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Family Friendly , Walking Distance to Ocean with kayaks and Canoe available

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 10 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Cottage with Gulf 1 Block away

Welcome to my Beach Bungalow where you can come to kayak, paint, photograph birds, play golf and other outdoor activities...OR relax under the Oak trees all year round. This two bedroom, one bath studio has a screened porch with a swing and a patio garden area that is located one block away from the beautiful sunset at Crystal Beach. Surrounded by Moss draped Live Oaks is a park where people gather every afternoon for cocktails and a walk on the pier. Also fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking available hopefully to catch some snapper or see dolphins and manatees. You are a a half a block from the Famous Pinellas Trail, which runs from Tarpon Springs and down to Clearwater/St. Pete Beach. This trail is wonderful for cycling, biking, rollerblading or just a nice walk. We are located 5 miles just down the street from Dunedin causeway to the beautiful Honeymoon Island and Caladisi beaches which are listed on the Best Beaches List. You can be to the Bungalow from Tampa International Airport in a little over 40 minutes. Bring your bikes to buzz around the neighborhood and local tourist spots.Or rentals are available for bikes and golf carts through local companies. All sports and scuba equipment and watercraft are available to be rented by local shops. PGA golf course Copperhead at Innisbrook home to the Valspar championship in March is located 2 miles away open to public. Innisbrook has spa facilities and excellent dining options. Grocery stores, state parks, dry clean & laundry services, CVS, Craft beer breweries, Tiki Bars and Wood Burning Pizza, ice cream shops and other attractions very near.

NOTE TO TRAVELERS....Bungalow can accomodate for to sleep however, it is NOT meant for a family vacation spot for (4) full-time occupancy of guests. Bungalow is small if you have more than 4 guests for entire stay this is not the place for you...Temporary guest is fine for a day or two guest fees will be charged.

More Details

Property Manager
julie gibbs whittle
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About julie gibbs whittle

My name is Julie and I have lived in Crystal Beach 15 years. I am an artist and interior decorator and paint for the local shops and commissions. I love to have my walks in the Park, see the sunsets hear the church bell rings and walk down on the pier in the mornings. I have a paddle board and kayak to use to enjoy the am waters of St. Joseph sound. My family enjoys the outdoors so we are often out in the area making new friends with locals and visitors alike. We are avid football fans and we like to see the Toronto Blue jays and Philadelphia Phillies play in the spring and the Tampa Buccaneers in the Fall. I am always trying to make my guest stay an enjoyable experience so they will return again some other time in the future.

julie gibbs whittle purchased this apartment in 2009

Why julie gibbs whittle chose Crystal Beach

Because I love it and want to share it...It is a quaint little neighborhood perfect for raising children and retiring as well. The demographics are multi-generational and non assuming. There is progress all around yet you get a sense of back in time when your here. The Bungalow is comfortable, beautiful, warm and inviting that is-situated in the heart of the little community of Crystal Beach and I want my friends, family and visitors to have a beautiful peaceful stay while visiting our part of Florida...

What makes this apartment unique

This Bungalow is street level first floor with a car port. It is located right in the middle of the cute sleepy town of Crystal Beach easy to access from the US Highway Alt 19. It has lovely screened in porch and open concept. Great, quite, safe, family and dog friendly neighborhood. It will sleep a couple on the Queen size bed and another 2 guest on the trundle bed. This apartment is meant for 2 travelers but can accommodate 4 if you plan on allowing guest to visit for 2 night stay. Additional guest fee of $25.00 per person per night will be charged. This is not the spot for an extended stay of a family of 4 or more. No exceptions.


Crystal Beach Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom has hairdryer, all travel amenities needed...including sewing kits, band-aids, toothbrush, razors etc....
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Trundle Bed under twin..Closet with hangars and storage
  • Bedrooms have 4 pillows, 2 blankets, extra set of sheets, dresser, closet with hangars, laundry basket & luggage rack.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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Family Friendly , Walking Distance to Ocean with kayaks and Canoe available
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 6 reviews

Lovely bungalow close to the trail and the water.

  • 5 of 5

We had a comfortable stay at this little bungalow. It was ideal for our needs.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed for our week's visit. Convenient location, comfortable accommodations, charmingly decorated. My husband loved the big chair after a busy day on the water. Less than a block to the Pinellas Trail for a quick walk in the morning.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice small apartment in a great area!

