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No Shoes Required! Step Right Onto The Sand. Gulf Front Studio At Private Home.

24 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this holiday apartment in Thomas Drive - Finisterre

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2), Huge deck



We are now taking reservations beginning in May of 2016 and 2017. The price per night is all inclusive: lodging, parking, cleaning, and taxes. There are no hidden fees. But since we are a single unit operation, we don't take walk-ins, so we ask for a non-refundable deposit of $100 by check, or paypal to confirm your reservation. We also ask for the balance on arrival to include a $100 damage fee which is returned to you on your day of departure. (We've never had to keep it. We've had wonderful guests)!

We think you will enjoy Finisterre, but we need to be clear that we do not take children of any age. The studio is set up for adults, and there are no safety features for children.

Finisterre is a private home with an upstair studio apartment (about 600 sq ft) right on the Gulf of Mexico. Features include a flat screen cable TV (HBO), wireless access, and DVD player, a queen bed, lots of storage and closet space, washer and dryer, control of A/C or heat, a kitchen with microwave, stove, large refrigerator (no running for ice!), dishes, towels, utensils, coffee maker, and lots more. There are double sinks in the vanity, and a great shower.

But the best part is the huge deck, and your own stair right to the beach and the gulf waters. You’ll have a huge private deck overlooking the beach, with bar chairs and a cushioned swing long enough to lie down on! You also have private access to the widow’s walk on the third level for another amazing view. There is even a grill on the deck for outdoor cooking if you like.

This property is conveniently located! Panama City Beach’s Pier Park, where you can find a whole village of shops, restaurants, and the Grand 16 theater, is only a 10 minute drive. But groceries (including a 24 hour Super Wal-Mart), souvenirs shops, clothing, restaurants, and bars are within close walking distance. Close by are Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Wonder Works, golf courses, and Pineapple Willie’s restaurant on a pier.

SPECIAL NOTE: We are located only three blocks from the Boardwalk site of the Ironman event, and right in the middle of the action for Thunder Beach. La Vela, the largest nightclub in the States, is a short walk away by road or beach.

We have covered parking, and your entry is private.

Also you may book directly with owner.

Enjoy your vacation in a unique location (no elevators, no waiting on a desk clerk!) Just step out your door onto the beach!

Please remember to sign Guest Book located in your room as well as feel free to email us any photos you would like to share. We appreciate those who take time to write VRBO reviews for us. Thank you!

Minimum Age 25 to rent. Sorry, no pets, no children. No smoking indoors.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lee Howe
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2016
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About Lee Howe

My husband and I are from the Northwest, and worked overseas for the Dept of Defense for over 30 years. When we found this lovely spot, we couldn't wait to retire (which we did in '96).

Lee Howe purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Lee Howe chose Panama City Beach

This beach is the best playground and has some of the most beautiful water we have ever seen, in spite of all our travels. The white sands are soft and easy to walk on, and the water is beautiful. You will love Finisterre.

What makes this apartment unique

Right on the gulf, with close shopping, groceries, restaurants, entertainment, night clubs, golf, and post office. Great views, and a great big porch swing that you can lie down and nap on!


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

No Shoes Required! Step Right Onto The Sand. Gulf Front Studio At Private Home.
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Birmingham, AL

Practically Perfect in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do justice to this amazing little find right on the beach. Nor can it capture the over-the-top hospitality of Lee and Rick. Even during the week of Memorial Day, with the beaches super-crowded, it felt like we had our own little spot in the sand, in our cushy swing, where we sat for hours. There is not a detail they have overlooked, even down to the space for wine classes on the arm of the porch swing. We cooked everything right there on the back deck and hardly left the house at all. We only regret we could not stay longer. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!

-Jennifer and Johnny Scott

Birmingham, AL

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The perfect place in the perfect location making for a perfect vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And you are the perfect guests! Thank you for the kind review, and thank you for leaving everything so clean! We certainly hope to see you again. Lee and Rick
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  • 5 of 5

This place truly is amazing! This is our second time staying with Rick and Lee and we are hoping for many more. The views from your bed and your on private deck are absolutely breathtaking. Rick and Lee supply everything you need and are some of the best hosts and people you will ever want to meet. My wife and I can't wait to come visit them again. Anyone looking to book this place I promise you won't be disappointed. Thank you again Rick and Lee.. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We know that you had a long drive home, and it's so gracious of you to take time to write this lovely review for us. You are very, very welcome back whenever you wish to come. Please do! Rick and Lee
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Best Vacation Spot Ever!

  • 5 of 5

When you walk into this piece of paradise, you will never want to leave. The covered deck with the swing will keep you occupied for hours. I can honestly say, my husband and I just swung our days (and nights) away. Rick and Lee are both awesome hosts and have traveled the world enough to know what you want in a beach experience. They have provided it all in this place. Thank you very much for letting us call this place home for a few days. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We really did enjoy having you here, and we're so glad you plan to return. We look forward to seeing you again. Lee and Rick
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Amazing place

  • 4 of 5

This place is everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Rick & Lee have being renting for a long time, and prepared the near perfect place for their guest. You can`t get any closer to the beach, it down the steps out a short walk way. Rick & Lee live on the property however they stay out of sight, but ready at any moment to meet your needs.Yes the shower is GREAT. We will go again as soon as possible. Thanks Rick & Lee you helped make our vacation one of the best ever. Eddie & Cynthia Born

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review. We were delighted to have you, and look forward to seeing you again. And THANK you for leaving everything so clean! Much appreciated! Lee and Rick
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What a fine!!

  • 5 of 5

Had this place in my favorites for a long time. Just kept looking at it. Finally decided to book it.

Oh! my what a place for two people. Just steps to the beach. A view from every window.

My husband spent all week in the porch swing. The studio was exactly as the pictures and better in person.

The sunsets were beautiful. Rick and Lee thank you for an amazing week. We will be back!

Bob & Pat H.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. You know that we enjoyed having you here and hope you'll be back! Rick and Lee
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Northwest Florida Beaches International (ECP)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Pineapple Willie's
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Sandy Hills
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
30 A
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Pineapple Willie's
Nearest Beach
Long Beach
Car: recommended

Walking distance to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Wonder Works, La Vela's, Spinnaker's, Golf course, Mini-Golf, and various thrill rides (bungee, etc), and much, much more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment on Thomas Drive, Long Beach

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £82

Please note that we have no elevator. Renter must be able to climb stairs to second level.
Queen bed. No children accommodated.
Ironman, Thunder Beach, Snowbirds welcome!
No smoking indoors.
Must be 25 years of age or older.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. To hold reservation, a down payment of $100 is non-refundable, but will be applied to total rental fee. Upon arrival, the balance is due, which includes a refundable damage deposit of $100. We accept PayPal, or check (upon clearing).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Thomas Drive in North West Florida

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Great shower, twin sinks at vanity, lots of mirrors.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Studio apartment with queen bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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