Cape San Blas, Florida

St. Joe Beach "Ava's Beach House"

Vibrant Pet-friendly Villa with sunset views on a private beach

The ultimate gulf-view family beach retreat, Ava’s Beach House offers easy access to all the adventures of the Forgotten Coast from a 4-bedroom 2 full and 2 half bath home designed for kid-friendly travel. Sitting at the mouth of Saint Joseph's Bay, Ava's Beach House provides a unique salt water experience which includes both Bay and Gulf waters.

Nestled on densely tree-lined grounds for complete privacy, the newly constructed elevated beach home lies on the Bay Beach Bike Trail, just steps from a private beach with spectacular west-facing sunsets. All living quarters are conveniently located on the same level for ease of access for all family members.

On the ground level, you’ll find the convenience of paved covered parking for up to four cars, an outdoor shower, a half bath, BBQ grill, and a fenced-in dog run for your favorite four-legged friend.

For an easy beachside picnic or fishing expedition, you’ll also enjoy the use of two beach chairs, a sand beach mat, wagon and rolling cooler. From this home’s convenient location on St. Joseph’s Bay, a premier scallop hatchery, you can catch redfish, trout and whiting, all without losing sight of the house. Fishermen will certainly appreciate the dedicated fish cleaning station. Of course, if you do wander the length of the 2.5 mile conservation beach, the home’s distinctive Ibis weathervane and stained glass window will guide you back. The usually calm waters will provide a serene beach going experience for the entire family. The fish cleaning station is perfect for cleaning that special catch.

Upstairs, this sprawling home captures the spirit of the Forgotten Coast with nautical decor, brightly colored interiors and ocean-inspired accents. As you enter, an open-concept living area invites you to settle into vacation mode with a large-screen TV, full-length sofa and relaxing recliner chairs. Steps away, a modern kitchen offers ample room to prepare the day’s catch with plenty of cabinet space for snacks.

A 6-8 seat dining table allows for family meals with treetop views through the screened porch. Three additional seats at the breakfast breakfast bar create the ideal “kids’ table.” After dinner, take in the views from screened and open porches, both featuring colorful Adirondack chairs. A convenient half bath is located just down the hall.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or your entire family, Ava’s Beach House offers a flexible sleeping configuration with accommodations for up to 12 guests:

Primary Bedroom
California King - Casper Mattress
The spacious primary suite has a sitting area with comfy accent chair, wall-mounted TV, and antique nautical artwork. The en-suite bath features dual sinks and a step-in shower with rain shower-head.

Bedroom 2
Queen Bed - Casper Mattress
This charming room, styled in a Victorian flair, has a full dresser and wall-mounted TV.

Bedroom 3
Queen Murphy Bed
This sunny, carpeted room is ideal for guests who need extra space. Fold up the Nantucket Murphy bed to make room for your yoga mat, kids’ toys or even a Pack ‘n Play.

Bedroom 4
2 Sets of Twin/full Bunk Beds
The bunk room, styled in kid-friendly decor with Finding Nemo linens, play mats and toys, is a stage set for memories with siblings, cousins and friends.

You will also have a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Guests outside the primary suite have a full bathroom in the hallway with a combination shower/bathtub, while a separate half-bathroom on the ground floor adds convenience. A dedicated laundry room keeps swimsuits and towels dry throughout your vacation.

*We are happy welcome up to 2 dogs for an additional non-refundable pet fee of $200.

For a family night out, you’ll find restaurants and beach shops in the cities of Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach, both just 5 miles away.


