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About this Property
“Flip Flops and Paw Prints" - Pet AND people friendly summer bungalow is managed by Dale and Salt Water Real Estate and is a stellar location to relax and relax ALL year round! This unit sits just four blocks from the sea and three blocks from downtown Carolina Beach and everything that is has to offer.
Our cleaning vendor Squared Away Cleaning, along with the typical Lysol disinfectant treatment and general cleaning supplied in a typical turnover treatment, equips each individual cleaning team with residential steam cleaning equipment that can be (and is actively used as needed) utilized to address excess germs and bacteria as well as fight miscellaneous odor issues. Our hygienic processes exceed those of most all personal residential treatments, and most commercial cleaning processes today.
The suite is located three blocks outdoor the heart of Carolina Beach and is walking distance to downtown and all of its attractions. The location is a brief walk from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, eateries, and local stores (don't forget Britt's Famous Donuts)! If you like adventures, the marina is also a few blocks away where you can take an offshore fishing trip or event boat out for a sunset sail. Camping more your thing? Come with the 4X4 and drive (and camp) on the beach at Freeman Park, located on the North End of the island. The Carolina Beach Lake is close by, hosting the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, FIREWORKS every Thursday, and summer outdoor movies on Sunday (on a sizable inflatable screen in the middle of the lake!). We welcome you to sit back, relax and savor yourselves because that's exactly what the beach is for!
These suites are a mixture of the original “period” construction and old world grace, modern upgrades, with a kiss of shabby-chic modernity and todays technology because hey, there’s got to be something for everybody!
The entry to this 3 bedroom, 2 bath suite opens up into a huge, freshly furbished family room combined with an open dining area and completely supplied kitchen (stove+oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher). The kitchen is outfitted will all of the basic preparing and dining silverware one can expect (plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc.). In addition, there is a microwave and coffee maker ready to help make yourself at home (even while on Vacay!). Courtesy organic soap, shampoo, and lotion are left in the bathroom of each suite as well as ONE starter roll of TP and ONE garbage bag.
The beds (1 Cal King, 2 Full, and 1 Twin) are encasement protected super appealing inner spring beds sure to give you a great nights sleep before a big day on the beach. Remember, linens are NOT included in order to keep our prices low. You can bring them from home with you, buy them (Wal-Mart in Wilmington for example), or rent them (LOWTIDE Linens & Units, or another such vendor). If you rent from Low Tide, mention that you are staying with SALT WATER REAL ESTATE and receive an additional 10% off of any rented items!
There is a Roku Intelligent WIFI TV (with approx. 25 channels through the Charter Spectrum cable application) along with a WIFI computer connection for when it's time to sit back and appreciate some movies or shows after a long day at the beach!
We equip each suite with its own books, games, and misc. accessories to help cover the basis for our visitors to enjoy themselves in rain or shine. Sometimes however, these items are removed from the suite and not replaced and we do not realize it (tsk tsk!). If you notice something we’ve bragged about missing please let us know!!!
The YARD: The yard is intended to be able to congregate, BBQ, play, and have a blast. Please do NOT let your family dogs and cats loose. Feel complimentary to utilize the front yard, side yard, or any number of striking neighborhood walks to help your furry son or daughter relieve themselves (pup waste bags ARE supplied on site!)
The SUITE: Guests have full access to their own private SUITE (never shared) along with a respective outdoor space, patio, or balcony.
PARKING: Parking for 3 is available on site. The home can also accommodate BOAT parking.
Feel complimentary to reach out for any specific needs or clarifiers!
I can be reached for check in assistance until 8pm EST.
Other things to note;
-ALL suites are non-smoking (including vaping) and a heavy cleaning/repair charge can result if not adhered to.
-Linens (sheets/towels) are not part of the suite rental. Please refer to the linens chart in the profile for respective bed sizes and plan accordingly. We partner with “Low Tide Linens & Units” for any visitors looking to rent a linen package (sheet sets, towels, etc.) as opposed to bringing or buying your own. Although the hyper link will be blocked by this site, a simple web search can yield their contact information. They will deliver directly into the suite in advance of your stay! Mention that you are staying with SALT WATER REAL ESTATE and receive an additional 10% off of any rented items!
-Quiet(er) hours begin at 9:00pm EST.
-NO BBQ’ing on ANY decks or porches. This is a colossal fire hazard and is fineable (along with removing smoke/Co2 alarms). We work extremely hard to keep all of our visitors safe, and sometimes that takes teamwork!
