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Palms and Pines - Beachfront Cottage with Serene View of Dog Island

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


About the property

A Perfect Retreat for Retirees, Families, and International Guests:

Built in 1932, our home was once utilized as housing for family members of soldiers stationed at Camp Gordon Johnston, a WWII amphibious military training facility. It has been in our family for 5 generations.

Our home’s amenities include: morning coffee and beautiful sunsets from our large deck overlooking the gulf, the sound of seagulls and of waves lapping the shore, dolphin watching, shore fishing, flounder gigging, and crabbing, swimming and snorkeling in protected waters, long walks at low tide, star-gazing at night, the occasional manatee sighting, and a well-stocked bookshelf. This beach home is the place for you if you desire a getaway from your usual fast-paced lifestyle, in an old-timey Florida setting. There are two bedrooms and baths upstairs and an additional bedroom and bath downstairs. The downstairs also boasts a full kitchen and rec room with billiards/ping pong table. There is a television upstairs and down, and we offer WiFi for those who feel a need to remain 'connected'.

Other features of the surrounding area include:

Tate’s Hell Nature Trail, the historic Carrabelle Lighthouse and Museum, Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum, Dog Island ferry excursions, charter fishing, glass-bottom boat rides at Wakulla Springs, Panacea's Gulf Specimen Marine Lab (with touch pools for children), and a variety of local seafood eateries. Located about an hour’s drive from Tallahassee, and only twenty minutes from St. George Island and Apalachicola, this retreat can be tailored to your own adventurous spirit. Come and discover the true meaning of “The Forgotten Coast”.

Some of the annual events found in the local area include:

October: Low Country Boil in Port St. Joe

November: Apalachicola Seafood Festival

December: Carrabelle Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights

January: Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off

February: Low Country Boil in Port St. Joe

March: St. George Island Chili Cook-off.

April: Carrabelle River Front Festival

April: Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival and Grunter's Ball

May: Panacea Blue Crab Festival

June: Big Bend Salt Water Classic Fishing Tournament.

July: Local Fire Works on 4th

More Details

Property Manager
Nan Dowden
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Nan Dowden

Here I am in my father's arms, along with other family members, representing 3 out of 5 generations who have enjoyed lazy days at Carrabelle Beach. This photo was taken at Palms and Pines in 1963. So many memories! I am a first grade teacher, living in Mobile, Alabama, but am still making memories at our beach house with family and friends.

Why Nan Dowden chose Florida

I inherited this property in 1983. Because it has been in our family for 5 generations, it harbors a sense of warmth and continuity. Our home has evolved over the years, and offers the modern conveniences one would expect. The decor is simple, yet comfortable. What it may lack in sophistication is compensated for in character and charm.

What makes this house unique

The most unique aspect of 'Palms and Pines' is its secluded and almost completely private location. Carrabelle Beach remains virtually untouched, yet has proximity to many areas of interest and diversity. The area is teeming with wildlife, much of which can be observed without even leaving the deck!


Carrabelle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Monument View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen-sized Beds Upstairs, Double Beds (1) 1 Double Bed Downstairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 Queen-sized Sleeper Sofa in Upstairs Living Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Other Amenities Provided Include: Convenient Clothesline for Air Drying Wet Bathing Suits and Towels, Outdoor Shower Station (for quick rinse and cool down), Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrella with Sand Spike, Rolling Ice Chest, Binoculars for Bird and Dolphin-watching, Outdoor Volleyball and Badminton Set.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Palms and Pines - Beachfront Cottage with Serene View of Dog Island
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews

Fantastic place to take some time off and relax

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Palms and Pines as part of my traveling plans to visit the South of the United States and had an amazing time. It is quiet, relaxing with the sound of the waves in the background, only a few steps away from the beach and is located conveniently close to landmarks in the region. Hanging out on the beach, going for long walks watching the sunset. The inside of the house is more than adequate. You will find everything needed to cook, have a good family night, especially with the pool room downstairs. The street itself is very quiet so kids can run around risk-free. The convenience store is only a few miles down the road and you will find everything needed there, and you will find your choice of seafood close by as well if you are in the mood for it. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away for a while, whether it's for couples or families with kids of all ages.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review and the 5 stars! We feel that our location is the best feature of our beach property. Not only is our beach home located on a quiet neighborhood street, away from Hwy 98 traffic, we are at the end of that dead end road, used by residents exclusively. The security and lack of traffic noise adds to the tranquil experience. There is only one other home past ours and then nothing but approx. 13 acres of (you guessed it) palms and pines extending to the edge of where Boggy Jordan Bayou meets the gulf. It's perfect for observing wildlife. We appreciate the excellent 5 star review and hope you'll return to enjoy more of the "Palms and Pines" experience! Owner- Palms and Pines
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Great place for family and friends! Quiet, peaceful, and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Palms and Pines! It took less than a minute to get to the beach. They provided almost everything to enjoy our stay, even things we didn't think of! We really enjoyed the pool table and ping pong table. The area was so quiet and peaceful.

