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Privacy, Waterfront, Manatees, Tarpon, Wildlife & Protected Areas on Two Sides

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Placida - 120 Barracuda, Amberjack Creek

3 bed rooms and two baths on Amberjack Creek. Beaches and ammenities nearby.

Our property was once part of the old 35,000 acre Vanderbilt cattle ranch on the Cape Haze peninsula. Some of Florida best beaches are nearby which probably originally brought the Vanderbilt family to the area.

Our lot is over ¾ of an acre in what is perhaps the least developed section of the Cape Haze community. It is well protected on two sides by wild natural Florida habitats. A third side is protected by a well-established landscape beds with palms and other plants that provide a screen. Our property runs along 240 feet of Amberjack Creek, a tidal inlet, which provides shallow-draft access to the Gulf of Mexico (boats which draw in excess of 16 inches are not recommended for the creek, however, there are inexpensive slip rentals within 4 minutes of the property at Gasparilla Pass for larger boats). The creek abounds with wildlife. Fish from the backyard or watch for the herons, ibis, sandhill cranes, manatees and the multitude of leaping and swimming mullets and other varieties of fish.

The house has 3 sets of large, double or triple sliding doors that open onto the lanai, and provide views of the creek and mangroves. Walk down to the creek and disappear for a while with a good book. While his home is equipped for privacy and relaxation, and is also within close walking distance of the local post office, grocery store, bank and pizza parlor.

As members of the Cape Haze Property Owners Association (POA), we have access to the association's 400 yard long, private, Gulf beach, adjacent to Cape Haze on Don Pedro Island. The beach is accessible, by kayak, from Don Pedro Island State Park's 100 acre land base, 0.9 miles from our property. It is a 4-minute (280 yard) paddle from the Park's dock to our community dock on the island, then a 5-minute (500 yard) walk to the Gulf.

In addition to the beaches adjacent to us on Don Pedro (Palm) Island, accessible by kayak, boat or ferry, the closest beach by car is at 19th St. on Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande), about 10 minutes away. Once you reach 19th St. there is beach access on virtually every street all the way to the south end of the island, which is another 3-1/2 miles. So there are literally dozens of Gulf beaches. You can also drive north to Manasota Key in Englewood which is only about 15 minutes away. Once on Manasota Key there are three major county park beaches at (1) the north, (2) middle and (3) south end of the Key. In addition, there is Stump Pass State Park, which is at the very south end of the Key and is absolutely stunning.

It is only 4 minutes by car to the Boca Grande Causeway and about 20 minutes by boat (at 'no wake' speeds) to Gasparilla Sound & Gulf access from our property on Amberjack Creek. By car we are minutes (1 to 15) away from multiple resources including Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trips, etc.

Each guest is provided with a personalized code for keyless entry valid for the length of their stay. Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am. The rental rate includes the cleaning fee for guests staying a month or more. For guest staying less than a week this fee is $80. For guests staying more than a week and less than a month (28 days) the cleaning fee is $50. Upon arrival guests are provided with a detailed Guest Manual, describing all of the ins and outs of the property, including entertainment system operation, trash day, local resources and activities, etc. Confirmed guests are provided with their access code and a PDF copy of the manual, by email, in advance of their arrival.

Rental fees for reservations made more than 60 days in advance of your arrival date can be made in 2 installment payments. In special cases such as long term rentals, other arrangements may be made.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered

Robert and Deborah Haynes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016

About Robert and Deborah Haynes

Robert's family is from West Virginia. Later he attended high school in Florida. He lived in Spain for 7 years. He has degrees in Spanish, special education and human development. Toward the end of his career worked at the AAMC where he helped develop the Medical College Admissions Test and did research aimed at increasing physician supply in under served areas. Recently he has involved with habitat for Humanity, teaching English as a second language, boat building and gardening. He has also been teaching aikido for about 40 years.

Robert and Deborah Haynes purchased this house in 2014

Why Robert and Deborah Haynes chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We bought this house for a variety of reasons, but based largely because of our experiences in the area and because much of our family has chosen to resettle in this area. Robert's mother's family settled in Florida in the early 1900s and where active in the development of Florida in the Fort Pierce area on the east coast. Early on they were involved growing pineapples and latter in citrus groves and real estate. Robert’s mother in part, grew up in Florida with a sort of Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn existence. Later she returned to live near Fort Pierce and then in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. She passed on her love of Florida and its history to us.

Although we grew up and lived in diverse parts of the country and abroad, Robert and his brothers and sisters either live nearby or own property close by. We both love what this beautiful area of Florida and what is has to offer.

Between the two of us we have lived in and or visited many parts of Florida, the Gulf coast is our favorite. The Boca Grande/Cape Haze/Englewood area is the 'sweet spot' for us. We only 1 hour from all of the resources and activities offered by Sarasota and Fort Myers. This area is off the beaten path and with its slow pace, has much of the charm of 'Old Florida'. Access to beautiful, natural areas and Gulf beaches is exceptional. Our house is intended to express and take advantage of these gifts.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Privacy, Waterfront, Manatees, Tarpon, Wildlife & Protected Areas on Two Sides
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We arrived at about 1AM on Friday night and were immediately impressed with the home. There was a problem with the AC on one end of the house but when I called The owner Saturday morning early he got it fixed within 2 hours. What impressed me was he said I should have called as soon as I realized there was a problem. We were traveling to see our new grand baby who lives on Gasporilla Island. This home was perfect for us. It is larger than we needed but it was well maintained and we will definitely stay here again. Again the owner was great and the property is excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor Heights, Iowa

Everything that was expected was exceeded.

