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Home By The Sea facing the water
Home By The Sea facing the water
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Home By The Sea facing the water

About the Property

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Property Type: Townhome
  • Minimum Stay: 3 - 30 nights
  • Living Area: 1250 sq. ft.

This charming, two bedroom, two and a half bath, Gulf-view home is well-appointed throughout with 'beach' colors, artwork, and new furnishings. The lower level has bright bamboo wood flooring. The living area has Plantation shutters, a comfortable Queen sofa bed, over -sized twin chair sleeper. Recently added central vacuum system. Our kitchen is newly remodeled with beach deco tile and all new appliances .Other recent upgrades include beautiful quartz counter tops in the kitchen and all 3 baths with new Delta fixtures. The entire upstairs and steps have new deep pattern carpet while the downstairs is bamboo hardwood. It looks great! We recently re-surfaced kitchen and bath cabinets and our kitchen is well stocked with everything one could want to prepare great meals. Large capacity Maytag washer and dryer in laundry room. New 43 inch Samsung OLED Smart TV in den with Samsung 32 Smart tv in Gulf viewmaster and Sony 42 Smart tv in Bay facing bedroom. Free WiFi , Bose sound system w/ DVD, and unlimited long distance are included. If you have a portable XM Roady XT, there is a mount with antennae in the den. We also provide 2 bicycles and upgrade beach chairs for our guests. We provide all linens and a small set of bathtowels,hand towels,washcloths.

Relax as you watch the Gulf sunset on the large insect free screened porch with Adirondack chairs, ceiling fan, and picnic table. Enjoy the fantastic gulf view and sounds of the ocean from our private upper deck off the Gulf facing bedroom. It is excellent for star gazing and meteor viewing at night with it's wide panoramic view. We are only 86 steps from the porch to the community boardwalk and beach. A lower ground level deck is located underneath facing the Gulf with porch swing and park type BBQ grille.

Watch the Moon dance off the Gulf from the upper level tropical Master Suite which leads to an open deck with chairs and table. View the sunrise from the bright Guest Bedroom that has a superior view of St. Joseph Bay. Both bedrooms have full baths with Jacuzzi in master bath and Simmons World-Class King Size mattresses for restful sleep.

Enjoy watching the waves in the ocean, fishing in the surf, boating in the Bay, and observing gulls and pelicans flying overhead. Bike on the newly created bike trails to St. Joseph State Park and Florida's #1 beach. This is a truly relaxing place to unwind and explore. The beauty of Cape San Blas will make you want to come back again Just request your days on the inquiry and we will contact you with a rate

The Cape has a new beach as of November 2019. The beach restoration process is complete and a newly replenished white sand beach awaits you!

Unique Benefits

We love our place because of the Gulf views and it is close to the 2 convenience stores on the Cape and they have EVERYTHING! We are always doing upgrades and are meticulous owners to provide our renters with a great vacation rental.

Why Kids Love It

We provide 2 mountain bikes in our storage shed plus beach toys and a couple of Boogie boards.

Area Information

The Cape is 17 miles long and the T.S. Stone Florida State park takes up the last 12 miles. It is a fantastic State Park with a boat ramp and excellent scenery.

Attractions Within Walking Distance

The Beach!

Favorite Places To Eat

On the Cape, there is Peachy’s ( really good wraps), Skully’s Low Country Boil, and Coneheads ( burgers to fish baskets) However, with each booking, I provide a list of ALL the local dining and places of interest with websites,

Inside Scoop

You HAVE to check our Skully's and Weber's Donuts!

Amenities

  • Beds
  • 2 King Beds
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features
    • Air conditioning
    • Balcony
    • Beach chairs
    • Beach view
    • Bed linens provided
    • Bicycles
    • Free WiFi
    • Full kitchen
    • Game room
    • Heating
    • Internet
    • Kid friendly
    • Managed by owner
    • No pets allowed
    • Non-smoking
    • Ocean view
    • Outdoor shower
    • Parking available
    • Patio or deck
    • Screen porch
    • Towels provided
    • Water view
    • Wireless internet
  • Appliances
    • Blender
    • Cable / satellite TV
    • Ceiling fans
    • Coffee maker
    • Dishes & utensils
    • Dishwasher
    • DVD player
    • Freezer
    • Iron and board
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor grill
    • Oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove
    • Telephone
    • Television
    • Toaster
    • Washer & Dryer
  • Nearby Activities
    • Beach
      (onsite)
    • Bicycling
      (onsite)
    • Canoeing
      (onsite)
    • Fishing
      (onsite)
    • Hiking
      (onsite)
    • Kayaking
      (onsite)
    • Ocean
      (onsite)
    • Sailing
      (onsite)
    • Snorkeling
      (onsite)
    • Grocery Store
      (2 miles)
    • Horseback Riding
      (3 miles)
    • Playground
      (3 miles)
    • Boating
      (4 miles)
    • Golf
      (4 miles)
    • Deep Sea Fishing
      (5 miles)
    • Scuba Diving
      (6 miles)
    • Windsurfing
      (6 miles)
    • Gym/Fitness Center
      (15 miles)
    • Jet Skiing
      (15 miles)
    • Shopping Area
      (15 miles)
    • Movie Theater
      (23 miles)
    • Miniature Golf
      (25 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

St. Joe Country Club is an excellent open to the public 18 hole golf course with restaurant and pool. They charge a nominal daily fee to use the pool. It is about 7 miles from our subdivision.

