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Angler's, Boater's, Beachlover's Paradise!!! WATERFRONT, PRIVATE POOL/DOCK/LIFT!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely 3 BR, 2 Bath, waterfront with Bay View, pool/dock 2 min. to beach

The following charges will be added to the rental rate advertised:

12% taxes

Cleaning fee $150

Pool heater (if required) $100/week

Sandals & Sunsets is a lovely 3 BR/2 BA custom waterfront home, that sleeps 6 comfortably in beds and can accommodate 2 additional people if using the inflatable queen size air mattress provided. It is located on Palm Island/Knight Island offering beautiful Bay views. Only 2 minutes (or less) by golf cart to the spectacular Gulf of Mexico, 7 miles of white sugar sand beach, seashells, prehistoric shark's teeth, turquoise water, and more!! Sandals & Sunsets has everything to make your vacation unforgettable!

Master/King bedroom features a Tommy Bahama-style decor with walk-in shower, his/her vanities, huge walk-in closet, and small private balcony. Two guestrooms are located on the main level of the home; one has a King bed and the other a Queen bed. The guest bathroom is also on the main level with a tub/shower combo and pedestal sink.The main decor throughout the home is a bright and airy beach theme.

Whether you are a gourmet chef or not, you'll love to prepare your meals or "catch-of-the-day" in the NICELY-EQUIPPED kitchen, featuring a smooth-surface stove top, two ovens, plus microwave/convection oven over stove. Kitchen has side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, lots of pantry space, an island-style counter/bar with 6 bar stools. The dining room has a custom glass-top dolphin table with 6 wrought iron chairs with China Hutch and is open to the kitchen and living room. The dining room also has custom-etched French doors opening to the large porch balcony overlooking the pool and has Bay view. The laundry room is off the kitchen and dining area with washer/dryer, utility sink and additional storage cabinets. The family room is also open-style and has an entertainment center, a 50" flat-screen t.v. offering DirecTv satellite, and a small desk. There is also a small dvd/book library for your enjoyment. WIFI available.

Downstairs on ground level whip up your favorite cocktail and test your barbequing talents on the enormous gas grill/rotisserie located near the beautiful, totally screened-in pool (30 ft long x 13 ft wide, 3 to 5 ft deep). For your added enjoyment, there is a game room/wet bar/tv pool side, along with a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer to store your bait and beer!!

SAVE MONEY by using the commercial-size ice machine that makes up to 300 lbs. of clear, filtered ice per day!! Walk out to the 60-ft.-wide dock to just kick back and relax. Have your camera ready as dolphins and manatees are often seen swimming in the lagoon!! Also, try your luck at catching a whopper! Anglers enjoy the plentiful fish around our dock!! Some types of fish caught off our dock include: Snook, flounder, speckled trout, grouper, snapper, red fish, sheepshead, black drum, lady fish, blue runners, and cat fish. Bait traps, crab traps, and limited light fishing tackle are also available to help you snag something for dinner! Deck chairs, beach chairs, and bicycles are also on site for your enjoyment.

If bad weather occurs during your stay -- no worries, the home is equipped with a 25KW generator that kicks on automatically if power is interrupted and all windows have storm shutters (electric and instant roll down!!)


Complimentary gift basket upon arrival;

One complimentary round-trip transportation pass on the car Ferry;


SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED INSIDE THE HOME AND BAR AREAS, but there are plenty of outside areas to smoke, relax and enjoy!

SORRY, PETS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED. (We love pets, but we have had some bad experiences),

Disclosure: owner quarters are located on premises but privately separated from main house so your privacy is totally insured!!







There is NO bridge that connects the Island to the mainland!! Unless you plan to visit the Island using your own personal boat, then you will need to use the Palm Island Transit Ferry. The Ferry transports vehicles to and from the Island 7 days per week and there is a charge for vehicles to cross, as well as golf carts, bicycles, and walk-on pedestrians. I provide my guests with one free, complimentary round-trip pass (a $37 value). For guests staying an extended period, additional passes will be provided. Also, additional passes can be purchased from me at my cost ($37 per pass) or the Palm Island Transit Ferry staff upon arrival, should you require more.

