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Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found

Bedrooms 3
Property type house




Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Captiva - Eagles Landing

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-7)

This secluded island home, offers comfort in a tropical wilderness environment, on the unbridged 2,000 acre Cayo Costa Island State Park. The home is 1,500 sq.ft. with 1,000 sq.ft. of decks. The home is off the power grid and is powered by solar/inverter and propane. The first floor of this elevated home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with two outside showers. There is a large deck connecting the two bedrooms that have king size beds. All of the first floor has Gulf views above the palm trees and the island. The second story sleeping room and upper deck has the best 360 views on the island of the Gulf, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and the entire island. You have quick access to the beach 300 yard in front of house by walking or taking one of two all terrain vehicles to the healing waters of the Gulf of Mexico and 9 miles of deserted sandy beach where there is world class fishing, shelling, birding and dolphin watching. Manatees can also be observed around the island from land or kayak. Or you can just slow down and listen to the natural sounds of the island sitting 50 feet above sea level on the upper deck. House comes with dock on the bayside see map Marker B. Owner can provide round trip transport from the airport and to the island (boat fee $150). Rates are for 6 people, and $25 extra/night for each person over 6 staying at the house.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Daniel Trescott
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2016
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About Daniel Trescott

I am a native Floridian from Miami. I starting boating and fishing at 8 years old in the canals near my house. So boating to Cayo Costa is a perfect fit and is always an adventure. I am an urban and regional planner and had been working for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Fort Myers for the last 28 years and the State of Florida in prior years. Now I semi-retired from the state and work part time for Trescott Planning Solutions my consulting firm and Cayo Costa Island Adventures. I have raised my son and daughter in Fort Myers and Cayo Costa. Island life has changed our lives. Being in the natural environment of this tropical island removes the stress in one's life.

Daniel Trescott purchased this house in 1997

Why Daniel Trescott chose Florida

I have been all over coastal Florida with my jobs and Cayo Costa by far is the largest undeveloped barrier island in the State. This island is remote in that it is six mile from the nearest mainland connection on rural Pine Island. The island is 50 minutes from my house in Fort Myers and 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store. Being the only person on the beach for miles was one of the main reasons I built the house.

What makes this house unique

The house has been called a luxury wilderness beach house. It has most of the modern conveniences in a home in a very remote location. You will be staying on a real island with no connections to the mainland. You will have quick access to 9 miles of natural beach (300 yards in front of house) where shelling, beach-combing and swimming are some of the best in the world. There is easy access to catch snook, redfish, trout, whiting, pompano, mullet, cobia, snapper, flounder and grouper. World class fishing for tarpon off the beach or in Boca Grande Pass at the north end of the island. An uncrowded life with peace and quiet might be the best benefit of all.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(51 traveller reviews)

Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 51 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing time at the house. The property is clean and well maintained. The location and views are breathtaking! The owner, Mr. Trescott, was very helpful, friendly, and attentive. I would definitely recommend a stay and am already planning a return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. You all were great and I look forward to your return visit.
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Beautiful island, beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Can't wait to return...maybe not in August next time though, extremely hot this year. We would like to return next year either in the Spring or late Fall. We took our 2 dogs and they had a great time also. Dan is wonderful to deal with and very helpful.

Thanks for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome and thank you for the nice review. Look forward to your return trip.
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Amazing access to the nature and beauty of Cayo Costa

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home base for our fishing adventure trip. We didn't see another person on the island the entire time we were there. If you're looking for high end finishes and creature comforts, this is not your place. The beauty of this house is in its seclusion, simplicity, and location!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very well stated review. Coming from St. Petersburg you all came the furthest in your own boat of any people staying at the house. I hope you come back for a Cayo Costa Island Adventure destination. Regarding creature comforts I believe the house provides everything you need to live comfortably on a wilderness barrier island State Park.
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A beautiful experience