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Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in 
Rate PeriodNightlyWeekend NightWeeklyMonthlyMin Stay
Sep 11 2021 - Oct 30 2021
$1,525 3 nights
Oct 30 2021 - Dec 31 2021
$1,500 3 nights
Jan 01 2022 - Jan 31 2022
$3,000 30 nights
Feb 01 2022 - Mar 01 2022
$3,000 28 nights
Mar 01 2022 - Mar 20 2022
$1,675 3 nights

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Fees:

Refundable Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $175

Tax Rate: 12%

Notes:

Owner's Cancellation Policy
100% refund if cancellation is made at least 60 days in advance

SATURDAY to SATURDAY rentals only from 5/15/21 to 8/14/21. "DUE TO HOA COVENANTS GUESTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING PETS
WE HAVE A MAX Of 6 PERSONS
A damage deposit of $300 is "authorized" on your credit card the day of arrival and is released after departure and the unit is cleaned and inspected.
We can do a minimum of 3 nights from 3/1/21 to 5/15/21 and 8/14/21-to 12/31/21. Just request your days on the inquiry. Extra charge for holiday week. THERE IS A $175 CLEANING FEE ADDED TO EACH BOOKING IN ADDITION TO THE 12% FLA BED TAX. Our cleaner does a great job and adheres to all Fla Covid cleaning specifications,- Check in is now 4PM in order to allow the cleaners to clean extra , check out is 10a.





A 3% credit card transaction fee will be added for all bookings using a credit card

Availability

Last updated October 19, 2021

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Map

Nearest Airport: Panama City - 55 miles
Nearest Bar: Indian Pass Raw Bar, Scallop Republic - 6 miles
Nearest Golf: St Joe Golf Club - 4 miles
Nearest Theme Park: Red Pirate Mini Golf and Arcade, East Point,FL - 25 miles
Nearest Restaurant: Pas Bar, Longbills Grille on the Cape - 4 miles

Owner Info

Al and Susan Kite

Al and Susan Kite

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: I am a retired pharmacist, my wife is a banker, and our son is an attorney. We are all UGA grads. We currently reside is Woodstock, GA and our son resides in North Carolina.

Why this property? Our property is conveniently located about 3.5 miles on to the Cape in the Barefoot Trace S/D. Scallop Cove Marathon is about 500 feet from us on Cape San Blas Rd. and The Trading Post is about one fourth up of a mile going towards the Park. If you run out of something, they have it all. We really keep our place up well with lots of upgrades and great views.

Speaks: English

Calendar last updated: October 06, 2021

Links to more information:
CLICK HERE - T.S. Stone State Park at Cape San Blas

Guestbook comments from the owner:

We just left after a week long stay with our family of four. All I can say is wow! Everything was incredible and you can not get a better location. We spent everyday at the beach and would grill dinners at the house at night. The kids loved the swing and the screened in porch is perfect for late night card games. The home itself is exactly what you’d hope a beach house would be. Al - the home owner went above and beyond during our visit to ensure that we had everything we needed for our stay. He also provided a ton of information on local restaurants and sights. I would definitely recommend this home for anyone looking to relax and escape.


Mar 2019

Tiffany

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

How many does our property sleep?

A:

We have 2 excellent Simmons pillow top Kings in each bedroom upstairs, a comfortable Queen sleeper sofa in the den, and a twin roll away in the laundry

Q:

Are fishing charters available?

A:

Yes, there are several deep sea and Bay charters on the Cape and in Port St. Joe. I would be glad to provide a listing

Q:

How can I get a listing of local dining and places of interest ?

A:

I provide an up dated listing of dining and things to do with each booking

Q:

Do you have minimum night rentals?

A:

We only rent Sat to Sat from mid May to mid August, otherwise we do 3 night minimums

Q:

How many parking spaces do you have? Can I bring a boat?

A:

We have one space underneath the unit but can accommodate a 2nd vehicle or boat with parking in a designated area

Q:

Can I view the weather ?

A:

You can get up to date weather from my personal weather station at Home By The Sea. Google Weather Underground and enter Cape San Blas . Look for the Barefoot Trace weather station, that is us!

