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Bayside Retreat in Panacea FL...Bay Front, Dock, 2 Large Porches, WiFi, No Pets

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,429 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 10

Bayside Retreat, Panacea, FL on Ochlockonee Bay

This is truly the good life! Live like a king in our luxurious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home located on Ochlockonee Bay, 40 miles south of Tallahassee off Hwy. 98. The house has gorgeous top-of-the-line features (such as hardwood floors and granite kitchen counters) and is lavishly furnished. But that's not the best part! The best part is our million dollar view of Ochlockonee Bay from almost every room in the house, along with our convenient location to great fishing, remarkable golfing, out-of-this-world seafood, and some gorgeous beaches!

We offer approximately 2,500 sq. ft. of spacious living area. Skip the steps, and take a ride on our elevator to enter each level of the house. On our first floor, take your pick from 3 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, double bunk (double on bottom / twin on top) & 1 double sleeper sofa) and 2 bathrooms, which adjoin a large open porch running the entire length of the house and shaded by the upstairs porch. The second floor contains the kitchen, dining room, living room, king-size master bedroom and master bathroom. This area is adjacent to a large screened-in porch that also runs the length of the house. Kick back and relax on either porch and watch the boats come and go ... or, step right down to the dock and try your luck at fishing. You will be so comfortable and relaxed here, that you will never want to go home! Our accommodations will sleep 9 to 11 people comfortably. Perfect for any size family or group of friends!

The fishing is as good as it gets in this area. You can fish in the bay, head out for deep-sea fishing, or go down the river for fresh water fishing. We have it all!!! If you bring your boat, you can launch it nearby and then tie it to the pilings of the dock for the rest of your stay. Since the dock is stationary, the owner will leave his jet ski lift remote for you to get down to your boat. If you don't have a boat, you can book a fishing charter with your choice of licensed captains, who are ready to take you for an experience that you won't soon forget!

For the golfer, St. James Bay is about 15 miles away on Hwy. 98 in Carrabelle. This 18-hole championship course, with its perfectly manicured fairways and scenic golf paths, blends seamlessly and in complete harmony with acres of wetland preserve, abundant wildlife and unspoiled forest. The course creates a challenge for even the most skillful golfer, yet it's still a course golfers of all abilities seem to love.

And, of course, there are the beaches. The closest beach is Mashes Sands (about 2 miles). It offers a beautiful, small beach and a fishing pier. The beach is located on the bay and it's calm shallow waters offer safety for small children and a great opportunity for shelling. Next are the gorgeous beaches at Alligator Point and Bald Point State Park (about 7 mi.), where you can enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and nature study. Within a few minutes drive are two of the nation's TOP TEN RATED BEACHES, St. George Island State Park, near Apalachicola, and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, near Port St. Joe. Both parks contain miles of undeveloped beaches, emerald waters and white sugar sand.

Other nearby attractions include St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, an unspoiled barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is a haven for endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, wood storks, sea turtles, indigo snakes, gopher tortoises and red wolves. It is accessible only by boat. A favorite is Wakulla Springs State Park, one of the world's deepest freshwater springs, with swimming, nature boat rides and glass bottom boats. Wakulla Springs is known as the shooting location for several Tarzan movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Airport '77. From the river boat and glass bottom boat tours, you can see alligators, many species of wading birds, water fowl, fish, turtles, and snakes, in and among the crystal clear waters emerging from the depth of the springs. Kids love diving from the diving platform into the refreshing spring waters, which remain a constant 68-70 degrees year round. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge features the St. Marks lighthouse, and offers a habitat for all kinds of Florida wildlife. (Bald eagles are often spotted here - so keep your eyes peeled!)

So the guys want to go fishing or golfing and you ladies don't ...NO ROBLEM! You can visit historic Apalachicola. Once a bustling sea port, this quaint village of about 5,000 still boasts a large shrimp fleet, a downtown shopping area with antiques, boutiques and local art, and beautiful restored houses from a bygone era. Once the third largest cotton port along the Gulf Coast, the Apalachicola/East Point area still harvests and processes 90% of the oysters consumed in Florida.

Locally caught seafood is prepared in the many fine restaurants located in Panacea, Carrabelle, and Apalachicola. If you prefer to cook it yourself, fresh shrimp, oysters, and the catch of the day are available in the seafood houses dotted along the coast from Panacea to Port St. Joe.

Driving Directions: Take US 319 south from Tallahassee. At the intersection with US 98 take a right. Follow US 98 until you come to the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge. Turn right before the bridge. We are about a mile down the road on the left.

