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Bare Footing...Canal Front, Large Dock, Pool, WiFi in Shell Point

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Only minutes from the Apalachee Bay and spectacular fishing, our comfortable 3 bedroom vacation home in Shell Point, Florida (30 miles south of Tallahassee) is located in gated Paradise Village of Shell Point, which has a community swimming pool and a public beach within walking distance. Right out our back door is a large boat dock (2 boat slips) located on a deep-water canal, which is convenient to a nearby boat launch. We offer 1600 sq. feet of spacious living quarters, featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, family room, laundry room, fully equipped kitchen, large sunroom and screened-in porch. The family room is a large open space and is furnished with comfortable den furniture, 32" TV, dining furniture and bar seating. Our master bedroom adjoins the sunroom and offers a magnificent view of the canal. In the summer and winter, the sunroom is a perfect place to kick back, relax, and observe the natural habitat of the bay. On almost any given day, you can see blue herons, pelicans or egrets ... or fish jumping and feeding ... or dolphins cruising for their dinner. This is truly the real Florida! Our accommodations will sleep 8-10 people comfortably, and consist of a king size bed, queen size bed, 2 double bunk beds (doubles on bottom, twins on top), 2 double futons in the den, 1 double futon in the sunroom and 1 double futon in the guest room. Perfect for any size family or a bunch of guys who just want to fish.

Shell Point is a small, quiet community located in Wakulla County, one of Florida's best-kept secrets and part of Florida's forgotten coast. Besides offering the best flats fishing anywhere, it's ideal for sightseeing and photography. Wakulla Springs State Park, one of the largest fresh water springs in the world, is only 10 minutes away. Wakulla Springs was the site for filming the early Tarzan movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Airport 77. From the river boat and glass bottom boat tours, you can see alligators, many species of water fowl, fish, turtles, snakes, and deer, in and among the crystal clear waters emerging from the depth of the springs. They also have a swimming area, with a diving platform. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (10 minutes away), which features the St. Marks Lighthouse, offers a habitat for all kinds of Florida wildlife. (Bald eagles have been spotted here and at Spring Creek - so keep your eyes peeled!) For a close-up, hands-on examination of marine life, you can check out the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea, which is 20 minutes away. Also, the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science is about 30 minutes away, and offers a look at Florida's wildlife in a natural setting.

There are other recreational interests in the immediate area. For the tennis buff, there are 6 lighted tennis courts in Medart at Wakulla High School. For the fisherman, the fishing is as good as it gets and there is an assortment of USCG licensed captains that will be more than willing to book a charter and take you out into the bay for a fishing experience that you will never forget.

Shell Point is a great place for windsurfing and hosts several Regattas each year. For the beach enthusiast, nearby beaches include St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park and St. George's Island, which are regularly voted into the top ten beaches in the world (an hour to an hour and a half drive). Shell Point Beach is about a block from Bare Footing. It is a very, very small beach located on the bay, which means that the only waves that you will see will be on a very windy day. It doesn't compare to the other two beaches mentioned earlier, but it is very convenient and a great place to kick back and enjoy the abundant wildlife in and surrounding the bay, along with breathtaking sunsets. For those who enjoy great seafood, Angelo's in Panacea (20 minutes away) is one of the finest renowned seafood restaurants anywhere - located right on the water. Nearby Spring Creek Restaurant (less than 10 minutes away) also boasts delicious seafood, including soft shell crab, along with a casual down-home atmosphere. If you decide to rent with us, we will send you a list of all of the nearby restaurants, along with our personal rating on each one.

Shell Point is located between St. Marks and Panacea, and is only 30 miles south of Tallahassee (Florida's capital). Tallahassee has all of the conveniences of a big city - malls, restaurants, museums, parks, airport - and is well known for being the home of Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU). If you are interested in fishing (trout, Spanish mackerel, redfish, tarpon, cobia, flounder, grouper, black bass ... it's saltwater fishing, so the list goes on), boating, or ... if you just want to escape to a relaxing, laid back paradise; yet, be able to venture into the city on a whim, this is the perfect location for you.

Sorry, we do not accept renters under the age of 25.

