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Barrier Island Retreat

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Saint Augustine Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Between the Atlantic Ocean & Intracoastal, in a quiet hidden gem of a beach neighborhood. Steps to beach, blocks to boat launches. Private entrance to private gated yard. Plenty of parking for 2 cars and RV/boat/jetskis. Master bedroom, bedroom/den, full bath, & outdoor shower. Refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, & outdoor bbq area and seating. Wifi & cable TV in each room. Relax at the beach!

  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Deby Hyde-Doak
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

Why Deby Hyde-Doak chose St. Augustine Area

Private entrance into pristine private yard complete with citrus and banana trees.

What makes this apartment unique

Stay in a quiet, laid back beach community. Give living in Florida a real try!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Deby was a great, welcoming host especially considering we arrived in downpour! The place was lovely with a wonderful, private outdoor area. Everything was newly redone inside, and very clean. The location is absolutely ideal - short walk out to the beach or to the river side of the island and short drive into St. Augustine. Would greatly recommend Deby's place!!!
Jan 2016
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Barrier Island Retreat
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful private getaway, steps from the ocean.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful hideaway is truly a gem. Its only a block from the ocean and minutes away from downtown St Augustine and all the sites. You have access to a private beach entrance that will not fail to impress you with its beauty. This place provides you with everything you need except for your food. Deby and John have done an outstanding job with this place. Im am truly happy that i stayed there instead of getting a hotel. I could not not recommend a better place to stay on a vacation if you are in the St Augustine area. Try it out and i believe you will have as much fun as i did if not more.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very, very glad that you had a good getaway! We know that you were concerned, as is understandable, since this is not a hotel with a corporate logo - but as it turned out, it would seem that you enjoyed it all the more for it's 'quiet gem of a place'! That's exactly what we were hoping for during your special getaway, as that is what we wish for all of our guests! You were wonderful guests - quiet, respectful, and left the place immaculate! We certainly hope you will visit again, Michael, as you would be most welcome anytime!
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I under estimated how nice this place was

  • 5 of 5

In the photos this place looks pretty small, which I was okay with because I was looking for a simple cheap vacation. But once we got there I realized it was much bigger than expected. There's plenty of room. The only thing lacking was a table to eat at. I went here with my boyfriend, aaron, for our first vacation together alone. It was quiet and they had everything we needed. The beach is very very nice. It wasn't packed, plenty of room between me and the next person, and the waves were perfect. There were tons of seashells,also sand. The sand was really cool to play with if you haven't ever been to a golden beach. Obviously sand is just very small rocks, but the sand was so colorful when you put it on your skin. It was fascinating. I was expecting the beach to be covered in seashells to the point you couldn't go there without shoes but there was only a small section that was packed with seashells. I collect seashells. I mean you could literally make a mountain of seashells. It was cool. Aaron really liked the ocean, I'm not a huge fan of the water, but he could walk out there a good distance and still only be waist deep. I actually got over my fear of the ocean here.

I also love weird shops, so we went to st augustine, and there were at least 200 shops. You could very well spend all day there and still have to go back tomorrow to check them out. They had resturants scattered into the wide array of shops. I absolutely loved the st augustine shops.

We came prepared because we knew we had to cook on the grill, and since we don't have a ton of money for going out to eat for every meal. We made some really easy foil meals, and if you haven't heard of those you should really do a Google search because they are delicious.

There were plenty of amenities, probably some stuff that I would buy for my guests if I had a vacation home. Like poopori, a spray that you spray in the toilet after you go poop, me and aaron got a kick out of that. And some lavender pillow mist. Just some pretty unique things that they supplied. The tub was reasonably big, and the outside shower had its own privacy hedge, and it could be turned to hot or cold water.

Deby really paid attention to our needs, and even before we arrived she gave me a birthday gift ( i turned 20 on this vacation) she gave me some cupcakes and balloons which was thoughtful. If you're looking for a simple sweet vacation next to the beach and 10 min from shops then this is for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah, we are so very glad that you and your friend had a fun vacation at the beach! What a great way to spend your 20th Birthday! You'd be welcome back as you were great guests! We'll be in touch!
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Quiet relaxation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently relocated to the First Coast, and needed a place to live for a week due to a delay in our closing...We found a quiet, little slice of coastal heaven at the Barrier Island Retreat!!! We were traveling with our pup, cat, teenage daughter and a U'Haul full of possessions. Deby & Johnny extended the warmest hospitality to us, making us feel right at home!!

