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Surfside Retreat - Unit B

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Feel all the stress disappear as you cross the beautiful Usina Bridge (Vilano Beach) and get your first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. You are only five minutes from your vacation and just a few steps to the beach. Come and enjoy your time on the Island, the ocean breezes, a sunrise like none other, shelling, strolling on the beach, sitting on the deck just enjoying a good book.

Call or email for reservations.

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Sally

Grew up in the Jacksonville, FL area, married my high school sweetheart, raised three sons, owned decorating business for 25 years and restaurant owners for 33 years. Six grandchildren, four great grandchildren. Purchased Unit B in 1984 for our vacation place, purchased other two units 1994, renovated the whole building and moved into the Unit C in 1995 and permanently lived there until 2010 and although still our main residence we moved inland to a one level home.

Sally purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Sally chose St. Augustine Area

My husband and I had visited a friends home in Atlantic Beach and realized how much we would enjoy living at the beach so we started looking and found our little piece of heaven. We needed a place close to our business and home in the Jacksonville area that would not take us long to get to and be able to enjoy as our vacation spot and weekends away.

What makes this apartment unique

The views of the ocean: My husband enjoyed the roughness of the sea during a storm and I enjoyed the beautiful tropical color and calm of the ocean......the best of two worlds. So peaceful and relaxing


Saint Augustine Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , There is an outdoor shower for your convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen sleep sofa in living room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Two ground floor units available. (Also see property #44148 - Vilano Beach) Each have one bedroom with queen bed, second bedroom w/twin beds, one bath. Each unit has a full size sleeper sofa. Sleeps four to six, linens furnished (this includes towels.) Kitchens are fully equipped from coffee pots to crock-pots. Each has an outside shower and gas grill. Each unit has TV, vcr/dvd player, and stereo equipment, ceiling fans, central heat and air, telephone for local calls to Jacksonville and Orange Park. Washer and dryer available. Wireless Internet in each unit. Carpet in bedrooms and tile in all other areas. Patio with picnic table and umbrella and lounge chairs. Beautiful ocean views. No smoking in units. Direct access to the ocean, washer dryer, ceiling fans, microwave, fully stocked kitchen, phone for local calls. Linens provided for bedding and bathrooms. Patio with picnic table and umbrella, gas grill. Wireless internet. Pet friendly with fenced area. Dogs are allowed on the beach with leash.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Surfside Retreat - Unit B
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Great little place

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations are as described, but even nicer than anticipated. It looks better than the picture and parking is excellent. The kitchen is well stocked and the furniture is as you would furnish it for your own beach house rather than as if you were furnishing it for a rental beach house. The location is fantastic with an amazing beach view and access and with very easy access to St Augustine and even easier access to everything you need in Vilano Beach. The deck is great and functional. The walkway to the beach ideal. The beach itself is wide and walkable. The host is very considerate and accommodating. My only caution is if you are two couples looking to rent and split the cost, there is only one bathroom and the unit itself is on the small side. Great for a couple or a family with a couple of small children. Looking forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests are some of the nicest people. I just love to go over and meet them but beware I am a talker and I really do not wish to take up any of your beach time. Although the unit is small it is cozy and most of your time is spent outdoors on the beach or in the historic district. This was our unit for our vacations for eleven years until we moved upstairs permanently for another eighteen years. We loved it!!
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Good Time... Great Vacation Rental for 2

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation in St. Augustine this past September and staying in this beachfront rental made all the difference. Being able to walk right onto the beach from the rental was fantastic.

The rental itself was in great condition upon arrival. We had one small problem with an outside door handle that was handled within 24 hours of calling Sally. Although we weren't able to meet Sally face-to-face, she was very personable over the phone and was very concerned that our stay was as perfect as could be.

The sad part of this review is that, at the time of this review, hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the Florida coastline with St. Augustine in it's sight. We hope that Sally's property survives the storm as we would most definitely consider renting from her again.