-For a complete FOODIE RECCOMENDATION list, TV instructions, local Flora and Fauna, etc., please refer to the welcome binder located in each suite. Here are a few misc. additions’ we’ve been inquired about often this past summer prior to renting;
-Nearest Laundromat: Melissa’s Laundry @ 702 S Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428
-Nearest Fresh Seafood (prepare yourself): Blackburn Brothers Seafood @ 440 N Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428
-Local Additional Parking: Harbor Master Parking Lot @ 309 Carolina Beach Ave N Carolina Beach NC 28428, Alabama Meter Lot & Public Access @ 1622 S Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428, Macks Parking Lot @ 104 Charlotte Ave Carolina Beach NC 28428
-April 1st through September 30th, dogs are allowed on the beach during restricted hours BEFORE 9:00 a.m. and AFTER 5:00 p.m. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 9AM-5PM. Fort Fisher accepts dogs on the beach ALL YEAR ROUND so long as they are on a leash.
-Please always consider TRAVEL INSURANCE from your respective renting site or vendor to help protect your $ in case of inclement weather or last min. travel complications (court, illness, etc.). These items are NOT returnable scenarios, regardless of scale unless the unit itself is compromised. If that does happen, we will do our absolute choice to find you alternative housing.
-Carolina Beach Town Hall supplies, where available, beach wheel chairs that can traverse the sand without charge. Please reach out to the Recreation Center for additional information.
The building itself is three blocks from Downtown Carolina Beach and four blocks from the nearest beach access. The unit is a brief walk from down town Carolina Beach with its stores, activities and dining. There are fireworks during the summer every Thursday nighttime, Movies at the lake each Sunday nighttime, and local fairs around the lake each Saturday morning (refer to carolinabeach.org for additional info!). Carolina Beach is a mix of friendly locals, snowbirds, and visitors all looking to hideaway the inland and enjoy the sand, surf, and ambience. We really have an spectacular community!
Carolina Beach and the surrounding neighborhood offers an array of sights and activities to enjoy while here. Some of these examples are (but not limited to) a subtle beach hike through Carolina Beach State Park, Finishing on the Kure Beach Pier, Kayaking to one of the many islands surrounding the Intracoastal Waterway, watching canons blast during a historical reenactment at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or petting some Sting Rays at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This doesn’t even include the aweing scenery of Airlie Gardens, and our very own battleship (USS NC) in Wilmington! Perhaps more peaceful and less “experience” is your speed. Our own local Brewery (Good Hops) along with a round of Frisbee golf may be a great time.
And between the beach and Down Town Wilmington, boy do we have FOOD, Festivals, and good times!
Food, dining, and a multitude of outdoor activities are all well within walking distance. Downtown Carolina Beach has a number of vendors (such as Pleasure Island Units @ 2 N Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428 and Tony Silvagni Surf School @ 101 Cape Fear Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428) that offer golf carts, paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, and bicycles for rent as an alternative to driving. Taxi’s and Uber’s are always available for an assist when needed as well throughout the island! You can catch a Ferry to Southport in Kure Beach @ 2422 Fort Fisher Blvd S Kure Beach which leads to another ferry to Bald Head Island where NO CARS are allowed!
Walk, crawl (hopefully mainly the children!), bicycle, swim, paddle, drive, Uber… you name it.
- Many property management companies and vacation homes supply Southport area traveller discount magazines which include deals, either offered individually by vendors, or by a relationship between the property manager and the local store itself. Look for these magazines and discount books, as this allows visitors to experience those attractions at a typically significantly discounted.
- Are the trip dates flexible? Off-season rates are usually a fraction of high pricing.
- Are you a armed forces veteran? Some property management companies offer discount rates to veterans and active-duty military. Be sure to confirm with property management company to see if your travelling gang qualifies for a reduced price.
- Some rental homes are essentially catered to specific travelers, whether it's downtown rentals with weekly pier passes, city-center homes with walkable access to night life or waterfront homes that have private jetski launching areas. You will definitely get the most value from a home which most directly satisfies your ideal vacation setting, even if it costs a bit extra.
- Think about investing in trip insurance together with your rental contract. Trip insurance, which generally add anywhere between 1% - 5% of the base vacation rental rate, provides buyers reimbursement of their trip expenses for any missed as a consequence of medical related emergencies or weather, and additionally ensuing additional hurricane evacuation costs or charges, such as an unanticipated hotel stay or additional fuel.
How to Book a Rental Home
You may be shocked to learn just how many rental properties are available at your destination. Rental homes are gaining in popularity among vacationers, and visitors will find that the sheer number of vacation rentals available makes it possible to find an ideal getaway to suit their Southport group, from relaxed condominiums to giant event homes with several bedrooms.
Rental homes are often owner operated or managed by property management companies. For owners not directly involved with the management of their vacation home, management companies are critical in assisting guests with reserving, check-in, housekeeping services, and any routine service problems that may arise.
We have assembled a short guide to help you get the most from your rental home experience.
