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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
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 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 4.6363635 based on 35 reviews
Franklin, Indiana

Perfect Location. Love having a private pool.

  • 5 of 5

This home is located in an excellent location and is our 2nd year renting it. It’s just steps away from the beach with beach access two houses down and across the street. Owners are available and responsive. The pool is awesome and clean and the screened enclosure is new thanks to Hurricane Irma.:( The house itself could use a few updates but overall met our needs. The only two things I will highly suggest are getting a TV in the 2nd bedroom and a door on the master bathroom. Other than needing a few very minor updates, we love the house, pool, location and the owners are great! We would definitely recommend this rental and look forward to renting this home again.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie, thanks very much for sharing a review of your stay at Dolphin House. We are initiating a renovation next year starting in April.
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  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at The Dolphin House was perfect in every way. It was everything Tim and Connie said it was. It was both comfortable and cozy. Clean with everything you need for the pool and beach. Pool was nice and clean. Access to the gulf/beach and back bay steps away. Quiet location but close to restaurants, shopping and local watering holes. Doc's and Coconut Jack's our favs. And your tips on what to see were spot on - we went to the Corkscrew Swamp and it was awesome. We plan to come next year and will look to stay at The Dolphin House again. Thanks Tim and Connie !!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Justin, glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation and all that Southwest Florida has to offer. Also thanks for the compliments on Dolphin House. We look forward to having you return.
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Perfect Location!

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a rental close to the beach with a great pool, this is it. The home is a bit worn out. The master bathroom has no door and the DVD player is broken. That being said: the appliances were new and the bed was comfortable. We called the owner about some burnt out light bulbs in the shower and closet. The man showed up, that day to fix it. Tim Rucker is great getting back to you. He told us he is doing a total redo of the home in 2019. We would go back for sure. It was a wonderful 3 weeks.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marie for writing a review of your stay at Dolphin House. The DVD player must have quit from lack of use! We have Google Chromecast on the TV so you can watch Netflix or other streaming services.
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Perfect for family vacation with private pool and easy beach access!

  • 5 of 5

The Dolphin House was perfect for our family of five. We loved the spacious living area and the way it opened to the pool as well as the clear view of the pool from the kitchen table. Some of the other reviews noted some wear of the place, but we found it to be well-maintained and in good shape with exception of some minor damage to a kitchen cabinet. Also, very comfortable beds which are hard to come by in the VRBOs I’ve stayed in. The pool is fantastic and we loved the quick walk to the beach- if that’s what you’re after in a vacation home, this is a great value.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cyrena for the complimentary review. We have always felt that proximity to the beach and having a private pool are the most important attributes of the house.
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Location Location Location

  • 5 of 5

There are three important things in business. Location, location, location! This place has it. The positives of the location make up for the little problems we faced. Main TV in living room was nice and big, the one in the master bedroom not so much it has a dark shadow across the middle of the picture. Remotes needed new batteries and there were a few lightbulbs that needed to be replaced. As previous renters have stated the refrigerator has issues. All the shelves in the door don't work as the metal retainer is either missing or falling off. Not a problem just annoying. The second bathroom floor needs some attention as the stick-on tiles are coming off. The master bedroom bath has carpeting in it appeared and smelled clean but I have my doubts. The kitchen cabinets need to be replaced as some are falling apart at the base.

That being said the pool was great. A day at the beach and coming back for a relaxing dip in the pool was awesome. The couches were clean and comfy to sit on. The beds were comfortable and clean. The master shower was nice and big. Plenty of closet space with an abundance of hangers. There is a nice garage to park in. All the appliances worked and the washer and drier are brand new as they were delivered when we were there. Plenty of dishes pots and pans to cook with. A gas grill would be nice. The beach chairs and umbrella were in the garage and ready to go. There were also two bikes in the garage that we used daily to go to happy hour at Jacks and The Fish House. Overall I give it 5 stars because of location and the fact that we stayed towards the end of the season and who knows when some of these issues happened. A fresh coat of paint after season and it will be in good shape. Tim responded to any questions we had in a very timely manner usually within 10 minutes.. I would recommend it to a friend and I would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Thad, for taking the time to provide such a detailed review, as we appreciate all comments. We have reserved the second half of the year on our rental calendar in 2019, in order to provide a complete remodel of the house. All of the above items mentioned will be addressed during the process.
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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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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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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 £92.7

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

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