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Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-9)

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 (AC power) 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 $175). Rates are for 6 people, and $25 extra/night for each person over 6 staying at the house.

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Daniel Trescott
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

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 Captiva

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 40 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Captiva in Lee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 13:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 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 9
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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. 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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Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 65 reviews

Fabulous fun

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a great time we had as a family! The setting is awesome and the beach is loaded with beautiful seashells. We caught fish in the lagoon and visited the state park at the end of the island. House was lovely and had a great view from the deck on top. Dan was a very accommodating and delightful host. We hope to return again next year for another awesome adventure. A really unique and delightful getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Get Away

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! We feel like we are the only ones on the beach and island. Great place to get away and unplug from the busy 9-5 job.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It truly is amazing and thank you for visiting the sixth time every December.
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Absolute Paradise very accomodating.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need to enjoy a natural paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shortest review I ever received, but exactly to the point. Thank you.
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Quiet solitude in the jungle with beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

Property manager was friendly, nice ,and responsive to questions beforehand. Did not need to contact him during our stay because there were no problems, but he was easily reachable by text. House was much too spacious for 2 people and 2 small dogs (not a bad thing). It was clean with the expected bug here and there as it is the middle of the jungle. We only saw 1 other person during our stay so pretty much had a 7 mile beach to ourselves. Fishing was fun. ATVs were well maintained and easy to move them through puddles (there were a few because of a recent hurricane). Although I wanted to, I did not see an alligator. The number of eagles flying around the house all day long was astounding. One of the bald eagles perched on the top deck when we weren't using it. Not really negatives that I can think of. I would love to come back some day when we have children. This place would be a dream come true for a family who likes the outdoors with comfortable secure living at night.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent review and eagle report thank you very much.
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  • 5 of 5

Loved this place. We went in July and our biggest worry before arriving was the temp. Not a problem at all. Stayed plenty cool in the house even in the middle of the day. Slept great too. Plenty of things to do and see and the house has everything you need. My only tip would be to take plenty plenty of Off and maybe a thermacell. We typically do not do return trips since there are so many places in the world to go but we would consider this place for another visit. Tropical atmosphere without a passport. Owner was great too!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review and the “tropical atmosphere without a passport” comment. People say it's like leaving the country. I have never tried a thermacell but I will soon. Bugs vary depending on where you are on the island and time of day during the summer. Since the first floor of house is up so high at tree top level, normally no bugs on the porch during the day or most nights. I hope you visit again.
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Great family vacation place!

  • 4 of 5

Our family has been coming to Cayo Costa for many years, but this time we brought my brother's family along for their first visit. Even those new to the island had a fantastic time and want to come back. We even had a friendly manatee swim right up to swim with us, a first for me!

Numerous pros: the views from the top deck are absolutely gorgeous, as are the views from the upstairs sleeping room. It works well with a large group; we had 4 adults and 5 kids but didn't feel crowded. It's well-designed for natural ventilation, so we were comfortable even on the hottest days. The views from the deck were lovely and we all enjoyed sitting out there. The two ATVs were especially great with a large group -- we loved being able to send one group ahead to the beach and the other following when ready, or letting one group come back earlier than the other. The fact that the transportation provided was ATVs rather than the golf carts we've sometimes had in other rentals was also an advantage given how rainy it was -- there was a lot of standing water over the trails during our entire trip, deep and extensive enough that golf carts would have had a hard time making it through. The carts for the backs of the ATVs were roomy and did a great job of hauling all of the kids and beach gear.

The cons were minor. The biggest was the extra person fee, which we've not run into before and made this house more expensive than the others, though the owner Dan was kind enough to waive the fee for the 2 year old, which we greatly appreciated. I also missed having a washing machine and tasty-from-the-tap drinking water, both of which our favorite rental on the island has, but since we knew to expect that we were able to plan ahead. (I highly recommend picking up a Pur Water Filtration Pitcher -- it did a great job of taking out the sulfur and iron flavors so we didn't have to rely on bottled water.) We also had several minor maintenance issues -- a toilet seat that kept falling off, aged hammock ropes that kept breaking, screens and window cranks wearing out, and a difficult to start generator -- but Dan was out of the country and said he usually keeps a handle on those things better. He was super helpful by phone and text (clear from Australia!) with the generator issues and helped us get a backup generator connected. After our trip he was also kind enough to mail us a Kindle one of the kids accidentally left behind, without even accepting money for postage.

Thanks, Dan!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate the detailed review. The hammock ropes, toilet seat and primary generator have been repaired. I keep the windows working and replace screens when necessary frequently. I was on vacation during your stay and had a relative manage the home but he can’t manage it like I do so I am sorry for anything that was not up to my standards. During your stay, it was cloudier than normal so battery charging was necessary more than usual. I have two generators in case one fails, so there was no loss of power. I am just used to drinking bottled water in 5-gallon jugs at both my homes. Don’t like the chlorine taste in treated water so I usually provide at least 5 gallons of water at the Cayo house. Bringing a Pur Water Filtration Pitcher is a great idea. A washer/dryer is to power intensive for my off-grid home. Hand washing is recommended. I wash all the sheets, towels, and rugs at my home in town, thus people get a break from washing cloths which maybe be plus while on vacation. The extra charge of $25 per night for each person over 6 people staying at the house is consistent with other hotels and rentals in the area and is stated in the VRBO home description. Since your stay I have bought an additional ATV trailer. Now there is a trailer for both ATVs for larger groups of people staying at the house. Thank you for staying at my house and hope to see you again on your next stay on Cayo and I likely will not be out of the town.
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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. Useppa 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 in Captiva, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £361.05
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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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