As for accommodations, we were absolutely delighted -- the apartment is quiet, clean, and just right for a family of three and a couple fur babies. Plenty of towels and blankets and closet space!!

We loved the fact we were less than a 10 minute walk to see beautiful sunrises and relaxing sunsets on a quiet, clean, dog-friendly beach!

Overall, our week at the retreat was amazingly relaxing and helped to transition us to the new FL lifestyle!!! We will most certainly be back -- and will recommend to family and friends!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renee, it was a pleasure having your family here last week! We were so glad that we were able to accommodate you and the UHaul! We appreciate what responsible guests you all were, how easy it was to communicate with you during the planning and your stay, and how spotless you left the place. All of you would be most welcome visitors anytime! Thank you!
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  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at Barrier Island Retreat, Deby meet us and was so kind. The place was very clean. The sectioned off part of the garage has a microwave, a really good size fridge, toaster and coffee pot. BBQ utensils. There was everything in the kitchen they had plenty of paper plates, paper towels, bowls, cups and plastic knives, forks and spoons for their guests but I had brought our own as I always do. Oh there was no kitchen sink but we filled the coffee pot in the bathroom every evening and it was ready to just turn on in the morning. A gas grill is outside for one to use but we never used it for the restruants were really close to the house.

The restuarnt's we ate at and had great service was:

Reef, Martins (twice) Kingfish Grill, Schooner's and pizza at Vinney's

The house is on a very quiet street and the beach is only a short walk away but you have to cross A1A. We walked to the beach on several occassions, but there is also a very nice place which you can drive too and park it's a very short distance from the house it has a picnic table and they are in the process of building bathrooms.

It's a very short drive to the Historic City of St. Augustine. The Castillo de San Marcos is a great place to go, the entire city is pet friendly, we were even able to take our little rocky (our dog) to a few restuarnts if we ate outside.

The beach is known for being pet friendly and it's excellent shelling, and everyone we met on the beach spoke to you and we even carried on a conversation with several people, meet one young teenager (Jake) who was very nice he came up to us and we talked and learned about surfing, I took a few photo's of him on his surf board and then e-mailed them to him.

I talked to Johnny twice while he was out working in his garden, I learned a lot about what they can grow and when, I just love to work in the dirt and see things grow for we have a raised garden here and Johnny planted watermelon seeds while we were there and I can't wait to see a photo of the vines and watermelons.

All and all it was a very relaxing and enjoyable week.

Thanks Deby and Johnny for all you did, We will not forget you both or the time we spent there.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Roger & Carolyn, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay here in St. Augustine! You certainly did take advantage of all the local restaurants, sites, and beaches! So glad that you stayed at Barrier Island Retreat and we hope you'll venture back this way soon!
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Very quaint

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time, this is a pet friendly place & surrounding neighborhood is as well. Walked the beach everyday & went swimming as well. Johnny & Deby are very nice friendly people & we were very grateful we found such a great place to stay at a reasonable price🌻 Thank you so much💗

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie & Chris, you would be most welcome back anytime! So glad that it worked out for you both, and your beautiful pup! You were the perfect guests!
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Very welcomiming. great property but no proper kitchen

  • 4 of 5

Deby welcomed us & showed us where everything was. There is a nice small garden with chairs & loungers -good after a busy day sightseeing. It was very easy & quick to get into St Augustine which we loved. Plenty of information about where to go etc in the property. It was very clean & inviting with coffee & creamer in the fridge. There is a microwave, toaster & coffee machine in the curtained off kitchen area & lots of plates etc. We did manage to cook a meal in but there was no table to eat at. Would be a good addition Deby. All in all we enjoyed our stay.

Viv & Roger Ellis

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for being such pleasant guests! Hope you'll visit again soon!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Northeast Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Reef
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A1A Coastal Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Aunt Kate's
Nearest Beach
North Beach
Car: recommended

A stone's throw to a nearly private, pristine beach. A short 5 miles to historic old town Saint Augustine or to Guana State Park. Drive the Coastal Highway north to Sawgrass Country Club, or venture to World Golf Village and it's two championship courses. Outlet shopping or world renowned couture shopping at St. Johns Town Center. Take in a concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall or a show at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Walk to local restaurants and bars. Play horseshoes or tennis at the nearby community area.


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Saint Augustine Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.5%

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Owner'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.
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Saint Augustine Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Also can serve as den
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , Master
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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