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say about our recent trip! I'm not good with words, but will try my best! I was nervous to be dropped off on an island with my two little girls and husband! All the motherly worries! Once we arrived, that all went away! The house was so cool! Riding up to the house is an experience I'll never forget! Dan is very knowledgeable with the area! The four wheelers were so much fun! We drove the trails to explore a little bit each day! The beach was breath taking! We saw visiting boats on the weekend days (they were there to fish in the pass) but other than that it was our own private island! The outdoor shower on the deck was so much fun! I wish I could post photos to show amazing this trip really is! Also, if you're not an outdoors person just go with an open mind! There is wild life! It is solar power, etc! But it made the trip so much more of an experience! We loved cooking and coming up with fun meal ideas (once you're there, you're there unless you want to fork out like 180 bucks for a water taxi). Dan gave us a bag of mangos that he grew! They were so appreciated & tasted so good after a day on the beach! One of my favorite parts of the day was coming back to the house after the beach and hanging out on the deck listening to music and feeling the breeze. We saw a tortoise, a huge owl, manatee, sting ray, beautiful birds, snakes. We brought home beautiful shells! the bedroom upstairs is a 360 of Windows you can leave open all night with the breeze! You wake up to a beautiful sun rise. I could go on, and on. I seriously feel like a different person since we got back! I hope we can make the trip again! Thanks so much Dan! Best wishes to you! Your friends, the Gibsons

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. I am glad your week long stay on this special island was what your family was looking for. I appreciate the excellent pictures you have posted on my Cayo Costa Island Adventures Facebook page. Also, I agree with your statement that spending time on this island makes you “feel like a different person”. I hope your family will return again sometime.
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Unique Home in a Rare and Wonderful Florida Wilderness

  • 5 of 5

Cayo Costa is a truly unique piece of Florida’s wilderness and this house is the perfect place from which to experience it. Rather than isolating you from the outside, this house—with its many windows, sundeck, outdoor shower, and ample porch—is designed to enhance your experience the island’s wonders.

The house has a truly unique construction: twenty feet off the ground with a sundeck way up top that offers amazing views of the island. The sundeck also provides amazing ventilation, as the hot air flows through the many windows downstairs and up through the hatch that takes you to the sundeck. Here you can observe bald eagles and wood storks, sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and meteors, and absorb not just the view but also the soundscape (so many birds!).

The two bedrooms downstairs are large and comfortable, and the sleeping loft upstairs is surrounded by windows. The four wheelers make it easy to transport your luggage from the dock to the house, and to experience the even more remote parts of the island. The kitchen offers great views of the sun setting over the Gulf—what a view from which to prepare your fantastic dinner of fish caught that day! The furniture is comfortable and the house is well-stocked with linens and towels.

But you won’t want to spend much time in the house, because the island awaits! If you haven’t visited the island before you must walk the trails on the north end of the island . There are so many beautiful trees: massive live oaks, tall, expressive pines, and the curvaceous-limbed gumbo limbo. Birds abound—songbirds, shorebirds, and birds of prey. Aside from the chittering calls of the bald eagle, which we heard every night, there were wood storks and ibises and frigate birds. Just to name a few. The shelling is spectacular. You can walk down the beach with hardly another soul in sight and put shell after shell in your bag. Nature’s beauty abounds here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I very much appreciate the excellent review and comments about the house and report about everything you all did on the island. I look forward to your return stay in December 2016.
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Tropical oasis

