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Panoramic Water Views! Free Bikes, Kayaks & SUP's! Unbeatable Island Value!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Spotless accommodations, fun for every one and the best views on the Island!

Location, location, location! The Highview is situated on the southern tip of the Island, you could almost throw a coconut from Gulf to the Bay here. JUST STEPS TO THE BEACH and Stump Pass. This rental stands high above the rest in every way. When views, quality and cleanliness are important ,The Highview delivers all and more!

This top floor suite sleeps six and rents separately from the bottom floor suite.

Take a ride on our beach cruiser bikes, launch the kayaks or try the stand up paddle boards for the first time. You wont want for anything's all here, it's all FREE, and included with your rental!

Kick back in the comfortable orange lifeguard chairs and take in the awesome views overlooking The Gulf of Mexico and Lemon Bay. Nothing but blue sky's and blue water everywhere. The Highview gets two thumbs up from the locals and is a great spot for star gazing in the evening.

While inside, walk freely around the open floor plan. There's wifi, two bedrooms with high quality linens, and three flat screen TVs. Enjoy cooking your favorite meal in the fully equipped kitchen. The comfortable open Living room has a large flat screen HDTV, and beautiful Gulf Views.

Love the outdoors?...then you'll feel right at home here. Cook out on one of our Weber grills. The picnic area and tables are nestled in sea shells. Found some great stuff at the beach???...Wash off your bounty in the custom built shell cleaning station.

Enjoy the enclosed open top outdoor shower with hot and cold running water and blue sky views. Walk around the property sipping a cool drink and be swept away by the lush tropical landscaping that surrounds the Highview.

One of the best things about this home is it's location. It's right next door to Stump Pass State Park. There are 265 acres of sandy walking trails and pristine beaches. You can ALWAYS find a section of beach all to yourself. The wildlife here is amazing. You will see pelicans diving for fish, Osprey in tree tops, dolphins and manatee swimming the shoreline. Sea turtles lay eggs here every year and don't forget to look for prehistoric sharks teeth (not hard to find) and go shelling at the point.

If you've been here before you know it's allure, if it's your first time, get ready for a soul refreshing journey!

Note* The Highview is a duplex that can sleep up to 12 guests in total. Each floor is a two bedroom one bath, sleeps six, and rents separately. Prices shown are for one floor only.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter and MaryJo - Owners
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

Why Peter and MaryJo - Owners chose Florida South West

After exploring Florida's Gulf coast for the perfect slice of paradise we kept coming back to the little unknown island called Manasota Key. The perfect mix of peace and quite, nature, and some fun Key West style restaurants just up the road. Anything else you need or want is just off island .

Our home sits on the southern most tip of the Island and is next to Stump Pass State Park. This home has awesome panoramic water views of both Lemon bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Come smell the fresh salt air!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Peter & Mary Jo,

Carl & I are grateful for the time in The Highview! We had never been to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our time on Manasota Key exceeded our expectations! Highview is thoroughly equipped so as to simply pull up with one's bags & enjoy! The location is superb! We took daily excursions on the bikes, kayaks and even the paddleboards. We found many sharks teeth on our beach walks. The access to the state park & beach brought about many opportunities to enjoy the dolphins and other wildlife! We cannot say enough good things about the location or your home. Thank you for opening your home to us!
Nov 2014
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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 1st floor sleeps six . One bedroom with a queen, other bedroom has a twin bed and a bunk bed (twin on top, full on bottom) 2nd floor sleeps six. One bedroom with a queen, the other bedroom has two twins and pull out queen in living room Each suite rents separately.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 bicycles
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Sorry, No smoking inside


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Panoramic Water Views! Free Bikes, Kayaks & SUP's! Unbeatable Island Value!
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 54 reviews

Ultimate beach house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4/15-4/22. Weather was perfect everyday. There literally is nothing missing on this property. All you need is your clothes. We had a great time kayaking and paddle boarding in lemon bay. We saw manatee and saw dolphin up close(almost touched) every time we went out. The bikes are also a plus. You can easily ride to 3-4 different bar/ restaurants. Food is marginal but atmosphere is great. The beach is a very short walk and very quiet. No crowding whatsoever. We have already booked again for next year. We highly recommend this property if you're looking for a very relaxing vacation. Almost forgot, the house is very nice and the decks are amazing.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for wonderful review Bill! It was great meeting you guys and were so glad you enjoyed the house and area. Looking forward to having you back next April! Best, Pete & MaryJo
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Beautiful Property

