getaway. With a dreamy panoramic view up and downtime beach from the 8 tall windows that overlook the shore and the Gulf of Mexico. Lie in bed in the morning and watch the dolphins play. Dine in the evening at the table for two and enjoy the most beautiful red sunsets into the ocean. Our guest book is full of rave reviews. This is the best of Old Florida.

Can sleep 4 using hide a bed. With French doors to the bedroom that can be closed.

Unique Benefits

Florida Gulf Coast beachfront rentals at Grandma’s island beach house from the summer of 1925. The large home and carriage house are now converted into 6 Gulf front villas featuring full kitchens, pillow top beds, and fantastic views. Awarded one of the highest scores on the beach by Superior Small Lodging. Kids love an old place surrounded by water. We are small and personable. Gulf of Mexico and private white sand beach are right out your door. Wade out to the shallow sandbar to explore for shells and sand dollars. Or walk across the street to watch the yachts go by and fish in the bay. Old Timers call this part of the island "The Narrows" where the sand is just wide enough for a single row of homes.

Historically, the most beautiful spot on the tropical barrier islands of Tampa Bay between Clearwater and St Pete.

Why Kids Love It

Step back in time and experience “Old Florida”.
One of the last remaining historic beach houses and carriage houses on the island. Kids love to explore. This was the family getaway of FD Jackson, a seed merchant from Tampa.

Even adults find their inner child when saying here. These old homes were built right on the beach. You can't get any closer to the water . Enjoy our true island feeling surrounded by the waters of the Gulf and the Bay. .

- Walk across the street to catch fish and wave to the yachts going by.

- Feel the sand between you toes. Take a long walk to explore nature. We are a sea bird sanctuary. The gulls and sand pipers outnumber the tourist on this semi-private beach. Our dunes with sea oats provide nesting for turtles.
. Wade out to the sandbar in tide to find sea shells and sand dollars. .
- Build castles in our sugar white sand,
- Take a sea kayak to paddle along the shoreline
- Body surf in the waves if the wind is blowing.

Area Information

Its very peaceful. The most mentioned word in our reviews is "RELAXING". That it feels like staying at their grandparent's beach house, Much different than staying at the typical big box condo with dozens of people sharing the beach. On our semi-private beach the sand pipers and sea gulls outnumber the tourists.

Attractions Within Walking Distance

Down the beach is the small town of Indian Rocks, a former fishing village that was mentioned in several magazine articles as being what people dream about when they remember Florida in simpler times.

Favorite Places To Eat

Crabby Bills with fresh catch of the day.

101 flavors of Ice Cream.


Guppy's for fine dining.


A short walk to "Caddys Pub" the nearby restaurant on the bay where you can sit out and have a drink and watch the boats go by.

Inside Scoop

At the end of a good day walk the beach and as the sun sets, look for the rare “Green Flash”
Watch a sunset and look carefully for a green flash at the last seconds before it disappears,
Do not look directly into the sun!

From Google "The green flash is an optical phenomenon that you can see shortly after sunset or before sunrise. It happens when the sun is almost entirely below the horizon, with the upper edge still visible. For a second or two, that upper rim of the sun will appear green in color (or sometimes blue).”

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Amenities

  • Beds
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
Features
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach view
  • Beachfront
  • Bed linens provided
  • Free WiFi
  • Internet
  • Kayak / canoe
  • Kid friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Managed by owner
  • No pets allowed
  • Non-smoking
  • Ocean view
  • Oceanfront
  • Outdoor shower
  • Parking available
  • Towels provided
  • Wireless internet
Appliances
  • Cable / satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Dishes & utensils
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washer & Dryer
Nearby Activities
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (< 1 mile)
  • Basketball Court
    (5 miles)
  • Beach
    (< 1 mile)
  • Bicycling
    (onsite)
  • Boating
    (onsite)
  • Bowling
    (< 1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (5 miles)
  • Casino
    (24 miles)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (3 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (8 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (12 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)
  • Live Entertainment
    (2 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (5 miles)
  • Ocean
    (onsite)
  • Parasailing
    (12 miles)
  • Park
    (2 miles)
  • Playground
    (1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (12 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (20 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (3 miles)
  • Snorkeling
    (onsite)
  • Surfing
    (onsite)
  • Tennis
    (< 1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Water Park
    (1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Windsurfing
    (onsite)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

unforgettable view
Beach chairs
Beach umbrellas
Beach towels
Some beach toys depending on season
Sea Kayaks
outdoor shower for washing sand off
Weber Grill
Pergola
Picnic tables under umbrellas
Fire pit

