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Minimum Stay 7 - 60 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 - 60 nights


Port Saint Joe House Rental Photos and Description

September and October are two of the best months on the Cape

AMELIA BY THE BAY is more than just a house - it is a large, private property with a 3 bedroom 2 bath home located at the desirable north end of the Cape.

*Great for families with children from toddlers through teens.

*Parents: Stop stressing on the Gulf side with your small children and experience the

calm, shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay.

*Bring your boat - 500' dock with fish-cleaning sink. Crab trap at dock.

*Screen House right on bay with power, electricity, and water

*Paddle boards, 2 kayaks come with property (no need to rent them)

*Home updated twice a year with attention to details that make your stay better than

expected in a rental home.

*Families LOVE this property.

*House built on pilings but is a single-floor, split bedroom plan.

*Quality bedding and comfortable mattresses. (King, Queen, Full, Double, and large

Sectional Sofa with Queen Sleeper).

*Best of both worlds: Bay Experience AND walk to beach .

*Plenty of Beach towels provided in addition to all standard linens.

*Fish, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, scallop (in season).

*Pet-friendly. ($100 pet fee).

*Charming décor, clean, well-provisioned kitchen.

*Lots of activities and lots of relaxing. Hammock overlooking Bay in Screen House.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Marcia Harrell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Marcia Harrell

Our family lived on the Cape for 3 years when daughter Amelia was 2. We love the water and especially St. Joseph Bay. It is one of very few bays of this size in the country that doesn't have a river run into it (brackish water). We love kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, skiing, and the clear skies at night. Our dog especially loves kayaking and whines endlessly should go without her. I eventually resettled in South Florida and my Amelia is now a attends a fine arts college in NYC. But the Cape will always be a special to us - there is no other place like it. If you've been there, you know. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. I have put lots of TLC in Amelia by the Bay and hope you'll give it a try.

Marcia Harrell purchased this house in 2000

Why Marcia Harrell chose Florida Panhandle

Privacy, natural surroundings, and easy access to the bay and beach.

What makes this house unique

Very Private, fishing off of the dock, kayaking and scolloping in the bay. Very well-kept by myself and my wonderful innkeeper, Cathy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's beautiful. We are thrilled! Thank you so much.
Dec 2013
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average rating of 4.86 based on 51 reviews

We always stay at Amelia by the bay. Love the property and the owner Marcia!

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Secluded, private and perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th year to stay at Amelia. The house is very comfortable and well stocked. The screen house down on the bay is my favorite feature! Even though Hermine cut our stay a few days short we had a wonderful time. We recommend you check I out for yourself.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location on the Cape!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd trip to Amelia By the Bay, that alone speaks well for any rental! Our Family consist of 6 adults ranging in age from 18 to 50+ years old. Amelia By the Bay has something for everyone. The home is centrally located to everything the Cape and surrounding areas have to offer. The Rental home is private (uncommon for beach areas) and has everything one could wish for. The Home is always clean and has an open floor plan that works great for family vacationers. This is one of only a few properties that has a 500' dock on the Bay. My family has experienced some new form of Marine life while observing from the dock each year! This year we found the home to have many updates and also added the paddle board to it's lineup that already had included Kayaks! The Screen house that includes the hammock is a must. There's also a fire pit at the Bay for conversation and smores! We had an unusual amount of rain during this trip, but the homes location made it easy to take advantage of the sunny periods and the screen house gave us shelter to wait out the smaller summer showers. I come to expect nothing but the best when arriving to Amelia by the Bay, but Marcia is the class of all owners! She is first class from initial communication when making reservations to checking on you once you arrive home. We experienced flooding back at our home during our stay and she was willing to help us in any way. Marcia went above and beyond to make us comfortable and accommodate us in many ways. To sum it up, Best location on the Bay/ Cape San Blas, Great home with everything you could possibly need, Privacy, Private 500' dock, Central location, and the best owner on the Cape. You cannot go wrong with this combination!

Thanks so much for having us again!