It was about a 30 minute drive to Apalachicola, where we did a little shopping and went out to eat. Fresh seafood, too! We ate shrimp for days. However, the highlight of the trip was taking photos of dolphins fairly close to the shore at sunset.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! We're so happy to hear that your stay was enjoyable! We do try to provide the things guests may need upon arrival, because once you're there, you don't want to leave! Watching dolphins frolicking and feeding close to shore is one of our favorite highlights too. We even have some pretty spectacular videos of their "shenanigans" posted on our facebook page, recorded right in front of the house. The quiet surroundings really make a visit very relaxing indeed. It's not called "The Forgotten Coast" for nothing! We hope you'll come back to enjoy the beach, the surrounding area, and the seafood! Thanks for the 5 star review!
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Cleveland, Ga


  • 4 of 5

This was the first vacation our youngest had been on. This was also the first time my dad had been on vacation with me and my family in 20 years. We had a great time. There was lots of room for the seven of us. We also had some friends that were staying at another location in town and they were able to join us for dinner without it feeling crowded. It was nice to be able to get together as a group of 13 without feeling crowded. We are working on planning our vacation for this year. Once we get the dates finalized we will be coming back here to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Candace, I'm so happy that our home allowed your family and friends to gather together in comfort. Our extended family has had many joyful reunions there over the many years. Hopefully, your next stay will be even better, as we've recently installed some new appliances and a new ac/heat system. Thanks so much for choosing Palms and Pines! Owner- Palms and Pines
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The Senior Canadians, Eh

  • 5 of 5

We are getting closer to our 2016 Vacation at the Palms and Pines and it dawn'd on me to comment on our stay last year (2015). This will be our 3rd vacation at this beach house and each season its just keeps getting better and better. The owners and the managers have constantly upgraded and improved often in reference to submitted reviews. This place has been great since our first stay 3 years ago, and keeps getting better. The beach and the little community compliments the beach house nicely. All in all, a wonderful and very nicely kept place. Bye,--the Wilsons from Canada.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for leaving such an encouraging and appreciative review! We have tried very hard to keep improving and updating. Upon your return, we hope that you find everything in as good a condition or better than last time. We have added some nice updates since your last visit that I think will add to the comfort and enjoyment of your next stay. Once again, thank you and have a wonderful vacation at Palms and Pines! Owner-Palms and Pines
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Ottawa, IL.

A Slice of Heaven at the Palms and Pines

  • 5 of 5

Again, where do we start. This place you call home is a slice of heaven for our family. We planned a return trip to Palms and Pines only this year bringing our children and a very close friend and her family. Last year my husband and I were married on the beach in a beautiful discrete ceremony with close family and friends. This year we were able to celebrate our first yr anniversary with our children and close family and friends there with us. The location is beautiful and well that makes it all the more difficult to describe as I could go on and on. Pam and her family have taken the time and effort into making your dream vacation happen while staying at the Palms and Pines. We ventured over to St. George Island this year and had an amazing time exploring all of its beauties. We went to Apalachicola and had an amazing time walking to each shop. Each shop owner was personable and interested in where we came from, not just the "ok--what are you going to buy" attitude. The property management company is a dream to work with as they really set out to ensure your vacation is stress free. We will always hold Palms and Pines very dear to us for many reasons, but overall this treasure is absolutely amazing. We did family pictures on the beach that have turned out beautiful. We hope you will continue to offer your home for the years to come as we know its a family favorite for us.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nikki, Thank you so very much for your heartfelt expressions of appreciation for not only our home's amenities and location, but also the amount of effort it takes to maintain it for the enjoyment of others. It is truly a labor of love, but can be discouraging when some tenants complain about the smallest things. With all rental income going straight to utilities, maintenance, repairs, taxes, and exorbitant insurance premiums, we've never made a penny from our short term rentals! But, despite the fact that we make nothing monetarily, we can hopefully keep it in the family and pass it on to future generations and continue to update and offer it as a humble yet cozy retreat for those who will enjoy it as such. In fact, we've very recently installed a brand new washer, dryer, dishwasher,and central heat and air system. We also replaced the futon with a nice Lazy Boy sleeper sofa! Thanks again for your kind words of appreciation. They mean so much! And, I sincerely hope you and your family and friends will return to what you may refer to as your "home away from home"! Owner- Palms and Pines
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Knoxville, TN


  • 3 of 5

This house was perfect for 8 of us with teenagers able to stay downstairs, lots of room for everyone. Easy walk to the beach, nice and quiet, secluded which we were looking for, easy drive to St. George Island as well so lots to do including a game room for the one rainy day we had. We did encounter a few issues which we reported to property management and they were noted or taken care of after we called a couple of times. The dishwasher leaked our second night of our stay and maintenance came and said they would order a new gasket so we just had to leave towels on the floor to catch the water leaking out but we were still able to use it per maintenance. The futon in the Florida room was supposed to have 2 of the kids sleeping on it but we were unable to unfold it due to it being all bent up and maintenance let us know it was ok to use some pressure to open it but we were afraid to do permanent damage so ended up buying an air mattress for the kids instead which they were okay with but not what we had planned on. The grill was completely rusted out on the bottom so we couldn't use it at all but maintenance did bring another one for us to use for the rest of the stay. All of the issues were addressed and hopefully taken care of. We did enjoy our time in Carrabelle and this home once we got the maintenance issues taken care of.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay despite the issues you reported. We try very hard to maintain our home at a 5 star level. Of course, we depend on the feedback of guests to resolve any issues which may not be obvious and that our property manager may easily overlook. We hope you will return to find everything at 5 star quality! Thanks again for assisting us in keeping Palms and Pines the place to choose while visiting the "Forgotten Coast"! Owner, Palms and Pines
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Located on what is known locally as 'The Old Beach', off of Highway 98, on a quiet, dead-end residential road, away from highway traffic.


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Carrabelle House Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 9.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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