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Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in 
Rate PeriodNightlyWeekend NightWeeklyMonthlyMin Stay
Jul 09 - Jul 17 2024
$139 $159 2 nights
Jul 18 - Sep 05 2024
$179 $199 3 nights
Sep 06 - Sep 07 2024
$249 $269 3 nights
Sep 08 - Sep 21 2024
$121 $134 2 nights
Oct 21 - Nov 21 2024
$169 $183 3 nights

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Fees:

cleaning: $109
extra person #3 & #4: $10

Tax Rate: 13%

Availability

Last updated on July 05, 2024

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Map

Nearest Airport: Tampa International - 30 miles
Nearest Bar: JD's - 1 mile
Nearest Golf: Largo - 5 miles
Nearest Theme Park: Bush Gardens Tampa - 33 miles
Nearest Restaurant: Caddy's waterfront restaurant - 0.2 miles

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Photos

  • Classic 100 year old beach house, now 4 unique seaside villas.
    Classic 100 year old beach house, now 4 unique seaside villas.
  • The beach is calling. Summer is slipping away. #1
  • Our very special "Gulf to Bay " island setting surrounded by water on both sides
    Our very special "Gulf to Bay " island setting surrounded by water on both sides
  • This part of Boca Ciega Bay is called "The Narrows"
    This part of Boca Ciega Bay is called "The Narrows"
  • We offer a true feeling of being on an island.
    We offer a true feeling of being on an island.
  • This picture of my mom and my son says it all. Relax and make good memories.
    This picture of my mom and my son says it all. Relax and make good memories.
  • FD Jackson's island getaway from his successful seed and grain business in Tampa
    FD Jackson's island getaway from his successful seed and grain business in Tampa
  • The views from the 8 tall windows are stunning
    The views from the 8 tall windows are stunning
  • Your view by day
    Your view by day
  • Your view by night
    Your view by night
  • The area is know nfor its deep red sunsets
    The area is know nfor its deep red sunsets
  • Picture I took last summer. Our guests gather at sunset to stand and watch.
    Picture I took last summer. Our guests gather at sunset to stand and watch.
  • A spacious airy seaside villa, Unit 4 is our most requested by couples.
    A spacious airy seaside villa, Unit 4 is our most requested by couples.
  • Key West style rattan , The sofa pulls out to a queen size bed.
    Key West style rattan , The sofa pulls out to a queen size bed.
  • Beyond the glass French doors it this bedroom facing out to see the Gulf
    Beyond the glass French doors it this bedroom facing out to see the Gulf
  • Quirky 1925 bathroom. The shower is in its own room.
    Quirky 1925 bathroom. The shower is in its own room.
  • large walk-in shower.
    large walk-in shower.
  • sequence of views starting south and working north.
    sequence of views starting south and working north.
  • looking due west
    looking due west
  • Looking northwest
    Looking northwest
  • Looking north at million dollar homes. This is their second home.
    Looking north at million dollar homes. This is their second home.
  • nestled in the dunes a mere 9 feet above sea level, you feel one with nature.
    nestled in the dunes a mere 9 feet above sea level, you feel one with nature.
  • sea kayaks to go out and explore.
    sea kayaks to go out and explore.
  • sand dollar stepping stones lead thru the dunes to the white sand beach
    sand dollar stepping stones lead thru the dunes to the white sand beach
  • Gather around the fire at night.
    Gather around the fire at night.
  • our pergola where guests meet and make friends. We have many repeats
    our pergola where guests meet and make friends. We have many repeats
  • So inviting. Far from the crowds, it feels like a private beach.
    So inviting. Far from the crowds, it feels like a private beach.
  • Another day in paradise, in the warm Florida sunshine.
    Another day in paradise, in the warm Florida sunshine.
  • Typical day, you almost have the beach to yourself.
    Typical day, you almost have the beach to yourself.
  • The beach goes 7 miles in either direction. Town is one mile in this direction,
    The beach goes 7 miles in either direction. Town is one mile in this direction,
  • More seagulls than tourist
    More seagulls than tourist
  • We provide Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas and beach chairs.
    We provide Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas and beach chairs.
  • The island is a bird sanctuary. A heron walking just a few feet away from you.
    The island is a bird sanctuary. A heron walking just a few feet away from you.
  • We provide the Tommy Bahama beach chairs and fluffy towels. You bring the pop up
    We provide the Tommy Bahama beach chairs and fluffy towels. You bring the pop up
  • sit and read, and people watch
    sit and read, and people watch
  • Or catch up on your texts and mail . WIFI all the way to the beach.
    Or catch up on your texts and mail . WIFI all the way to the beach.
  • Our grandson.
    Our grandson.
  • We provide plenty of beach toys.
    We provide plenty of beach toys.
  • Our attorney neighbor hosts a Christmas party with a sand sculpture every year.
    Our attorney neighbor hosts a Christmas party with a sand sculpture every year.
  • The morning calm before the afternoon wind and rain in the summertime
    The morning calm before the afternoon wind and rain in the summertime
  • Cook a burger on the gas grill and gather around the picnic table.
    Cook a burger on the gas grill and gather around the picnic table.
  • Plenty of shaded areas to sit and relax.
    Plenty of shaded areas to sit and relax.
  • Rent a boat 2 blocks away and cruise the Bay.
    Rent a boat 2 blocks away and cruise the Bay.
  • on weekends its fun to watch the parade of boats go by. Wave and they wave back.
    on weekends its fun to watch the parade of boats go by. Wave and they wave back.
  • Rent a beach coaster bike and explore this island
    Rent a beach coaster bike and explore this island
  • Our two beach houses , now 6 unique seaside apartments.
    Our two beach houses , now 6 unique seaside apartments.
  • How do you describe this super location?
    How do you describe this super location?
  • Stay here and know you are helping us preserve OLD FLORIDA for future generation
    Stay here and know you are helping us preserve OLD FLORIDA for future generation
  • Wes and Kathy, the owners who live in Colorado. Welcome to Sun n Fun
    Wes and Kathy, the owners who live in Colorado. Welcome to Sun n Fun

