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LAST MINUTE May 1-5 - $800! May 26-June 2-$1650; July 28-4-$1800!!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Across Street From Private Beach: Gulf Views: Bob Sikes Cut! April Special Rate!

Across the street from the beach. Obstructed Gulf Views (trees, houses) from the second floor, which still very nice. To access the beach we need to use boardwalks, which installed between every 5-7 houses. So you will need to cross the street in front the house, turn on the right or left (does not matter), pass 2-4 houses and you are on the boardwalk. It is a short walking distance, 3-4 min for young/middle age, 4-5 min for older.

Plantation has miles paved bike path. Bob Sykes Cut (One Of The Best Fishing spots) is minutes away from our house. Our Plantation is 24/7 gated community, which hosts two large swimming pools.

Upstairs kitchen, dinning room, living area, full bath, two furnished decks and screened porch provide a great place to enjoy a views of the Gulf. Whole upstairs area has a beautiful open floor plan with Vaulted Ceiling captivating into full picture window.

The kitchen is completely furnished with dishes, microwave, grill, ice maker, pans, coffee maker, blender, etc. You can enjoy the view of Gulf while preparing your meal. The Bay side screened porch provides a great place to enjoy any evening.

The Palms is pet friendly home.

The Island and The Palms, all of the pleasures of the good life will be yours here

The downstairs has four large bedrooms (2 of which are masters), 2 baths, and the living area. Each bedroom is provided with a queen size bed. Three bedrooms have TV.

Our guests have easy access to the pools and tennis courts provided by the Plantations. We have several bikes, beach chairs, toys and wagon in our storage. You are welcome to use them when you stay in our house. The natural beauty that surrounds The Palms Retreat offers all sorts of entertainment: Enjoy watching the birds during the day with binoculars. We provide a handbook so that even the beginning bird watcher can learn about birds. Also watch the planets and stars with our telescope in the evening.

An early morning stroll at the beach is almost a guarantee to see dolphins put on show for you in the Gulf. It's not uncommon to see them swim up as close as 150 feet to the shore, and you will certainly be impressed by their power. The sidewalks in the neighborhood offer a great opportunity to jog, bike, roller blade, or walk. The island is also a great place to catch up on your fishing, either from a boat or the coast. We are located 10-15 minute walk along the beach from the rocky canal at the Northwest end of the island that is known as a prime fishing spot.

Please visit our home page to learn more about the house.

Amenities:4 bedrooms/3 baths, 2 master suites. Bed sizes: 4 queen, 1 sleeper sofa. Washer & dryer; fully equipped kitchen; 4 TVs, 2 VCRs. Outside hot/cold shower, fish prep area, charcoal grill.

Relax in chair of our furnished sun decks. Wonder at some of the most fabulous stargazing you may ever witness. You will enjoy a 'dark sky' that reveals magic Milky Way views. Fishermen and nature lovers adore this beautiful, natural, island setting featuring 26 miles of sand dunes, sparkling gulf waves and abundant bay waters. Park style grill and fish cleaning table provided for outdoor enjoyment. Or let the local adventure companies to take you on boating, biking or fishing adventure. You will love it.

2 furnished sun decks, 1 screened porch, bikes, beach chairs, community pool, tennis courts, and more.

You are welcome to take a look at our own site below and to learn more about our house!

More Details

Greg Smith
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Greg Smith

We deeply admire the beauty of the Island. We always feel better when we spend time exposed to nature of this unique place.

We are sharing our house with our guests and we want them to feel comfortable in our house. We hope they will enjoy the nature's beauty of The Island and our private unspoiled beach.

Greg Smith purchased this house in 2002

Why Greg Smith chose Plantation

Our house located within The Plantation which is nature wonderland for those who loves to explore the outdoors. Neighboring houses are not right up against each other and you will have a sense of seclusion. The Plantation beach is unspoiled, not over crowded and clean. It is a quiet family beach... The wild life and fishing is simply amazing. You won't believe the number of different types birds, butterfly you will see on a daily basis. An early morning stroll at the beach and it is almost a guarantee to see dolphins put on show for you in the Gulf.

