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Indian Pass Fun, Private & Cozy Beach Cottage--The Barnacle

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Enjoy your vacation at this fabulous round house in a tree-filled

setting, tastefully decorated, located on the tip of Indian Pass.

Indian Pass is located at the extreme west end of Apalachicola Bay

where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. This conflux of fresh and

saltwater makes one the most fertile estuarine areas of the world.

While the area was settled by Native Americans for thousands of

years and then again by the early European explorers modern

civilization has conveniently skipped us over.

Long Known as Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' most of the inhabitants

here have fins or feathers. No high rises or motels but miles of

unspoiled beaches, succulent oysters, world class fishing and

spectacular sunsets. Beachcombers are greeted by miles of shells,

fossilized shark teeth and pottery shards from our earliest


This comfortable two-bedroom, two bath retreat offers lots of

privacy in a natural setting just steps (150 ft.) from the beach.

Wrap-around deck with chairs and a slight view of Indian Lagoon, lots of

wildlife, and great birding. Explore St. Vincent's Island across the

Pass. Bring your kayaks, canoes, fishing poles, binoculars, and camera. Excellent

fishing and crabbing, shelling and long walks on miles of pristine

beach. Private and peaceful.

More Details

Victor or Janis Ramos
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us enjoy The Barnacle---BEST VACATION WE'VE EVER HAD! And our dogs, Pinto & Chili agree! :-) Truly one of a kind house in a one of a kind location---we loved getting back to nature & enjoyed all of the outdoor activities!

We had everything we needed right here-----thank you for the great accommodations!

Still so much we wanted to do-----needed another week :-). We are sad to leave, but can't wait to return! Indian Pass is Awesome & The Barnacle is a great place to take it all in!
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Port St. Joe around the Gulf County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All indoor and outdoor furniture must be returned to it's original place before checking out.
  • Bicycles and outdoor beach chairs must be rinsed off after each use. Barbecue to be cleaned of ashes before check-out.
  • Please be considerate of the finish on our floors and furniture, by rinsing sandy feet in the water tub provided. No wet bathing suits on furniture.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • There is an outdoor shower on the deck.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Each bedroom has a queen size bed and its own bathroom. In addition, the living room contains a queen sleeper sofa.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Our cottage is very well appointed including, central heat and air, glass top stove with microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, blender, full complement of dishes and pots and pans and ice maker. Built-in library has a large assortment of books, cable TV, DVD player, free wireless DSL, four adult beach bikes, beach chairs, washer-dryer and linens are all included in our fee.


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Indian Pass Fun, Private & Cozy Beach Cottage--The Barnacle
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 43 reviews
Mukwonago, WI

Beautiful place and amazing people! Would do it again in a second! Thank You for Everything!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Victor and Janis are the most amazing people, my only disappointment was not meeting them in person. The communication back and forth in planning this trip was amazing and I really enjoyed the time taken to write real letters of response, it made me feel as though we were old friends. From the initial reply to the emails, calls and texts in between to the handmade card with the beautiful picture on it once we arrived home, I felt as though we had made the right decision in where to stay! You are never left wondering, they take care of it all! The house is beautiful and was the perfect size for my husband, myself and our teenage daughter (even better she could have her own bathroom!) and we were so fortunate to be able to bring our dog whom we never leave with anyone (she is our second spoiled "daughter")! The house had everything we needed and was very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. We enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels as well. They really have thought of everything to make sure guests feel welcome and comfortable! The deck had just been redone and it's so nice! I loved being outside at night and only hearing the ocean and enjoyed being up in the trees. Though the house is close to others it is extremely private. The walk to the beach was easy and quick and the view from the top is breathtaking! The dog enjoyed the beach as much as we did and we were so grateful she was allowed there! We were surprised to find she was welcome in many of the shops in Apalachicola as we enjoyed a drizzly, cold day shopping there. We enjoyed and afternoon visiting St. George Island State Park (no dogs on the beach there) which was beautiful! Another afternoon was spent horseback riding on the beach in Cape San Blas with Two-Bit Stables (my husband and daughter rode while I walked alongside with the dog, it was perfect!) and I highly recommend them, Cheryl was amazing (and I can't believe she will be 73 in April!)! Our last night my husband and I had a "date night" and went to Indian Pass Raw Bar and I'm so glad we did! It was a really neat experience and different than anywhere we had ever been! Being from Wisconsin we enjoy our beers and we were excited to try local brews on tap; (though one of the kids shelling oysters told me it's by Anheuser-Busch!) the red one was our favorite. The food was delicious (key lime pie was my favorite!) and the service was outstanding! We were first time oyster eaters, very enjoyable! Perfect vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristin, Thank you so very much for your wonderful review of The Barnacle and our surrounding area! We loved knowing you and your family were having such a good time at the Barnacle, even as we were away for Christmas ourselves. We were so sorry we weren't able to meet you, either, but are sincerely hoping you left a few things undone here that you will want to revisit in the future, thus making another trip so we can meet you in person! Thank you again for choosing the Barnacle and being such lovely guests, as well as the special basket from Wisconsin you left for us! All our best to you and yours!
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Truly idyllic! We had the beach to ourselves and loved the house.

