|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Relax and unwind, island style at Changes In Attitudes, your personal island lifestyle get-away. This extremely well kept, gulf-view, home includes a private dock on Bocilla lagoon with access to the intercoastal waterway (which can accommodate up to a 20 foot boat, please inquire about bringing your boat). The beach, a short 300 feet away with rarely a person in sight, has a very private feel with seven miles of perhaps some of the most pristine and secluded beach you’ll ever experience.
Our home includes three well-appointed bedrooms including a large master suite. The master suite and one of the guest bedrooms have very nice views of Bocilla lagoon with large glass sliding doors that opens into the breezy spacious screened porch area. The third bedroom also has access to the porch via sliding glass doors. The kitchen, dining and main living area is an open concept plan and takes full advantage of the fantastic lagoon views with a large set of sliding glass doors that opens into the main area of the screened porch.
There is a cozy fireplace and newer furniture for relaxing and unwinding in style. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for the gourmet chef in you to explore tasty new opportunities. Our home has tile and hardwood floors throughout for easy living. The bathrooms are all freshly updated as well. The downstairs entertainment area is huge, fully decked, and includes a fantastic tiki bar with stools, hammocks, lounge chairs and more! It’s open, airy and a great area to hang out and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. There is also a private outdoor shower so you can rinse off after a fun day on the beach.
Don Pedro Island (aka Palm Island) offers a unique, pristine and very natural “Old Florida” atmosphere. This is a place for relaxing, fishing and going for long quiet beach walks. Don Pedro is a barrier island with no bridges to the mainland so you’ll feel like you’re on a private island with all the modern conveniences such as cable TV and high-speed internet access to name a few. The mode of transportation to the island is by car ferry or private boat. The few minutes that it takes the ferry to cross the water will transform you from the outside world to our tropical paradise. Ferry service operates on a daily basis so you can venture off island as needed to explore the mainland. We have special prices on the ferry passes since we purchase them in books of ten, so please inquire about passes before you book your stay. Our home includes an optional golf cart rental and the use of two beach bikes and two kayaks (special prices on golf cart rentals with weekly stays). The island has a restaurant, pizza, ice cream and breakfast shoppe and a small convenience store. Close at hand on the mainland offers full service marinas, boat rentals, grocery stores, shopping, golf courses and waterfront restaurants. World famous Boca Grande is also a short drive from the ferry landing and offers quaint upscale shopping, restaurants, a beachfront lighthouse and more.
Changes In Attitudes is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends, recharge your batteries, unwind and relax, island-style (so leave your tie at home) – bring your flip-flops and your breezy island attire and get back to basics. It truly is a rare, special place that offers visitors one of the most memorable vacation experiences you are ever likely to discover.
Our home is available year-round with special rates for non-peak seasons and we do allow stays shorter than one week when available. Ask about special rates for one month or longer stays.
Keywords: House, casa, cottage, beach house, villa, unit, condo
We live in New Jersey and have been traveling to the Gulf Coast beaches for our recreation and vacations for over 10 years. The boating is fantastic and our time with our family has created a bunch of fond memories for us. Most Florida beaches are overbuilt and congested – it's hard to find a beach with so few people and so underdeveloped. Quite refreshing to say the least. We chose Don Pedro Island (Palm Island) for the natural beauty and 'Old Florida' feel. This chain of islands just may be the last true Florida beach you can walk down (7 miles long) and hardly see another person. We also liked that there are no beach bars and no high-rise buildings. It is the best of Old Florida, natural, unspoiled and a genuine paradise.
Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2002
We decided to purchase a home here for the unspoiled beauty of the island and the area in general. Englewood is a low-key Old Florida 'beach town' that reminds you of how Florida looked many years ago, without the huge high-rise condominiums and massive hotels clogging the beach. There are plenty of local 'home-grown' shops and restaurants and the fishing is some of the best in world. The beaches are fantastic and the boating is world-class. If you are looking for a great family area that is close to everything, but far away from the congestion, traffic and noise, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place. The only way to get on and off the island is by a 3 minute car ferry ride. Having no bridge to the island allows for a semi-private atmosphere and keeps beach going traffic to an absolute minimum. The island is all residential other than the resort area at the north end of Palm Island which offers a quality restaurant, deli and ice cream shoppe and small convenience store. Most all of the island traffic is by golf cart.
Staying on the island is not for everyone. If you like lots of places to shop, tourist attractions, beach bars and chain restaurants, this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for uncrowded and unspoiled beaches, great kayaking, fishing and swinging in a hammock under some breezy palms, this may be just the place. It's for a couple or family that wants some serious down-time ... a place to unplug and recharge your batteries and enjoy some great family time. Our house is pet-friendly with wood or tile floors throughout, a private outdoor shower (which is great for pets!) with a huge downstairs entertainment area complete with your own Tiki Bar. You'll also enjoy a private dock overlooking the lagoon and a great screened wrap-around porch. Our landscaping is all Florida native and offers a very private, resort-style environment.
