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

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Bonita Springs - Dolphin House

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Tim and Connie Rucker
Member since: 2001
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2016
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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 Florida South Gulf Coast

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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Dolphin House - pool home on the Gulf of Mexico - walk to the beach
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 19 reviews

Fantastic Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tracy, we are so glad to hear that your family enjoyed Dolphin House and Bonita Beach! We would be glad to have you return next year. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review.
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This house was perfect. Our family of 6 stayed here and couldnt be more happier. The pool topped it

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle, so glad to hear that your family's vacation went well. Thanks for taking the time to share your review of Dolphin House.
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Great time at Dolphin House

  • 5 of 5

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).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words Manuela & Michael, Marlin and Carlotta. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation! We would be glad to have you return as guests at Dolphin House.
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Lovely house very close to a fantastic beach.

  • 4 of 5

The house was exactly as described with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A fully equiped kitchen made it easy to fix breakfast and other meals. We enjoyed every minut of our stay, taking early morning walks on the beach to see Pelicans or Dolphins and looking for shells. During the hot hours we went back to the house fixing a lunch and swimming in the pool. Later we went back to the beach for the sunset, absolutly fantastic.

Some days we made short trips to Fort Myers Beach or Naples where we walked on the piers.

What we did miss was the availabilty of restaurants within walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday at Dolphin House, Håkan! The wildlife activity at the beach is always so relaxing to enjoy. For nearby restaurants, Doc's Beach House is one mile south (an 8 minute walk on the beach according to Google maps) and provides fresh seafood and full bar service with waterfront seating.
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another wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

this was our 2nd stay at dolphin house.already booked for 2014 great location,great property,1st class rental.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tony - very considerate of you to write a review, and we appreciate it. Glad to hear that your vacation went well.
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Staffordshire, UK

Dolphin House delivers!

  • 5 of 5

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dolphin House. The slight down side was the weather as its been quite rainy for most of the time. Dolphin House itself however,was all it claimed to be and more. There were many extras that made our stay even more enjoyable eg deck chairs, chiller, fans in each room as well as the AC. A great deal of thought has gone into bedding, beach towels etc. everything was so well organised. It has great access to the beach but our children have really enjoyed the pool. Local restaurants are fabulous ( Coconut Jacks) and Bonita is well placed for visiting many places such as Sanibel,Naples, Marco Island.

We hope to return at some point and will definitely stay at Dolphin House again.

Many thanks for the use of such a lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We are very glad to hear that your family enjoyed staying at Dolphin House.
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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 South Gulf Coast

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2016
1 Jun 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2016
20 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
18 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
19 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
17 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £90
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bonita Springs in Florida

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 153 m²
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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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