Q:

What time can I check in?

A:

Check in is now 4P in order for the cleaners to do extra. Fla’s Covid rules for vacation rental require a special cleaning that takes longer

Photos

  • Home By The Sea facing the water
    Home By The Sea facing the water
  • Steps to the Beach!
    Steps to the Beach!
  • View From Upper Deck
    View From Upper Deck
  • View From Upper Deck
    View From Upper Deck
  • View From Upper Deck
    View From Upper Deck
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  • Another view from private boardwalk
    Another view from private boardwalk
  • view from private boardwalk
    view from private boardwalk
  • BBQ grill off lower deck
    BBQ grill off lower deck
  • Screen porch with Hunter fan, Adirondack chairs, and picnic table
    Screen porch with Hunter fan, Adirondack chairs, and picnic table
  • Swing and chairs on lower deck
    Swing and chairs on lower deck
  • New driftwood dining table set
    New driftwood dining table set
  • Dining and den area
    Dining and den area
  • Spacious den- new furnishings
    Spacious den- new furnishings
  • Another view of the den-oversize chair pulls out to twin bed
    Another view of the den-oversize chair pulls out to twin bed
  • Den area
    Den area
  • Dining tablet chairs and bench seats 6-7
    Dining tablet chairs and bench seats 6-7
  • The kitchen has everything-all new appliances,oversize refrigerator
    The kitchen has everything-all new appliances,oversize refrigerator
  • New kitchen re-model, bright quartz, deco tile
    New kitchen re-model, bright quartz, deco tile
  • Recent kitchen re-model
    Recent kitchen re-model
  • Gulf facing bedroom
    Gulf facing bedroom
  • Jacuzzi jetted tub in Gulf bedroom bath
    Jacuzzi jetted tub in Gulf bedroom bath
  • Gulf bedrrom bath
    Gulf bedrrom bath
  • bay facing bedrrom- Watch the sun come up over the Bay
    bay facing bedrrom- Watch the sun come up over the Bay
  • Bay bedroom bath
    Bay bedroom bath
  • laundry room with maytag washer/dryer and central vacuum
    laundry room with maytag washer/dryer and central vacuum
  • Half bath in den
    Half bath in den

Reviews

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Looking for your happy place?

This is my 4th stay at Cape San Blas, we typically come for scalloping, and I was not disappointed. Al Kite is a super host, a great communicator who gives you the locals take on all the must do activities. We always fish when in CSB, this time surf fishing and catching some whiting, catfish, pinfish and croaker, a bonnethead and sand shark, and one giant stingray, The house is steps from the beach making it so convenient to enjoy the beach, fishing, bonfires and an incredible star show at night. We had a great day trip to St. George Island and the The Apalachicola NERR Nature Center with a quick stop at Indian Pass Raw Bar (lots of fun). We got the low country shrimp boil, as per Al's suggestion, from Skully's, and loved the live music on the bay at Scallop Republic. This was a great home base location for all our adventures, such fun eclectic decorations that add to the beachy mood, everything you need for a great vacation. We will definately be back.

Stayed: Submitted: October 11, 2021

Owner response

Thanks so much for the kind review Laura. You were awesome guests and hope to see you back!

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Everything you'd want in a vacation home

So I'm that person that brings clorox wipes and wipes all surfaces, washes dishes before using. I did not do that @ , well equiped kitchen & home (we cooked all but 1 meal for a 7 night stay.) Nice eating area on screened in deck & lovely nook of a grilling patio under with swing & two chairs, charcoal grill. Beach was beautiful, shells plentiful, residents & guests very friendly & informative who live in area, quiet. Home-owner has lots of beach equipment including chairs; outdoor shower, hose & fish cleaning station. Limited views of ocean, nice folks who live in area. Beach was not crowded, saw tons of wildlife - dolphins, osprey, butterlies, dragonflies, sandpipers, lizards. Homeowner very helpful, informative & attentive to any questions we might have had. No negatives whatsoever.

Stayed: Submitted: September 19, 2021

Owner response

Thanks so much Terri for the kind review! We’re glad you enjoyed our Home By The Sea and hope to see you back again!

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Another Amazing Stay at the Cape!

We recently returned from our second stay at Home by the Sea and had an AMAZING time. This is truly a home away from home at the beach, and has great beachy vibes throughout! The Kites have provided everything you could need and more! Even though we spent more time eating out at restaurants Mr. Kite recommended to us, there is a kitchen full of all the necessities. The beds and bedding are very comfy. The large, screened-in patio has a large table so you can enjoy your meals outside without fighting bugs. The home was very clean upon arrival! The outside shower and area to rinse off is great so you’re not tracking in a bunch of sand. The home has beautiful ocean views and it’s an extremely short walk to the beach. I could go on and on, but just know the pictures and descriptions of the home are all accurate and you will not be disappointed! The Kites are available for any questions/concerns and have lots of good information to share about the area, including restaurant recommendations! Thank you again to The Kites for making our second stay so enjoyable! We made great memories and can’t wait to come back!