Sandals & Sunsets is fully-furnished and provides many of the items you need for comfort during your stay (bath towels, beach towels, linens, dishes, utensils, pots, pans, regular coffee pot, Keurig coffee pot, hair dryer, iron and board, beach chairs, bicycles. etc.) I provide a couple of rolls of paper towels, and small bath soaps just to get you started and plenty of bathroom tissue is provided. However, guests need to bring all of their own groceries, sun tan lotions, bug sprays, detergents, and other provisions and prepare their own meals. There is NO grocery store on the Island!!


When you back off the Ferry, the paved road you will drive on is North Gulf Boulevard, stay straight on North Gulf Boulevard until you come to the first dirt road on the right which is Palm Drive. Turn right onto Palm Drive (the road curves but keep going) until you come to 82 Palm Drive on the right side of road. The house is peach-colored with hunter green railing. (Our home is 1/2 mile from Ferry landing.)



Due to back-to-back bookings, check-in and check-out times must be adhered to as we need 5 hours to clean the home in between guests. When possible you will be notified if early check-in or late check-out is permitted. We strive to ensure that the home is in tip-top shape for you when you arrive!!

Driving time: 1 hour twenty minutes (approximately) from Tampa

Address - 82 Palm Drive, Placida, FL

From Tampa:

Take I-75 South to Exit 191 US-41/Manatee Community College. Merge right onto River Road and continue for 12 miles. At the 2rd traffic light, take a left onto Winchester and continue straight; Winchester will intersect 776/McCall Road so continue straight through intersection until you reach Placida Road. Turn left onto Placida Road and continue straight. Turn right on Panama Boulevard to Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. Wait for boarding instructions from Ferry Staff. (If you need to get groceries, go past Panama Boulevard and continue down Placida Road for 1 ½ miles to the Publix Super Market on the Left.)

From Fort Myers Airport: 1 hour thirty minutes approximately

Follow airport exit to I-75 north to Exit 170 Kings Hwy, approximately 35 miles. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp. Go under the expressway and take the first right on Veterans Boulevard/776 stay on Veterans Boulevard/776 for about 15 miles until you come to Gasparilla Road, turn left at the light onto Gasparilla Road, you are about 10.5 miles from the island, so just stay on Gasparilla Road until you come to Panama Boulevard on the left, turn on Panama and proceed to Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. (If you need groceries, there is a Publix Grocery Store enroute to the Ferry on Gasparilla Road.)


Palm Island is actually three islands. Knight Island (the most northern island bordered to the north by Stump Pass), Don Pedro Island (the middle island), and Little Gasparilla Island, the most southerly island, were originally three separate islands, divided by passes. When the pass between Knight Island and Don Pedro Island, and the pass between Don Pedro Island and Little Gasparilla Island closed (sometime in the 1960s), the Islands became one, with more than seven miles of beach.

Palm Island Resort encompasses the northern two miles and is a private resort area, with golf cart or walking access only. Rum Bay Restaurant is located inside the Resort along with a small gift shop and is open to the public. While on the Island, Rum Bay Restaurant can be reached by golf cart, bicycling, walking or boat (no vehicles allowed).

The area of the Island you are staying on is known as Palm Island Estates and is approximately two and a half miles long, including Knight Island, and over the big bridge, Don Pedro Island. South of the road access, lies the Don Pedro Island State Park which is approximately 135 acres of natural, pristine land. You can access the State Park by boat or a beach walk. There are bathroom facilities in the park area. To the south of the State Park lies Little Gasparilla, an Island accessible by private boat with approximately 300 homes, mostly part-time residents. Development there was started somewhere during the turn of the century. Some of the older 'fish camps' still can be seen. Today, there are some exclusive home sites and two condominium communities.

Palm Island Estates is home to approximately 100 families who live here full time. There are approximately 325 existing residences, some used every weekend, others on a part-time basis. Many owners rent their homes when they are not using them.

When Palm Island Estates was platted in the late 1950s, a bridge to the mainland was built. In the early 60s, the Intra-coastal waterway was dredged and the bridge removed for good. There are approximately 750 platted lots in this area with 453 owners.

There are about ten school-aged children who live full-time on the island. The parents 'boat pool' them to school or they travel via ferry to the mainland to catch the bus at the landing.

