White Sand like Destin and Pensacola. Our beachfront home on the Gulf of Mexico with absolutely sugar fine white sand is located on a beach rated by The Island Magazine a few years back as one of the ten prettiest beaches in the world. Dog Island is not connected by road to the mainland. Making the trip over from Carrabelle, on the charter boat is the first sign that you are in for something out of the ordinary. This is not a place where you can play golf during the day, go to a bar at night, or run to the store for a six pack of beer. There is not a single store on the Island. It is your dreamed of paradise where you may find that you are the only one on the beach. Please view the pictures of the house and its surroundings.
Our home is located on Dog Island which used to be part of St. George Island, but years ago was separated by a hurricane. It has the same beautiful sugary sand beaches as St. George, but is a totally different atmosphere and experience than St. George. The shelling is unbelievable, the beaches are as beautiful as anywhere in the world, but unlike St. George there is nothing commercial on the Island. There are no stores, no bars, no restaurants, and no connection to land except by boat or plane. You must take a charter boat for about 20 minutes to the Island for $75 each way, or land your airplane on the grass strip on the Island. Then you drive our 4 wheel drive pick up truck to the house or Michael meets you at the dock and transports you to the house. There is surf fishing and we have 2 kayaks for your use.
There are only 100+ homes on the Island, only 13 full time residents. It is the private getaway that we all used to dream about where you may find yourself alone with your family on the beach day after day. To my knowledge it is the last of the quintessential old Florida getaways. It is an island where every year the huge sea turtles come to lay eggs, an island where crabs can still be caught with a net, where fishing is great from the beach, and where the phosphorous in the waves can be seen from the porch at night. Warning! You better really like and enjoy those you bring with you because you will only see a handful of people outside that group during the week. Approximately 90 % of the Island is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is a wildlife preserve.
There are emergency services available by helicopter from the Island through 911, and our home is next door to a physician who is a permanent resident on Dog Island. IF YOU ARE UP TO A REAL ADVENTURE IN AN UNBELIEVABLE SETTING, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU AS OUR GUESTS.
Because it is virtually impossible to hire someone to clean on the island, we are changing our rental program which by necessity some may not like. During 2014 we rented only for 6 nights per week to make absolutely certain that we had time to bring a cleaning crew in to make our home is as perfect as we could make it for our guests. But that cut out one whole day for our guests each week. This year we have decided that we will rent for 7 nights if our guest is willing to clean the house and leave it in the same condition as it was found. If that doesn't sound like much of a vacation, we will still rent for 6 nights (same price) and we will have someone come in and clean. We allow check in at 4 pm am on Saturday morning, with check out the following Saturday at 10:30 a.m. If you wanted to arrive at the Island early on Saturday, there are motel rooms available in Carrabelle for a reasonable charge where you could spend Friday night.
Two years ago we completely renovated the kitchen (remember that you have to prepare all of your meals on Dog Island) with new cabinets, two full size refrigerators, countertops, new range, cooktop and oven with a warming drawer, and have just installed a new washer and dryer downstairs., We have a brand new water system which sanitizes the water and a reverse osmosis filter system for drinking water and for using in the ice maker. The new kitchen bar will easily seat 6 people for a full meal if you chose to be totally casual rather than sit at the table for a sit down dinner. Additionally we have direct TV and have added satellite internet service (no other rental on Dog Island has internet service) for an additional charge of $25 per week if you choose to use the internet. That internet charge would be included only if you wanted internet service while on the island. We have also acquired a 4 wheel drive 1980s GMC pick up truck, actually a camouflaged Army truck that is a veteren of the Iraq war which will allow you to use only to and from the dock or trash facility (IT IS ILLEGAL TO RIDE OUTSIDE THE MAIN ROADS OR ON THE BEACH). You should not use the truck except when needed as diesel fuel is very difficult to transport to the Island. The truck to be used only between the house and the dock for fishing and making your daily trash run to the trash facility just to the right as you enter Dog Island from the Ferry dock.
I can assure you that if you would like to spend the week on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and have that beach basically to yourself, you will have a memorable vacation.
The features of our Old Florida Dog Island home include:
Gulf view from every room
After a charter trip ($75) the pickup (or Michael) will be waiting for you to transport your goods to the house from the dock.
PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES EACH WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
2 bedrooms with Queen beds and each a gulf view, a queen futon in the living room
Very large screened porch (50' X 10')with swing
Large deck on gulf side for sitting or sunning
Water Conditioning System
Central Air and Heat
Fully equipped kitchen (my wife and I both love to cook) including great cookware and knives, blender, microwave, 4 eye stove, two refrigerators, 2 ovens,etc. (if there is anything special you will need please let us know)
4 Wheel Drive Pick up to use to and from the charter dock
Lodging tax: 6 1/2%
Deposits: $100 fully refundable if cancelation received within 45 days of rental, refunded within 7 days after house is left in same condition as when rented
Payment Options: Personal Check
Other Fees: Charter to and from the Island Approximately $75 each way which includes 6 people. .
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