100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Deserves 10 stars
The place was mostly as it appeared on VRBO, frankly more up-to-date and super clean than it appeared. Can't beat the proximity to the beach (10-15 second leisurely stroll) OR the neighborhood. Walking distance to literally anything I needed, great for solo travelers, couples or families.
So 5 stars so far.
The extra 5 stars are for John and Ellen. I've stayed at a bunch of VRBOs, and mostly owners/operators are responsive, friendly and communicative.
John and Ellen made me feel like family. And not in an obtrusive way, if I'd given them the impression I'd have preferred to have a totally independent, private experience I have zero doubt I'd have seen them MAYBE once during my 4 night stay.
My preference, at least for this trip, was to do my thing (surf/beach/restaurants), but also to experience the community of Surf City, and I couldn't have had more gracious, interesting, knowledgeable AND laid back guides.
This is a new one on VRBO, it's been rented for years mostly by people and families who've, after visiting for the first time, returned almost every year, so the home AND the experience won't be on VRBO forever. I'm grateful for stumbling across this listing when I did (last minute), if it's available I'd strongly encourage anyone to give it a shot, staying with John and Ellen is a really special experience.