House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
About Joy Stallings
I am an anthropologist and my husband is a commercial real estate attorney. We are both now retired with 3 horses and 4 dogs, living quite a different lifestyle on Indian Pass from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta city life. As pictured here with me, we often enjoy having our beautiful granddaughter with us at 'Starlight by the Sea', a place filled with years of wonderful times and family memories.
Joy Stallings purchased this House in 1992
Why Joy Stallings chose Port St. Joe
When we saw our property on Indian Pass in 1992, it was the first time we had visited Indian Pass, even though we had vacationed on Cape San Blas several times with our young children. In fact, our son and daughter were only 6 and 4 years old in 1982 when we first vacationed in the area. As we hiked through the oak trees, palmettos, and palms, and climbed the sand dunes near the beach, we were in awe of the beauty we beheld. It was like finding a secret hideaway, with beautiful natural vegetation, gently curving white sandy beaches, and a view of an uninhabited barrier island displaying a show of seabirds hunting their supper in the blue gulf waters. And, amazingly, that is the way it's been ever since...
What makes this House unique
The uniqueness of 'Starlight by the Sea' and Indian Pass can be summed up in a couple of words--family fun! It's a place where everyone, furry ones included, can relax, play, feel at home, and enjoy the quiet, pristine, natural beauty of the coast. We built 'Starlight by the Sea' in 1996, and our focus was to experience as much of the natural beauty of Indian Pass from all areas of the house, to be comfortable for all ages, from parents and grandparents to young children, and to accommodate our 4 legged family members as well. It has certainly fulfilled all our dreams for our family, and we think it can for yours as well.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Pet fee is $100 per dog.
Owners recommend guests purchase Travel Protection Insurance and recommend CSA, the company recommended by VRBO/HomeAway. Call owner for questions.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This property was in a perfect spot for peace and relaxation! The house had great views and was away from the busier stretch of the beach. Renting a golf cart for the week was a great addition to our trip as our dogs loved daily rides up and down the beach. Joy was great to work with and very responsive when we needed her!
I would have loved to see your 4-legged family members enjoying those beach rides! Happy you all had a great vacation and Starlight by the Sea provided a peaceful and relaxing respite for you! Hope you will return when you want another R&R. Best, Joy
Breathtaking views from MASSIVE deck!
Starlight by the Sea is the perfect vacation property if you are looking for an uncrowded beach with breathtaking views from the comfy lounge chairs or large hammock on the massive (partially covered) deck. The long private boardwalk takes you right to the soft white sand on the beach, with gates located at the end of the deck and at the end of the boardwalk - GREAT for keeping little kids & pups from "escaping"! The outdoor shower and "Paw Wash" were especially handy for rinsing off sand. Inside, we appreciated the fact that there was an abundance of seating (5 comfy couches!). Only a couple of things I might mention: First, the galley kitchen is quite small and basically only fits one person when preparing meals. Normally I wouldn't care because when on vacation, I don't want to spend much time in the kitchen, but with the lack of restaurants in the area, cooking meals is what we usually do when vacationing in Indian Pass. With that being said, the kitchen was well equipped and functional (has a stacked washer/dryer at the end of the area). Second, there are little sharp, spiny burrs (what I'm assuming are sand spurs or sand burs) all around the outside of the property and at the very end of the boardwalk that get into bare feet (and bottoms of rubber soles on shoes) and into puppy paws. They are annoying & painful (and can really hurt fingers when removing). Not the owner's fault, but advance warning to vacationers, parents of little kids, and pet owners: Be aware they're there and wear shoes outside on the property at all times! We had to always carry the pup to/from the car and to the beginning of soft sand at the end of the boardwalk cause of so many instances of burrs in paws. We decided that next time, we'd bring rubber dog boots to protect paws. All in all, FABULOUS family vacation! The owner, Joy, was quick with communication and very accommodating. We even had an unexpected treat of a bottle of chilled champagne upon arrival! Thank you, Joy! :) We had a relaxing yet fun week and would highly recommend this vacation property.
Thank you, Debra, for your very thoughtful review. I'm sure it will be useful for future guests, especially those with children and 4-legged family members. We love being able to "let the dogs loose" on the large porch so they can enjoy the view along with the rest of the family, and without worrying about them making the great escape. Works well for children, too! We hope to have you again soon. Thanks again, Joy
She said "yes"
We will be back, the location is fantastic to force you to relax and the beach is exactly as stated! The description doesnt give justice to the views of St Vincent Island.
On top of it all the property manager went above and beyond with extra info as to the local area and what it had to offer.
Thanks Joy!!!!!! Until next time...
So happy your special occasion at "Starlight by the Sea" went perfectly and that you will be coming again. We look forward to having you. You're right. It's hard to describe the beauty of the view of St. Vincents Island. What a gem!!! Thank you for your review. Best, Joy
The inside of house was very clean and maintained. But the outside under house could of been cleaned. We had a great time overall. Highly recommend.
Glad you had a great stay at "Starlight by the Sea". The cleaners addressed the issues under the house where many guests leave beach supplies they don't want to take back with them. Those things have now been removed. I apologize and am happy you enjoyed your vacation and highly recommend "Starlight by the Sea".
Another Amazing Trip
Loved our time at STARLIGHT!
Loved Starlight by the Sea
Our family had a wonderful week at Starlight by the Sea! The house was clean with comfortable beds and the kitchen was well-stocked. No need to bring a book, there's a huge variety available on the shelves. When we were not playing on the practically private beach, we were hanging out on the large deck - it was our dog's favorite spot - and it has a gate. We rented a kayak and visited the beautiful St Vincent Island. Joy was a wonderful hostess! We would definitely stay here again.
We are happy all of you, including your 4-legged one, enjoyed your vacation at "Starlight by the Sea". Yes, the gate on the porch helps prevent escapes and lets everyone relax! Hope to hear from you again soon for another great family vacation.
Private gated boardwalk to the beach, large 20X40 ft porch with panoramic Gulf views. Each bedroom has sliding glass doors to porch, master bedroom has private bath, walk-in closet, wood fireplace, and TV. LR has large flat screen TV and wood fireplace.
Private driveway with ample parking and RV hookup. Covered lighted parking under the house large enough for several vehicles.