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Enchanting Tropical Hideaway just 400 steps to Gulf beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Tequila Sunset is our luxury island cottage, perched in the palm trees- just 400' from the gulf on North Captiva island. North Captiva is Florida's best kept secret. From the moment you arrive on the island you will feel like you have been transported to another world.

Tequila Sunset is a freestanding, unattached, single family home on large lot, not a condo or townhouse or combined with another rental

Two bedroom, two bath home features an all new interior with:

Brand new luxury hotel queen mattress (May 2016)

47' flat screen TV with DVR in living room

32' flat screen in BR

stainless steel appliances

granite countertops

mahogany cabinetry

British Colonial decor

just 400 feet from the best beach on North Captiva

360 degree views of the gulf and bay from our crows nest roof deck.

What makes our house so special?

Location, Location, Location!!!

- Just 400' to the best gulf beach on the island

- Private setting close to everything

- All new interior with new appliances

- Designer decor with new furniture

- Personally owned and maintained golf cart

- Privately managed- with our manager living nearby

Our home is one level for convenient living. The master bedroom features a new four poster queen size mahogany bed. The second bedroom is furnished with twin size beds and has it's own bathroom with shower. There is a hall bathroom with full size tub/shower combination.

Included in the rental is a four-person golf cart and membership at the private North Captiva Island Club with two pools, tennis, and an outdoor bar and restaurant. Luxury at an affordable price! Come down and discover why it's called Tequila Sunset!

Keywords: vacation rental, cottage, bungalow, beach house, beachhouse,

More Details

Donna Ellswick
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Donna Ellswick

We fell in love with the island the first time we saw it from the boat. It reminds us of the British Virgin Islands, where we have sailed many times. I lived in Key West as a child in the 60's- and the island and it's people are reminiscent of those happy, carefree days. The island renews our spirits and is more beautiful every time we visit.

Donna Ellswick purchased this house in 2006

Why Donna Ellswick chose Jose's Hideaway

North Captiva has the feel of the Caribbean, but it is easier to travel to and property ownership is very uncomplicated. We also wanted our grandchildren to grow up experiencing this unspoiled natural paradise. We feel very fortunate to be able to own a home in such a paradise and want to share this with our guests.

What makes this house unique

The thing we love about our house is that we feel we are in our own world when we are there. It is nestled in the palm trees and affords great privacy. We are so close to the beach, I love to take my coffee and walk along the beach in the morning. The variety of wildlife and birds that you can see are breathtaking.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! We love your Island décor and 4 poster bed-so romantic and comfy. We have been taking pictures nonstop of the all the amzing wildlife. Driving around in the golf cart has bben a blast and everyone here is so friendly. We love watching the airplanes taking off and landing and are fantasizing what it would be like to fly here from home (maybe not!) Carolyn has been very helpful and friendly.
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Jose's Hideaway in Lee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Pack n Play (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Shelling
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Enchanting Tropical Hideaway just 400 steps to Gulf beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 27 reviews
Carmel, IN USA

Perfect vacation home for our family of four for a week.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time on our trip to Captiva. The property was very nice for our stay. Donna and Carolyn were very helpful throughout the stay. Do not miss the opportunity to star gaze on the rooftop deck. Honestly a great time overall!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great stay in a lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I spent Christmas week on North Captiva at Tequilla Sunset (TS). It was our 2nd year in a row on the Island. During our '16 stay we looked for a place in '17 & decided on TS which was available. Like last year, we were vacationing w/friends this time who were staying elsewhere on the island, in the same model home as it turns out. The difference between the two homes was TS is a house at the beach whereas as our friends were staying at a beach house. TS was very nicely furnished. It is not actually on the beach, but it is only a short walk down Escondido to the Gulf waters. The weather was perfect while we were there giving us a grateful escape from the onset of winter in northern VA. Thank you Donna for making your home available to others. Thanks to Carolyn, too, who was our on island contact, meeting us on our arrival, taking us to the ferry for our return to reality on the mainland, and providing us w/a couple items we needed during our stay. A great vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patrick and Annette- Thanks so much for your lovely review. I am so happy you enjoyed your time on the island and Tequila Sunset. We try very hard to provide everything needed for an enjoyable stay, and it always good to hear that our guess had a good time. Carolyn is amazing and we could not do it without her. I hope that you return again soon.
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Charlotte, NC