Our week on Palm Island was a wonderful experience. From kayaking and fishing in the lagoon; swimming, shell hunting, walking, and building sandcastles on the beautiful beach; riding bikes and the golf cart to explore the island; and jogging in the mornings, there was plenty to do here. We even enjoyed watching the afternoon storms from the wrap around porch. We also loved watching the dolphins in the lagoon and the ocean. The remote, laid back atmosphere of the island made it easy to unplug from the world and reconnect as a family. The owner was very accomodating and informative. Our only regret is that the mosquitos were terrible this time of year, so we were unable to utilize the "party porch" downstairs in the evenings. This can be remedied by bringing lots of bugspray and citronella candles. We are looking forward to our next visit to this beautiful island.
My family enjoyed a relaxing week at 'CIA' and quickly settled into "Island Time." We arrived to find a well-maintained kitchen with plenty of utensils and appliances. Our two kids, along with our guest's son all enjoyed time on the wraparound screen porch. The split bedroom floorplan allowed the kids to have their own space.
Island Time for us meant the mornings were spent on the rear porch over breakfast as the sun rose over Bocilla Lagoon. We spent the balance of the day at the beach, collecting the bountiful sharks teeth and shells, and attending the daily sunset over the Gulf. We had a *very* close encounter with one of the many docile manatees that was a treat for the kids.
Unfortunately, even though "Island Time" is supposed to move at a slower pace, our week was over far too quickly. We plan to return to "CIA in this special part of the state next year. The owner was easy to work with. We found her accessible when any questions arose before and during our visit. The kids even said it might be the "best" beach getaway we've had as a family. We *all* highly recommend Changes In Attitudes.
We stayed for a week at one of the most beautiful homes on Palm Island. We spent our days fishing and boating at Stumps Pass and Boca Grande and evening walking the beach collecting sharks teeth. We hand feed wild dolphins in Stumps Pass, saw a lot of Manatee's we also stayed up late to walk the beach and watch the sea turtles come ashore to nest.
The house was big enough for all six of us and is well maintained and clean and a well equipped kitchen an beautifully decorated this is a great place to relax and unwind and find your own Jimmy Buffett moment
Fishing was great Snook on every cast in the pass and plenty of action from the dock m y two year old grandson caught his first fish off the dock a 24 inch catfish he wanted to keep. all this and pet friendly you can't go wrong. Thank you Diane for this wonderful place
Our family - including cousins and our dogs, spent a wonderful week at Changes in Attitude. We were familiar with Palm Island but found this house to be perfect for our needs. Great sunrises from the back deck and a 360 degree screened in porch. Fully equipped with beach bikes, chairs and kayaks the house is well maintained and large enough so our group of 5 adults did not get in each other's way. The property is well maintained and the first floor area (under the living quarters) is large enough to host a good sized wedding reception. The cherry on all of this was the private beach that residents are able to use. A two minute walk across the street it was the best way to spend part of every day. A comprehensive information book is in the house with clear instructions on the house and a vast amount of information on the area from boat rental and fishing guides to restaurants with phone numbers - nothing was left to chance. Strong Wi-Fi and full-up cable TV is there for those who have to stay in touch with the outside world (like some of our group). The owner was in contact when we first check in to make sure everything was in order. We could not have asked for a nicer facility for our week on the Island.
It's hard to know where to begin in rating this wonderful vacation spot. I'll begin with the kind and accommodating owners who sincerely went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was a success? They provided a great deal of information about the area and the house was perfect in every way. The kitchen was very well equipped and as the cook in the family, I appreciated it's openness to the rest of the living area of the house. The house was extremely clean and comfortable and did not lack for anything. We enjoyed afternoons on the wrap around screened in porch while being serenaded by the ospreys who inhabit the island. The island itself is a wonderland of wildlife and because it is only accessible by ferry, the beaches are uncrowded and peaceful. We loved the private beach access, located just steps away from the house. We are already eagerly anticipating our return to this little slice of paradise.
We were two couples and the layout of the house was perfect for us. The house was well-equipped and felt like home. The guys spent their days fishing - we had fresh fish for dinner two nights and brought some home - and my sister and I had a great time collecting shells and shark teeth. We look forward to returning, probably with dogs the next time. Thanks very much!
Don Pedro Island is a semi-private island with access via a short 3 minute car ferry, or by private boat. Golf, shopping and restaurants are all nearby with easy access from the ferry landing. The beach is steps from our front door. There is also a restaurant on the island as well as a small convenience store and ice creme shoppe.
|Property Damage Protection||£47|
|Pet Fee||£80 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee||£120 + Tax|
Rates as based on 6 guests please add $20 per night, per additional guest. Maximum guest per stay is 8.
No Monthly rate offered during Spring Season
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.