Stayed: Submitted: September 12, 2021

Owner response

Thanks for staying with us Chris and Megan and so glad you had a great time at the Cape!

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Another great vacation at Home By the Sea

We have been coming to the Cape a few years now and luckily we found Al and Susan’s place right off the bat. We haven’t seen any need to luck any further. It’s beautifully and fully furnished, in a great location, and renting from the Kites is a pleasurable experience. They share all the good information with you and will keep in touch to make sure your present and future stays with them will be trouble free.

Stayed: Submitted: July 12, 2021

Owner response

Thanks so much for the review Debra. You and Mitch are super guests and we look forward to serving you . We do try to give our guests the best vacation we can. Thanks again

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Beautiful place to stay

Al and Susan have a beautiful place to stay and it is so convenient to the beach. Walk a hundred feet or so and your toes are in the sand. The house has everything you need! Al checks in to make sure you have everything you need. We will be back!

Stayed: Submitted: May 23, 2021

Owner response

Thanks for staying with us Seth and Brittany and we hope to see you again real soon!

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Great escape

Found this gem by accident because the house I was going to rent was taken the night before. We were so lucky to find this spot. Within 15 minutes of requesting info Al was on the phone giving me so much information making us feel welcome. Having stayed on the cape several times in the passed couple of years this was by far the best location we’ve had so far. From the quiet neighborhood, secluded section of beach that was very peaceful. The house offered everything we needed for the week and the beds were fantastic, the best I’ve slept in at any stay anywhere. Al and Susan are wonderful hosts, making sure we had everything we needed and making sure the house was to the standard that they expected once we arrived. My family and I look forward to booking there in the future. Thanks so much!!

Stayed: Submitted: April 13, 2021

Owner response

Jeremy- We’re so pleased you like the place and that you were taken good care of while on your vacation . We certainly hope to have you down again!

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Fabulous Thanksgiving Weekend

Beautiful location steps from the beach, wonderful screened porch with large table for taking all meals outside! Great outside space as well for rinsing off, relaxing, taking some shade. Beds were comfy, we enjoyed the balcony as well. We have stayed in several VRBO properties over the years and this was the best-appointed kitchen I have ever used. Everything was working in excellent condition throughout the rental property, as well, and the owners provide outstanding customer service.

Stayed: Submitted: March 12, 2021

Owner response

Thanks so much Carrie for the awesome review! We hope to see you again in the future!

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A perfect month away from snow and cold

This was our first time to the Port St Joe area. Al and Susan’s condo on Cape San Blas was the perfect place to weather out a pandemic and get away from the snow and cold of a So.Dak. January. One of our concerns when we initially booked in August ‘20 was what would happen if we had to cancel last minute because of CoVid. Al was very accommodating by including a clause in the contract for a complete refund if we had to cancel. The other concern was the cleanliness of the condo. This was waylaid from the moment we walked into the condo. Our home away from home was spotless. Everything was exactly as listed on the web site. Since we had decided to eat most of our meals in the condo, we appreciated the Cusinart cookware including knives and coffeemaker. Everything we needed to prepare our meals was there. The beds and upgraded linens were very comfortable. We did bring our own towels. Although the washing machine was a bit loud during the cycle, we did appreciated that the washer and dryer were full size. Al checked in with us a few times during the month to make sure we were doing okay. When the internet went down, he kept us informed as to what was going on. One of the reasons we chose this area in which to vacation during a pandemic was because of the sparse population but also wanting to be near a beach. We got exactly what we wanted. We saw not more than a dozen people on the long stretch beach at one time... usually less. The closest full grocery store was 20 minutes away but there were 2 C-stores on the Cape that had a few groceries. Now, let’s talk about the beautiful white sand beach, absolutely unexpected and stunningly beautiful. Even though the weather did not fully cooperate (January in the Florida panhandle), we were able to walk on the beach most days. The sunsets were glorious. (We have many pictures to verify.) This area is definitely The Forgotten Coast. When we did venture out to a restaurant or to explore the area, Al had given us a list of his favorite restaurants and things to do. We aren’t sure if it was because of Covid and/or the month of January but several of his restaurant suggestions were closed for business during January. Nevertheless, we still had outstanding meals when we decided not to cook at home. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better getaway. We truly fell in love with the area and plan to return. Thank you Al and Susan for being such great hosts.

Stayed: Submitted: February 04, 2021

Owner response

We’re so glad you had a great stay Bill and Cathy! Hope to see you down again in the future!