Reviews

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Perfect beach front condo

My spouse and I absolutely loved this cottage. It was private and quiet. The beach was right outside the door with just a little walk. Loved the back where you could sit and relax, enjoy the beautiful Florida sunsets. It was so good to be able to grill, which was very clean. Got to see manatee almost every day and even got to touch one while it enjoyed the kids swimming with it. Disappointed that I did not see any dolphin which was a first! Appreciated having linens and towels provided. Wes was awesome. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: Submitted: May 02, 2024

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Paradise

This has to be one of the best places I’ve ever stay! Unit 4 is my favorite. You can lay on the bed and watch the water. See dolphins and pelicans dive! There are beach supplies there for you to use! Wes the owner is amazing! I guarantee you will have a great time!

Stayed: Submitted: May 21, 2023

Owner response

Tonya, looks like you come back to Sun N Fun every year. Thank you for staying with us. ITs helps us pay these crazy high property taxes so we can keep this treasure for the next generation of beach goers. WES and Kathy, owners since 1996. Our grandparents owned from 1966 to 1996

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Paradise

This place is amazing! We have been here several times and it has never disappointed! With the windows up in the bedroom you can lay on the bed and watch the water and smell the salt air! I’ve watched dolphins playing and birds diving just about every day! We always stay in Unit 4 which I love. I would recommend this place to anyone! The owner is awesome! Very easy to get in touch with! Thank you Wes for everything! We will be back!

Stayed: Submitted: May 20, 2023

Owner response

We are so happy you enjoyed yourself. This place means a lot to us, so it is special when we can share that feeling.

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Location Says It All

Unit 3 in this 6 unit beach house was the unit we rented. It was a second floor, one bedroom apartment with balcony overlooking the fantastic patio, beach, and gulf. I will start by saying the unit could use a little updating BUT, we didn't go there for a mansion since we weren't in the room that much. It had everything we needed. The bed was super comfortable and the towels were luxurious. The marina could be seen from the kitchen window. Has beach chairs, umbrellas, picnic tables, firepit and chairs, washer and dryer.The private beach area was the best. A condo sits to the left but there were very few people around. The other houses in the area have their own beachfront so plenty of room for all. We saw the sunset every night from the deck/backyard.Very safe area and Caddy's Bar and Grill was within walking distance. Along the strip were many other eating places and a great souvenir shop. Guilty Sea Sports Bar was another excellent place.The owner was one of the best I have ever dealt with. Immediate responses from him and he told us the history of the place. He was a joy to get to know and obviously cares about the beach house very much. He was always available for us even though he wasn't local.We had a chance to view all 6 units and they were all unique in their own way. We are having trouble deciding which one we want to rent for next year. We will definitely return. After staying here, I will have a hard time going back to a hotel. (We had a reservation at Pier 60 in Clearwater but canceled after finding this gem and are so glad we did.)Thanks to Wes for being such a terrific owner and I hope you can always keep this in your family.

Stayed: Submitted: February 06, 2023

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