33 reviews

1 / 26 Home By The Sea facing the water



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

2 Full baths, 1 Half bath

Description from owner

"Home By The Sea" is a charming Gulf View well-appointed home with 'beach' colors throughout, artwork, and new furnishings. The lower level has bright bamboo wood flooring. The living area has Plantation shutters, a comfortable Queen sofa bed, oversized chair sleeper and new twin roll away. The entire upstairs area has new deep pattern carpet and the lower level is bamboo hardwood..We have recently re-modeled our kitchen with beautiful quartz counter tops and a beach theme decorative tile back splash coupled with new Whirlpool appliances. The 3 baths counter tops have also been upgraded to the same quartz pattern as the kitchen along with new Delta fixtures. Our kitchen has everything one could want to prepare great meals. We also have a large capacity Maytag washer and dryer in laundry room.as well as a central vacuum system.

Relax as you watch the sunset on the large screened porch with Adirondack chairs, ceiling fan, and picnic table. Enjoy the fantastic Gulf view and sounds of the ocean. It is only 86 steps from the porch to the community boardwalk and beach. A new deck is located underneath facing the Gulf with porch swing and park type

BBQ grille.

Watch the Moon dance off the Gulf from the upper level tropical Master Suite which leads to an open deck with chairs and table. View the sunrise from the bright Guest Bedroom that has a superior view of St. Joseph Bay. Both bedrooms have full baths with Jacuzzi in master bath and Simmons World-Class King Size mattresses with upgrade deep pocket sheets for restful sleep.

Samsung LCD TV's in each upstairs bedrooms/den with HD channel lineup, WiFi throughout the home, Bose CD/DVD stereo/home theater system, 43 inch Sony Smart TV in den and Samsung Smart TV's in the bedrooms. We also provide free unlimited long distance. In addition,there is a large well stocked Kitchen with upgraded 2016 appliances to include Microwave, coffee maker, blender, and even a crock pot! All cooking utensils provided, newly remodeled kitchen/bath cabinets and central vacuum system. Screened porch with ceiling fan, New deck w/ outside shower, Fixed outside BBQ.grill.

Guests have use of 2 mountain bikes and beach chairs. Linens included in the rates. Sorry, NO PETS ALLOWED due to HOA covenants.

Beds: 2 King Beds, 1 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed

The Cape as of November 2019 has a brand new white sand beach!

Read more Read less

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4823717

About the area

Enjoy watching the waves in the ocean, fishing in the surf, boating in the Bay, and observing gulls and pelicans flying overhead. Bike on the newly created bike trails to St. Joseph State Park and Florida's #1 beach. This is a truly relaxing place to unwind and explore. The beauty of Cape San Blas will make you want to come back again.

Getting around

Cape San Blas is located off US 98 and is about 20 minutes South of Port St. Joe and 25 minutes North of Apalachicola. There are may sites to visit from the Lighthouse, Constitution Convention Center,shopping, and restaurants in PSJ to waterfront shops, historical sites, and may more restaurants in Apalachicola.

Getting here

Cape San Blas is located just off US 98 and is close to Port St. Joe ( 20 minutes) and Apalachicola (25 minutes) Panama City is just over an hour away and has an airport that supports connecting airline flights.

Interaction with guest

We have a Keyless access system and assign each guest their personal code. We are always available to ensure our guests get the most from their vacation!

Owner profile

Albert K.

Tourist License

Years listed:

Languages spoken: English

About the owner

I am a retired pharmacist, my wife is a banker, our son is an attorney and we are all proud graduates of the University of Georgia! I personally take care of all our guests and strive to give them the best vacation stay possible!

View owner's full profile


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $300.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: King bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Private garden
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Safe
  • Sea view
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Bikes
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 2 Full baths
  • 1 Half bath

Reviews (33)

33 reviews

“Fall Get Away”

Reviewed 16 Oct 2015

Thanks to the owners Al and Susan Kite,who without them and the use of their Home By The Sea condo wouldn't have taken place. My wife and myself were attempting to locate a place to stay at Cape San Blas, contacted Mr. Kite who was very helpful in all the procedures in renting his condo. The condo is very clean and maintained and very convenient to the beach, rest a sure, if any problems occur Al can handle them by phone. The price of our Fall Get Away was also very reasonable. All the luxuries of home away from home. My wife is a surgical nurse and rarely takes anytime off, and believe me when I say, we've found a place to relax and plan on returning in the near future. Al and Susan,Again thanks so much for the use of the condo. Gary and Linda Hendrix

“Perfect Family Vacation”

Reviewed 27 Jul 2015

We had so much fun at Cape San Blas. This is the second time we have stayed in Mr. and Mrs. Kite's house and it has exceeded expectations both times. We have a 12 year old son and a 7 year old daughter...I was't sure if they would have fun without a theme park or something like that....I was wrong! Both kids had a blast at the beach and the state park and we enjoyed just spending time together. Mr. Kite gave us great insight to the area and things to do....it was great and we can't wait to go back. Anything you could possibly need for the beach is in the shed and anything you need for the week is in the house. Great vacation for the family in the perfect setting. Thanks!!!!