The Devilliers

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great bay house for taking your boat!

  • 4 of 5

This house is in a great location on the cape. Nearby to popular cape stores and beach access. The house is fully equipped and very comfortable beds. It's a great house for multiple people, we never felt crowded. The sunrise is amazing whether on the dock or watching from the deck. We took our boat and went out everyday, easy to pull up and tie off at the dock. The snorkeling and fishing in the bay is excellent! Definitely go to Webers Little Donut Shop which is walkable it's great. The beach is beautiful from the state park.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely breathtaking!!

  • 5 of 5

Amelia was wonderful!! The house was very spacious and the owner provided beach towels, detergents, books, board games and movies at the main house!! My family had many memorable nights utilizing the medley of board games!!

The house has a great open plan layout with plenty of seating. All beds were absolutely comfortable!! The house was also well cleaned when we arrived and decorated beautifully with beach decor ranging from sand dollars to seahorses!!

The screen house by the bay was priceless!! The kids loved using the shell nets that were hanging in the screen house to collect sea creatures within the bay to look at close up. There was also a place to build a fire by the screen house that the kids used to make s'mores. The kayaks and paddle boards were nicely lined up under the screen house for all of the family to easily take out to the bay! The kayaking on the bay was great!! The pier was grand and amazing!! The colorful lizards must have loved the pier also, because the children spotted them sunbathing regularly on the wooden planks of the pier.

This property is absolutely a dream!! I can't say enough!! It is like a hidden paradise that could be featured within the pages of National Geographic magazine!!! And on top of everything that I have previously mentioned, the owner is a delight to work with. She is always available and I can tell that she wants her guests to have the best vacation possible!!! She truly cares about her renters!! This is a magnificent five star property!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway Beach House Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I brought my family to Amelia for a 1 week vacation. We have been to the gulf coast of Florida for beach house vacations the past 5 years. This place was by far our best beach house vacation experience thus far.

The house is in a great location. The location is secluded, right on the bay, and is only a 5 minute walk to the beach across the street. The house is pretty, it's very clean, and spacious. There was plenty of room for the seven of us.

This place is awesome because its provides a little bit of everything. The gazebo, located right near the water, is a nice place to sit back and relax, enjoy the hammock, enjoy the view of the bay, read a book, and etc. The dock is awesome. There is a bench at the end of the dock for you to sit down , enjoy the sunrise/sunset, or fish. The bay is amazing and fun place to be out on the water. The water is clear, shallow, and generally very calm. My family and I really enjoyed kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming throughout the bay. It was a definitely a plus that kayaks and paddle boards were included with this place.

For the fisherman, the fishing is great at the bay. I caught lots of sea trout, pompanos, and lady fish from the kayak. There are hundreds of mud minnows and pinfish that live right under the dock so finding live bait was never a problem.

The owner, Marcia, is very pleasant, friendly, and was always available if we needed to contact her.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Fires on the beach, Golf cart rentals for the beach and state park, fishing, scalloping and crabing off of the dock and kayaks.

Horse riding rentals on the beach. Boat rentals at the Port St. Joe Marina and dockage right on the property.


Rates & Availability

Port Saint Joe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
15 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 11 2017
60 night minimum stay
Peak Spring
Mar 12 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 16 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer/Scallop Season
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 24 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Reservation Fee $60 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Call me directly anytime: 561-469-9520 or 561-401-1704.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Port Saint Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Twin Bedroom - 2 child bed , Twin beds in beautifully decorated room
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Roomy with large private bath, all new linens
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , 2nd couples or single guests will love this room
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Plush Microsuede Sectional with queen sleeper
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in great room sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Directly on open water of St. Joe Bay and across from Gulf beach park access, Two Palms county Park with 24/7 access. (BBQ grills, shelters and childrens play area). FREE KAYAKS under screen house. Boat dockage and trailer parking. Wetland walk-over to bay beach. 1/6th mile north from 'The Trading Post' general store. Close to the St. Joe golf corse (apx. 10 mi.)

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