Our private gated community has a unique partnership with the State of Florida that provides us access to one of the most pristine maritime forests on the island, known as Nick’s Hole Cove. This unique state-owned area is accessible for kayaking, hiking, picnicking, and observing the natural world.

The island is also a great place to catch up on your fishing, either from a boat or the coast. We are located in 10 minute walk along the beach from the rocky canal at the Northwest end of the island that is known as a prime fishing spot, Bob Sikes Cut, where you can fish off the jetties and see Little St. George Island across the water.

What makes this house unique

We hope you will enjoy the nature's beauty of The Island, our private unspoiled beach, two large community pools, miles of our biking/walking trails. Take a short walk to our private beach and wiggle your toes in the sugar-white sand on our beach. Swim in crystal waters of The Gulf., or relax at the large pool.

At night watch for shooting stars or just listen to the night ocean sounds. If you want to be on the water, you can kayak, swim or spend the day on the boat. You can rent all sorts of water craft at Journeys and other places. They also have guided sailing and fishing trips and much more.

Play. Rest. Dream. Enjoy. Welcome to The Palms Retreat!


Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • It will be considered a breach of contract if extra or unpaid guests are found on the property.
  • If there are no damages & HOME IS LEFT IN THE ORDER IT WAS FOUND (with exception of normal cleaning requirements) then damage deposit will be returned
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Air Mattress; Couch, one person can sleep comfortably.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Household amenities include:4 TV’s, 2 VCR, 1 DVD players, washer, dryer, full kitchen including microwave, dishwasher, high chair, 2 baby gates, kitchen place settings, grill, fish cleaning area, 2 decks with great view of gulf, covered parking area, and screened bay side porch. Community amenities include: Pool, tennis courts, bike paths


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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LAST MINUTE May 1-5 - $800! May 26-June 2-$1650; July 28-4-$1800!!!
average rating of 4.72093 based on 43 reviews

The Palms--A Great Choice for a Stay at St. George

  • 5 of 5

The Palms was comfortable and well-stocked with all the essentials. The house has three nicely furnished outside porches, including one screened in porch. All the rooms and the screened-in porch had ceiling fans. The owners provided bicycles--two were brand new--and a wagon to haul our stuff to the beach. They even included a bag a new beach toys for our one-year-old. We were very impressed. We have stayed on St. George many times over the years, but the Palms was definitely the best deal money-wise that we've ever gotten. We highly recommend this house. If you like being fairly close to Sykes' Cut, don't mind a short walk to the beach, and want a reasonably priced house, this is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to review our house. Glad that your family had a great vacation. Welcome back!
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Germantown, WI

Perfect spot for a young family

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 2 year old daughter and our dog were traveling to St. George Island for a week of relaxation and beach fun. We spent several hours researching potential beach houses to rent for our vacation and couldn't be happier with our choice. The Palms Retreat property is in a great spot for a reasonable price. Tucked away towards the east end of the island, there is very little traffic, exceptional views (ocean, night-sky, nature), easy access to the beach and a lot of privacy to do your own thing. The house comes stocked with all of the essentials that you need to have a memorable beach vacation, while allowing a young family to still have a sense of "normal / routine" that is needed when traveling with little children and a dog. It is clear that the owners of the property, Greg and Vieta take good care of the property and care about the satisfaction and enjoyment of their guests. When it was time to go, it was hard to leave as we really enjoyed ourselves. We will hopefully return soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. I think most of our family has used this house one year or another over the 3+ decades we've come to St. George for the Thanksgiving week. The Palms is a convenient location to all the other houses (we have a big family), the jetties/cut and it's easy to find. The only thing I didn't like was the back stairs or the spiral staircase inside tho I know it's hard to get away from stairs at the beach. We also had a hard time getting the TV in the master bedroom on the left (?) to work - tho I don't think we watched much anyway. The views from the top floor were nice - you can see the ocean! This is a comfortable place to spend on a beloved family vacation getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camdenton, MO