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home inland on the island. You have four wheelers to ride to the beach. Very nice family who owned the home. Great fishing in the ocean and lagoon. The Rangers said you should not eat anything out of the lagoon due to it being land locked and stagnate. Exploring the island was amazing. Beautiful secluded beaches. After dark you can NOT go outside the mosquitos will swarm you. But their were no bugs in the house and it remained very cool despite being summer and sunny. The indoor shower did not work it only trickled water & was not enough to rinse your hair. We all (grand parents included) used the open air outdoor shower on the main level porch which was really cool and scary at the same time. We usually waited till dark and showered with the lights off so people across the island didn't see you. We never had any problem with the power and the solar ran the tv, fans and lights the entire week. The septic has issues and you are only suppose to flush if you poop. But it's an island and that's expected I'm sure the septic has a drip system that is very delicate. We really enjoyed the kyacks. The beds were comfortable and plentiful. Tons and tons of towels! The home is really unique and this is more of an adventure that a restful vacation. It is for the adventuresome not the lazy for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five star review even if your stay was over a year ago. You must be still thinking about your adventure on Cayo Costa. I appreciate all the great detailed comments. I would however like to respond to a few of the other comments. The front side lagoon was closed to the Gulf for a few years and is now open and flushing the lagoon. Coastal geomorphology on this island is allowed to be natural without the hand of humans interfering with it unlike the rest of Florida’s and nation’s barrier islands with roads, development and manmade beaches everywhere. Not sure the Ranger is correct about the fish in the lagoon because when it was closed my family actually caught more fish in the lagoon since the fish were trapped and hungry for our bait or lures. We ate all the fish we catch with no problems ever. I stayed with my family the last 2 week in May this year and the water was crystal clear in the newly created pass and the water flows so fast in and out of the lagoon that is it like a fast moving stream that you can float through. We saw a 6 foot tarpon come through the pass along with manatees that come right up to you. The bugs are more plentiful on the ground at times after dark than others which is one of the reasons I built the house up high above the ground. Amazingly, Lee County mosquito control helicopters do control the mosquitoes fairly well considering the island is a mostly unspoiled tropical island. Believe me the bugs are much less these days than they were 30 years ago. Not sure I understand the indoor shower flow it works fine and have had no complains. I just used it the other day to clean the tub. Most people use the outdoor shower which faces south over the undeveloped island with no house in view so there would be no one to see you. Most people like the outside shower the best. The septic tank system work fine. The low flush toilet was installed to save water and power and you do have to use a mug of water next to the toilet to flush the number two. Being on this wilderness island is an active place to be but I will tell you I sleep better on Cayo Costa than anywhere because it is quiet with no urban noise only natural sound of birds, wind blowing through the trees and sometime when the surf is up you hear it from the house. I hope you will return for another Cayo Costa Island adventure because it is quite rejuvenating to the mind, body and soul.
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cabbage Key
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Tropic Star
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Alden Pines
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Waterfront Drive
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cabbage Key
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
In front of the house on Cayo Costa Island

Park headquarters has small gift shop with ice and other basic items. Bikes and kayaks can also be rented. Nearby Cabbage Key also has small gift shop and restaurant. Ussepa Island also nearby has a historical museum on life of Caloosa Indians. North Captive has small store. Pine Island is 6 miles away by boat and is connected to the mainland where everything is available within 15 minutes to an hour including the International Airport. Visitors coming by airplane owner can provide transport from airport to grocery store and then marina for water taxi provided by owner to Cayo Costa home.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Captiva, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £398
Tax Rate 11.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.
$300-$325/night - $1,925-$2,100/wk (7 nights) for 6 people
$25/night extra for each person over 6 staying at home
Renter can buy $2,500 of property damage protection for $59 nonrefundable or pay a refundable $500 damage deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Captiva, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Hot/cold shower with large antique clawfoot tub, plus a hot/cold outside shower on deck next to the bathroom door entrance on deck. There is another shower on the ground floor deck that is cold and particularly good during the warm months.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    loft - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1). There is an additional double and single mattress. The beds in the loft are the highest sleeping beds on the island.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Being an off the power grid home quite power (sun) is almost unlimited. If necessary during extended cloudy days a generator can be run for 2 hours to recharge the batteries. The home does not have central air conditioning due to high power demand. The home is designed to either remove or retain heat by opening or closing the second story windows. Kitchen has electric coffee maker, microwave and toaster. Transportation is by ATVs with trailer on existing sand trails. Moon/planet/star gazing is excellent and a telescope is available for use. Various types of beach chairs, bring your our fishing rods if traveling by car or if flying bring your own reals for rods at the house, sand stakes and buckets are available. A beach volley ball set is now available. Instructions for using everything at the house are provided along with island maps and chart for good fishing stops around the island. Boat access to and from the island and from airport can be provided by the owner.

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