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Private Island Retreat Land Access~ lots free things~ 2 full 2 bedroom homes

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs2
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Sleeps up to 20 , For the cost of renting kayaks!

July 3rd to 14 open due to cancellation

Not just a home rental, but a Private Island Complex in the Ozello Keys. Experience the Real Florida here on the Nature Coast; only minutes from Crystal River and Homosassa Springs. Just 30 min from Scallop beds. Saving you about 2 hours a day on your trip in and out.

T tops will not go under 7 ft bridge.

We have lots of things no other rental offers like 45' tiki hut with music system ,disco lights,wet bar, 2 spas, 45' pool with 2- 32' waterfalls, all LED light. Almost 3 acres of yard with 180 yard lights, Fire ring with wood each day. Private dock for up to 5 boats.

Here at Paradise Found Island we strive to make your island adventure the best it can be. We are one of the few property with help on site to take care of anything that goes wrong quickly!

This listing is for both homes, if you are looking for an individual home, please see the listings for the upper 7072032 home and lower home 7011901

Land bridge access with electronic security gate gives you the privacy and convenience of driving to/from your own private island with amenities you won't get from any other home rental! Very little traffic noise to hinder the awesome wildlife and beautiful serenity here.

Swim or relax in one of the 2 spas or the 45’ solar-heated pool with 2 - 32’ waterfalls and wet bar. Relax by the bonfire ring (wood included with your stay), watch one of Mother Nature’s night shows, unhampered by city lights.

All linens, towels, and all cooking utensils, including glasses, dishes, pots and pans are furnished in both units The upper unit has a full kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, stove and side by side refrigerator. The lower unit has a full kitchen with microwave, stove and refrigerator.

When renting both upper and lower homes your group will be in Paradise*. *Caretakers on property to take care of any needs you may have.

When you rent here, you rent an island retreat complex with many amenities. Be sure you know what is included with your rental, as we have become aware of others making it appear they have enough kayaks for your group; most have 1 or 2 at best, whereas we provide 14. Whether it's paddling with dolphins or exploring some of the 300 islands with one of the 14 kayaks/3 canoes that come at no extra charge, this alone could save a family of 16 more than $800 a day!

Rent a private island, not just a home-in-a-row on a canal. 360 degrees of open water views with very few boats going by!

We also can set you up to snorkel with the manatee or have a private all day tour of Crystal River, including snorkeling and fishing on your own private pontoon boat with your own licensed guide.

Make this the vacation of a lifetime for just a few dollars more.

More Details

Paradise Found Island Retreat 2 bedroom 1.5 bath home - 14 kayaks/3 canoes
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Paradise Found Island Retreat 2 bedroom 1.5 bath home - 14 kayaks/3 canoes

I am a semi retired artist. I bought this island to retire to. After having several of my art customers come stay. I thought, would't it be nice to make a living sharing this beautiful natural spot with those that would never get to stay on an island like this. Or kayak the islands with dolphins Private Island home, land accessible, many amenities you will not get with an in-town home. *

Paradise Found Island Retreat 2 bedroom 1.5 bath home - 14 kayaks/3 canoes purchased this house in 1995

Why Paradise Found Island Retreat 2 bedroom 1.5 bath home - 14 kayaks/3 canoes chose Crystal River

This island was abused. I had gone by by boat and saw siding falling off. Major piles of trash every where. I thought how could any one do that to a estuary property. So 48 hours later I owned it. Private Island home, land accessible, many amenities you will not get with an in-town home. * Specializing in groups of 12 to 20, great for family reunions or gatherings. * FREE use of 14 kayaks and 2 canoes (save up to $800/day). * FREE firewood for nightly bonfires. *

What makes this house unique

Open water views. Few boats a day go by so very private.

45' pool with 2 32' concrete waterfalls all LED lite with wet bar and music system

Pool grilling area with seating for 20

45' tiki hut with seating for 52, music system, wet bar, grilling area

14 kayaks and 3 canoes at your beacon call every day

Awesome ruble fire ring with seating for 20 and cook grill on point of your own island

3 acres of yard all with over 130 mood lights

over 100 yards to any off site house so you can be out at pool fire ring all night

Please email to see out site direct for over 130 photo or with any questions.