We really enjoyed our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved riding the bikes the owners provided! Great screened in porch. Easy beach access from house. Really had a great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do our best to make our guests comfortable. So knowing what we are doing right is encouraging us to do even more for our guests. We hope you and your family will return to vacation with us again.
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Wonderful beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

The location was amazing with an almost private beach. The house was perfect for our family of 7. The owners were easy to work with and answered questions we had very quickly. We had a wonderful week and look forward to returning again next fall.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review our house! It is great to hear from you that your family had a good time on the island. We welcome you back any time!
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Great beach house!

  • 5 of 5

This place was very nice and a great location close to the beach. The wagon they provided was truly a blessing in getting my grandson and all our things to the beach. Thank you for a great vacation!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tallahassee or Panama City Beach
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Blue Parrott, Paddy's, Harry A's, Black Marlin
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Carrabelle Ferry to Dog Island: Indian Pass Ferry
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
St James & Port St. Joe
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Panama City Beach & Tallahassee
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Gulf Coast Highway 98 & 300
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Center of the Island 6 miles
Car: necessary

You will not find high rise condominiums, congestion, or crowds. Swimming, shelling, fishing and sunning all await you here; if you want a peaceful getaway, this is the place to be. Wonderful seafood restaurants are located on the island and in nearby East Point, Apalachicola, and Carrabelle. Also, enjoy nine miles of scenic beauty in St. George Island State park located at the eastern end of the island.

Please take a look at this map. Leisure Lane is banding towards The Gulf and brings our house very close to The Gulf.

And this is where you want to be. We are also very close to Bob Sykes Cut. About 10 minutes walking on the beach. It is a very well known and one of the best fishing spot in Panhandle Florida. Only Plantation owners and their guests could fish their.

Other Activities: dining, shopping, swimming, fishing, biking, watching the birds, walking on the beach

Golf: St.James Bay

Beautiful 18 hole Golf Course, Public Welcome! 160 Laughing Gull Ln. Carabelle, St Joseph Bay Country Club

St George Island Lighthouse and Museum, Play Ground, Apalalachicola National Estuary Research Reserve, (ANERR) a delightful hands-on Museum, Apalachicola Maritime Museum, Soon to have the Jean Mary Paddleboat tours: WWII Museum Musuem in Carrabelle, St Vincents Island , nearby St. James Bay and Port St. Joe provide beautiful Golf Courses... While those who prefer to be on the beach, others can enjoy a round of golf or shop. The Plantation has 3 tennis courts, a pickleball Ct, 2 Club Houses and Pools, beach volleyball, Scalloping, Explore Several near by Islands and quaint towns. Apalachicola shopping, dinning and scenic river tours. Make reservations to sail on a sloop with the Maritime Museum or soon the paddle boat the Jean Mary.. Formerly owned by movie star Debbie Reynolds.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $225
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 9.0%

Number of guests (adults and children older 3 years old) in the party is limited by number listed on the inquiry/Rebtal agreement. This would include all daily visiting guests. Any additional visitors must be approved in writing by owner.
Add $ 20 per night, for each additional guest above standard occupancy of 8 people, up to 10.
Pets are allowed only on a pre-approved basis during reservation. We allow up to 2 medium size dogs with advance approval for an additional fee. Pet Fee is $75.

Special events permitted by arrangement only; separate contract required.

Normal turn days requirements are Saturdays (arrival/departure), but off turn days bookings are considered in the slower seasons and for last minute bookings Please check with the owner.

Military/Repeat Renter discount - 5%, not 4th of July week; 7 nights minimum. Can not combine with Special Deals.
Rates are subject to change without notice. Specials can only be applied to new reservations and can not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Monthly rates are available, please inquire. Monthly stays consist of 28 consecutive nights.

Special events permitted by arrangement only; separate contract required.

Please refer to our Rental Agreement for our cancellation policy.

Guests younger than 25 and large groups must interview with property owner and are subject to paying a higher deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.