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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

Seahorse

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.

Sandbox
Sandbox

Sandbox

 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@noworriesvacationrentals.com.

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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      thanks, Elf. We really like beachfront rentals. Especially on the FL panhandle!

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      elf_cash 7 years ago

      These are great beachfront rentals!

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      Florida beachfront rental apartment 8 years ago

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Pam - you lucky rascal!

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Habee, Nice hub. Since I live in FL and have for many years there isn't much I haven't seen. Great pictures.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Good to see you, Nancy!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, Peggy, they're perfect for a large fammily like mine!

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      nancy_30 8 years ago from Georgia

      All the beaches sound wonderful and so do the beach house rentals. The pictures were great.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      If we had a big family (which we don't) this would be IDEAL! With your hub showing these...hope you can get reservations when you want them now! Ha!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Cheeky! You really should check it out if you get the chance!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, I like hot, sunny beaches!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, HErbi!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, I am SO ready for some beach time!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Eth - the prices aren't bad when you split the cost!

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I did a beach house rental once a few years back in Spain, and it was an apartment and I got it for Eur700 for a month!! That was amazing value, and the view was cool. Florida is a place I would love to visit some day, warm climate and lovely beaches to explore! Sounds idyllic, Habee! Great hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Definitely look lovely! We have rented homes before on the Oregon Coast and that is a great deal on some of those. We paid as much as $800 per night once - it was a very special occasion - Bob's 60th birthday but the house was to die for and it had my 'thing' - a gourmet kitchen so how could we go wrong? Great info though - it definitely looks like it is a LOT warmer on those beaches than ours. Still love the shore here though - even if I have to wear a coat in July!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Looks very inviting!! Oh...and your daughter is stunning!

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Habee, Sounds great now all we have to do is get the kiddos outta school. I'm ready... Thanks and Peace ;)

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Pricey but I guess if there are enough of you to share the costs.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, that's why we always get a BIG house for vacation!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Austin, St. George is right around the corner from here!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, pakhub, ya gotta go!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I wish you lived there, too - then I could come visit!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      True dat, Chris!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, I think the prices are very reasonable for the size and amenities!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, this area has a few "beach shacks," too!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sord! Glad you dropped by!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Veronica, Seahorse is awesome! You have a wide expanse of beach all to yourself!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      I love the idea of renting a house. I'd love to do it with my kids and grandchildren.

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      Lela 8 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Ooooh, I visited St. George Island once and thought it quite beautiful. I would love to spend a couple of weeks at a beach front rental. Now, which bank should I rob?

      Thanks for the info!

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      pakpub 8 years ago from Ohio

      The Florida Panhandle is the only area of Florida that I haven't been to. I hope to go there on my next trip to Florida.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      These are so wonderful. I wish I could go there forever. That is exactly what I could with -- and say all of us. Thank you for showing.

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      carolina muscle 8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      That certainly is a beautiful area for a quiet vay-kay!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It would be fun, but a little pricey for me.

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      You won't find rentals like these at New England beaches. At best, I've found most cottages 'rustic'. These sound wonderful.

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      sord87 8 years ago

      Never heard of beach front home in malaysia but a resort stay is very famous in Asia region ,from what has mentioned it looks very special for a week stay and the rates are quit reasonable for a family and looks convenience too!great information thank you!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I have never been to a beach front rental, but I have been to ones that were nearer the beach and it is just like a home away from the home. I love the convenience of having everything you need even though you are away from home.

      These rental properties are so worth the money! I love the sound of the Sandbox rental.

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