*** Sorry, but we do not rent to anyone under the age of 25. ***

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah Word
Member since: 2001
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Deborah Word

My name is Deborah Word. My husband, Jerry, and I started visiting Shell Point in 1998. It didn't take long for us to fall in love with the Shell Point area. Since then, we purchased two canal front vacation rental homes in Paradise Village of Shell Point, with high hopes for future retirement there. We love fishing and photography, so Wakulla County is perfect for us. Several years later, I started handling vacation rental reservations for a few other property owners in the surrounding area. I currently manage rentals in Shell Point, Ochlockonee Bay (Panacea) and Alligator Point. Bayside Retreat is one of the homes that I manage and I highly recommend it.

What makes this house unique

Bayside Retreat is a large house that sits directly on Ochlockonee Bay. It has views from every room and large porches on both levels, along with a large boat dock.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed at the Bayside Retreat in July for a graduation and family reunion. There where 12 adults and two children. The house was just a lovely as the photos and the location was beautiful. We had a wonderful time. Deb was fabulous and we truly appreciated all her help. We'd all love to come back and spend a longer time at this wonderful location. (Review shared from Guest Reviews on “Deb’s Forgotten Coast Rentals” Facebook page)
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Panacea in Wakulla County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2429 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bath #1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Adjoins guest bedroom #1 king (lower level)
    Master bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest Bath #2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hall bath on lower level, convenient to Guest bedrooms #2&3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , One of 3 bedrooms on the first level, has private bath.
    Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 Large Double Bed , One of 3 bedrooms on the lower level, shared full bath.
    Guest Room #3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , One of 3 bedrooms on the lower level, shared full bath.
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom-only bedroom on the upper level, private bath
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
-4 bedrooms ... 2 kings, 1 queen, double bunk (double on bottom/twin on top), 1 queen sleeper sofa ... Sleeps 8-10 -3 bathrooms -Full Kitchen ... dishes, cookware, utensils -Dishwasher -Microwave-toaster -Coffeemaker -Blender -Washer -Dryer -Linens -Towels -Beach towels -Air conditioning -Internet -Cable TV -DVD -New Dock (no photo yet) -Large open porch with bay view -Large screened-in porch with bay view -Propane BBQ grill -Covered parking -Elevator -Gated entry -Fenced-in yard -Nearby marina, with boat slips(1/2 mi. Bayside Marina, 2273 Surf Rd.) -Nearby boat ramp (3 mi. end of Mashes Sands Rd.) -Nearby beach (3 mi. Mashes Sands Beach) -NO Pets -NO Smoking


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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Perfect Place!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us came to the area for a kayaking and biking vacation. Couldn’t have found a better house to stay in. The house was spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms.

The elevator is a huge asset for moving in and out with luggage and supplies. Also appreciated the gated property for securing all of our gear.

Owner and rental agent were both easy to work with and prompt with our questions and needs.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great, relaxing location. Having a dock on the water was great!

  • 5 of 5

Went down for a guys weekend for duck hunting and fishing. Great location for both, with a good seafood restaurant and pizza joint around the corner.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home on the water. Sunsets are breathtaking!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice set up for large groups

  • 5 of 5

Bayside Retreat was a great set up for parties of 6 or more. Large open living area, three bedrooms on second floor and master on the third. Clean and up to date on their furnishings. WIFI, cable, great porches. Nice place

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airporat
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Angelo's Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Wildwood Golf Course & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Hwy. 98
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Angelo's Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Mashes Sands Beach
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Fishing.

* Golf.

* Beaches.

* Restaurants.

* State Parks.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Fishing.

* Beaches.

* State Parks.

* Birding.

* Photography.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Fishing.

* Beaches.

* State Parks.

* Birding.

* Restaurants.

-Bay fishing

-Off shore fishing

-Fresh water fishing

-Surf Fishing



-Wind surfing



-Jet skiing

-Seasonal scalloping



-Shell Collecting

-Nature hiking

-Bird watching


-Golfing (St. James Bay Golf Course, Carrabelle 15 mi., Wildwood

County Club, Medart 7 mi.)

-Tennis (Several courts at Wakulla County High School, Medart 7 mi.)

-River boat tours (Wakulla Springs State Park)


-Mashes Sands Beach (3 mi.)

-Bald Point State Park (7 mi.)

-Carabelle Beach (20 mi.)

-Wakulla Springs State Park (21 mi.)

-St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (26 mi.)

-St. George Island State Park (46 mi.)

-Apalachicola (43 mi.)

-St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge (58 mi.)

-St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park (73 mi.)


-Airport ... Tallahasse Regional Airport, Tallahassee (40 mi.)

-Grocery Store ... Bayside IGA, US 98, Panacea (3 mi.)

-Super Wal-Mart ... Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville (15 mi.)

-Bait ... Bayside Marina, Ochlockonee Bay (1 mi.), BP Gas Station, Ochlockonee Bay (2 mi.)


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £113.37
Refundable Damage Deposit £755.8

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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