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Family/Dog Friendly Home 1.5 Blocks from White Sand Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type mobile home
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Mobile Home, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Home is dog friendly as are the Gulf County beaches. Imagine lounging on the beach with a special person, or pet and your favorite beverage watching a breathtaking sunset melt into the Gulf of Mexico. You can't see the ocean from my vacation home but you can hear it! Do not have to pay for the view either.

The house is a renovated 1994 Mobile home only 1.5 blocks from the sugary white sand of secluded St Joe beach. It is NOT situated in a mobile home park, but rather, on almost a third of an acre lot in a quiet, peaceful residential neighborhood.

Everything has been replaced since 2007 except for bathtub near front of house.

Home has central air conditioning. Only Florida room has window air conditioner.

Home smells great! Living room has ceramic tile. Both bedrooms, along with kitchen have laminated flooring. Grounds are not landscaped but you have some of the greatest land escapes at the beach. Do not have to pay for it either!

New for 2012 - Queen bed in master bedroom has a new, sturdy, 'better than a box-spring' steel foundation. New Adirondack rocking chairs and hammock are enticing during a lazy afternoon and evening. What a great way to feel the ocean breeze.

Vacation home has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms on opposite ends of the home. Great for privacy. It is large enough for two small families as it sleeps 7 comfortably.

This home is in the middle of the second block about 250 yards, from the beach. Easy walk for most people.

1500 square feet of home which includes Florida room (enclosed porch) is big enough for 2 small families.

Free use of kayak stored at rental home.

These beaches are among the best in the United States. It doesn’t get much better than this! The sand is so fine it literally squeaks when you walk on it…almost like it is purring.

Sheltered by St. Joseph Peninsula, Mexico Beach has little or no undertow. The whole family can swim safely, wade, snorkel, and find souvenir seashells.

The months with the least rain are October and November.

This area is a fisherman's paradise with St. Joe Bay, marina and Apalachicola Bay nearby. Scallop season usually kicks off in June and lasts until September. This area is not polluted and over commercialized.

A short thirty minute drive away or one mile by boat is St. Joseph Peninsula State park voted #1 beach in America in 2002 by Dr. Beach of the travel channel. Dogs are not allowed on state park beaches. Hairy men should not be, but they are allowed. Go figure!

A 3.5 mile bike path winds through the beautiful scenery of Windmark Beach and is only one mile away.

The seafood here is delicious with several wonderful restaurants from which to choose.

A must visit and only thirty minute drive is the quaint, historic fishing village, of Apalachicola. Sorry, the sports illustrated swimsuit models left town in October 2011, but it is still worth a visit. SI used the beaches of St George Island for one of their photo shoots.

Apalachicola has many quaint shops including two on Avenue E and Blue. If you love antiques mixed with art, gifts and trendy accessories, these shops are for you. The men can sit outside on a bench or go eat oysters and sip their favorite beverage as you shop.

Come to the beaches to relax with your favorite book or pursue one of many recreational activities the area has to offer. This area is referred to as the forgotten coast as it is unspoiled like Old Florida free of heavy commercialization. Discover the forgotten coast before it becomes discovered by big business and high rise hotels.

The Cape San Blas lighthouse is located approximately 5 miles before St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on highway SR30E.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, in Franklin County, Florida, is an undeveloped barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River, in the Gulf of Mexico. St Vincent has a large variety of exotic and endangered wildlife.

Come stay with us for the Port St. Joe Scallop Festival in August or the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament in August.

Other upcoming Mexico Beach events include the Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival. The Mexico Beach Art and Wine Festival is usually in October as well. Date for 2012 is Oct 6.

Great place on the panhandle for family and friends to enjoy the beach and wonderful sunshine.

You must be 24 to rent this home. You are welcome to send a note as there may be exceptions to responsible people.

If you are a scuba diver, off Mexico Beach is the wreck of the Empire Mica, a British tanker sunk in 1942 by a U-boat. High speed internet connection is available in my vacation home thru Mediacom cable. There is also wireless hotspot in Dockside Cafe at the Port St. Joe Marina, Scoops and Mexico Beach Welcome Center.

A few golf courses are within 15 miles of vacation home.

Tyndall Air Force Base is 15 miles away so you are sure to see jets if you stay the week.

I accept credit card payments through Paypal and PPI.

Keywords: budget, pet friendly, family, vacation, beach, pets, dogs, peaceful, economy

More Details

Mark Barnhart
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Mark Barnhart

Hi, this is my son and I.

I feel responsible to ensure you enjoy your visit when you stay at my vacation rental. I desire to have a home where fond memories are created to last a lifetime.

Mark Barnhart purchased this mobile home in 2007

Why Mark Barnhart chose Florida Panhandle

Since I love to travel and enjoy the ocean, especially the ones with the sugary sand, I decided to buy a vacation home on the Gulf coast of Florida. The beaches are among the finest in the world!

