Cape San Blas, Florida

Salt Therapy

Charming Bay-side Bungalow with convenient outdoor shower, WiFi and private deck

Due to high visitation and staffing constraints, local area offerings such as restaurants, bars, shopping, and shared amenities may have limited hours or availability. Cell phone and internet service may also be impacted during high visitation periods. Please contact us directly to discuss the impact during your stay dates.

Become immersed in the untouched beauty of Cape San Blas at this charming 2-bedroom beach cottage, nestled on more than an acre of waterfront property along St. Joseph Bay with oaks, pines and palmettos lining the shores.

Formerly "Cardinal's Cottage", Salt Therapy is a newly renovated from top to bottom. Set upon a raised platform, the cottage welcomes guests through a private, wrap-around deck with new lounge furniture and a glass, four-seat patio table. Sip coffee in the morning to the sound of herons and piping plovers, or fire up the propane grill for dinners with spectacular sunsets. After a day on the water, take advantage of an enclosed outdoor shower, located on the side of the home.

As you enter, a cheerful kitchen area and living room greet you, married by an open floor plan with light streaming through picture windows. In the living area, a comfy sectional sofa faces a hardwood coffee table and flat-screen TV, offering ample space to lounge. The updated kitchen features all-new appliances, a stainless steel sink, four-seat dining table and granite prep counter, re-purposed from a hardwood dresser. The cottage features hand-crafted, whimsical light fixtures throughout, each created from a re-purposed object.

Through a short hallway are two bedrooms, both styled in nautical decor with vintage artwork. The primary has a queen-sized bed, twin nightstands and space to hang clothes. The second bedroom has a full over full bunk bed, a large picture window, and a washer and dryer -- the ultimate convenience for families.

A full bath lies just outside the bedrooms, featuring tiled floors, a hardwood sink and spacious, walk-in shower. Throughout the home, you’ll enjoy air conditioning and heating, new hardwood floors and new paint, creating a cheerful ambience with modern comforts.

Outside, you’ll find the tranquil atmosphere of the bay, with St. Joseph steps from your door, easily accessible from a community boardwalk. Stroll along the beach in search of starfish and sea grass, spend a lazy afternoon kayaking on the bay’s tranquil waters, or watch spectacular sunsets over the water from the comfort of your West-facing deck. Within a short drive are wildlife preserves, birdwatching sites and national forests, allowing you to explore the varied, natural beauty of Cape San Blas.

For a night “out,” you’ll find some of the area’s best restaurants within short drive, each offering fresh seafood and local charm. Our team of Cape San Blas locals can give you their favorite recommendations.

However you choose to experience Cape San Blas, Salt Therapy is an ideal homebase for guests who want front-row access to the water and modern amenities without sacrificing authentic cottage charm.

We are happy to welcome up to 2 dogs at this home with a non-refundable pet fee of $200.

