About this listing
A mini-retreat on Boca Ciega Bay. Bedroom with Queen, 2nd Bedroom/Office plus Spa Bath. Privacy and Comfort, on the Water.
Close to beaches, watersports and award-winning Gulfport restaurants. Your home base to relax, work or play in Tampa Bay.
NOTE: THIS IS A 2 BEDROOM SUITE with privacy, not one bedroom as it says. That's a default setting in airbnb.
PRIVACY AND COMFORT Your accommodations at Casa de Las Brisas (named for the breeze) are private, quiet, relaxed and casual, comprising one end of a waterfront retreat-like home. You are likely to encounter dolphins and ospreys, not noise or traffic.
Bedroom #1 opens out towards the water, and features a Queen bed and TV with HBO.
Across the hallway, Bedroom #2 has a Double bed plus desk, fridge, coffee maker, microwave and a safe for valuables.
Both have WiFi and LOTS of closet space. They share the private bath…a big tub with jets for a total bubble experience. The suite is separated from the rest of the house by a hallway and a louvered door.
YOU CAN RELAX. This is your place to, swim, read, go boating or just chill out. And it is your base for exploring the many attractions of the Tampa Bay area.
MASSAGE Those serious about relaxing might want a massage out by the water or inside under a ceiling fan. A masseuse can deliver everything from a light relaxation experience to a therapeutic intra-muscular event. Typical price is $80 for an hour. Best to discuss at booking time.
HAVE TO WORK? Do so in comfort and privacy. Have more effective meetings...order food and talk over lunch by the pool. WiFi, Printer and Fax available. Convenient location to all of the Bay Area. For maximum effect, combine work and massage!
The suite is private and we expect you to use the kitchen, living room, back yard, patio, pool and dock as much as you like. The hammock under the palms is ready any time! Come and go as you like at any hour.
EATING. We provide basic breakfast materials in the kitchen. Please take it from there, being as simple or extravagant as you feel.
Food prep is optional as downtown Gulfport is just a twelve minute walk (ok, a two-minute drive, a five minute bike ride and 15 minutes by kayak) and hosts great little restaurants and watering holes with live music.
It's a short drive to some excellent restaurants in St Pete and on the Beaches. A 30 minute drive to Tampa opens the spectrum even wider.
BIKES. We have two that you are welcome to use. They are definitely nothing special but ardent biking guests rode them to downtown St Pete.
The pool feels great in hot weather. It is small but just about long enough to swim laps.
Temperature: it is not currently heated. We are considering adding some solar heat. Temps in the summer are mid 80's +, down to low-mid 60's in the winter, depending on the weather at the time.
We use it from approx April to October but life in Florida has made us weak and soft. Some people swim in January. If successful, the solar heat will extend use.
BEACHES. Important to almost everyone, the beaches of our county are some of the best in the world, and are just a 10+ minute drive.
The Gulf of Mexico laps up on miles of fine clean white sand. And there is no risk of starvation as beach-style restaurants and bars are spaced along your route, many with music plus locals and visitors from around the world.
BOATING/FISHING/SAILING. The location is just perfect for watersports. Launch a boat or jetski at the marina ¼ mile east and keep it at our dock. We are on miles of protected water and the Gulf is just minutes away by powerboat.
Cruisers need a comfort break from the confines of shipboard life. Anchor your vessel (excellent holding) off the dock and come enjoy the pool and a soft bed.
Kayaks and Paddleboards are rented at the marina and regularly seen gliding by among the dolphins and pelicans. Our bay is the venue for national level sailing regattas
ATTRACTIONS. Tampa Bay has entertainment and performing arts to rival any large city. Besides the world famous beaches, we have big attractions like Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, plus smaller, more intimate experiences like Sunken Gardens, the Tampa Aquarium or the Museum of Science and Industry.
The Disney complex is just 90 minutes from our door. The commute makes for a much more relaxing end to the day than does the strip of hotels in Kissimmee.
GOT ART? Gulfport creativity is on display at a variety of small galleries. St Pete's Art District is minutes away as are the Dali Museum and the glass artworks of Chihuly.
In fact St Pete and Tampa are regularly named #1 and #2 of Mid-Sized Cities for Art. It seems there is an art festival somewhere in the bay area every weekend….some of these are big. Art lovers will want to research this.
SPORTS. Tampa Bay Bucs, Soccer, Hockey. The Indycars start their season racing on the streets of St Pete. And have you ever watched Major League Baseball in July in air conditioned comfort? You don't have to be a hardcore fan to enjoy that. Offshore powerboats…and more….
SHOPPING. Galleries, antique and gift shops dot the Bay Area. High end apparel is close by and not much further, we have an excellent factory outlet mall for the power shopper. Something for every taste.
Interaction with Guests
We are normally here to welcome you and show you around. Most days we are found working in the other side of the house (we publish a magazine) and occasionally we're off on business. In this case, a trusted friend will show you around and we are ALWAYS available by phone.
In any event, you have privacy….your own space. If we can help you enjoy your visit, we will happily do so, but if you just want peace and privacy, you'll have it.
You are not 'invading our space'!! We like having guests here or would not do it. If you are new to an airbnb-style home like this, I assure you that you will be comfortable. Please read comments from other guests…it cost a bundle to bribe all those people to say nice things so I hope you'll check them out.
The City of Gulfport is a little town adjacent to the City of St Petersburg. It is a bit artsy but, other than calling itself a City, it is without pretense.
The atmosphere is casual, inviting and gay friendly. It's a unique little piece of Florida. An Artwalk event takes place twice a month and a Fresh Market in the street on Tuesdays. We are fortunate to have restaurants that draw locals from all over Tampa Bay.
You can walk or bike around Gulfport. There is some public transportation but a car is best for any serious exploration of St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota and the Beaches. Parking on the premises.
Other Things to Note
PRICING FOR CHILDREN. No charge for little ones under age 3, and 1/2 price from 3 through 12. Please list those kids as guests when you book! We will make a correction to the price or modify the reservation.
Parents/grandparents with young kids should consider what hazard the pool and dock might represent.
HOUSE RULES. We have not found it necessary to have 'house rules'... Any smoking should be outside. Ok...that's a rule. And please plan to clean up after any meal preparations. Two rules...that's enough.
PETS. Pets are generally ok. Our dog, Bella, is not intrusive and can stay with neighbors if there is a problem, or if you are allergic or otherwise don't want to be around dogs.
CANCELLATION POLICY. We have set this to the Strict option, as the other choices are really unworkable for the host. But neither do we seek to take advantage of anyone, especially if they experience a hardship. The solution is good communication.
COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT. Many of our guests are new to Airbnb and have questions. Certainly, if you want to know more about how it works or if you have any special requests (or don't see the dates you want), just send an email and we'll respond promptly. The better we understand your goals or issues, the better for all. Communication is so important!
Christine and I look forward to hearing from you and would love to have you visit!
My beautiful bride, Christine, and I love having guests and meeting new people of all ages and backgrounds.
A little about us...our interests outside of business include family & friends, sailing, aviation, entrepreneurship, health etc. Like most people, we care about the world around us and if we can help, we will try. Our special focus is on children.
We are happy to answer questions and help you have a great visit.