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The Spotted Grouper - Old Florida Beach Bungalow

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Alligator Point

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The Spotted Grouper is a delightful Old Florida beach bungalow surrounded by twisted Sand Live Oaks. We are located on Bald Point near Panacea, Florida in a small, quiet beach neighborhood along the Forgotten Coast, surrounded by Bald Point State Park.

The house is 100 yards from the Gulf- to get there just walk down Grouper Street to the water, or use the boardwalk behind the house - there are no streets to cross. The fishing is fantastic, as are the local restaurants and seafood markets.

We are located 45 miles south of Tallahassee, 340 miles due south of Atlanta. The Spotted Grouper sleeps 4 with 1 queen bed and 1 double bed. Sheets and towels are provided.

Note that the Spotted Grouper is 'self-cleaning', ie our guests clean the house themselves on departure. All supplies are provided, as is a cleaning checklist.

Recent updates: Pine floors, new carpet, internet.

Keywords: House

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Joel Whitworth
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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About Joel Whitworth

Joel and Allise Whitworth.

Joel Whitworth purchased this house in 2001


based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

The Spotted Grouper - Old Florida Beach Bungalow
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Lineville, ALabama, USA

Another great stay at The Grouper

  • 5 of 5

We have been here 7 times now ! It was wonderful as always, with beautiful weather. The cottage is always clean and comfortable, stocked with everything we might need. The beds sleep great ! Enjoyed beach walks, sunrises, birds (saw an eagle), seafood, antique shopping and more. We'll be back next year !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was a amazing place to relax and unwind. Quaint house close to the water has everything that you need. The wifi didn't work but that was a blessing with that and little phone service. Owners were very prompt when contacted. Would rate it very high on the list for a return

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Spotted Grouper Bungalow at Old Florida Beach

  • 5 of 5

This recent trip to Florida and the stay at the Spotted Grouper was an absolute pleasure. Relaxing and away from the beaten path is what made the trip so enjoyable. If you like long walks along a beach that feels like its all yours then this a place for your next stay. Bring a good book, kayak, or fishing gear and spend some time in a relaxing atmosphere. The house feels like home and only a few yards from the beach. Super nice in all areas and will book another trip in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, FL

July 4th at the Spotted Grouper

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect, nice cool a/c, ocean view, fully equipped everything, comfortable bedding, the living room had several leather sofas and recliners. There was plenty of room for our group of four. The screen porch was a nice place to retreat after dark. The beach is so close and convenient. This home has the owners touches of detail and comfort every where you look. No stairs to climb! Awesome outside shower. We left the Spotless Grouper just as clean as we found it. Thank you Joel and Weesee for your clean and well maintained rental home. We will certainly visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old Florida Style

  • 5 of 5

I went to Alligator/Bald point often as a child and it was nice to go back. It is the forgotten part of the forgotten coast. The nearest store is 10 miles away and a decent grocery store is probably 30 miles away BUT if you want to escape and get away this is a great option. The house is like a step back in time but has some improvements and it's clean and quaint. Beach is a living beach and not as pretty as other places in Florida but its not crowded , there's sand between your toes and sun on your shoulders. Wi-Fi and cell service is spotty so be prepared for that but I give it 5 stars and would recommend to others. Great experience and nice having a few days there. Will cherish the memories of a relaxing time with my Family. Will keep an eye on the calendar and plan another trip to the spotted Grouper.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We're glad you and your family enjoyed the Spotted Grouper and Bald Point, and we do hope you'll return. Our favorite grocery store is in Sopchoppy but that's mostly for the atmosphere. There is a Big Top grocer in Panacea (12 miles), but yes the Crawfordville Winn Dixie and the Carrabelle 'Super IGA' are both 25 miles from the house. Our internet service until April 2016 was weak since we were technically beyond the engineering limit of the service on Bald Point. But that should be fixed now so guests should contact our provider Fairpoint Communications if there are issues. Cell service can be spotty, yes. Some say it varies by provider but we're told that this can also be related to interference from the metal roof.
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New moon at The Spotted Grouper

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Joel for creating such an intimate space in a magic setting. The Spotted Grouper is surrounded by 150-200 year old oaks that lend an air of ancient environs. This was our first trip to Alligator Point and we now want to live there. Bald Point State Park is 3 minutes down the road where each day we kayaked or fished from the pier and each night we watched the sunset from the boardwalk into the wetlands. The whole environment vibrates with rich biodiversity and a quiet peace. We saw an alligator lying in the road on our way to the house.

We accessed the water in so many places; the harbor of Alligator Bay where we caught trout, right in front of the house to watch sunset and fish, out at Bald Point Park where huge black drum graze over the exposed oyster beds and out Mashes Sand road on the other side of Bald Point. We love new places that are so wild and it will take us years to know this one. The house is an original Florida house, very warm and well appointed. Everything we needed to cook our every meal was provided and the tip about My Place Seafood Market was invaluable...we bought so much shrimp and Black Grouper...and the people there were very nice and informative.

We befriended the amicable Park Ranger Bill who we saw every day and every day he had an interesting story to tell. Everyone, in fact was so friendly they were almost like family. We could not have made a better choice and want to return in fall. There was so much we did not have time to do...like Wakulla Springs.... so we are already looking forward to returning.

Thanks again Joel and Allise,

Andy Barnett and Connie Massey

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Alligator Point, North West Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fall 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring/Summer 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Fall 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alligator Point in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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