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REELAXATION 'A comfortable Houseboat on the Apalachicola River.'

53 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday house boat in Apalachicola

For an exotic and lifelong experience, come stay on The Reelaxation Houseboat, conveniently docked in Apalachicola Florida. Wake up to the sunrise peering through your bedroom window and step outside to see the shrimp boats coming in with their daily catch. Grab your morning coffee and sit on your screened porch to enjoy a wide variety of activity pass by. Watch the pair of dolphins swim by, a family of ducks sunning themselves and birds diving for their breakfast. It is a short walk to the Historic Downtown Apalachicola, featuring a bevy of shops, stores, and galleries.

The Reelaxation was built from native woods by a local fishing Captain. It features a wide open living area, recently equipped with WIFI, cable television and a fully stocked kitchen. All towels, and sheets are provided onboard. The dock is just a short stroll away from the gem of the 'Forgotten Coast'. Plan your vacation today, and experience a memory not soon to be forgotten.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed

Karen Hoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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About Karen Hoff

Karen and Joe Hoff purchased this Houseboat in late 2012. After spending 20 years restoring an 1850s Italianate home, they full in love with Apalachicola and its unique historic architecture. These history buffs spent a weekend aboard the Reelaxation and are now committed to providing a relaxing and comfortable experience for you.

Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2012

Why Karen Hoff chose North West Florida

While Florida plays host to Disney World, Miami, and the Florida Keys, Apalachicola boast its own style and is laid back and unpretentious. Enjoy Oysters ten feet away at a local Raw Bar, or walk ten minutes to enjoy the local culture and restaurants. The real attraction to Apalachicola is a town that embodies Florida in the 50's.

What makes this house boat unique

Located on the Apalachicola River within close proximity to Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the views from every window are breathtaking. The front screened porch offers close up constantly changing scenery including dolphins, turtles, birds and an occasional alligator! Let us know if we can arrange to have a fishing guide pick you up from your houseboat!


based on 53 holidaymaker reviews

REELAXATION 'A comfortable Houseboat on the Apalachicola River.'
average rating of 4.8679247 based on 53 reviews

Quaint sportman's log cabin houseboat on the Apalachicola River

  • 4 of 5

Reelaxation is fashioned as a log cabin with rustic sportsman decor and wood paneling and wood floors situated in a small marina along the Alapachicola river meer blocks from the center of town. Karen was a gracious hostess. The houseboat was appointed with coffee, a coffee pot and full kitchen with a gas stove and oven. We chose this houseboat over another option because the couch looked more comfortable for watching movies or TV at the end of the day and it was. The coffee table was a delightful piece made entirely from driftwood. The screened in porch was good for combatting the insects but there was also an outer porch from which to fish or launch paddle boards or kayaks. If desired, we could have had a local river Captain pick us up on the front porch for an excursion upriver to explore the area. There is good wifi available and cable TV in both the bedroom and living room. The couch folds out into a rather comfortable second bed. An additional perk is that the small marina is situated only a few blocks from downtown and we walked to our meals. Also, right next door is an oyster bar also overlooking the river with a good view. Quiet hours start at 9 pm so there was no noise to speak of. Unfortunately, the residence sustained some water damage and the wood floors were buckled and very uneven. We were able to negotiate the hazard without injury but anyone with impaired mobility should ensure the floors have been fixed before renting this particular place. There are no outlets in the bathroom so I found another mirror with an outlet where my blow dryer cord would reach. The entire residence is cooled by a window A/C unit so the doors to the bathroom must remain open to cool the bedroom, e.g. no privacy in the bedroom if you want cool air.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible for 3 straight years!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Reelaxation for three years in a row now, and love it more each year! Air conditioning worked BEAUTIFULLY and was really key, as most days were in the 90's. Great to be able to launch our kayaks right from the house- and Karen even had one that our son was able to borrow while he was with us! First evening we were treated to dolphins and manatees swimming by. Beautiful osprey nest across the bay in the old lookout tower- remember to bring your binoculars! Caught red fish and trout daily and cooked them in the wonderfully appointed kitchen. Truly a dream vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome time!

  • 5 of 5

Had front row seats to the 4th of July fireworks show! We had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Cant get enough of this place

  • 5 of 5

2nd visit and can't wait to return for the 3rd. Comfortable, convenient, calming. Walk to restaurants, shopping, nightlife (what there is of it), fish from the boat. Wanted for nothing on the boat and once again Karen was the perfect host combination of engaged and unobtrusive. Quick ride to the beautiful beaches of St. Joe.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and well maintained, epic sunrises, close to everything, distinctly Apalachacola!

  • 4 of 5

The Relaxation was wonderful. Originally built by an Apalachicola fisherman it is like a really comfortable fishing cabin on water. Lots of wood. Fishing and hunting accents without being to over the top. Well stocked complete kitchen (be careful with stove though one burner at a time or not enough gas pressure to cook). Watching the boats to by was lovely. And we saw a Manatee!!! Would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend on the Reelaxation in April and can't wait to return!! The houseboat was so clean and comfortable and included all of the essentials. Upon our arrival, Karen took the time to give us a tour of our floating vacation home and some recommendations on where to eat or enjoy a drink. She was spot-on with everything - the steamed shrimp from 13 Mile Seafood was fantastic, the Bowery Station was a perfect place to hang out with the locals and enjoy a beer and some live music, and breakfast at Caroline's was excellent. One of our favorite things was just sitting on the back porch and enjoying the river - beautiful sunrises in the mornings, listening to the frogs in the evenings...so reelaxing!!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tallahassee or Panama City
Nearest Barpub
Bowery Station
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
St. Joe Country Club, St. James Bay
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 98
Nearest Restaurant
Up the Creek Restaurant & Raw Bar
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
St. George Island
Car: recommended

Apalachicola is world renowned for our Oysters & fresh seafood. We also boast an unmatched shallow water fishery with our healthy estuary and good offshore fishing as well. For the best fishing guide contact Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, Backwater Guide Service at 850-899-0063. St. George Island is our beach - it is unspoiled and low key family friendly. Visit our many restaurants - many will prepare your cleaned catch - and enjoy our local shopping district.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola, North West Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Florida Seafood Festival
4 Nov 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Mar 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 May 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £61
Tax Rate 9.0%

There is no monthly rental option on this property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola in Florida

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Includes additional mooring space for a boat or kayak. Arrange to have a Fishing Guide pick you up from your front porch! Please let us know at the time of booking!

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