Sally, you are in our prayers and please keep us informed after Matthew passes.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and so many others for your concerns and prayers. We were so blessed because we were spared (so many were not). No damage to the building. Considerable damage to fence and walkover. We are on the mend and the dock (walkover) has already been replaced and half of the fence. Mathew visited us on Friday and I had a container sitting in the driveway on Monday because I had expected a lot of damage to the building. I called for the container Wed. before Mathew's visit on Friday. The waterline on the building was about one foot but only about an inch got into the building. We had the oceanside doors replaced (new seals) before the storm and also put up plywood at all oceanfront doors and windows. My husband had planted the century plants on the dunes and that stopped some of the storm surge, sand and debris. Thank you again and we hope that you will visit us again in the future and I shall get to meet you the next time. Sally
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  • 5 of 5

Surfside Retreat says it all. Great view - nice, clean accommodations - a great vacation spot.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Equally great guests!! Just love having people come and enjoy our beautiful area and of course always hope that they will return for another day, week or month of beach bliss. Sally
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Atlanta, GA

Perfect location for convenience to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much that we extended it a night. We will definitely be returning. The beach is wonderful and just steps away. We had dinner on the deck listening to the waves and also walked to Beaches Restaurant twice. The booking team and owner were very friendly and accommodating as well. It is a $10 cab ride to St. Augustine which was very fun too!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the complement on Cathy, management team. She works so hard to make each one that she comes in contact with, via email, comfortable. She and her husband came to Surfside many years as guests before coming on board to be a team manager. Most, if ever they come once, will want to return. It's "that kinda' place". Cathy and I strive to make everyone comfortable and happy with their selection of a vacation spot. Sally
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Johnson City, Tennessee

Cute, Cozy, and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My husband, my two children aged 9 and 10, and I, spent a wonderful week at Surfside Retreat Unit B. It was clean, well appointed with wonderful cookware, and comfortable appointments. It had a wonderful direct walkway to the beach, which was one of the nicest stretches on Vilano Beach. Sally was a wonderful hostess, who called to make sure we were comfortable and who is extremely nice and hospitable. The deck is so convenient, and private even though the house has 3 units. The washer and dryer in the building outback are very convenient and nice. I would highly recommend renting this property for a terrific summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am thankful and blessed to have had some wonderful vacationer's stay in my units over the past eighteen years. They have taken care of the units like they were their own homes. It's a perfect place to bring children because the beach is so convenient. There is only a walkover separating your door from the beach.
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St. Petersburg, FL

Great beach location and wonderful accomodations.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place for a beach retreat! As soon as you walk in the door you feel like you're at home. The apartment is beautifully decorated and equipped with all the supplies (kitchen utensils, towels, dish soap, appliances, etc.) that you may need. The owner takes great pride in her properties and it shows. If something is missing, she gets it right away. My family and I spent the days in St. Augustine but enjoyed the beach settings in the evenings. The location is great, near the historic district, grocery store and restaurants. I highly recommend Surfside Retreat for stays in St Augustine.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that the guests in my home enjoy their vacations and our beautiful little town of St. Augustine and Vilano Beach. It was a hidden treasure for so long and now everyone is discovering this beach.
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Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Old Fort.

* Wax Museum.

* Ripley's Believe It or Not.

* Fountain of Youth.

* Alligator Farm.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Enjoy salt air, shells and ocean.

* Art galleries.

* Walk beach, bridge, St. George St..

* Fishing - Beach/Pier.

* Tennis.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Horseback Riding.

* Cinemas.

* Wax Museum.

* Ripley's Believe It or Not.

* Alligator Farm.

You would not lack of things to do or see! Fishing at Vilano pier, surf and charter boat fishing. Jet skies, para-sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, scooters, horse-

back riding on the beach, horse draw carriage rides, trolleys, art galleries,

museums, live theatre, antique shopping, golf, tennis, outlet mall shopping,

sunset tours, not to mention visiting the Nations Oldest City! Only five minutes

away from all the activities offered by Saint Augustine. Vilano Beach offers a surf shop and six restaurants within a half mile to the south, one ocean-front restaurant (great Sunday Brunch) and two intracoastal (Tolomato River) restaurants with absolutely the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen

with outdoor dining within three miles to the north.

During the months of November-January you can enjoy THE NIGHTS OF LIGHTS. Spectacular white Christmas lights that illuminate the Nations Oldest



Rates & Availability

Saint Augustine Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
one time cleaning $85 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.05%

Nightly Rate: $195 - $250

Weekly Rate: $900 - $1100

Monthly Rate: $1395 - $2600

Check in 3:00 check out 10:00
$300.00 security/damage deposit-refundable
Cleaning fee $85.00/Non smoking
Extra fee of $6.00 per quest per night if over six people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.