If are comparing this to a normal rental we are most likely not the spot for you, as we offer way more for not that much more money! Please email to see current sales and pricing


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crystal River in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Upper main - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Sink
    Upper second - Toilet , sink
    Lower main - Toilet , Bath with Shower , see our site for more info
    Lower second - Toilet , sink
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Upper main - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upper second - 1 Large Double Bed
    Lower main - 2 Large Double Bed
    Lower second - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Upper has 2 real beds, 2 queen sofa beds and 1 queen air mattress Lower has 3 real queen beds, 1 queen sofa bed 1 queen air mattress
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
FREE use of 14 kayaks/3 canoes (enough for 23 to paddle together ~ save hundreds a day in rental fees!) 45' solar-heated pool with wet bar 2 32' lit waterfalls into pool 45’ Tiki hut with wet bar and sound system with charcoal grill seating for 60 9 HP spa with 6 water features at pool Private double-pump Jacuzzi on deck of upper home 2 Picnic areas with charcoal grills and 45' tiki hut that will sit up to 60 people Bonfire ring with furnished wood Coin-op washer and dryer 61” Sony HDTV in upper home, with over 200 channels 42' HDTV in lower home, with over 200 channels Queen-size beds Full kitchen in upper home and Partial kitchen in the lower home Screened-in patio and deck for each home High-speed wireless internet Awesome wildlife viewing and so much more... check our website for more details.


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Private Island Retreat Land Access~ lots free things~ 2 full 2 bedroom homes
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Great Memories!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place! This is the perfect place for a large family weekend getaway. We had plenty of room and spent most of our time at the Tiki bar looking out over the water. We enjoyed the kayaks, canoes, pool, and hot tubs. This place had everything we needed and the owner is a nice guy. I would highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The rooms are decorated in an island style decor that makes you feel as if you’ve reached a place of utter relaxation and well you have! Owners on site to fix problems at all times we didn’t need anything fixed but they where always kind enough to offer their help! While it was just too windy to kayak during this trip my kids had a blast in the pool while me and my husband could relax in the hot tub, the tiki bar is great for watching out for dolphin activity at all times and I know we will be returning come scallop season to take the owner Ken up on his offer to guide us out to the scallop beds from the private dock. Being out in the seclusion of this island is worth every minute of your time no hustle and bustle of busy commuters and no loud noises unless you make them yourselves!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: glad you enjoyed out little island we work hard to make sure all guest have a great time. Please come see us any time
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5 star view 2-1/2 star amenities

  • 3 of 5

First off I want to say that only being able to give this property a single rating is unfair because there are areas that deserve better ratings than others.

Secondly I wanted to say that the owners Ken and Elizabeth were spot on and very timely with responses to questions and request. And ken was spot on with his recommendations.

The best part about the property is the kayaks, personal boat ramp, and the obstructed views. And you do get free satellite tv and WiFi.

This property is beautiful and has the potential to be a 5star property. It was mentioned that the owner is ready to move on to something else but still....As we arrived and were greeted by ken we were given a tour of the property. Most everything looks to be as if it hasn’t been touched in years. Everything was clean but it just looked like it could have used some updates to a few amenities like the pool and the lighting around the pool. The speaker systems need updated. We ended up using our personal wireless speakers. The speakers jacks will not work for newer iPhone 8 and up. The tiki bar was nice. It has plenty of seating, a full size refrigerator, and a sink. There is cabinet storage outside. Never could get the fans to work at the tiki bar and would have helped on the nights with the bugs when there was no wind. The fire pit was cool. We really liked the bench/tables at the pit. There’s a outdoor light at the pit also for you to use while night fishing. We fished heavily and caught mostly catfish. So don’t expect to load your cooler up from m this bank. Go get a guide. Outdoor furniture downstairs is rusted and falling apart. A lot of the sliding doors were too stiff for small children to slide. The shower water will scald you if you have it very hot and another water tap is opened. The above ground pool looks like it’s seen it’s better days. The waterfall is badley stained. Only one of the 2 jets worked in the hot tub.

I wish I had better things to say bout this place. It’s not a place that grew on me and I’m sorry but I couldn’t recommend it. And all the cameras did kind of start to creep me out. Don’t expect 5 star amenities at the property. More like 5 star views with 2-1/2 star amenities.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your recent review. We do try to ensure that each guest has a unique experience here at Paradise Found Island. Although we try to ensure that everything is up to certain standards there are some things that we do miss. Please understand that within the past 18 months we have been hit with two major hurricanes and a few major storms. We are currently in the process of redoing the waterfall as well as replacing the patio furniture. As far as the two cameras, they were actually disco lights that were being mounted out at the tiki hut. We do try to make sure that if we are aware of any problems that they are fixed within 24 to 48 hours this did happen with the fans and the sound system in the tiki hut. Had we been aware of the issue with the sliding glass door, we would have addressed it within the hour.
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St. Augustine, FL

Tell your friends!

  • 5 of 5

Phenomenal resort! From the beginning I had a good feeling about this place as I thought the reference to Milton's literary classic was very clever. The experience was far better than I could have even hoped for, as for the price of a decent hotel room in some cities you basically get your own private island resort! Words cannot describe and even picture don't do this sanctuary justice.

