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This beach house at Matanzas Inlet was as described, and met our needs. This was a spacious one bedroom home, perfect for two adults, and we appreciated that it was pet friendly. The decor was unique, with beachy wood carvings. We loved the large deck where you could sit in the sun on the west side in the afternoon sheltered from the onshore breeze or warm up in the morning sun on the south side. We could take a short walk across the road to a beach accessible at low tide, or a long walk/short drive to the beach at Matanzas inlet. There you can choose from the intercoastal side on cooler days, or the ocean side. Both have white sand beaches, and were generally quite quiet. You can walk a loop across the bridge, around the inlet to the ocean, and back. Many shells! The location was halfway in between St. Augustine and Palm Coast, with one restaurant within walking distance, and the nearest other restaurants about six miles away. It took about twenty minutes to drive in to St. Augustine, and the nearest grocery stores were eight to nine miles away, so we spent some time driving. Many nature preserves were nearby, including the River to Sea preserve and Washington Oaks state park. There was walking trail along nearby route 206 as well. We went to the farmers' markets at Marineland on Sunday's and the Ampitheatre on Wednesdays on Anastasia Island. The owners were very helpful, informing us about Kennedy Space Center rocket launches visible from the upper deck, and sharing a catch of fish. We were very comfortable and would rent it again.
Our family of 5 had a wonderful stay at the Turtle Pen. There are plenty of different beaches to explore in the area, the closest being a short walk across A1A. The house is very spacious and the massive deck is a nice feature. Everything is very clean and nicely decorated. The owners are very accommodating and will go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need.
my wife and I booked this trip for our 10 year anniversary for a long weekend staycation. We couldn't have been happier with everything. They property was hidden away and the home was very homie. We will definitely be back soon.
This was our 2nd visit to Summer Haven Turtle Pen. I neglected to write a review the 1st time in March and promised I would make up for the fault.
This is a great place for a couple and good dogs, or just a couple who likes a quiet beach. We brought our 3 dogs and spent a lot of time walking the beaches. It's a quick ride(or walk) over the Matanzas Inlet to the National Park beach, or just a few minutes down the road to Washington Oaks State Park and all of the trails. Of course, we walked over to Old A1A onto the beach right here and found plenty of shells and birds to chase (not me, the dogs).
The house is quiet and private behind a gate and the deck wraps around 2 sides of the house, so we could get winter sun without the breeze. Inside it is very comfortable and the owners took extra effort to make sure we were comfortable. They loaned us their bikes do we didn't have to bring our own and were flexible about arrival/departure times as the schedule allowed it.
Great restaurants, groceries, and tourist "stuff" are all with 30 minute drives or less yet you are away from the crowds with views of the ocean and ICW.
We will be back, maybe without dogs, or maybe with more!
My wife and I decided to go to St. Augustine for our anniversary and were needing a one bedroom suite. We checked other condo's and some small beach houses, but they were very pricey and a bit dated. We stumbled across this house and gave it a try not only for its value, but also because we have never stayed at this location. We loved our stay! The master bedroom has a luxurious King-size bed and the home is filled with wood carvings, which I loved. The owner has also set up a nice entertainment system with surround sound, which we made use of due to the frequent rain on our visit. We took a short drive to the public beach down the road (maybe a half mile) and also visited the Fort Matanzas while there. I thought it was a little closer to downtown St. Augustine when we booked this house, but I was actually pleased to only have to deal with the traffic when we chose to venture downtown. We strongly suggest visiting Paula's Beachside Grill during your stay. You won't be disappointed with their burgers! Overall, this beach house is in a great spot and the perfect little hideaway. It is an upstairs apartment, but this was not an inconvenience to us. The widow's tower adds a nice touch, as well as all of the outdoor space. We were pleased with dealing with the owner, Lola Jane, as well because of her charm. The overall experience was great for us and we will definitely be visiting again (with the whole family next time!). True Florida Charm!
We sat on the deck of this house & thoroughly enjoyed the cool breeze & comfortable furniture.
The bed was extremely comfortable too. The only thing we missed was a view of the ocean.
Nightly Rate: $125 - $150
Weekly Rate: $800 - $800
Monthly Rate: $2300 - $2300
$ 150 nightly
400 3 nights
1000 10 days
Rates based on 4 people and does NOT include cleaning fee (10% of
rental) and/or deposit ($150).
3-night MINIMUM, and additional $50 for HOLIDAYS