What makes this mobile home unique

My vacation home is a short walk to the ocean or you can drive and park on the street, next to the beach. It's a very peaceful, naturally beautiful place. It is truly the way Florida used to to look like before commercialism took over. The drive to Apalachicola along route 30 is scenic with forest on one side and the beach on the other.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This rental property was a great place for familys on a budget .It was very clean and everyone in this neighbor was very nice we meet lots of locals who told us all the good places to go and my teenage boys loved the fishing they caught sharks and fish they were so excited just on the beach with the locals they played volleyball with them it was one of the best vacation we have had and very afforable when you have 5 teenage boys the rental had surf boards and bikes they could ride and everything was there we needed ,In the past I have rented $1,200.00 a week condos and this place was better than any of them I have stayed in this place had everything you needed right down to sunscreen It was wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be returning again with my family Thanks!!!!!!!!

Angie in Tennessee

See original comment at homeawayDOTcom property ID 182595
May 2008
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Port St. Joe Mobile Home Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • mobile home
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bedroom with 54 inch tub.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bed with connecting bathroom.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room.
  • One king, one Queen, One Twin, in two bedrooms.One queen sofabed in living room. Two air mattresses.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hammock, firepit, free use of kayak. One chaise lounge chair, 3 beach chairs, 2 portable chairs, wagon, cart to carry items to beach, 4 boogie boards, 2 sand pails and shovel, large cooler, 2 beach umbrellas


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Family/Dog Friendly Home 1.5 Blocks from White Sand Beach!
average rating of 4.847826 based on 48 reviews
Warner Robins, Georgia


  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our weeks stay here. As a family of 6 there was plenty of room and all the comforts of home. Mark went above and beyond to make sure everything for taken care of. From the simple things like dish soap to having a VERY CLEAN and organized home. I would definitely recommend this home away from home. We are already planning another trip.

My kids really enjoyed their spring break here.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2008
  • Stayed: Feb 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The vacation home is not be lavishly landscaped yet, but I take pride in providing a clean, affordable getaway for families, couples or individuals. My hope is families will leave Mexico Beach with lifelong memories waiting to be reminisced at the next family reunion.
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Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The house was super comfortable, in a great location, and the whole process was seamless and easy. We would have happily stayed for a few more days of we could have! We really appreciated the hosts' recommendations for hikes and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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for this price, it's the best place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

it's neat, got a lot of toys for kids, kayak and life vest for adults to play, it's fairly close to the beach, it's quite, peaceful. there is grocery store you can buy anything you need for short term stay. I suggest Mark share with people the waste management company collect every tuesday so instead of pull the bin when leave, should pull it on Tuesday morning, that will reduce the risk of being pull off by bears. the deposit return is quick, like 2 days I received it in full. thanks Mark, we will go back next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fourth time to stay

  • 5 of 5

Heading back Christmas for our fifth stay. Very comfortable it is like home away from home. love it

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place with everything you could need for your stay! All you need to bring is yourself and your beach towels!!!

Only suggestions I have: 1. Property needs treated/sprayed for mosquitoes ---- cutting weeds out back would help tremendously!

2. Maid should clean floors between guests --- 5 min. unpacking (barefoot), my feet were

blacker than the asphalt street out front!

I would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Family Rental

  • 5 of 5

What a great week we had and what a nice place to stay! Recently attended a family reunion in St. Joe and chose this property for its location (close to my relatives) What a gem we found. The home is well kept, surprisingly roomy, well stocked with beach and entertainment items and easy to keep clean. (Sand drives me nuts, go figure) Easy walk to the beach and the surrounding neighborhood is great for early morning walks. The Florida room was a wonderful surprise, loved the swing and it would be a great place for kids when stuck inside due to bad weather (which we did not have.) While we did not see the bear we did get to see an amazing sight in the bay...we were fortunate enough to be there when a manatee went through. We snorkeled, fished, kayaked and had a beyond great time. Thank you Mr. Barnhart! We definitely would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Panama Ctiy Beach
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St Joe
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 98 and Gulf Street
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Two Crabs
Nearest Ski
350 Miles
Smoky Mountains
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
At end of Gulf Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Windmark beach 7m bike path and parking lot.
Nearest Point of Interest
Pristine beach with sugary white sand.
Nearest Point of Interest
Bailey's Crab House Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Gulf of Mexico
Nearest Point of Interest
General Dollar Store

Sleeps 7 on two queen beds, one twin bed and one sofa queen bed in living room. Two cots are available for sleeping or sunning. Master bath has 54 inch tub and separate shower. There is a 3.5 mile bike path along the ocean in Windmark Beach is just 1 mile from vacation home.

The bikes, fishing gear and two air mattresses are not guaranteed to be in working order. Captain Charlie does not stop by every week to check my fishing gear and Lance Armstrong does not stop by and take my bikes out for test rides.


Rates & Availability

Port St. Joe Mobile Home Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Special
Apr 29 2017 - May 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
May flowers
May 7 2017 - May 20 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Memorial week
May 27 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
It's Summertime
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Still Summertime
Aug 5 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Water's still warm
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Nov 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas and winter
Dec 23 2017 - Feb 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Almost spring
Feb 17 2018 - Mar 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 3 2018 - Mar 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $32 + Tax
Cleaning $103 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

I only rent Saturday to Saturday. Other weeks are about twice the Saturday to Saturday rate. Standard rate is for week prior to Thanksgiving and weeks between it and Christmas.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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