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Fully-equipped and Updated 3-bedroom Waterfront Vacation Rental.

Bedrooms 3
Space 660 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Enjoy this flexible vacation rental with privacy and space for extended getaways

The Crab Shack is a 3-bedroom waterfront vacation rental that will remind you of sleeping on ship. With a master bedroom and two additional berth-like bedrooms, “the Shack” is perfect for a getaway with the kids (or grandkids!) Newly renovated bathroom and pristine kitchen appliances making staying a pleasure. Water views from the master bedroom and spacious breakfast room make catching the sunrise (and sunset) easy! Fish from the dock, or use the jet ski & kayak lift for your watersport adventures! An outdoor covered patio has a new gas grill, perfect for grilling burgers - or today's catch! Enjoy the local art scene, eat at famous restaurants, and recharge on the water. Whether you're on Matlacha for the wildlife - or to get away from your wild life - the Crab Shack is the perfect place to hang your hat!

Scott Menard
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2017

About Scott Menard

Vida de la Isla translates Island Life. We feature 3 unique island vacation rental properties located on the world renowned, historic Matlacha Island.

Scott Menard purchased this bungalow in 2014

What makes this bungalow unique

Matlacha is island life personified! No need to travel outside the USA, we're right here in sunny Florida.


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

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • The cozy queen room has a water view. The two berth-like rooms each sleep one comfortably.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
This island is known for it's ability to take you away from the hustle and bustle of life, reconnect you with nature, and provide the kayaking, fishing, and weather you need to recharge your soul. A vibrant and growing art scene, as well as the Historic Matlacha Fishing Village (where this unit is located) make for a fun trip. Even though Matlacha doesn't have beaches the way Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach do, trips to visit nearby beaches make a perfect day trip (an average 45 minutes by car). We look forward to hosting you in our vacation home!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Fully-equipped and Updated 3-bedroom Waterfront Vacation Rental.
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Good, but then again not so good in a few areas

  • 3 of 5

Owner was responsive and good to work with. The property was comfortable overall, but did have a few exceptions that I will note here;

The bed, which was a double, had extremely worn out bedding. That for sure should be replaced. The kitchen had left over food in the cupboards, from a previous guest I assume. That should have been removed before new guests arrived. The bikes, which was a selling point for us when looking for a place to rent, were not functional. Even if you could get the rusted chains to work, the tires were flat. A reading lamp in the TV room would have been nice. One lamp was too dim to read by, the other did not work. We never used the grill. I could have lit it and burned the grease off, then scraped it down to get a somewhat clean grate to cook on, but I'm on vacation and that's not my job. These and a few other items are all easy fixes. Still, it was comfortable for a short stay or long weekend.

Also, we did not anticipate the heavy traffic in the area. Matlacha Island has really one road in and out, and it was quite busy all day long. Maybe I should have known that but I was expecting Matlacha to be quieter and more laidback.

Overall we enjoyed our stay but the "Crab Shack" needs alittle more work.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stressless is defined as having no stress. The Crab Shack is the perfect place to vacation with no stress. We spent the week relaxing while viewing our waterfront picture window. Perfect weather, nice shops to visit nearby, and just chilling out. Our second trip to Matlacha. Scott & Iliana are hospitality experts. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

The Crab Shack was perfect, it was like a Hyatt on wheels. It was stocked with everything you could need and was very clean. The location of the Crab Shack was great and it was only a short walk to everything to do in Matlacha. Thanks for everything Scott!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The owners were great to deal with, and the process with VRBO was super easy. We booked last minute and were so glad we could find such a cute place to stay. The owners do a great job keeping it clean and updated. They have done a great job with the space. The kids loved sleeping in their own little cabins.

We would love to stay again.

The Kommucks

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Petersburg

Comfortable Bungalow

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time, the rental was well stocked with everything you might need. Fishing was fantastic, just outside the canal. Caught at least a hundred trout. Will be back soon. Thanks Scott

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livonia NY

Relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5

For the most part, we enjoyed our week at the Crab Shack. The property is small, but has been nicely renovated, and was very clean when we arrived. It is within easy walking distance of good restaurants, and the local shops. There is also a park with a fishing pier across the highway. The neighborhood is quiet, the neighbors friendly, and we found it to be a good place to spend a quiet, relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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While being a world renowned fishing village, the area is also known for excellent kayaking, emerging artists, and excellent eateries and entertainment. In less than an hour you can be scouring the beaches of Sanibel or Captiva searching for the latest shells the tide has left behind. Of course, Vida de le Isla, is all about the relaxed island life, so you'll probably like to do a lot of 'nothing'.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Matlacha, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Season 2018
24 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £115.95 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £77.3
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Monthly and Seasonal guests are always welcome. Contact us to help plan your extended getaway! (Multi-month discounts available.)

Pets allow only under 25 lbs. each. Pet fee per pet. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends! We know how it feels to have to leave a family member behind! Extended stay pet fees apply for stays over 1 month.

Rates are subject to change until booking is complete.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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