29 Reviews
4.93 out of 529 Reviews
The experience I had with 360 was amazing! Everything was very simple, and on point. I will definitely be recommending 360 to all my family and friends! Thanks 360 for an amazing vacation!
Everything was handled smooth from check in to checkout. Our stay was great and the place was very clean and as described.
angelaMay 2022
Ava’s beach house in Port St. Joe was a fantastic place to stay with our extended family for spring break. The house was spacious, well stocked, and provided easy Access to private beach area on the bay!
RhendaApril 2022
Loved our stay at Ava’s Beach House! We loved the view of the sunsets and sunrises from the house, the wonderful beach, the biking trail, and the peace and quiet. We also loved being able to bring our dogs! They had the best vacation ever:) We hope to be back soon!
Airbnb guestMarch 2022
Nice house and beach
Airbnb guestMarch 2022
This home is just amazing. . . the location, the private beach access, the home itself was perfection. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 kids and enjoyed all of the space. Very quite and private, we walked around in our jammies alot :) They are developing a new town that is walking distance from this home, a great little walk down the beach to anything you may need; food, groceries, drinks, shops. Great new development. And Port St Joe is just a short drive. We preferred it to Mexico Beach which is even closer. you will not regret booking this home, we will be back!
Airbnb guestFebruary 2022
Exceptionally accommodating. Will definitely vacation with Natural Retreats again soon
ChristopherJanuary 2022
Everything was great! Our only “complaint” was the late check in time but understandable with the current situation. We will definitely come back! Thank you!
Airbnb guestSeptember 2021
It was a great plac to stay.
Airbnb guestAugust 2021
We had a wonderful time
WilliamJuly 2021
SueJuly 2021
TraceyJune 2021
LoreneJune 2021
AprilMay 2021
Dawn was very easy to work with and the house was great! Could have possibly been cleaned a bit better (there was still dog hair on the floor). Will be back!
Very clean home and the description fit the pictures and had a great time. Y’all were available if needed and we will be back.
JaredMarch 2021
Beautiful place that is close to the beach and relaxing!
StephanieMarch 2021
My children, pets and I stayed for an extended stay during off season in one incredible place. Ava’s Beach house located in Port Saint Joe. This house is like no other. Privacy from all unobstructed views. The location is dreamy. The house is so well built. Every last detail of this place will leave you wondering if you’re really living.. it’s magic. The house features museum like artifacts of both local and personal effects. No room is spared in character, comfy furniture and a home like atmosphere. Whatever you need is there. From the beach and supplies needed, to an outdoor kennel attached to the rear of the house. A swing and toys for the kids.. culture. Nature. This is it. Out of all of our military travels, nothing has ever been so good. We loved it so much, we decided to buy here. Thank you Fergson family. Thank you for sincere home. It is so good to find a great place to land.
MichelleMarch 2021

Loved It!

What a wonderful home in a wonderful location. Everything was outstanding. We will definitely visit again.
Trey T.October 2020
Our stay was awesome. The only thing I would change is that the house was advertised as having a half bath down stairs but it was locked. I emailed about this and getting a late checkout and never received a response. Also, the wifi password was incorrect.
DanielOctober 2020
Everything was neat and alot of space and easy access to beach! Enjoyed it very much! Wildlife is not a joke! But great experience and stars are unreal!
KimberlySeptember 2020
Check In was super easy. House was super clean. We LOVE avas beach house and can’t wait to be back next year
SpencerSeptember 2020
The staff at Natural Retreats was extremely helpful and friendly from our initial booking. Dawn, our contact, was helpful and responsive. Everything was clean and Ava's Beach House was lovely and exactly as advertised.
AmyAugust 2020

This was the perfect experience

I always read a ton of reviews and rarely give places 5 stars but everything was perfect about this place and the mgmt company that runs it. Great communication upfront and over text message they always got back to us with moments. The house was perfect and decorated pretty fun. We had 11! 3 families with kids and everyone was comfortable. The house was stocked with everything we needed and even beach chairs, carts, toys ,etc. We loved the porches both screen and open air. It's a 2 minute walk to a PRIVATE BEACH. We never even saw anyone but one time people were fishing 50 yards from us. We will definitely stay here again. Thanks!
Darin K.July 2020
Only real complaint was where tire swing is has alot of ants couldnt stand there. Or swing an the misquotes were bad. But we loved it
LaceyJuly 2020
The rental experience was easy and prompt and the house itself was very clean and had everything we needed for the week.
RawlinsonJune 2020
Dawn went above and beyond for our family. The yellow flies reared their ugly, ankle biting heads and Dawn sent a bug ball to the property. I accidentally left my toiletries at the house and a Dawn promptly shipped them. The customer service is top notch. We will be back.
ChristineJune 2020

A perfect spot for some serious downtime

"After “sheltering in place” due to COVID-19 and subsequent fear of being at a crowded beach, we searched for a quiet place that could accommodate our family and our two dogs. Ava's Beach House provided just that. Much to our delight, we discovered that we were right beside 2 1/2 miles of undeveloped and protected beach. The early morning strolls provided epic shell finds. Additionally, the road beside the protected stretch of beach is blocked and not accessible for vehicles. We all enjoyed bike riding with no fear of cars. The beach house was perfectly clean, well-appointed and private. There is an area under the house that is perfect for riding out the afternoon pop up showers. We played pickle ball and corn hole and had plenty of space to do so. The grocery store (Piggly Wiggly) is five miles away from the house. Port. St. Joe is a cute little town with a great pizza place - Joe Mama's pizza. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."
FivePerksJune 2020

Gorgeous, almost deserted dog beach with shells

What a week on one of the most deserted beaches in north Florida. The water was crystal clear and my 5 year-old granddaughter could easily swim and play without my having to watch for the next big wave. The house is beautiful, there is a fenced yard for your dog and so much room under the house for playing games or grilling the catch of the day. The quaint little town of Port St, Joe is only 5 miles away yet since the beach house is off the main road, there was little traffic and much of the road is blocked off so you can ride bicycles along the bay and beach with no fear of automobiles. This home was a real gem, super clean and the folks at Natural Retreats were very helpful. Can't wait to come back next year.
Janet A.May 2020
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