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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,646 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
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2017

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

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1646 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.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Dolphin House - pool home on the Gulf of Mexico - walk to the beach
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 24 reviews

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: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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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Nice location across the street from the beach, however, the unit is worn and needs some updating

  • 3 of 5

With out a doubt, the best part of this of the house is the location across the street. The unit has everything you need for a great stay....but I could only give it 3 stars. The unit was clean, and had everything you could want in a vacation rental...it just was worn out. Formica is pealing from cabinets, blinds are missing pieces, the refrigerator is missing the shelves on the door. We did not expect the Ritz, but.....

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to submit a review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation, and the convenient location across the street from the beach. Just to be clear, 'shelves' are not missing from the refrigerator - the bracket on the lowest shelf in the door was broken one month after the refrigerator was replaced. One blind is missing from the vertical blinds covering the sliding glass doors out to the pool, which are usually left open. The base of one kitchen cabinet was water damaged at the floor line, and we will wait until we remodel the kitchen to replace. The pool has been remodeled, the family room furniture replaced, and mattresses in the bedrooms as well. We have been, and will continue to be, updating Dolphin House.
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North Manchester, Indiana

Location, beach, pool!

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Krystal for sharing your review of Dolphin House. We hope to see you return.
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Prime location and kids loved the pool

  • 5 of 5

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)....

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christian for your considerate review. We are so very glad to hear that your family enjoyed their vacation at Dolphin House.
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Well maintained

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin House. The location provides easy and convenient access to the beach. Around holidays such as Thanksgiving, there is some traffic from vacationers looking for a place to park! Thanks for submitting a review.
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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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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
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
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

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £92.76

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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