3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
About Diane, owner
We live in New Jersey and have been traveling to the Gulf Coast beaches for our recreation and vacations for over 18 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.
Diane, owner purchased this House in 2002
Why Diane, owner chose Palm Island
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 and blocking your views. 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 restaurant, deli and ice cream shop and small convenience store. Most all of the island traffic is by golf cart.
What makes this House unique
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 long deserted stretches of beach, 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.
Pet fee is $100.00
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Perfect for Families
We really enjoyed our stay and the access to the water! A quiet and relaxing place that even my teens enjoyed.
It really was a perfect vacation home for my family. We will 100% stay again. Diane really has a great system on getting you checked in and out.
Nice place to stay
We enjoyed the nearness to the ocean and intercoastal. The hammocks were nice also.
We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather for boating & beach. Communication with Diane more than helpful. After a full day out on our boat, to come back and relax in the hot tub so relaxing!
Relaxing / Fantastic Home Away From Home / Super Friendly and Helpful
Diane is very friendly and helpful and responded right away to any questions that we had about the property and island life. It was very easy to settle into this house and relax after a long travel day. There was more than enough room for us. The outside of the house is fantastic with a wrap-around screened-in porch, patio chairs and tables. We spent time underneath the house which is a great place to take a nap in one of the hammocks during the heat of the day. The beach is a short walk away. We were there fishing at sunrise every morning and we were there floating in the Gulf at sunset every evening. Don Pedro State Park is a short walk down the beach and has some walking trails. The bugs were not bad during our stay likely because of the almost constant breeze. We did not have enough time to take advantage of all the amenities available to us at the house. We wish that we could have stayed longer!
the only thing we had a problem with were the mosquitos
Since we are on an island surrounded by beautiful water bugs can be a bit pesky.
Reminder to all guest pack bug spray.
Even the bugs love Palm Island.
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 cream shop.