Reviews

40 Reviews
4.95 out of 540 Reviews
5.0
BethNovember 2021
5.0
RobbieNovember 2021
5.0
CaitlynSeptember 2021
5.0
The cutest cottage in my favorite place! Great upgrades since our trip here last year. This place has my heart😊
StaciSeptember 2021
5.0
VickiAugust 2021
5.0
AdelaideAugust 2021
5.0
BaileeJune 2021
5.0
Salt Therapy was the perfect rental for our family of 3. The view of the bay was amazing and the rental was well stocked with plenty of towels and kitchen needs. The living area of the rental stayed very hot and not well cooled by the one vent in the area. The air continually ran and the bedrooms were cool but not the kitchen and living area. We were already in the area where we stayed a few days and it would have been nice to be able to get in the rental prior to 5pm (that is the latest check in time I have ever experienced from an Airbnb).
DonnaJune 2021
5.0
MichelleMay 2021
5.0
Overall we had an amazing time. The house is incredibly private, quiet, and the team at Natural Retreats was very responsive. On our first night there, we had an issue with our bed. After texting them the next morning, they immediately got us as new bed and a new mattress, which was much needed. They also repaired the dock, which had some broken boards. The dock, which is very tiny, is technically shared with other neighbors. No one came by while we were there, but it does seem worth nothing, as I could imagine it being intrusive if you were renting the house and people were right in front of it on the dock. That definitely would have changed our experience, but fortunately didn't happen. The outdoor shower is AMAZING and we used it every single day. Make sure to bring everything you need, from spices to extra toilet paper, plastic bags, non stick pan (they have others but not not stick), etc. For the price of the house, you would have expected a slightly better grill, including a grill brush. Otherwise there's no way to clean it from the previous user. Also, having a few extra toilet paper rolls and trash bags on hand would've be nice for what we're paying. The only thing the house could really benefit from is a screen porch, because the gnats and mosquitos are vicious :) In terms of beaches, the further you go towards TH Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, the nicer the beaches are. We ended up going there every day and paying the small fee and it was so worth it. If you don't want to go back to the house for lunch, just bring it in a little cooler with you. Overall we had an amazing stay!
ClaraMay 2021
4.0
ClaraApril 2021
5.0
Had very thorough information about the house heading into our vacation. House was clean, had everything we needed. Good communication. Enjoyed our stay!
JoannaApril 2021
5.0
Salt Therapy was perfect. We throughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you!
LisaApril 2021
5.0
Very thorough information provided and lovely vacation home.
KathyMarch 2021
5.0
TerryMarch 2021
4.0
KaylaFebruary 2021
5.0
Great location, privacy, awesome views. Place is very tastefully decorated and well equipped!
WillemFebruary 2021
5.0
One of the best places we have stayed. The location was away from people but not far from shopping. It was very clean and well stocked- loved the bathroom amenities. Email communication was excellent and the info app was brilliant.
CynthiaFebruary 2021
5.0
The place was perfect for my family. Such a beautiful place and setting
JasonJanuary 2021
5.0
ChristieJanuary 2021
5.0
The cabin we stayed in was so quaint and in a perfect location on the bay. It was very private. The staff was very helpful when the water went out. They brought us jugs of water. It was really the perfect place to stay.
RobbieDecember 2020
5.0
Very responsive! The cottage was well-maintained and had great amenities
BrittneeNovember 2020
5.0
Property was just as described, clean, and everything was great!
MichaelNovember 2020
5.0
Great place to stay, very responsive staff
CherylNovember 2020
5.0
DavidAugust 2020
5.0
CarlyJuly 2020
5.0
JohnJuly 2020
5.0
NR website is user friendly. Very good communication. Debbie text us prior to and during trip. She was great. Respond quickly and very helpful.
KatieJuly 2020
5.0
The place was very clean when we arrived. When we needed an extra blanket they answered right away and brought one by the end of the day.
KellyJuly 2020
5.0
JessicaJune 2020
5.0
AmandaJune 2020
5.0
Well-appointed and outfitted. Good linen. Nice view, photos were an accurate representation of the place. Very nice.
EthanJune 2020
5.0
Sorry. I reread the email and thought it was asking about the Cardinal Cottage. NR was great! Service was immediate and polite. You get a 10
AliciaMarch 2020
5.0
Beautiful beaches and cozy accommodations. Great selection of restaurants and shops.
LisaMarch 2020
5.0
New beach chairs were delivered to our cabin even before our arrival. Very comfortable and light weight but not flimsy. We liked the shoulder straps built into the chair design. Easy to carry.
MaryMarch 2020
5.0

Cute cottage

Visited mid December. View of the bay is beautiful. Cottage has just about everything you need. Cottage was very clean and welcoming. Only thing that would make it better is a screened porch
Debbie pDecember 2019
5.0

Loved the quietness of the cottage.

The wife an I visited for a quiet Thanksgiving and loved the cottage. Very comfortable!
Catball1506December 2019
5.0

Phenomenal!

This little cottage was perfect for our getaway. My husband and I stayed here with our two dogs and loved every second. The cottage is exactly as it appears in the photos (which is not always the case with rentals). We loved the decor, the comfortable bed, the outdoor shower, the porch, and the dock/pier that we used to access the bay. The kitchen, though small, was better equipped than any kitchen of any other beach rental we have ever had. There were ample pots and pans, utensils, mixing bowls, two coffee pots, and even a hand mixer! It is very dog friendly with the hard floors throughout. We loved the privacy and spent several afternoons with chairs out on the dock enjoying our dogs and shallows of the bay. Wildlife was abundant. There are many starter supplies that we have not experienced with other rentals: ground coffee, salt & pepper, soaps for laundry, dishes, and skin, ample towels, paper towels, toilet tissue, and liquid soaps at the sinks. There were even supplies to wipe the counter tops! It truly is the eye for the little details that make this place wonderful. For example, they had lights on and music playing for us when we arrived as we came in well after sunset. So, we were not stumbling about an unfamiliar place trying to blindly locate switches. The ONLY thing I can think of that could make this place any better would be to screen part of the porch for the warm months when insects are as abundant as the love poured into the creation of this space. With that said, there are two citronella candles on the porch and bugs will not carry you off to make dinner of you in mid October. I really hope to return in the near future. This is THE BEST experience we have had yet.
DnCWOctober 2019
5.0

Absolutely Peaceful

My husband and I visited Cardinals Cottage in early October and it was a wonderful vacation. Serene, peaceful, relaxing, comfortable and secluded have been some of our favorite ways to describe it to our friends. We enjoyed exploring the bay, observing the locals aka marine life, visiting the beaches in Cape San Blas, and then returning to relax in this gorgeous little cottage. The one thing that surprised me, because I am not a morning person, was how much I loved watching the sunrise from the boardwalk. I highly recommend you wake up early, at least once, during your visit and experience it yourself.
JessiesgirlOctober 2019
5.0

Loved the serene atmosphere

We absolutely loved staying at Cardinal’s Cottage over Labor Day weekend. The view is breathtaking & the water access is good. Convenient location to Cape San Blas, Port St Joe & Apalachicola. We hope to stay again.
Indie 925September 2019
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