  • 5 of 5

I don't know if it is proper to say about a house but this house made us feel pampered. Oh my goodness it was so large and roomy and well equipped. We had 2 families there at the same time and never ever felt crowded or in each other's way. Space to spread out, space to gather up, space to relax, and space to have fun. absolutely the BEST vacation we have ever had. Our friends from Miami felt unplugged from their hectic busy lives the moment they pulled in. Really a nice property. I sincerely would not change a thing. Thank you for all the hints on what to do in town, when and where to go to eat. Excellent excellent excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week staying in this home. Very quiet and peaceful. We were visited every morning by a Great White Heron who seemed to really like the place as well. Neighborhood was very quiet. I believe we only saw one neighbor the entire week we were there. Two great restaurants, and a Publix within easy walking distance. We found ourselves in Englewood, more than Boca Grande, but both offered beautiful nearby crystal clear beaches.

The owner, Robert was also very helpful. He provided us with a lot of useful information, and certainly seemed to want to assure that we had a great stay.

If our vacationing takes us back to Placida, we would certainly stay here again. Clean, quiet, and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable stay in sunny Florida

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable and the new kitchen is really nice. We saw only one alligator from a distance in the canal. We did see dozens and dozens of mullet also. The screened lanai was very enjoyable.

All in all, we had a very nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely west coast Florida vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Located in a quiet neighborhood, the home is an absolute gem! Upon our arrival the first thing to notice is the tastefully decorated, spacious rooms. The newly renovated kitchen was a cook's delight as it was well equipped, and large enough to entertain with an adjacent dining area, overlooking the large lanai. A little creek behind the home created the back drop for a large array of wonderful Florida wildlife.

With the master bedroom/bath on one side of the living room and the remaining bedrooms/bath on the other side, a feeling of complete privacy was a plus, when having visitors. The size, accommodations, and cleanliness all made this the best house we have stayed at in Florida.

A short drive to restaurants, kayak rentals, shopping and gorgeous beaches, the location is simply perfect. The owners were a pleasure to deal with!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge, MD

Beautiful home for a Florida vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This home is spacious, beautifully decorated and very clean. We liked the privacy of having the bedrooms on either end of the house with the living areas in the middle. Our bed was very comfortable, a huge plus when you are staying for a month! The renovated kitchen was very well-equipped with everything you would need for meals. The spacious lanai was great for reading, bird-watching and enjoying drinks before dinner. The huge lot has lovely palms, orange and papaya trees, and a stunning view of the tidal creek out back. Gorgeous beaches are just a short drive away. Owners were friendly and great to deal with. We had a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Zydeco Grill (cajun) Great Blue Grass Tuesdays eve
Nearest Ferry
2.1 Miles
Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.7 Miles
The Links, Rotunda Golf & Country Club (5 courses)
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Amtrak (Tampa)
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Zydeco Grill (cajun) & Capri (Italian)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Private Cape Haze Beach on Don Pedro Island

The charming historic village of Boca Grande is located on Gasparilla Island just south of us. Gasparilla is in the same chain of islands as Sanibel and Captiva, but is unique in that there is a 'real' town on our island dating back to the 1800s. Gasparilla Island has been protected from over-development, and much of Boca Grande has been designated as an historic district with many buildings dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. There are several historic sites on the island, with one of the true gems being the Boca Grande Lighthouse which was built in 1890.

Gasparilla is famous for its pristine beaches, historic properties, notable visitors and world-class fishing. Everything in Boca is relaxed and moves at island pace. If you are looking for fast food or harried salespeople, you won't find them here.

You will, however, find that the village of Boca Grande offers a fantastic selection of casual and fine dining restaurants (with great bars), art galleries, outfitters, small specialty shops, gourmet shops with prepared foods, wines and cheeses, and our wonderful local market (Hudson’s) complete with a butcher. You will also find the Boca Grande Health Clinic, a Pilates and yoga studio, the Community Center, many beautiful churches and the beach! The beaches are open to the public and there is parking. Last, but not least there is the famous Gasparilla Inn, which now seems to have opened its restaurant to non-guests.

Periodically a sign will appear downtown saying 'shrimp boat is in', which means, get down to Whidden's Marina as fast as you can to get the freshest shrimp you can buy, straight from the man who caught it.

Visitors often choose to travel the island by bicycle. There is a beautifully maintained, paved, 'rails to trails' path that runs the length of the island for walking, running, skating, cycling and carting.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Placida, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 Jul 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Fall
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £102 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Placida in the Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Two sinks, shower with handheld massage.
  • Private bathroom for master bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • One master bedroom with alcove, walk in closet and private bath. This room's windows has good views of palms and the creek. A second bedroom also has views of the palms and the outdoors. The bedrooms altogether sleep six people. Two other people could sleep in the living room on couches or an inflatable bed / mattress.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY. Two APCO UV Fresh-Aire units are installed in the ductwork of our central air system. One in each zone. They are designed to help reduce airborne odors, toxic chemicals, vapors, germs and mold in our home. Specifically these units are: (1) Effective against Volatile Organic Compounds (2) Eliminate pet odors, cooking smells, and smoke (3) Reduce exposure to toxic compounds in the air (4) Sterilize microbes as they pass by in the air stream, and (5) Provide cleaner, healthier, fresh smelling indoor air.

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