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Get the most out of your vacation

The place was super clean and from the first minute we got there, we felt at home. Al Kite, the owner, was taking care of us and making sure we got the most out of our stay there. Definitely, we will repeat the experience.

Stayed: Submitted: January 07, 2021

Owner response

Thanks much Maria and we’re so glad to make your stay with us enjoyable! Hope to see you again

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Quiet Beach Getaway

This house is a perfect place for those looking to get away! It's exactly as advertised. Nothing was lacking that was needed. Cleaner than any rental we have ever stayed in. Beds are super comfy. Screened in porch was great for fall mornings and evenings. Short walk across to private boardwalk beach access. Restaurants are limited unless you drive to neighboring town, but kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Al is super helpful and made sure we knew how to access everything we needed. Great communication.

Stayed: Submitted: October 20, 2020

Owner response

Thanks so much Becky for the kind review. We’re glad you had a good relaxing vacation at the Cape and our place was up to expectations! Hope to see you again!

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Beautiful Beach Townhouse

We loved "Home By The Sea". Our family had a great time on our fall break trip. AL was a great host making sure everything was perfect for our stay. We love the Cape & will be back to visit soon.

Stayed: Submitted: October 15, 2020

Owner response

Thanks much for the kind review April and we hope to see you back in the future!

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Beach Bum’s Paradise

My wife and I arrived in late august and found “Steps to The Beach” to be very nicely decorated in a wonderful ocean theme. The kitchen was well equipped for all of our cooking needs. We especially loved the spacious master bedroom with the Gulf facing deck that provided a great place for that first cup of coffee each morning. After a short walk we discovered a wonderful beach where we spent most of our two week stay. There were plenty of shells to be found and we had great luck fishing beyond the sand bar.Al is a great owner and made sure we were enjoying our stay. We definitely plan to book again in the future.

Stayed: Submitted: September 18, 2020

Owner response

Thanks for the kind review Brad! We’re glad you enjoyed our place and hope to have you back in the future.

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Little slice of heaven!

Our family of four visited for the first time and fell in love with Cape San Blas! Absolutely gorgeous. Al’s place was a great rental with a great location. So relaxing and close to the beach. We so enjoyed family time on the beach fishing, shelling, campfires and sunsets. Starting our days with coffee on the porches and ending with star gazing at night;) And yummy seafood close by. Perfect place to recharge and social distance in the world of Covid. Hope to visit again in the near future!

Stayed: Submitted: August 14, 2020

Owner response

Thanks much Shannon for staying with us and so glad your family had a great vacation. Hope to have you visit again!

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Always a favorite!

We have stayed here for two years, and we absolutely love the house, the beach, and everything about this vacation spot! This house is perfectly set up, you have everything you need available. The beach is close, access is a piece of cake, and the view from the top deck is amazing. The bay is just across the street, and with the park at the end of the road it is a piece of cake to access the bay multiple places. I could not say more about the location, it is perfect. Al has everything you need in the house for cooking, serving a family, going to the beach, taking a bike ride, whatever it is you want to do. The cleanliness is outstanding as well. We always get great tips on where to go, what to visit, where to get anything we need. Al is so responsive and helpful. We love staying here and plan to come back as much as possible!

Stayed: Submitted: August 11, 2020

Owner response

Thanks so much Sarah for the kind review! We hope to see you again in the future

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Perfect trip even in year of COVID-19

We were already in love with Cape San Blas, but our experience with the owners, the Kite’s, solidified their place at the Cape as our permanent vacation spot for the foreseeable future! We had everything we needed at the home especially in the kitchen, and the place felt very clean-even down to their storage shed off the carport. You will have a wonderful trip with a small family or a few friends. There are plenty of places to sit and relax both inside and outside. The bedrooms are very spacious with plenty of places to tuck away your suitcases and almost forget you’re a visitor. The owners seem absolutely committed to keeping their place in excellent shape so that all you have to do is show up, buy groceries, and enjoy your vacation. Cape San Blas, itself is the perfect vacation spot in this COVID-19 age we find ourselves. Social distancing is very easy as most people who are visiting are interested in a low key, quiet, family vacation. We look forward to returning next year.

Stayed: Submitted: June 21, 2020

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Thanks so much Jason and family for the very kind review ! We try to do our best for all of our guests. Looking forward to seeing you all return.

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Fantastic Stay!

This is our second year in a row staying with Al and Susan on Cape San Blas. We stayed for a week over Memorial Day. The renewed beach is fantastic and although it was a holiday weekend, the beach was quiet as usual. Stepping foot onto the cape, it was like escaping into a different world where all was well and peaceful. The rental house was meticulously kept and Al was as usual very friendly and helpful, especially in navigating the state regulations governing rentals owing to COVID-19. We could not have had a better stay. To top it all off, we had forgotten a pair of readers at the rental house and Al mailed it back to us! Thank you for your hospitality and we will definitely return!