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Deborah Word (770) 830-7115

house rental amenities

-3 Bedrooms ... 1 king, 1 queen, 2 double bunks (doubles on bottom/twins on top), 2 futons in den, 1 futon in sunroom ... sleeps 8-10
-2 baths (tub/shower combos)
-Full Kitchen...dishes, cookware, utensils, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker
-Washer and dryer
-Air conditioning
-Cable TV (3, one is large)
-Sunroom, with beautiful canal view
-Screened porch (adjoins sunroom)
-BBQ (propane)
-Covered parking
-Boat Dock (ample room for two boats)
-Fish cleaning table
-Community Pool
-Community Basketball Court
-Nearby Boat Ramp
-Nearby Boat Rentals
-Nearby Seafood Restaurants
-Walking distance to Beach
-NO Smoking (outside areas only)

activities and attractions in Shell Point Gulf Coast North

-Flats/bay fishing
-Off shore fishing
-Wind surfing
-Jet skiing
-Nature hiking
-Bird watching
-River boat tours
Nearby Attractions:
-Wakulla Springs State Park (10 miles)
-St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (10 miles)
-Wildwood Country Club, Medart (10 miles - closed fall 2013 - call before you go)
-St. James Bay Golf, Carrabelle (45 miles)
-Gulf Specimin Marine Lab, Panacea (12 miles)
-Maclay Gardens, Tallahassee (35 miles)
-Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee (35 miles)
-Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science, Tallahassee (25 miles)
-Tallahassee (shopping, restaurants, theatres and other city attractions - 30 miles)
-Carabelle Beach, Alligator Point Beach, St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park Beach, St. George's Island Beach (25 miles to 90 miles)
Grocery Store - Winn-Dixie, 2629 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville (15 mi.)
Super Wal-Mart - 35 Mike Stewart Dr. (off Crawfordville Hwy.), Crawfordville (15 mi.)
Bait - Jerry's Bait & Tackle, 664 Woodville Hwy., Crawfordville (15 mi.)
Fishing Charter - Capt. Jody Campbell, 34 Connie Dr., Shell Point (.25 mi.)
Boat Rental - Shell Island Fish Camp, State Rd. 363, St. Marks (10 mi.)
Airport - Capital Circle SW, Tallahassee (30 mi.)

vacation rental rates

In Season ... Mar. 16 - Sept. 10
3 night weekend (T,F,S or F,S,S)......$500.00
4 night weekend (T,F,S,S or W,T,F,S)..$625.00
3 night mid-week special (M,T,W)......$350.00
5 nights..............................$745.00
6 nights..............................$820.00
7 nights..............................$875.00

Off Season ... Sept. 11 - Mar. 15
3 night weekend (T,F,S or F,S,S)......$375.00
4 night weekend (T,F,S,S or W,T,F,S)..$450.00
3 night mid-week special (M,T,W)......$275.00
5 nights..............................$520.00
6 nights..............................$600.00
7 nights..............................$675.00

Mid-week specials do not apply to holidays. Monthly rates available upon request.

A $75.00 cleanup fee and a $100.00 refundable security deposit are required with each stay. Additional cleaning fees may be required for stays of more than one week. Rates are subject to Florida sales tax.

Small pets are allowed only with prior approval. Pet fees apply ... $10 per day for 1 pet, $15 per day for 2 pets or $50.00 per week for 1 pet, $75 per week for 2 pets. An additional $50 per pet will be added to the refundable $100 security/damage deposit.

We accept personal checks, money orders, Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.

** Deposit required to secure the rental (will be returned after cleanup). The rental fee and cleanup fee are due two weeks prior to arrival.

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  • Bird Watching
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Family Fishing Paradise!

Review submitted: May 24, 2014   Date of arrival: April 17, 2014

We have been visiting Shell Point since the 1980's. My children and their cousins spent 'summer camp' at their Grandfather's home in the Village. When the home in the village was sold, we needed to find a place to stay when we make our twice yearly trips to the coast to fish. Deb's rentals in Shell Point have been incredible and finding her rentals allowed us to continue our traditional family fishing trips. We have stayed at Pirate Point and Bare Footing and both were spacious, well appointed, and we felt right at home. We bring our boat over from St. Marks and the boys fish every waking moment. It's easy in and easy out. Deb is awesome to work with and very efficient and organized. We are headed back to the Point in June with kids, grand kids, and a grand doggie and we can't wait!. (Review submitted by email from Lyn & Gary from Martin, GA)

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Can't Get Enough of that "Paradise Living"!

Review submitted: January 26, 2014   Date of arrival: October 3, 2013

Always a great time when we stay at Deb's properties. Nice, clean lodging in a relaxing, waterfront property. Looking forward to our next visit. Can't get enough of that "Paradise living". Unlike a hotel stay, these are more like a home away from home. Comfortable housing with a resort feel. Thanks Deb! (Review shared from Guest Reviews on “Deb’s Forgotten Coast Rentals” Facebook page)

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Father's Day 2012

Review submitted: July 4, 2012   Date of arrival: June 15, 2012

Great weekend. Will stay again. Enjoyed the 3 different patio areas. Pool was very refreshing. Kids loved fishing from the dock. Enjoyed the sunrise from the bedroom!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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