Do yourself a favor and give it a try. I can guarantee you will be telling all your friends and coming back to stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Previewing for an upcoming family reunion in February

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed overnight in Crystal River this week. I am planning to host a 60th birthday party/ family reunion for my husband next February and I wanted to come up to Crystal River and see the Paradise Found Island Retreat and the Plantation Resort that is 10 minutes away. I intend to put up my guests of 20 between the two establishments. First, the Plantation is nice but after doing my math it adds up to quite a bit more expense then the Paradise Found Retreat when compared. And the age and condition at the Plantation was not markedly better than the accommodations at the Paradise Found Island Retreat. The walls at Plantation Resort are paper thin and I was woken up a few times over the night. The island will be blissfully quiet.The food and drinks at Plantation are expensive and I am really glad that we will be having the use of Paradise Found Island Retreat and it's amenities to host my extra guests on a day pass basis for a very low extra cost. This way I can feed the group three times a day and save the cost of restaurants which will save us a ton, not to mention the bar bill we wont have to have by bringing our own beverages and serving them from the adorable Tiki hut and bar on the island. There are kayaks and canoes to accommodate 20 passengers all included in the price as well as a pool and two jacuzzi's. I set up a meeting with the owner Ken at 9am Thursday to preview the property and go over my plans. When I arrived the downstairs unit was getting a makeover in the kitchen and main bath and the rest of the unit was in great shape. It was very clean and I saw no bugs, but hey it is Florida, pretty hard to not have any. Upstairs is already spruced up and has amazing views from every window and bedroom. The two massive porches are screened in and that will make for nice indoor outdoor living while we are there. Ken put me in touch with two restaurants right up the road who will do some catering and bring a few dinners over for us and Dominoes even delivers pizza out in this remote location. My cell phone, metro pcs, gets great reception. At the Plantation I could only make emergency calls. And the wifi works great too on the island and also at Plantation. I am a decorator by trade and I think the direction the owner is going in is "cute and island like" and sure it is dated, but so is the Plantation. For the price of admission you can't be expecting the Ritz, but you will get a clean, private island retreat with lots of amenities and a landlord

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charlotte, north carolina

best vacation on the island!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time last spring on paradise island. We are looking at it now for the holiday. We have 18 in our group and is hard to find anywere to handel us comfortable. There we not only had room to sleep. But all went kayaking togeather 2 days of our week stay. I am hopeing with the fall weather that the fishing will be as good if not better than spring.

We enjoyed our stay. Managment was great. Very helpfull when my child tried to hook up xbox and then could not get tv back on at 10pm. But not realy around other wise. We would all recomend this place highly. Heck the fact we are going there 2 times in 6 months should say tons

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the island after 10 years or design and detailing it is always nice to hear that people enjoyed there time in paradise. We try to offer a unique experience of island living. We do offer so much more for just a few dollars more. Like with your family who did there research they find that although we are a little more money per person you more than get that back with all the island extras. Don't forget to tell me you stayed here before as you get a discount for re-booking!
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Nearest Airport
78 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
There are 3 bars within 3 miles of the island
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Plantation inn
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
3 with in 2 miles
Nearest Beach
39 Miles
Pine Island State Park
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Snorkel with manatee.

* Kayak with dolphins at the island.

* Privacy on an island retreat.

* Going out with top fishing guides..

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

* Rainbow Springs State Park.

* Free use of kayaks/canoes.

* Free firewood for nightly bonfires.

* Free fishing from the island.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Spend quality time without worrying who is aproching the kids.

* Quality time on a island with the family alone.

* Snorkel with manatee.

* Fishing/scalloping.

* Nightly bonfires.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places in the state to view manatees, some of which are treated here before being released into the wild. An excellent value at $13/adult, $5/child, spend the afternoon at the zoo and research center (15 minute drive from Paradise).

Rainbow Springs State Park offers swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing (squirrels, otter, turtles, alligators, songbirds, hummingbirds, red-shoulder hawks, osprey, barred owls, and various water birds).

Weeki Wachee Springs is where underwater performances by mermaids (women wearing fish tails) can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting. Visitors can swim at Buccaneer Bay, see the Misunderstood Creatures Animal Show, or take a riverboat ride down the Weeki Wachee River.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is a 61 acre National Historic Landmark, activities include salt and fresh water fishing, bird watching and a boat tour of Crystal River.

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park contains the remnants of the once-thriving 5,100-acre sugar plantation, serving as a supplier of sugar products for southern troops during the Civil War.

Take a manatee snorkel trip for as little as $30 (let us know and we can book it for you).

Many Orlando area amusement parks and attractions are just a day trip away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Crystal River, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Sept Oct sale
9 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2018
18 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
28 Jun 2019 - 12 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £386.25
Pet Fee £30.9 + Tax

Private Island home, land accessible, many amenities you will not get with an in-town home.
* Specializing in groups of 12 to 20, great for family reunions or gatherings.
* FREE use of 14 kayaks and 2 canoes (save up to $800/day).
* FREE firewood for nightly bonfires.
* We offer the ultimate in privacy and security for your group.
For the cost of renting a kayak each day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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