  • 5 of 5

Victor and Janis are wonderful hosts. Helped us find a tire shop in our way when we blew both boat trailer tires.

Lovely setting and amenities. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have been able to help you while you were out on the road and just glad you made it here safely and had a good time! Thank you so much! We are looking forward to your return!
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Super clean, cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The Barnacle may be the most well maintained and immaculate vacation rental I've stayed in! The setting of this cozy cottage was a little different from other typical beach places; it is just off the beach ( though easily accessed by a short private boardwalk) and surrounded by foliage and wildlife so that you get the feeling of being in a really nice treehouse. We absolutely loved the birds and squirrels that visited every morning. The owners provide birdseed and one little squirrel happily ate from my hand!

Victor and Janis, the owners, were extremely welcoming and willing to help with any questions. We enjoyed our stay at The Barnacle!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Barnacle! We loved having you here! Our housekeeper takes her time cleaning The Barnacle, and will be very happy to hear her work is being noticed in such a positive way. The wildlife is one of our special gifts here on Indian Pass, and we love it when our guests are as excited about seeing it as we are. Please come back and visit us again! It has been a pleasure!!
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

It was clean, and nicely stocked with the necessities. perfect location!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Excellent choice for a restful vacation in a tastefully decorated house.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in The Barnacle. The place is very nice and tastefully decorated.

The kitchen was very well stocked with pans, dishes, etc. They even had the added bonus of daily "entertainment" of local birds and squirrels that visit the balcony. We really enjoyed watching them. This house is located very close to the beach and also to one of our favorite restaurants - Indian Pass Raw Bar. Probably the best aspect was the friendliness of our hosts Janis and Victor. They could easily be contacted to answer questions and very prompt in responding to our emails prior to our arrival. We hope to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We really enjoyed having you all here, as well, and so happy you had a nice time! Please come back and see us again. Victor and I will look forward to your visit! All the best for a good summer!
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Very quiet and relaxing. Awesome beach!

  • 5 of 5

The rental was very clean and up to date. Very comfortable. Lots of wildlife to see from deck. The eagles were beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! We appreciate you noticing how up-to-date we keep The Barnacle. We feel it's important to us, as well as our guests. Victor and I would love to have you back for a return visit, so please come and see us again!
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Fishing, boating, kayaking.

* Take long walks on the beach.

* Scalloping, 7/1-9/10.

* Relax on the beach.

* Bird watching.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Explore St. Vincent's Wildlife Refuge.

* Swimming, kayaking, or canoeing.

* Bike Riding, shell collecting.

* Star gazing, photography.

* Kite flying/playing on beach.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Rent a pontoon boat on St. Joe Bay.

* Explore historic Apalachicola.

* Enjoy local seasonal events.

* Go horseback riding on the beach.

* Take a day trip in the surrounding areas.

Fishing, crabbing, scalloping (in season), birding, photography, star gazing,

kite flying, snorkeling, excellent shelling, a dream for kayakers, bike riding, relaxing

and listening to the sounds of nature. Writers love it here for its seclusion and serene setting.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Port St. Joe,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall 2016
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter Rates
1 Dec 2018 - 29 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £76.24 + Tax
Pet Fee £95.3 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £228.72

Nightly Rate: $175 - $200

Weekly Rate: $1195 - $1350

Monthly Rate: Please note that we no longer are accepting monthly bookings/rates.

PayPal: All PayPal fees will be deducted from your refundable security deposit of $300.00

Refundable $300.00 security deposit applies to all bookings.

Saturday is the "turn" day for the Barnacle from April through September, and can only be rented weekly during those busy months.

We offer a full refund if guest has to cancel, at least 30 days before arrival. If a cancellation is after the 30 days, a full refund, minus $25.00 processing fee, will be given, provided those days can be re-booked. We are not able to offer refunds if the cancellation is less than the 30 days, and the Barnacle cannot be re-booked. In case of a hurricane, if Indian Pass is under mandatory evacuation, any unused portion of the fee will be refunded. We suggest purchasing traveler's insurance, for those unexpected events that would prevent you from keeping your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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