Owner's reply: Thanks again for staying with us Marc! We hope to have you back in the future and thanks for the awesome review!

“Best Vacation Ever!”

Reviewed 27 Jul 2015

Mr. Kite is the best! We had the best time ever and their place is gorgeous. We were able to watch the sunsets and star gaze from the upper deck and the views were awesome. Thank you for having us. We will be back next year.

Owner's reply: Thanks much Gina for your kind review! We hope to see you back in the future!

“Great Family Vacation”

Reviewed 8 Jun 2015

We had a wonderful week staying at Home By the Sea in Cape San Blas. Al was very accommodating in providing ideas of eating places for us to try since it was our first time vacationing there and making sure that all our needs were taken care of. Being able to hear and see the ocean while we drank our coffee in the morning provided a great way to start our day. We look forward to a return trip.

“Home by the Sea !!!”

Reviewed 24 Aug 2014

Cape San Blas is a nice relaxing place to go and get away from a busy work schedule. We walked on the beach every morning and evening. Our rental had all what we needed. We plan to return again soon, thanks.

Owner's reply: Thanks Mary and we hope to see you again! Al and Susan Kite

“Great place to stay!!”

Reviewed 6 Jun 2014

This was our third visit to Cape San Blas and the Barefoot Trace neighborhood. It was our second visit at "Home By the Sea". The Kite's make sure it is "Your Home By the Sea" with all the comforts plus of your home. Everything is upper scale from the Bose stereo to the comfortable beds and nice linens. You only need to pack your personal belongings because everything else is already there. They provide bikes, chairs, umbrella and other extras. No charge for telephone usage and they have wifi. Al makes sure you know everything you need to know about the home and the area. There are several places to visit in the area and he knows them all. We stayed at another townhouse in the same neighborhood last year not owned by the Kite's. Those owners did not provide linens, towels, or free telephone. Buying a telephone card and coming home and doing laundry isn't my idea of a vacation. On the other hand, the Kite's make sure they have their guest taken care of and not just a business. We had a problem with the refrigerator while we were there. Al took care of it immediately and reimbursed us for our food loss. He also treated us to a nice dinner at Port St. Joe for our inconvenience. All in all, if you are looking for a carefree vacation with a very nice home and owners with a beautiful clean and safe beach this is the place for you. We leave our chairs on the beach for the whole week and no one touches them. There is no other place we have been that is as nice than Cape San Blas.

Owner's reply: Thank you Willis family for being our guests at Home By The Sea and for your kind review! We try to provide our guests with everything they would need for a great vacation.

“Fall break”

Reviewed 19 Nov 2013

We had a wonder stay. The house was really clean and comfortable. Beds were comfortable, kitchen was well stocked. The best thing about the rental was the owners, Al was supper nice and helpful. Very easy to work with.


Reviewed 30 Jul 2013

This house has EVERY comfort of home - comfy beds, quality linens, great covered parking and not to mention the kitchen -- there is not one kitchen tool or gadget I can think of that is not here! The weather did not cooperate with our trip to the beach, but the kids (teenagers) enjoyed the movies and the x-box. The deck off the bedroom is a great place to sit and listen to the ocean at night :) I would highly recommend staying at here Al and Susan's place. They were EXTREMELY helpful by recommending places to eat and things to do. VERY NICE PEOPLE! Will visit again :)

“Great winter retreat”

Reviewed 5 Mar 2013

We have spent the last 2 years during Jan & Feb. at Home by the Sea. It has everything you need for a great vacation. Al & Susan are wonderful owners and have anticipated our every need. Comfortable beds are the best when you are there for 2 months. Having bikes in the shed was a bonus for using on the new bike trail. We will be back soon. Pat & Dick

“Great Vacation”

Reviewed 11 Sep 2012

Home by the Sea was a very nice relaxing place to stay! It was a well stocked property with all of the ammenities you could possibly need! Hope to stay there again!

Review 1-10 of 33
Have you been a guest of this property?

Owner Supplied Testimonials

03/30/09 WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE TO STAY!!!! We were so blessed to spend our 10 year wedding anniversary at this beautiful "Home By The Sea". The house lacks for nothing: incredible views of the Gulf and beaches, fully stocked kitchen, amazingly comfortable beds, movies, games....The Kite Family have truly thought of everything to make your vacation incredible. We especially are thankful to them for all their wonderful suggestions on things to do in the area. We had a horrible storm front come through, but enjoyed a relaxing time exploring and reconnecting none the less. WE WILL BE BACK! Thank you so much for sharing your treasure with us.
Alex and Monika Cardona, Kennesaw, GA

Our stay in Home by the Sea was FANTASTIC. The home was exactly what the photos promised. The atmosphere was relaxing and our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There is no doubt that when we decide to rent on the Cape again, we will give the Kites a call. They are wonderful renters and made sure that our stay was a pleasent one. The beds were so comfortable we really hated to leave. Yes there are some cheaper rentals in the area, but you get what you pay for. I didn't mind paying what the Kites were asking because it is WELL worth it. It was a phenomenal experiance. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kite
Sean and Margaret McMillan

