|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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Enjoy up-close views and private strolls along one of the Florida coast's best beaches at our townhouse Sea Matanzas 3. This split-level condo is one of only 8 in a beachfront complex with panoramic views, lush natural gardens, wonderful pool, and huge comfortable rooms.
The Sea Matanzas complex is located on Crescent Beach in the historic Summer Haven area of exclusive summer homes. Property is seldom available to rent here, where the beach is virtually private & the views absolutely magnificent. At Sea Matanzas 2, you'll get to experience oceanfront living in a way few locals even get to do!
Our townhouse sits behind and above the dunes, just yards from the Atlantic. The living area is on the second level, beginning with a spectacular living room that segues into a wide front deck. The layout of the living room is meant to accommodate a diverse group, with one option for seating a bit apart from the other.
There is plenty of space in this room, which includes an HDTV, comfy couch (that folds out into a sleeper), and matching loveseat. One entire wall is sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a view so sweeping that you can see the ocean clearly from all the way in the kitchen!
The front deck is a choice location at Sea Matanzas 2. A long glass-topped table and outdoor chairs tell the whole story: this is the place to settle down for a good long while with a book and a tall frosted glass of something delicious! The view is stunning, the sea breeze fresh and zesty, and the sound of the waves hypnotic.
Indoors, the living area extends in open plan to include a dining area and the kitchen. Our dining room table is also the perfect game space, and fits your laptop nicely when it's time to check email using our free wireless Internet. It's within easy reach of the kitchen, which has a long, high counter just right for setting out dishes and drinks.
You will appreciate the handsome striped wood finish and spotless neat appearance of our kitchen. Convenient and well-appointed, it boasts full-size modern appliances, plenty of labor-savers (microwave, blender, coffee maker, and so on) and all the pots, pans, dishes, and utensils you need. Prepare the fresh catch of the day any way you like in this space, then let the dishwasher do the cleanup! There's also a washer and dryer tucked away in our utility room for when it's time to run a load of towels and swimsuits.
Hop downstairs and you'll find yourself on the bed-&-bath level of our townhouse, with more lovely decks and rooms. The master bedroom is the star of the show, with a sumptuous queen-sized bed, and matching hassock, TV, large closets, and panoramic view of the lanai and ocean beyond. A full bathroom with tub and shower is en suite, completing the pampering.
The lanai is pleasantly shaded, with a casual table and chairs and views of the garden as well as the beach. You may find yourself seeking out this cooler retreat in the heat of the day, as well as in the moonlit hours.
The guest bedroom is also generously proportioned, with two twin beds, matching closets, a TV, and a balcony overlooking the rear of the complex, where our sparkling community pool awaits you. If you're a birdwatcher, this is the place to station your binoculars for glimpses of the local birds flying just above the gardens on their way to the shore. Please note: gas grills are not allowed.
The Sea Matanzas complex offers lovely wooden walkways over the dunes and down to the sands. Just taking this route to the beach gives you unbelievable views of the coastline and horizon! And you'll love our beach, so uncrowded it almost seems private, with sparkling waves, good fishing, and soft white sand.
The Intracoastal Waterway is also nearby, with quieter inlets for kayaking or canoeing, as well as paved nature trails and hiking paths. And you're just 20 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine! Yet that's hard to believe when you sit on your second-story deck and gaze out at the sea.
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Had we not visited Crescent beach in the past we would have had some problems finding the property. The instructions for getting there were inaccurate. So were the directions for local shops. The condo could not be better positioned. Right on the beach with fantastic views from all decks. The proximity of Matanzas inlet is a great bonus. Clearly it is a feeding ground for fish which collect there in large numbers and attracts many seabirds. we sat and watched pelicans and ospreys (and all sorts of gulls) diving for lunch and supper. The condo itself needs some tlc. Neither of the bedroom doors fitted properly and there were minor problems with ther window blinds, the washing machine made enough noise to wake the dead, during heavy rain water leaked in through the living room ceiling. Fortunately, the property manager (Arcadio) was excellent, his response was instant, his approach helpful, positive and good-humoured throughout our stay. Updated or not, we will be back to Sea Matanzas 5.
we had a good time at Sea Matanzas, the condo was nice. It did need a little upgrading but what home doesn't. I did have a problem with the spiders however. Outside in the parking lot you had to watch very carefully to make sure that you did not run into<br/> their webs. For someone who is very scared of spiders, regardless of size, it was a bit overwhelming to have so many very large spiders everywhere.
used the pool at all they were even on my car.I loved the condo but cant deal with so many spiders, you should try to get rid of them it was very uncomfortable. thank you Linda Huey<br/>
This condo is showing its age a little bit, but nothing major. If you want to stay at a comfortable place and have the best ocean view and access, this is for you. You will especially enjoy your stay if you surf fish. My family had a great time.
If you are looking for a completely private and quiet beach, this is the place for you. Also a great beach for those with young children. Unfortunately, the condo wasn't in the best condition. Nothing too bad, but a lot of little problems that added up. We will definitely be back to Crescent beach, but will find another condo.
If you are looking for a high-end, newly renovated condo, this unit is not for you. However, If you wish to stay DIRECTLY on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Florida, then be sure to rent Sea Matanzas 5! The view from the deck can not be beaten and it is the perfect spot to watch the sun come up each morning. The unit is outdated and the appliances need replacing, there were workers there all week replacing the boards on the front of the deck and fixing other maintenance issues so its clear the owners are working on this. We were a bit disappointed to have them working on the unit the week we were there, my suggestion would be to do all maintenance during a week that the unit is not rented or at least notify the guests prior so they can make other arrangements. Other than that, the unit was great. It was clean and there is a fantastic restaurant right across the street with live music Tue, Wed, and Thursday. This was the perfect spot to have a drink and watch the sunset. Sea Matanzas is also steps away from a little convenience store and gas station that has fresh hot coffee at 6 am. We had a wonderful week and enjoyed our vacation.
97 miles to Disney World, 83 miles to Orlando FL, 30 miles - Daytona Airport (DAB), 75 miles Jacksonville Airport (JAX), 90 miles - Orlando Airport (MCO), Baseball Park, Jacksonville Stadium (Jaguars), Kennedy Space Center, Lighthouse, Marine Land, Soccer Stadium, St Augustine Historic Town, Theatre