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Tia Maria's Sand Castle

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Home With Large Screened Lanai, & Complete DECK!!

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house sits on one of Florida's most beautiful and pristine barrier islands. The home is fully stocked with most amenities and all the modern conveniences. While most of your time will be spent on the beach this home has a huge living and dining area for families to come together. If you prefer dining outside there is a large screened lanai and even a deck area with bar and music downstairs. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a master bath. A second room has a queen size bed while the third room has two twin beds. The open concept living and dining allows for 6 to 8 guests to dine comfortably. Please note that while there is bedding for 6 adult guests, we do provide air mattress for up to two additional guests if needed.

Ferry Transit: Don Pedro island is only accessible by ferry. Every day cars, golf carts, and pedestrians are transported to and from the island. Please visit for rates and schedules.

More Details

Mari Franco
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Mari Franco

I am an elementary school teacher and a Grandmother whose dream has always been to own a beach home. I have been blessed with realizing my dream and now I would like to share it with you. My home is immaculate, comfortable, and available to all who search for a memorable vacation.

Mari Franco purchased this house in 2001

Why Mari Franco chose Palm Island

I first visited Don Pedro island twenty years ago and immediately fell in love with the place. I live just ten miles from South Beach in Miami and still I prefer to drive 3 hours to enjoy the peace and beauty of Don Pedro island. Every time I drive my car onto the ferry, I feel as though I am vacationing on an exotic island.

What makes this house unique

8 miles of paradise (no exaggeration). There are not many beaches left in the United States where on any given day you could be on the beach and not see another person for hours. Swim, fish, snorkel, shell, or just simply read your favorite book. The five minute ferry ride transports your vehicle and passengers and it is what makes the island pristine and exclusive. Once you drive off the ferry, simply park your car under the home and relax. Put on your sandals and walk, bike, or ride a golf cart to the beach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Palm Island in the Placida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • Bathrooms are very clean and include towels (bath & wash towels).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , These are Twin XL Beds
  • Master bedroom has its own master bath. All rooms are furnished with dressers, nightstands, and large closet spaces.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Tia Maria's Sand Castle
average rating of 4.695652 based on 23 reviews

Absolutely AWESOME!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the cutest Sand Castle on the Island. We had the best time. Wish that we would have had more time on the Island. The home is very spacious and the owner is very responsive. Before we left I read all the reviews, tried to know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The home is nicely decorated, the beds were extremely comfortable..with extra pillows! The Kitchen was completely stocked with everything you could possibly need. Love the bottom deck -we had plenty of room to entertain.

My recommendation for travelers: bug spray for mosquitos & sun screen. Tia Maria provides the rest!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tina and Julley. It was a pleasure having you and your family in our home. We hope to host you guys again soon!
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Great home on a beautiful island- nice to getaway from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our trip to Don Pedro Island. It was a truly amazing experience! The house was perfect for our family of 4. Great layout with plenty of space. Comes with everything you need for the beach- chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys. We rented a golf cart to get around the island- I highly recommend that- fun way to explore and get around to the different beaches. We visited the resort on the island a few times for ice cream and dinner. Lots of nature- beautiful beach and friendly people! Will definitely be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and well provided.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. When we had questions, the owner was very quick to respond. Enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was as expected!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely island home met are needs well for a quick Spring Break getaway with my four teenagers and husband. We brought mountain bikes, but enjoyed the golf cart rented from Palm Islands Resort more. We didn't use our bikes at all. The beach access was easy after a short golf cart ride to the Gulf. I ran .4 miles to the beach and had nice 5-mile runs on the beach seeing minimal people and several gopher tortoises. We are tricky to feed with several family members having Celiac, gluten intolerance, pescetarian and vegan lifestyles. We brought our food with us and the kitchen met our needs. After a discussion with the chef at Palm Island Resort's Rum Bay, we had an excellent dinner which met all of our dietary constraints. The beds are comfortable and the home is clean. For larger families, bring extra toilet paper as there is one roll for each bathroom.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy comfort at Tia Maria’s

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely Thanksgiving staying at Tia Maria’s sandcastle. The decor and comfort of the House was excellent. Very cozy and large enough for 6 people. Nice lanai area which was perfect for piña coladas at sunset. . No water view, but close walking distance to the bridge to fish and close to the beach. Would recommend and rent again, very affordable with all the amenities needed for comfort and relaxation. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality Tia Maria!!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay on Don Pedro Island

  • 4 of 5

We came with the family (8 total) and had a lovely time on the island. You will definitely feel like you are away from the noise and craziness of city life.

The home was roomy with a living and dining room area when you first come in. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The screened terrace was nice to sit and enjoy just listening to the birds or catch a turtle crossing the street.

The kitchen had plenty of plates, cups, utensils and pots and pans so we could cook our meals.

There is a public access beach within walking distance (about 5-10 minutes). You can also rent golf carts from some of the locals on the island. There are beach chairs and beach toys in the storage container on the ground level where you park. There are also beach towels provided.

There is also a charcoal grill along with a picnic table, small bar area and another table with chairs and umbrella on a small deck on the ground level.

Bring spray for the mosquitoes and sunscreen.

Biking around the island is nice if you want to bring your own bikes.

Try to get everything you need before you cross to the island because you have to pay $55 for the ferry (round-trip) every time you cross. There is a general store on the island, but it is more expensive than on the mainland.

This is definitely a place to come get away from it all and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Luis! It was a pleasure to have you and your family in our home. We look forward to hosting you guys again.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Charlotte County Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Rum Bay
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Rum Bay Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Don Pedro Island Beach
Car: not necessary

The beauty of vacationing on Don Pedro Island is that there is no real itinerary. Enjoy eight miles of pristine sandy beaches where you can spend hours swimming, fishing, or just reading your favorite book. The adventurer in you may want to hike or kayak to the award winning Don Pedro State park where you could bird watch, picnic, and hike through the nature trail. If you want to relax and have a memorable vacation, come to Don Pedro Island and witness the most beautiful sunsets. Kayaks and Bikes are available for rent on the island.

**Owner does not rent these items.**


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £96.56
Refundable Damage Deposit £309

Ferry/barge fees not included. Please visit for fees & schedules

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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