  • 4 of 5

This place was wonderful. We were across the street from the beach a block from the beach access. We enjoyed riding the bikes and using the boogie boards, and beach chairs that were provided. Nice place to stay. We enjoyed ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joy, glad you had a great time! Come back and see us again soon! Best, Peter & MaryJo
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Awesome Location

  • 4 of 5

We were fortunate to be the only renters on-site for all of our stay except one. While we didn't mind sharing the property, and there were more than enough bikes, kyaks, etc, the lower unit has access to the roof deck. They need to come onto the upper deck to access. This creates a huge privacy issue and safety issue if you have little ones. Other than that, there could have been more paper products available, but overall a very nice rental if you want easy access to the beach.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you thought it was a very nice rental, had easy access to the beach, had more than enough bikes kayaks etc to go around, and liked the location too! We do not advertise that we supply unlimited paper products but we do supply all guests with a full roll of paper towels and two rolls of toilet paper to get you started. *** Note to potential guest, this is a duplex one up one down, each has it's own private deck and each includes use of our signature rooftop deck. Family's with children have enjoyed this home for nearly a decade. Thanks for staying with us. Hope to have you back again soon! Best, Peter & MaryJo
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Good location, great amenities, and a beautiful setting makes The Highview an ideal destination.

  • 5 of 5

We loved Suite 7 with our balcony and the crow's nest balcony. The grounds are beautiful and lush, the kitchen very well stocked for cooked-in meals, and the location of the beach access made our stay so enjoyable. With the bikes, beach equipement, and SUPs and kayaks included in the rental, The Highview is quite affordable. Other amenities like the outdoor shower and laundry facilities really provide a complete package in a vacation rental. Thanks so much for a great week at The Highview, Suite 7!


  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anne! MaryJo and I are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to have you back again soon!
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Lovely break by the beach

  • 5 of 5

We booked 5 nights at High View after a hectic week in the Disney and Universal parks and it was the perfect antidote.

The apartment is well equipped with loads of well maintained beach equipment we made good use of. Including paddleboards and kayaks. All including the necessary means to move them. We had never used them before and had great fun.

The raised platform above our apartment was the perfect place to watch both sunset and sunrise, never quite made that one though!, and we had a number of G & Ts waiting for the neighbour to blow his horn and signify the sun had set!!

The apartment itself is well equipped and helpfully the own leaves supplies of dishwasher tablets, coffee filters etc rather than having to buy them for a short stay. Beds comfy and great internet connectivity. All in all a great place to stay.

The area is quite quiet with bars and restaurants pretty empty by 9:30pm so fine if you don't want the hustle and bustle. Majority of residents are definitely in the retiree bracket. Would return and recommend to others for a Gulf Coast stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nigel! It was great having you as our guests and were so glad you had a great time! Look forward to having you back again soon. Best, Peter & MaryJo
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Awesome view, super clean, open, inviting!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation! The Highview was a great place to spend a week at the beach. It is hard to know where to begin - I probably should start with the view. We could of course see the Gulf, but from the top deck we could also see the Intercoastal Waterway. The house decor was really lovely, very inviting and comfortable. We spent a good deal of time on the decks both of which had great furniture. The sunsets were amazing! The kitchen was nice and open with everything we needed for the week. There were even Band-aids for a minor injury.

We thoroughly enjoyed kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding from Stump Pass State Park. There were beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, beach toys, boogie boards and small coolers for a lovely time at the beach. We spent one of our days at Mote Aquarium and poking around St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. While we were there the air conditioning malfunctioned - the owner, Peter, had the HVAC guy there and the issue fixed the same day! Overall a great experience for our family of 5 - including 3 teenage boys.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for the kind words and great review Sherri! We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay! come back and vacation with us again soon! Best, Peter & MaryJo
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Car: not necessary

Launch our kayaks and Stand up Paddle boards(included with your rental) at Stump Pass State Park next to The Highview. Explore the beautiful undeveloped islands and take in the nature from dolphins and matinee swimming right by you to the wide array of birds and other treasures.


Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Independence Day
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Peak - Standard Rate
Jul 8 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Peak - Standard Rate
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Feb 3 2018 - Apr 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 23 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Departure Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

This property is a duplex. Rent one floor for a small group, or rent both floors or other Highview Suites for a larger group or family reunion.

*** Each floor sleeps 6 and rents separately***
***Holiday rates may apply***

Max. occupancy is 6 guest

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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