|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Dolphin House is located on Little Hickory Island, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and halfway between Naples and Fort Myers. Private residences only are permitted in this section of the beach, and the lack of crowding testifies to this. The beach is 150 feet west of the front door and is teeming with ocean life, especially in summer. May through August is turtle nesting season, with tracks and nests dotting the shoreline. Shelling and bird watching is excellent here also with heron, egret, eagle, osprey, pelican and gull all present. This owner-maintained residence has been completely refurnished, including new leather furniture and carpeting throughout (Dec 09). The gas heated, screen enclosed pool (completely renovated Jun 09) provides a private place to relax after enjoying the beach, where the gulf water temperature in summer is 31 degrees celsius. Dolphin House is ideally located for a morning walk on the beach or taking in the evening sunsets.
If the dates that you are requesting show as unavailable on our calendar, please check our sister property at 1722736 which is available per week, please inquire.
Area attractions: Many activites are available in the local area, including parasailing and jet ski rental available at the beach. A full service marina is located at Wiggins Pass, one mile south on beach that provides boat rental and guided fishing excursions into the gulf. Corkscrew Swamp, an 11,000 acre preserve run by the Audubon Society is 45 minutes drive east. Alligator, birds, fish and snakes are observable in their natural environment from a 2.5 mile boardwalk through the swamp. The Jay Ding Darling Wildlife refuge is 25 minutes north up the beach on Sanibel Island and offers excellent views of migratory water bird life. Naples is 15 minutes south by car with numerous restaurants, museums, a fishing pier and shops. Ft Myers is 20 minutes north up the coast and also has a fishing pier. The Southwest Florida International Airport is located there and is a 25 minute drive from Dolphin House.
House details: The interior of Dolphin House is updated, spacious and comfortable. Convenience is afforded by the fact that everything is on one level. All rooms in the house have glass doors facing out to the pool area. The shower in the master bath is oversized for 2 persons, and the second bathroom has a full bathtub/shower. The A/C system is new, cool and quiet. We have two televisions, a large screen in the family room and a second set in the master bedroom. The interior furnishings were updated in Dec 09 including leather furniture and new carpeting. For convenience, there is an attached two car garage with automatic door opener. Entire pool area was renovated in June 09. Beach is accessed by less than a two minute walk across the street.
Beach details: Bonita Beach has been included in the top 10 beaches in America, and is well-suited to swimming. Sloping gently for miles into the Gulf of Mexico, the sandy bottom is comfortable and the gulf wave action is generally mild. Pelicans, terns, osprey, frigate, heron and other sea birds can be seen at the beach along with dolphin, the occasional whale, and sea turtles. Sunsets over the water are beautiful and panoramic. Bonita Beach streches for six miles along the Gulf of Mexico only 150 feet from the front door of Dolphin House. This area of the beach is residential and uncrowded, allowing for the ideal beach experience. Beach access #3 is located two houses north of us and makes it possible to walk to the beach in less than two minutes. Shelling is a popular activity on Bonita Beach as many beautiful specimens can be found in the clean sand.
We have vacationed at Bonita Beach for over 20 years.
Tim and Connie Rucker purchased this house in 1998
Proximity to the beach, which is the primary attraction for southwest Florida.
Walk to the beach for morning fishing and evening sunsets. No car to park, no planning, just go when you feel like it.
We had a great time; you have a nice, comfortable home and pool. The location was perfect as we like the Naples/Bonita/Ft Myers beach area. We've stayed in many places but really enjoyed your place. We lucked out and had perfect weather.
We would definitely like to rent the house again in the future. I would recommend your house to my friends and family but they might want it the same time as me....
This home has a beautiful pool area and an easy walk to the beach, as we were traveling with a 4.5 yr old and 2.5 yr old.
This area of the strip is less commercialized, more homes as opposed to condos so the traffic is not as congested.
The owners have everything you could think of to spend the day by the pool or at the beach.
We walked to Docs and ate dinner one evening (cash only) and then walked back on the beach.
The owners answered any questions that may have come up in a timely manner.
Thanks for a great week!
We had yet another fantastic stay in the Dolphin House. The kids love the pool, and you can’t beat the location - less than 2 min walk to the beach (basically just across the street). The beach is wonderful, un-crowded as public parking is limited, great swimming as water is calm, good shelling and beautiful sunsets. The house has everything you need and is very clean, the perfect setting for a fantastic vacation. We'll be back (again)....
This house has a great location for the beach. Lovely screened pool in backyard. House is stocked with everything that you could possibly need. Only drawback is busy road but that's what happens when you are so close to beach.
We absolutely loved staying at the Dolphin House. The location was incredible with such a short walk to the beach. This part of the beach was quiet and relaxing. The house provided everything you could think of all the way down to board games, pool toys and beach equipment. The pool was nice and large and offered a nice break from the beach. The owners are so nice that they provided a lot of useful information and tips for the area. Our family was so impressed that we are planning on making it a summer tradition to come back to the Dolphin House!
Our overall experience was perfect. The location to the beach could not have been more perfect. There were plenty of things to do and walking distance to Docs which is perfect for watching the sunset and enjoying good food.
We will stay here again.
We enjoyed our time at dolphin house. We had a relaxing time, especially at the pool. The beach is only a short walk away. Everything you need for the beach is there-towells, sun-umbrella...We saw dolphins, manatees even a baby-shovelhead at the beach and on our jet-ski-tour. The property was very clean. The children (two girls) loved their room and own bathroom. A good fish restaurant is just around the corner. Tim, thank you very much. As said by our children: "The house is so cool! We will come back!" (if possible).
Dolphin House is located on Little Hickory Island in sub-tropical southwest Florida. We are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Fishtrap Bay to the east (see aerial photo). The setting is authentic Florida with coconut palms and seagrass on the beach dunes. This section of Bonita Beach is residential single-family housing only, and the beach is very natural and uncrowded. From the beach, Fort Myers is visible to the north and the Naples skyline can be seen to the south. During winter months, southwest Florida is the warmest spot in the U.S. and during summer months, an ocean breeze moderates the temperature. Bonita Beach has great opportunities for shell collecting along it's six miles of sand beach. A fishing pier is located in Fort Myers Beach, a 20 minute drive north along the coast. The convenience of walking across the street to the beach provides easy access to the natural beauty of the ocean, providing for a carefree and relaxing vacation.
See our other property Casa Bonita Royale, property number 1722736 on Homeaway.
Other Activities: jet ski, parasailing, kitesailing
Add 11% Florida tax and $110 departure cleaning fee. 50% deposit holds reservation with balance due 40 days before arrival.
Monthly rate is available, please inquire.
Normal rental week runs Saturday to Saturday. Exceptions are possible, please call or email for inquiry. Minimum rental period is one week.