Stayed: Submitted: June 07, 2020

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Thanks for the kind review Di and for being our 1st guest after the Covid thing. We’ll keep the place up for you and best of luck with your move! Come back to see us!

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"our Home By the Sea" made a magical vacation PERFECT!!!

I grew up at Mexico Beach and Cape San Blas and have returned year after year for many years. I have traveled to beaches all over the world and have never found one that "tops" Cape San Blas for the qualities of peace, tranquility and breathtaking beauty!! My Home By the Sea is absolutely perfect for a small family to enjoy paradise without a worry to be had! The owners, Al and Susan Kite are very gracious and have paid attention to literally every possible detail to make this house a wonderful and comfortable place to call your home while you are on the Cape. The beds are comfy the sheets are beautiful, everything is spotless and the kitchen is to die for! It is equipped with literally everything that you will need to make a fine meal or go downstairs and grill shrimp and fresh fish! If you want to work - the wi fi is great and televisions are in each bedroom and in the living room. In summary - our stay was absolutely perfect and we are so grateful to the Kite's for sharing their Home By the Sea with us!

Stayed: Submitted: January 09, 2020

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Thanks so much for the kind review Marijo and we hope to see you once again at our Home By The Sea!

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Perfect

Lovely place. Great value. Perfect location. Easy walk to beach. Close proximity for bait and groceries and beer. Definitely would stay here again.

Stayed: Submitted: September 30, 2019

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Thanks much for the review Lisa. Hope to see you again in the future!

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We didn’t want to leave

Everything was perfect. As our children have gotten older, it’s difficult to get everyone together. We enjoyed our week in the beach house. The walk to the beach was easy and the beach was so peaceful. We always try to cook during the week because eating out is so costly. All the kitchen ware was great. The griddle allowed us to make perfect pancakes! So sad to be back in Illinois but all good things must come to an end

Stayed: Submitted: August 18, 2019

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Thanks for the kind review Jill, and hope to see you again!

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Wonderful, relaxing beach house!

We enjoyed a perfect week at Home by the Sea. The location was a wonderful spot on the Cape - not too far out on the peninsula and close to the convenience stores, restaurants, ice cream and donut stand! And of course, the close proximity to the beach and the views from the relaxing deck and screen porch were icing on the cake. The owner was great with providing recommendations and answering questions all throughout our stay. The home was very clean and had comfortable mattresses. Our whole family slept wonderfully and was able to fully relax and recharge on our trip. We highly recommend for location and proximity to beach and amenities on the Cape!

Stayed: Submitted: August 06, 2019

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Thanks so much Kristin, you and your family were awesome guests and hope to see you again!

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Simply lovely!

We had a wonderful stay and Home by the Sea! The house is beautifully decorated and very clean! Al was so easy to work with and knowledgeable of the surrounding area so that our stay was comfortable. Any concerns were taken care of swiftly. We felt completely at home! Thank you for the relaxing week!

Stayed: Submitted: July 14, 2019

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Thanks for the kind review Karen . We’re so glad you had a great vacation and we hope to see you at Home By The Sea in the future!

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Loved staying at Home by the Sea!

This is a fanatastic place to stay! Al and Susan have paid attention to the most important details and it shows if you stay at Home by the Sea. The home is up to date and beautifully decorated with bright furnishings that are clean and comfortable, some that are amusing, I loved the cat canister on the kitchen counter!!! The beds and pillows are so comfortable and clean crisp linens provided along with plenty of towels etc. for the bathrooms. Loved the screened in porch and upper deck for enjoying the ocean view. The area in which this rental is located is perfect. Just a few steps to the beautiful beach. It’s quiet and peaceful on the Cape and especially in Barefoot Trace subdivision. Appalachicola, Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, and St George Island are all a very short distance to if you like dining out you are in a perfect location to have a great choice. If you don’t want to leave the Cape there are some also plenty of places to choose from as well. Al and Susan will fill you in on places to eat. Don’t forget to check out the donuts and ice cream for your sweet tooth. You don’t have to worry about the owners neglecting your needs. They are extremely helpful and accommodating and will be checking with you to make sure you don’t have any issues. They also give you plenty of good information to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. I definitely recommend Home by the Sea. When I come back to the Cape I will be in touch with Al and Susan. Thank you guys for a great stay!

Stayed: Submitted: July 05, 2019

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Thanks so much for the gracious review Debra! We’re so glad you enjoyed you vacation and liked our place. We’ll leave the light on for you.

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What an AWESOME experience!!!!!