  • 4 of 5

Although small, this apartment has all you need for a cozy stay. It was clean and the kitchen has all we needed to cook most of our meals. The beds were great - both the queen and the trundle beds were very comfortable. The small park and beach just 2 blocks away was great... I was able to walk my kayak right down to the shore and launch. Sunsets were spectacular.

The screened in porch and carport expand the usable space especially during good weather.

Having a great little restaurant open for breakfast and lunch plus an ice cream store next door all in walking distance is a plus. Shopping at Publix just 1/4 mile away sure was convenient. If you don't need a lot of space, this place is a gem!!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback I always appreciate my guests letting me know what their opinions are of their stay and how I can make my rental home a great experience and better vacation for future travelers. Thank you,
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my retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is so adorable. There was everything I needed. Close to everywhere I wanted to go. Close to the beach, shopping. Easy to get to and was quiet and rewarding.The apartment was clean, comfortable and charming. Very satisfied.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cozy apartment, in a very friendly and charming neighbourhood, close to the Gulf coast

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay in Crystal Beach, Palm Harbor. The cottage/apartment was perfect for us; 2 bedrooms, nice screened porch, clean and decorated very nicely. The beds were very comfortable. The owner was super nice, she even let us use her bicycles for the month. The neighbourhood was great to walk or bike around, everyone was very friendly, always said hello. Very close to everything you need, and steps away from the Pinellas trail. Would definitely recommend this little gem!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much I appreciate that review. You guys were wonderful and you're always welcome to come back to Crystal Beach, I will always put the welcome mat out for you! Take care see you next winter.
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Cold, half was clean half was not

  • 1 of 5

The kitchen was not the cleanest, I didn't want to put my food in the cabinets, mold in the coffee maker. The remote for the a/c was filthy, I wouldn't touch it. The bedrooms were clean and the bathroom was clean. I was not comfortable there. The owner offered a refund of the "cleaning and sanitizing" fee. I packed and left, and took a gaffing, was refunded 50% of my one week reservation. Part of the problem with renting sight unseen. Take a look at the photos again. It is not a waterfront property.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Fairway Pizza and Sports Bar
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Caladesi State Park
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Innisbrook Golf Club Copperhead-Valspar
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Alt 19
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Emilys/Chattabox/Fairway Pizza/Gyro King
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Honeymoon Island State Park
Car: recommended

Our Beach Bungalow is steps away from the shoreline of Crystal Beach. A quaint fishing village at one time with original Post Office and the Pinellas Trail running right through it now a quite Seaside Community close to everything. You are able to walk to the water, go bike riding and out for lunch or fish from the pier all within a square block. If you are interested in more recreations, you will find it in this area they are a drive away....Golf cart, Motor scooters and bike rentals are available at local renters. The best golf courses close by are Innisbrook, Dunedin CC and Lansbrook to name a few. Feb-March Vacationers will enjoy Spring training for Yankees, Phillies and Blue Jays as well as other teams and home of the Rays..In the Fall you are 45 minutes from the Bucs home games. Crystal Springs and Tubing the Lazy River one hour north, Fort Desoto and other beaches 45 minutes south. University of Tampa, USF, UCF, FSU and University of Florida are short day trips away. The Beach Bungalow is located just North of Dunedin a fun tourist ,shopping and dining town AND 7 miles south of the Historic Sponge Docks and the largest greek community outside of Greece. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach are 45 minutes away while St. Petersburg home of the Rays, Dali Museum and the Historic Vinoy Hotel are just 45 South on 275 heading toward Sarasota and Naples.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Santazing fee $75
Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $59

My number is 727-204-9664. Also use this number to call 30 minutes prior to check-in/arrival so key arrangements can be made as there is no manager on duty at property. Our home is 5 minutes from studio location. Lock box on door code #5347
-Reminder check-in is 3:00 pm and Checkout is by 11:00 am. If you have additional guest(s) for a week or more there will be a $25.00 fee -
-Kayak rentals including life jacket is $25.00 per day per equipment which can be paid at time of check-out.
-Important information....if your PET leaves excessive hair on rugs, bedding and furniture or I find stains or accidents spots I will document the damage and exercise my right for additional cleaning fees from your damage deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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