Where to find and reserve the best vacation home:
Before you decide to book ""Flip Flops and Paw Prints" Pet friendly cottage", go through our brief list of things to consider.
Start Your Search Early
Like many desirable hot spots, In Southport the best rental homes are booked early. Reserving your rental 6-12 months before your travel dates is usually recommended, when possible. Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years are excellent times to find and book your vacation rental..
Find your Spot and Choose Dates
Start by choosing which particular area of Southport you want to visit, and the approximate dates you'll be vacationing.
Exactly How Much Rental home Do You Really Need?
How many relatives are planning to share your trip? Remember that that most rental homes list maximum guest capacity, which oftentimes includes sofa beds in the home's living room. You will need to figure out what is suitable for your group. Specific descriptions of bedrooms and beds are typically accessible online. Otherwise, contact the property owner before you reserve the home.
Decide on Your Budget
Most rental properties are presented with a cost range. Determine the rate for your desired stay. It may be at the high end of the range. If many groups or families are sharing the cost, make sure that everyone knows their obligation and has agreed to a maximum they are willing to chip in. Most rental documents call for a single individual to be liable for the entire reservation.
Its All About Amenities
What property features is the group looking for? Do you only desire a vacation home with a pool, spa or volleyball court? Do you desire to be away from it all, or near civilization? Are extras like beach chairs, gas grills, beach umbrellas, beach carts or coolers at your disposal and included with your rental home rate? Gather a list of "necessities and desires" from your party to help narrow your search to the perfect home.
Do some people in your group have special needs? If wheel chair accessibility, elevators, pool lifts or other special devices are needed, factor that into your search. Nearly all rental postings will include a list of amenities.
Go ahead and Take the Dog
Make sure to include your furry family members. Although many vacation homes permit pets, rules and charges fluctuate per rental. Type of animal, size and dog breeds can be controlled. Read your agreement very carefully! Charges may apply when pets are added.
Start your Search
Many websites exist to match vacationers with rental home owners.. In combination with Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor, we recommend searching Google for "Southport local rental homes" for local rental home management companies. Local vacation rental management companies pride themselves on a superior rental experience.
When you've located your dream rental, check to confirm your travel dates are available.
Some rental home owners will negotiate rates, and some will not. If the price isn't negotiable, the number of nights might be. Your greatest prospects for a reduced rate is switching to a less desirable week.
Study The Agreement
Read through the whole agreement and make certain you are aware who is liable for:
- Electric bills
- WIFI Access
- Telephone service
- Hot Tub Heating
- Pay Per View Movies
- Cleaning Fees
- Trash Pickup (and which day?)
- Maintenance (get a phone number)
- Check in & Check Out Key Exchange
- Parking Fees
Get a total that incorporates state taxes, animal and other extra fees.
Do you know the Cancellation Policy?
Ensure you are familiar with the cancellation policy prior to reserving. You will probably be offered trip insurance. Trip insurance safeguards the renter against emergency situations and weather events, It gives you peace of mind should tragedy strike.
Book your Rental Property
When everything seems correct, it's finally time for you to sign on the dotted line. You will likely need to submit a security deposit at time of booking.
Where to Get Assistance
Put the rental manager's contact information into your smartphone and wallet for quick access to answers throughout your trip.
Congrats on booking your rental home! You're on the right path to a terrific vacation!
During your Stay
- Take notes of any property damage soon after you arrive. If you find property damage, or if repairs are required contact the home manager right away.
- You could need guidance for a gas fireplace, TV or jacuzzi. Contact your rental manager. They are there to assist. A quick phone call avoids many complications.
- Don't forget to be a good next-door neighbor. Many times, neighboring homes are filled by permanent residents. Respecting late-night quiet hours and parking regulations can make a trip considerably more enjoyable.
- Ask a local. Locals can often point you in the right direction. Who better to ask where to get the best pizza, have a great night out, or the best spots for wildlife?
- Don't forget to protect the property owner (and your stuff!) by keeping the home locked up while you are away, just like you would in your own home.
- Make sure you've packed everything. Check drawers, bath cabinetry and wardrobes.
- Make a point to walk through the rental home one final time and look for property damage. If you can, do this walk-out assessment with the property owner present. If the property manager is not available, you'll want to take photos of the property to record its condition.
- How was your vacation? Many property management companies and vacation rental websites make it easy for renters to give feedback. If your rental and/or property manager was great, they'll appreciate your compliments. If anything went wrong, we recommend being kind but completely honest about your experience. Top property owners and managers will try very hard to fix the issue.
Learn from your Experience
Did everybody have a blast? Hopefully this guide steered you to a terrific home away from home. If the property wasn't quite right, and you will better understand how to filter your search for the next vacation.