Could not have asked for more!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently stayed at Tequila Sunset and loved everything about it. It was the perfect size for our family of 4 and had everything we needed for our stay. It was close to the beach and had plenty of towels, beach chairs and toys. The beds were super comfy and the kitchen was well equipped. Carolyn, the property manager was great to work with and made us feel very welcome. We enjoyed touring the island on the golf cart and getting fruity drinks at Mangos! All in all it was a great vacation and we would definitely return to Tequila Sunset.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family - myself, my husband, and son and daughter ages 9 and 11. We spent a lot of time on the screened porch eating all our meals out there and playing games in the evenings. The kids loved the pool at the club as well as all the beach toys. Ice cream at Barnacles in the evening was also a favorite. We saw lots of birds, dolphins, manatees and tortoises and enjoyed the peaceful uncrowded beaches. It was the most relaxing vacation we could have ever asked for!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay on North Captiva and the house had everything we needed. Carolyn was great from the moment we arrived, getting us settled in and answering any questions we had about the island or the house. Donna, the owner was wonderful from the day we rented her home. We had a couple of issues that came up, but Carolyn and Donna took care of it immediately. I would recommend this home if you are looking for a small house, close to the gulf with resort access/amenities. The state park was amazing and we were able to hike to a secluded beach, explore and see wild life. Highlights were kayaking with dolphins and watching a baby eagle learning to fly out of the nest. If you are looking to slow down, connect and don't mind island time, this is the perfect spot.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time! It felt like paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Donna's home was perfect. We felt comfortable and at home. Each morning we had coffee on the deck above the house where we could see the Gulf. We ate our breakfasts on the screened in porch, which was so relaxing in the breeze. There were blow dryers in each bathroom.

Donna and Carolyn communicated well with us, so we knew exactly what to do to get food, get to the island, etc.

The island was easy to acclimate to. We loved going to the end of the road to see the waves. We enjoyed watching dolphins at the end of the air strip. The key lime pie at Barnacles was delicious. My friends loved their fresh shrimp, except the night they got it blackened, it was too hot. The shrimp meal with a drink and tip was about $36. I just got pie for $6. We went to the pool and hot tub daily over by Mango's. They serve drinks and food there also. You can get a chicken taco for $10 which is about the cheapest meal on the island. Add a drink and tip that's included and you're up to over $20. Drinks run about $10. We never ate at the other two places. We read the reviews and bought plenty, actually too much, food. Mostly we ate at the house. There was salt, pepper, and other staple items already there.

We went to the preserve one day and found tons of shells. Bring your sunscreen and a bright tie to mark the place you exit the trail to go to the beach.

It was a dream vacation. I don't think it can be topped.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review of Tequila Sunset. So glad you enjoyed your stay in our little piece of paradise. It is an amazing getaway from the real world! You really discovered all there is on the island. The tip about the tie on the beach is a good one. After a long beach walk its helpful to find the shortest route home. I hope you can return the island soon! We would love to welcome you back.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Island Girl Charters
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Over the Waterfront
Nearest Beach
400' feet from best Gulf beach

We are located in the Jose's Hideaway area of the island which is very central and right in the middle of the island. We are close to everything and the area is very lush with nice landscaping and is a great section of the beach. Our house is just 400' from the Gulf.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Jose's Hideaway, USA

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 May 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off season
19 Aug 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early winter
21 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Value Rate
5 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Season
1 Feb 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £357.15
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rate includes personal meet by our property manager, golf cart for your stay, and resort fee at North Captiva Island Club.Our weeks generally run from Saturday to Saturday but contact us if you have other dates in mind. Please check with us to get the best available rate quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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