We are a family of five with two teens and a ten year old. Our typical vacation consist of places like Panama City or Destin Florida and this was by far the best beach and vacation as a family I believe we have ever had. Al & Susan were top notch owners and the most hands own I’ve ever experienced. They sent us emails explaining everything about the beach, bay, house, local restaurants and fishing information. We kept in touch by text and also the day we arrived Al called just to make sure we found the house in great condition. It was everything and more we ever dreamed of. We didn’t want to leave and we will definitely be back! The pictures do not do it justice it is very close to Heaven on Earth.

Stayed: Submitted: June 17, 2019

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Thank you very much Amanda for your awesome review and we’re so glad it was a great vacation for you and your family! We hope to see you again for sure.

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Paradise still intact:)

Our very first visit to the Cape was in 2005 and we stayed at Al and Susan’s Home by the Sea. A few years later we came back again. This year’s visit was as special as the ones before. They have kept their place in remarkable shape by making updates and taking great care of every detail. In spite of the destruction on the Cape and surrounding areas, we had everything we needed for a safe and fun vacation. We commend Al and Susan as well as all the owners for their commitment to making the Cape thrive once again. It is always hard to leave, but as we drove away, we said “‘til next time.”

Stayed: Submitted: June 15, 2019

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Thanks so much Sloan for staying with us again and the gracious comments! We will continue to keep up with the “ updates “ !

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Excellent location and fantastic vacation home!

This was our first time visiting the Cape and we had heard nothing but fantastic reviews about the area. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED! From the very first contact with the owner Al, the experience was awesome, easy and made the experience that much more enjoyable. The home is meticulously cared for and Al made the stay perfect by being in touch throughout the entire time to ensure that we were having an excellent stay and in need of nothing. We are a family of 6 that included a 19 year old, 16 year old, 13 year old and 8-month old and we were able to stay comfortably with no issues. The location is perfect and the beach was awesome and so close. If our plans take us back to Cape San Blas (which we believe they will) we will definitely be looking to return to the Home by the Sea and excited to reconnect with Al and his beautiful home.

Stayed: Submitted: June 13, 2019

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Thanks for the gracious review Greg and Ansley! We’re so glad you all had a great time and hope to see you again!

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Our favorite Cape rental

This was our 4th February at Al & Susan's Home by the Sea. Every year has been wonderful Al has made updates every year. When staying for a month comfortable beds are necessary & these are outstanding. The dedicated walkway & steps to the beach are a plus. Having a screened in porch is perfect. The upper deck is great for sitting in sun & listening to the waves. Al is just phone call away if any questions or concerns. We are already booked for 2020!!

Stayed: Submitted: March 11, 2019

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Thanks for the review Pat and Dick! We really enjoy having you as guests!

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Home by the Sea on Cape San Blas

Al was a joy to deal with on this rental--open, transparent and very considerate. The house was perfectly furnished--so many cute beach related items, any convenience needed and very clean. We especially enjoyed the upstairs deck off the main bedroom--very pleasant on sunny afternoons and starry nights. The house is in close proximity to the beach--just steps away, which was very convenient. We liked having a protected area to park our car and bicycles under the house. Cooking facilities were very good, as was the refrigerator and it was handy to have a washer/dryer. All in all it is a very pleasant place to spend time in Florida. If we return to Cape San Blas we would enjoy staying there again. Thanks for a wonderful time.

Stayed: Submitted: February 11, 2019

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You were great guests Jim and hope to hear from you in the future!

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So glad we found this place!

This was our second stay at Home By The Sea and it just keeps getting better! The place was wonderful the first time we visited,but the owners had made several upgrades and they made it even more beautiful.The rental is located just steps from the beach and has all kinds of beach stuff you can use while relaxing or playing on the beach(backpack style chairs,umbrella,beach toys,and bicycles if u want to go for a ride) We also loved the fact that each bedroom has its own bathroom and both have king size beds. Plus there is a couch that is a queen sleeper sofa. The king beds are so comfortable! I’m pretty used to our sleep number bed at home so it’s very hard for me to find a bed that I think is as comfortable as ours. I loved the jacuzzi tub and spent many nights in it. We also loved the screened in porch area and sat out there many nights just relaxing. The home has a really nice,fully stocked kitchen that I enjoyed cooking in during some of our stay and love the fact that there is a washer and dryer there. Also, I loved the fact that linens were provided so less packing for us. The owners are super friendly and have great tips on things to do,places to eat,etc. They also ask for suggestions on improving the place (which I think is awesome). We fished from the pier in Apalachicola (about a 20 mins drive) and we absolutely LOVED St Joe Peninsula Park. We went out there several days and it’s just a few mins drive from the rental. It costs $6 a car load and we were the only ones on the beach. The sunsets on the beach are AMAZING and we’ve only been home a week and I can’t wait to go back! We also visited several museums in Apalachicola and rented lighted kayaks for a museums in Apalachicola and rented lighted kayaks for a ride at night. Love that the Cape is far enough away from everything to relax but close enough if we decided to go shopping or something we didn’t have to drive many great things about our stay and I just know I’m forgetting to write about some of them. Anyway, I’m so glad we found this place and we will definitely be staying at Al & Susan’s place when we return!