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Connie Taylor
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2017

About Connie Taylor

My husband, Charles, and I were born and raised in Plant City, Florida (strawberry country). YES, we're genuine Florida "crackers"!! We met, fell in love, and married in 1985 and are still crazy in love with each other after all these years! I have one son from a previous marriage and Charles has two daughters from a previous marriage. Our children are now grown with kids of their own, so we are enjoying being grand parents to 1 grandson and 4 granddaughters. As Florida residents, we have always had a passion for any water-related activities!! Through the years, we have especially enjoyed fishing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, lobstering, scalloping, boating, walking the beaches, etc. We discovered Palm Island about 30 years ago while visiting some friends in the area. We were immediately "hooked" and decided that was the area in which we wanted to live and worked towards that goal. We lived full-time on our 57-ft. motor-yacht for 8 years (1-1/2 years at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale and 6-1/2 years at Palm Island Marina). Prior to living on our Yacht, we lived and worked in Tampa/Brandon, Florida area. We were blessed to be able to purchase our home on Palm Island in July 2000 and have lived on the Island full-time since. It is truly a unique place to live and the Island is a close-knit community. We consider many of our neighbors and friends an extension of our own family!! Once you visit, I know you will love it, too!

Connie Taylor purchased this house in 2000

Why Connie Taylor chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

As native Floridians, we have been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places in the State. Although we love the natural springs around, Homossasa, Crystal River, Silver Springs, etc., we really love the beaches in Florida. Upon visiting Palm Island and seeing the gorgeous powdery sand beach, the blue-green water, the seclusion and privacy, we knew we wanted to live on the Island. We enjoy the small towns around Palm Island, such as Englewood, Venice, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and North Port. We attend a wonderful Church in Englewood called Fellowship Church and there are several groups on the Island that get together weekly for spiritual fellowship with one another.

What makes this house unique

When we chose to buy our home, we loved that it was situated on a private cul-de-sac street. It has a deep-water dock (which we later enlarged) and a lovely view of the Bay, yet is only a short distance (a 2-minute golf cart ride) to the beach!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Palm Island in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bath has walk-in shower, double vanities
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There is also a queen size inflatable air mattress for your use
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Angler's, Boater's, Beachlover's Paradise!!! WATERFRONT, PRIVATE POOL/DOCK/LIFT!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our experience with Connie and Charles at their lovely home was an absolute delight! If there were more stars to give I would. The home was spacious and comfortable for our family of 7 and Connie went above and beyond in EVERY way. The home is clean with a nice dock for boating and fishing. The generous gift basket she had waiting for us was an unexpected surprise. We are visiting again in September. I can't say enough about our great experience. If there were more people like them in this world it would be a very different place 😊

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Florida Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay with Connie and Charles so much. There was plenty of room for everyone, and the house was very clean, even though they were on a tight schedule the day we checked in. Everything we needed was included, and the kids loved the pool. The island is absolutely beautiful, and it was nice to be able to have a swim and sit on the dock after a day at the beach. So peaceful! We were given a very generous gift basket of goodies on our arrival, and Connie responded so nicely to all of our requests. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home, very clean and very well stocked! Owners take very good care of guests. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Annual Fishing Trip

  • 5 of 5

Connie and Charlie were the most welcoming and hospitable hosts we have ever had in the five years we have been doing our fishing trip. We had six guys and there was plenty of room. With the golf cart, we were able to explore the entire island. Connie made sure we had everything we needed at all times and made sure we always had privacy. Their dock allowed our charter boat to pick us up and drop us off right at their house. The ice machine on property was a huge plus! If you like to fish and relax in a beautiful home, this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed celebrating my mother's 60th birthday at this vacation home. The owners are very close and are readily available to assist you should you need it. The outdoor area was a big hit, we enjoyed every meal on the deck. I wouldn't hesitate to rent this property again in the future. Thank you Connie and Charles

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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This is a great home with many amenities. I would highly recommend to anyone to stay here.

  • 5 of 5

The owners Connie and Charles are wonderful people. The home was perfect. The pool, dock and game room made it great for our family. Always something to do. We have already our reserved our next vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rum Bay Restaurant, Palm Island
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Palm Island Transit
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lemon Bay Golf Club
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Tampa Amtrak Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rum Bay Restaurant, Palm Island
Nearest Ski
4.8 Miles
Island Jet Ski Rental & Tours
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Palm Island Beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Palm Island, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Season
1 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season Dec-Mar
16 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £309.21
Cleaning Fee £115.95
Tax Rate 12.0%

Note: If reservation is cancelled 61 days before arrival, all monies will be refunded; if reservation is cancelled 60 days or less before date of arrival; security deposit will be refunded but rental fee will be automatically forfeited and not refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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