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Great Beachfront Rentals: Florida Panhandle

Updated on August 30, 2013

Florida is flanked on every side with awesome beaches, ranging from Pensacola on the panhandle to Miami near the southern tip, and all the way back up the eastern coast to Amelia Island. One of the most beautiful yet often overlooked areas of the state is the Mexico Beach, St. Joe Beach, and Cape San Blas region. The beaches here are soft and white, and the water is calm and clear. The lifestyle is totally laid back and unhurried, with no theme parks, no high rises, and very few fast food joints.

Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach are adjacent to each other. This is a small community with great locally owned restaurants, mom-and-pop stores, and a very friendly atmosphere. The fishing is great, too!

Just around the edge of St. Joseph Bay from Port St. Joe is Cape San Blas, named the Best Beach in the US by the famous Dr. Beach a few years ago. On the Cape, you have a choice of the Gulf of Mexico and the clear, pristine waters of St. Joseph Bay. Rent a pontoon boat and spend the day cruising, snorkeling, fishing, and swimming. If you arrive after July 1st, you can scallop in the Bay, too! Nearby horseback riding is also available. The end of the Cape is rich in wildlife, and the deer here are practically tame!

I have eight grandchildren, and most of them accompany us on vacations. These are absolutely the best beaches for kids you could find anywhere! The sand is so white it never gets hot enough to burn little bare feet, even under the scorching rays of the Florida sun. Also, the surf is very gentle, and there's virtually no undertow.

This area has some great beach vacation rentals, including oceanfront condos, beachfront hotels, and excellent campgrounds. We love this region and have made the trip many times. We always rent a house, and some of the best beachfront rental homes we’ve discovered are those managed by No Worries Vacation Rentals. Below are a few of their houses.

Seahorse Retreat
Seahorse Retreat


This is my fave! If you want a big beachfront home where you aren't crowded right up next to your closest neighbor, this is it! Seahorse Retreat has 3,600 square feet, with three gulf front master suites, two living rooms, two and a half kitchens, and two big decks that overlook the gulf. And you won't have to worry about lugging groceries up the stairs, either - there's an elevator! This beautiful beachfront rental has hardwood floors, wifi, a wet bar, an outdoor grill, a TV in every room, a fully eqipped kitchen, and a fenced-in yard. Linens are provided, and the house is pet friendly and comfortably sleeps twelve.

One of the best features of this beachfront rental is that you'll have plenty of beautiful Mexico Beach all to yourself!

In the fall and winter, weekly rates start at $1600. the spring rates start at $2000 a week, and the summer rental rates range from $2800 to $3000 a week.

Attitude Adjustment
Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment

This new oceanfront condo is on the top floor of a small complex on Mexico Beach that includes a pool. The condo has three bedrooms, two baths, an elevator, and a beautiful kitchen. You'll enjoy the great views from the expanive deck. If location is important to you and your family, you'll love this place! It's close to the Mexico Beach fishing pier and within walking distance of restaurants, an arcade, a marina, a public boat ramp, and convenience stores. Attitude Adjustment sleeps eight comfortably.

Fall and winter rates for this beachfront rental begin at just $1000 a week. Spring rates start at $1400, and summer rates start at $1800 a week. Linens are provided.



 The Sandbox is located in Mexico Beach and sleeps twelve. This pet-friendly home has four bedrooms, four baths, a fully eqipped kitchen, wifi, a rainforest shower, an outdoor grill, and a private pool. The home is beautifully furnished, and the decks provide stunning views of the gulf. The beach is just a short walk away, along with restaurants, shops, and a grocery store. If you have a larger group and need more space, you can also rent "7th Heaven" next door.

Fall and winter rates for the Sandbox start at $1400 per week. Spring rates start at $2000 per week, and summer rates begin at $2400. Linens are provided.

Sugar Magnolia
Sugar Magnolia

Sugar Magnolia

This beachfront rental is on the pristine shores of Cape San Blas, and it's huge! It has five bedrooms, four full baths, a half baths, a large kitchen, living room, game room, a movie den, an elevator, and an office with a queen sofa sleeper. Sugar Magnolia comfortably sleeps sixteen. Three master king bedroom suites face the gulf, including one with a Jacuzzi, private deck, and walk-in shower. Outside are decks that provide great views, a charcoal grill, and an outdoor shower.

This is a beautiful pet-friendly home with marble floors, crown molding, and high celings, and it's within walking distance of an ice cream shop and a convenience store. It shares a pool with six other homes, too.

Fall and winter weekly rates start at $2400, with spring rates starting at $2800. Summer rates range from $4000 to $4800 per week. This is a great beachfront home for two or more families, or for a large group of friends. Linens are provided.

My daughter and her family on beautiful Mexico Beach.
My daughter and her family on beautiful Mexico Beach.

Make reservations!

If you're interested in spending an unforgettable vacation on one of these spectacular beaches, call Zach Ferrell at 850-527-2330 or email him at

Zach is a great guy, and he'll help you find the right vacation rental for you and your family! He has more beach rentals available - one to fit every price range. Come on down to the best beach in America!


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