Stayed: Submitted: August 31, 2018

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Thanks so much Sean and Rhonda. We hope to see you again, you folks were excellent guests!

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Best vaca ever!!!

For our 2 small children and a much needed home away from this house is top notch in my opinion. Just steps from the beach and so many much needed items already provided in the shed (some items we even added to lol) helped out on cost and relaxation! Spotless home very well keep and remodeled, great communication and hospitality from the owners. We couldn’t have asked for anything more! Thank u so much for the memories we’ve made!! Def be returning to Home by the Sea!

Stayed: Submitted: August 30, 2018

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We’re so glad you like our place and had a great vacation at the Cape, Jessie . You were awesome guests and hope to see you again in the future!

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Perfect beach house!

Do yourself a favor and pick this house! We just left the Cape and this place did not disappoint. Mr. Al & Mrs.Susan really thought of everything you could possibly need to make your stay perfect. All you really have to do is pack your clothes and sunscreen and head to the Cape . This is the best location. You are steps to the beach and anything you may need or want from the stores are in walking distance. The house has bikes, chairs, sand toys, and really everything! We had 4 adults and a 4 year old child and it was plenty of room and definitely child friendly. Our child did not want to leave he cried when it was time to pack up and go home. He said he didn't want to leave his beach house. If you have any questions or want any tips Mr. Al is readily available to help. From fishing tips to dining out he was spot on. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We hope to be back soon!

Stayed: Submitted: August 06, 2018

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Thanks so much for the great review Pauline. We certainly hope you return in the future!

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Great place

We had a wonderful time at Home By The Sea. The location was great. Shortest walk to beach I have ever had. The unit was very well stocked. Al is very accommodating, and if you need anything he is just a call away. If you want a place to be lazy and not have crowds of people, this is your place!

Stayed: Submitted: July 22, 2018

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We are so glad you enjoyed our place Allison and thanks so much for your review! We hope to see you again in the future.

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Love it!

Over several years, we have stayed at three different homes on CSB, and Home By The Sea is definitely the best. Al and Susan put so much care into the details, it really is like home away from home. Super comfortable beds, beautiful décor, top of the line appliances- this one has it all. We are actually going to buy the same coffee pot that they have! It's a short walk to the beach, and there are plenty of beach accessories as well. Plus, the hosts are so gracious and informative. if you need anything, Al knows where to get it!

Stayed: Submitted: July 17, 2018

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Thanks so much for the kind review Chris and we’re glad you enjoyed the place. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Home by the sea

This is our sixth stay. The place is always an upgrade and always amazes us as a family. The beds are an upgrade to what you expect, and sleeping well makes the rest of the trip go well. You have a sun deck, an insect free screened in deck, and a porch swing deck to choose from. The amenities are always better than expected. The beach is close enough that you can carry any beach supplies easily without wearing yourself out. Having stayed here 6 times over the last 10 years, I can vouch for the owner’s genuine care for the place and the visitors experience. When you stay here, you feel like you are in somebody’s home. The decor is part of that experience as these folks keep the place looking like a gallery all the time. Stay here. You won’t regret it

Stayed: Submitted: July 15, 2018

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Thanks so much for the kind review Robbie. We will keep the place up and hope to see you again!

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Home by the sea

Thanks we really enjoyed the home Very clean , updated and comfortable First time in the area Got plenty of rest and sightseeing Thanks Sylvia Wade

Stayed: Submitted: June 09, 2018

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We’re glad you enjoyed our place Sylvia and had a relaxing vacation. Hope to see you back in the future!

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Fabulous home and location on the Cape!

We spent nearly two weeks at Home by the Sea, and cannot recommend it enough! Al and Susan have obviously spent so much time to make this a special home! Upgraded kitchen, carpet, floors - and so many thoughtful touches throughout - you will just love it! It is just a very short walk to the most gorgeous beach - we spent so much time there- swimming in the warm gulf, walking, bird watching, and even spotted dolphins swimming near us on two different occasions! Every day is different depending on the weather, tides and wind. Just incredible. We ate out at fantastic restaurants Al recommended in both Port St. Joe and Apalachicola - all great. We also did a fair amount of cooking in the spacious kitchen, enjoying the fresh fish and shrimp markets in the area. The beds are super comfy and with the high speed internet and several t.v.'s - you cannot ask for more. Al is great about communication and will always be just a phone call or text away. We will be back next year, would not think of staying anywhere else. Thank you Al and Susan for an awesome holiday!!!

Stayed: Submitted: May 28, 2018

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Many thanks Martha for your kind review and delighted that your stay at the Cape and our place went great! We’ll leave the light on for you.

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