We had such a wonderful time! I can not seem to find the words to describe what a great time we all had. It was truly relaxing. Your place is beautifully decorated and includes so many extras that we were all amazed. The week went too fast and we hope to return soon. You truly went above and beyond in every aspect, and I can not thank you enough.
Laurie Watts, Independence, Mo

This place was wonderful. My family enjoyed everything about our stay. The beds are upgrades from what you would expect and the place is supper quiet. As long as I can afford it, this will be my vacation destination. I know most people want to be right on the Gulf. I was a little concerned about how far we would be from the beach. Trust me, it's very close. You can carry any beach stuff easily from the house to the beach. This is the place my family has been looking for. This was the best vacation ever.
robbie rodgers, Farmington, Arkansas

First, THANKS to Al & Susan Kite for having such a great vacation home!! The moment we opened the door it was instant warmth. It was great to have such a welcoming feeling. The home was well furnished with everything you need. The beds were awesome! Probably the best sleep we've had in a while. We had a great time and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks again!
karen moore, newnan,ga

We have been to Cape San Blas several times, and this
trip was one of our most relaxing and enjoyable.
Home by the Sea is located in an area where the beach
is quiet and peaceful. The home itself was furnished
so that you felt you were at home. We will recommend
this house to our friends, and we hope to stay here
again as well.

Wow, Wow, and Wow is all we can say. This house is wonderful. Everything was just awesome. The Kite family has done a wonderful job on this home. Everything we needed was there. The views were awesome from Ocean to Bay. The king size beds up stairs were just fabulous. We were expecting our vacation to be good, but it was way far better than just good, it was awesome. We will be going back.
Shauna Calvert, Shelbyville, Kentucky

Jeanne P.



We rented Home by the Sea for the month of February 2015. Al and Susan are the perfect hosts. It is obvious that they take great pride and care of this beach home. We had everything we needed. Furniture and beds very comfortable. Wifi, all kitchen appliances, central vac, jacuzzi, beautiful decor, luxurious towels....what more do we need. Cape San Blas is a beautiful area. Peaceful, awesome beaches and areas for walking or riding bikes. Nearby Appalachicola, Mexico Beach, and St. Joe's State Park are favorites. A longer drive to St Marks National Wildlife Refuge is well worth the time....it is constantly changing. The only caution would be to guests who cannot do stairs. This beautiful home was a delight. Thank you Al and Susan for sharing it with us.
Stayed: February 2015
Submitted: March 11, 2015


Washington, MO

Top Notch Vacation Rental

Home by the Sea is a great vacation rental. The unit is clean, kitchen well appointed, the beds were very comfortable and the showers were really good. There are beach chairs, bikes, etc for use and an outside shower so you can rinse off when coming back from the beach. Wifi and cell phone service was good also. Al was a great host and made sure everything was in order. A short walk to one of the most beautiful, uncrowded beaches we have been to. There are lots of stairs and the bedrooms are on the second floor. Not a problem for us as it was good exercise to work off the extra calories, but could be an issue for some people.
Would definitely stay here again and we will be back to Cape San Blas many times as we fell in love with the area and the "forgotten coast"
Stayed: October 2014
Submitted: October 20, 2014


Murfreesboro, TN


My wife and I enjoyed another long weekend in Cape San Blas. The location, condition and included amenities (bikes, umbrellas, chairs, etc.) make this the ideal location for us to enjoy a quick trip to the gulf. When you consider the price, it's a steal. We loved this place. Al was super easy to work with and we'll definitely be back.
Stayed: September 2014
Submitted: September 22, 2014

Debbie A.

Great getaway

Thank you for sharing your home with us. We thoroughly enjoyed your home. Location was perfect and home was spotless and well stocked. Al was extremely helpful with everything. We will be back.
Stayed: April 2015
Submitted: April 22, 2015

Drew B.

A fantastic month on the Cape

This was our first month-long vacation since retiring and we would have liked it to have been several. Best vacation ever! Cape San Blas is a fantastic destination for a quiet, laid back and relaxing vacation. Al and Susan's home made it even better. The place is beautiful, with all the amenities you can think of. The beds are wonderful and the sheets and all the linens are top quality. Fully stocked kitchen and all the other comforts of home.
The location is great, sunrises from the guest room window and fabulous sunsets from the master bedroom deck or a very short walk to the beach. The beach is made up of soft white sand and is great for sitting or long walks. We are bicycle riders and walkers, so the location was perfect. The bike path that extends the length of the Cape is just across the street. We made several trips to the State Park, which was a few minutes by car or a nice 30 minute
bike ride. There we saw many shore birds, deer and even an alligator. Highly recommend the beach in the wilderness area. After parking it is a short walk over a great boardwalk and then a trek over amazing sand dunes to a great beach.
The area is quiet, but convenient as a base for other areas. Port St Joe is a small town with great shops and restaurants (highly recommend Peppers Mexican) only 15 minutes away. For more stores and food, Apalacacola is less than 30 minutes.
Would definitely go back again and again if we have the chance.
Stayed: March 2014
Submitted: April 7, 2014