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Barrier Island Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Between the Atlantic Ocean & Intracoastal, in a quiet hidden gem of a beach neighborhood. Steps to beach, blocks to boat launches. Private entrance to private gated yard. Plenty of parking for 2 cars and RV/boat/jetskis. Master bedroom, bedroom/den, full bath, & outdoor shower. Refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, & outdoor bbq area and seating. Wifi & cable TV in each room. Relax at the beach!

Deby Hyde-Doak
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

Why Deby Hyde-Doak chose St. Augustine Area

Private entrance into pristine private yard complete with citrus and banana trees.

What makes this apartment unique

Stay in a quiet, laid back beach community. Give living in Florida a real try!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Deby was a great, welcoming host especially considering we arrived in downpour! The place was lovely with a wonderful, private outdoor area. Everything was newly redone inside, and very clean. The location is absolutely ideal - short walk out to the beach or to the river side of the island and short drive into St. Augustine. Would greatly recommend Deby's place!!!
Jan 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint Augustine in St. Johns County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Also can serve as den
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , Master
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

Barrier Island Retreat
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 21 reviews

A good find for dog lovers too

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our one week stay. The apartment was very clean and private, the tall-fenced yard was ideal for our dogs and we had a huge driveway. The owners were very friendly and accessible if needed and they are true dog lovers!

The kitchen area was well stocked with disposable dishes and cutlery. It had a modern fridge, toaster and coffee maker. There were lots of quality linens and towels and nice touches including a very informative binder of local restaurant menus and activities. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable as were the two wicker chairs. The small bed was very firm. The ceiling fans were the perfect touch for overnight.

A couple of bistro table and chair sets in the kitchen and bbq areas would make eating more practical and help avoid eating in the bedrooms where the light carpet could be stained. It's unfortunate that there was no kitchen sink or stove but nonetheless it was very well set up to make it workable and local dining spots were numerous. Breakfast was a hard find until we discovered the Village Inn.

There was a nice tub but the shower pressure was on the weak side.

TVs were too small and too high but not a priority while on vacation.

The safest walk to the beach actually takes about 10 minutes and leads to a walkway above the street which runs next to the beach. We enjoyed the Reef restaurant on the beach where our dogs could even join us on the deck overlooking the ocean.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spotless home , 1 block from the beach!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, clean home to stay. 1 block from the beach and a shirt drive into St. Augustine. They have an outdoor shower, which we loved using.

Very dog friendly and the apt. Had treats for my dog.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were most welcome! So glad Willa enjoyed the dog friendly beach so much! You'd be welcome back anytime!
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Had a BLAST!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for helping make this a memorable trip for my best friend and I! We had a great time and we loved the hospitality! Grabbed a bunch of your cards to give to friends! Had everything we needed for our 4 night stay! Nice quiet area as well! Your little touches made it very special! I can't wait to come back and bring family!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shannon, we are SO glad that you and LisaMarie had a fun girls getaway and birthday celebration! You both, and all of your families, would be most welcome back anytime! You were great guests! Thank you!
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We had an awesome time, and so did our two dogs. John & Deby are super hosts.

  • 4 of 5

Property was very well maintained, and equipped with all the accessories we needed. We really enjoyed our stay and will be back again! Thank you John & Deby on a great anniversary get away !

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful private getaway, steps from the ocean.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful hideaway is truly a gem. Its only a block from the ocean and minutes away from downtown St Augustine and all the sites. You have access to a private beach entrance that will not fail to impress you with its beauty. This place provides you with everything you need except for your food. Deby and John have done an outstanding job with this place. Im am truly happy that i stayed there instead of getting a hotel. I could not not recommend a better place to stay on a vacation if you are in the St Augustine area. Try it out and i believe you will have as much fun as i did if not more.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very, very glad that you had a good getaway! We know that you were concerned, as is understandable, since this is not a hotel with a corporate logo - but as it turned out, it would seem that you enjoyed it all the more for it's 'quiet gem of a place'! That's exactly what we were hoping for during your special getaway, as that is what we wish for all of our guests! You were wonderful guests - quiet, respectful, and left the place immaculate! We certainly hope you will visit again, Michael, as you would be most welcome anytime!
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I under estimated how nice this place was

  • 5 of 5

In the photos this place looks pretty small, which I was okay with because I was looking for a simple cheap vacation. But once we got there I realized it was much bigger than expected. There's plenty of room. The only thing lacking was a table to eat at. I went here with my boyfriend, aaron, for our first vacation together alone. It was quiet and they had everything we needed. The beach is very very nice. It wasn't packed, plenty of room between me and the next person, and the waves were perfect. There were tons of seashells,also sand. The sand was really cool to play with if you haven't ever been to a golden beach. Obviously sand is just very small rocks, but the sand was so colorful when you put it on your skin. It was fascinating. I was expecting the beach to be covered in seashells to the point you couldn't go there without shoes but there was only a small section that was packed with seashells. I collect seashells. I mean you could literally make a mountain of seashells. It was cool. Aaron really liked the ocean, I'm not a huge fan of the water, but he could walk out there a good distance and still only be waist deep. I actually got over my fear of the ocean here.

I also love weird shops, so we went to st augustine, and there were at least 200 shops. You could very well spend all day there and still have to go back tomorrow to check them out. They had resturants scattered into the wide array of shops. I absolutely loved the st augustine shops.

We came prepared because we knew we had to cook on the grill, and since we don't have a ton of money for going out to eat for every meal. We made some really easy foil meals, and if you haven't heard of those you should really do a Google search because they are delicious.

There were plenty of amenities, probably some stuff that I would buy for my guests if I had a vacation home. Like poopori, a spray that you spray in the toilet after you go poop, me and aaron got a kick out of that. And some lavender pillow mist. Just some pretty unique things that they supplied. The tub was reasonably big, and the outside shower had its own privacy hedge, and it could be turned to hot or cold water.

Deby really paid attention to our needs, and even before we arrived she gave me a birthday gift ( i turned 20 on this vacation) she gave me some cupcakes and balloons which was thoughtful. If you're looking for a simple sweet vacation next to the beach and 10 min from shops then this is for you.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah, we are so very glad that you and your friend had a fun vacation at the beach! What a great way to spend your 20th Birthday! You'd be welcome back as you were great guests! We'll be in touch!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Northeast Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Reef
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A1A Coastal Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Aunt Kate's
Nearest Beach
North Beach
Car: recommended

A stone's throw to a nearly private, pristine beach. A short 5 miles to historic old town Saint Augustine or to Guana State Park. Drive the Coastal Highway north to Sawgrass Country Club, or venture to World Golf Village and it's two championship courses. Outlet shopping or world renowned couture shopping at St. Johns Town Center. Take in a concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall or a show at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Walk to local restaurants and bars. Play horseshoes or tennis at the nearby community area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Saint Augustine, North East Florida

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £80
Refundable Damage Deposit £160
Pet Fee £80
Tax Rate 10.5%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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