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Dolphin House - pool home on the Gulf of Mexico - walk to the beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, each with attached full bathrooms - private heated pool

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.

More Details

Tim and Connie Rucker
Member since: 2001
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Tim and Connie Rucker

We have vacationed at Bonita Beach for over 20 years.

Tim and Connie Rucker purchased this house in 1998

Why Tim and Connie Rucker chose Bonita Springs

Proximity to the beach, which is the primary attraction for southwest Florida.

What makes this house unique

Walk to the beach for morning fishing and evening sunsets. No car to park, no planning, just go when you feel like it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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....
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bonita Springs in Lee County

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , two person shower
    Second - Toilet , Bath with Shower , xtra large bathroom
  • Both baths have been renovated. Master bath has a tile 2 person shower. Second bath has tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Second - 2 Single Bed
    Sofa - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Each bedroom has an attached full bathroom and glass doors that open out to the pool. King bed in the master bedroom and twin beds in the second bedroom. Mattresses have memory foam top pads for comfort. Sleeps a maximum of 4 adults + 2 children.
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Each bedroom has an attached full bathroom and a glass sliding door that opens out to the pool. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the second bedroom has two single beds. The sofa in the family room becomes a double size fold out bed. There are two television sets, one in the master bedroom. Each room has a ceiling fan. Beach chairs and towels are provided. A portable cooler on wheels and beach umbrella is provided also.


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Dolphin House - pool home on the Gulf of Mexico - walk to the beach
average rating of 4.6296296 based on 29 reviews

it was very cozy staying in the dolphin house, everything was in working order, clean comfortable!

  • 4 of 5

For us was important the enclosed pool area we enjoyed that so much excellent weather evening swim, enjoying the evening dinners, also there where very nice restaurants in coconut plaza and surrounding area we also enjoy the evening walk on the beach and have dinner at Doc’s restaurant not fancy but real 50tish at was fun and not to far walk.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ria, for taking the time to review our property. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the convenient location of Dolphin House.
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  • 4 of 5

It was great. Nice pool. Very fun. Missing a BBQ at the pool Tho.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Daili for the kind review of Dolphin House, and glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We tried making a gas grill available on the screened porch, but there was a fire incident and we have since removed it. A charcoal grill is available to use outdoors.
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Franklin, Indiana

Loved the area and having our own private pool.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed having our own private pool. The beach access was just across the street. The house is located away from the "busy area" but still within a short driving distance. Our favorite restaurant was The Fish House which was only 5 minutes away. Would definitely recommend this house for your stay. We had a question about the lock and the owner returned our call immediately. Very accommodating. The only problem we had was with the sand fleas. It rained almost every afternoon or evening making them more active. I would recommend using something to prevent them because they itch like crazy.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review Debbie, and glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation. Summertime marks the arrival of rain showers every afternoon for 30 minutes or so. Usually the flies are not a problem, they seem to appear only occasionally.
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Great house at the beach. Easy beach access. Would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Dolphin House for 2 weeks. It was so relaxing. The pool was wonderful after our beach walk and the rest of the day. Everything you need is at the house. We had just one question and the property manager answered promptly. Good restaurants close by as is grocery shopping. A great place for a relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Joan for taking the time to leave a review of your stay. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your vacation. Hope to see you again in the future.
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very comfortable as allways

  • 5 of 5

we stayed at dolphin house for 2 weeks in June 17,the house was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday, we enjoyed many happy hours in the private pool and outside area and also the beach being just a very short distance across the road made it very easy to just pick up a couple of beach chairs and umbrella from the garage and we were sitting looking out to sea within a few minutes.

all in all a great holiday and we will return if we are able.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tony, so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin House this year. We hope to see you return again.
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Hard to get!

  • 4 of 5

The location makes the house to something special.

If you make it across the street (lots of traffic), you are practically on the beach. The house has a very good room layout and the pool is also very nice. We felt very comfortable. Everything was clean and the few traces of use did not bother. If it had not already been booked, we would have come back. Just hard to get.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jochen for including a review of your family's stay. We always appreciated the opportunity to experience the beach and ocean at a moment's notice, without having to plan for a trip to the beach, or pack everything into the car, and then look for parking. It is so refreshing to cool off in the pool afterwards as well. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will be able to return.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Southwest Florida Intl Airport in Ft Myers
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Doc's Beach House
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Interstate 75 and Bonita Beach Road
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Big Hickory Grill
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Bonita Beach
Car: recommended

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bonita Springs, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter 2018
17 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
17 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
15 Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
1 Jun 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £86.65

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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