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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 3 Baths 2 Sleeps 8

Affectionately known as the 'Rhinestone Fisherman' this fantasy pirate/ocean themed waterfront vacation rental will make for a vacation you will cherish for a lifetme. Matlacha(MAT-la-shay) is just 30 minutes from Ft. Myers, but this secluded fishing village is a world apart! Fishermen, artists, bikers, vacationers all rub elbows and share the love of its unpretentious atmosphere. Unlike some topnotch fishing destinations, the intriguing thing about Matlacha is the plethora of attractions for non anglers: shops, restaurants, landmarks, and vusual curiosities. Golfers will appreciate golfing at the Royal Tee Golf championship golf club(less than 5 minutes away). Fishermen can relax on their excursions with the knowledge that family memberrs ashore will not be bored or grouchy because of nothing to do.

The Rhinestone Fisherman is a fisherman's and an artist's dream. Actually partway perched on a long fishing dock, this elegantly furnished vacation rental has an 80 foot fishing dock and a 7000 lb. capacity boat lift just waiting to be used by you. The lighting and murals in this home are incredible. Bose surround sound system, two wide screen televisions, and WIFI will all add to your enjoyment.

As you gaze over the bay, enjoy your time in the gourmet kitchen--exotic granite, stainless steel appliances, elegant cabinetry, all add to give you the feeling of a home away from home. With the hand laid rhinestones walls, hand painted murals, jeweled furniture the dining room is one of a kind. Watch the dolphins from your king size bed in the master suite. Murals with fiber optic lights, big screen tv and a computer and reading area add to the WOW effect of this suite.

Soak in the jacuzzi tub filled by a large gold waterfall shower head surrounded by glass mosaic tiles and actual glow in the dark grout! The queen bedroom lavishes you with that 'ole Florida charm'. The kids will squeal with delight upon seeing the exquisite murals depicting the history of Matlacha .

Come on down anhd give us a call for a vacation I guarantee you will never forget!!! We rent Sat to Sat during Jan, Feb, March, April June , July and first 2 weeks of August . Sat to sat also for thanksgiving week.and Christmas. We do shorter stays if open one week before arrival date during this time.

More Details

shelley wheeler
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

Why shelley wheeler chose Matlacha

Driving to Ft. Myers one day on business, I decided to take a trip through Matlacha. I was immediately struck by the old town atmosphere, the beauty, and overall feel of this village. If you close your eyes and open them you'd swear you were somewhere in Key West. The natural beauty of the areas only accessible by boat was another attraction for me.

What makes this house unique

This vacation rental practically built on top of your own dock. SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY song will readily come to mind each morning seeing the sunrise. WOW factor


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Jacuzzi , master bath has huge jacuzzi tub with glow in dartk grout
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , custom tile mural in tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Disney has nothing on this bedroom, gorgeous view of bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , ole florida fishing decor, top of the line mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Kids LOVE this pirate theme room!!!
  • All mattresses top of the line, many articles published about master bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Ontario Canada

The Only Way.....To Experience Matlacha !!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the fourth time my wife and I have stayed at The Rhinestone Fisherman. Matlacha was a unique little fishing village that has morphed into an eclectic artsy community with plenty to see and do. Needless to say the Rhinestone Fisherman is a vacation spot that allows you to experience Matlacha to its fullest . The interior decor is definitely one of a kind and the facilities are all top of the line. We definitely enjoy kayak fishing as we are on the water just about every day. I actually managed to hook a huge tarpon (at least for a couple of jumps) out by the manatee sign in front of the dock. Fishing has been great for sea trout this winter and we also have caught several legal snook and 4 or 5 small black tip and spinner sharks in the 3'-4' range.The kayaks supplied with the rental are in good condition and are perfect for either touring or fishing. Bert's Bar and Grill (1 minute walk)and the Island Cafe (across the road) are great places to eat or grab a cold one and both offer seating either inside or on the water. There are many other culinary places you could experience either in Matlacha or out on Pine Island. Shelley and Mark were very accommodating and looked after any needs or concerns that we had. Once again we have enjoyed our stay here and we are looking forward to our next holiday at the Rhinestone Fisherman.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love y'all. You are the coolest "outdoorsy" people I have ever met. We especially love the fact you share your catch with everyone around you. The whole neighborhood looks forward to your arrival. See you next year(and before you leave)
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Great location and great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a blast. The kids loved exploring the house and finding all the artwork. Their favorite was the lights in the ceiling of the master bedroom. Enjoyed great fishing and relaxing nights on the dock. We also loved we could walk to so many restaurants and shops! Great location!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everyone who met y'all thought you were great! I think it is a fun place too😄?Please come back soon thanks Shelley
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Crazy but cool and comfortable 😊😊😊

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house, absolutely way out there but comfortable with high end quality appliances and location was excellent, artistic design of bedrooms is something you have to see. Videos were taken for the family back home to have a look at to share our experience. The owner was brilliant in her communication with us and we had a lovely relaxing week there, we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it .😊?😊?😊?😊?

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jensen Beach, Florida

Perfect spot in Matlacha!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I, and two of our friends stayed at the Rhinestone Fisherman to celebrate my 30th. This funky, eclectic house didn’t disappoint. We had such a good time going from room to room, admiring the murals and reading about Matlacha history! It was very relaxing to come back from a long day of fishing and listen to the water lap under the house. A huge plus was the boat lift right behind the house. Parking was a little tricky, as we had two trucks and a boat trailer, but luckily we had a friend in the area and could keep the trailer at their house. We would definitely love to stay again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this house!!! Our teenagers loved hanging out on the dock. They really enjoyed the kayaks! The house is in a great location! The detailed art is amazing!!!

The Zuazo’s

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!!! This means a lot to me. Everyone that met yall said you were super nice. I said that doesn't even describe that group. ..they are super duper and beyond nice. Sure hope you come back(and you know from our conversations , I really mean that) Thanks Shelley
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  • 5 of 5

Very cozy. Incredibly artful everywhere u look. Excellent location. The owner is very quick to help if need anything. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.