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Waterfront! Steps to the Beach, Huge Covered Deck, Pets, Tiki Bar, Bikes, Kayak

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Relax and unwind, island style at Changes In Attitudes, your personal island lifestyle get-away. This extremely well kept, gulf-view, home includes a private dock on Bocilla lagoon with access to the intercoastal waterway (which can accommodate up to a 20 foot boat, please inquire about bringing your boat). The beach, a short 300 feet away with rarely a person in sight, has a very private feel with seven miles of perhaps some of the most pristine and secluded beach you’ll ever experience.

Our home includes three well-appointed bedrooms including a large master suite. The master suite and one of the guest bedrooms have very nice views of Bocilla lagoon with large glass sliding doors that opens into the breezy spacious screened porch area. The third bedroom also has access to the porch via sliding glass doors. The kitchen, dining and main living area is an open concept plan and takes full advantage of the fantastic lagoon views with a large set of sliding glass doors that opens into the main area of the screened porch.

There is a cozy fireplace and newer furniture for relaxing and unwinding in style. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for the gourmet chef in you to explore tasty new opportunities. Our home has tile and hardwood floors throughout for easy living.NO CARPET ANYWHERE to harbor allergens, sand, smells, spills and humidity. The bathrooms are all freshly updated as well. The downstairs entertainment area is huge, fully decked, and includes a fantastic tiki bar with stools, hammocks, lounge chairs and more! It’s open, airy and a great area to hang out and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. There is also a private outdoor shower so you can rinse off after a fun day on the beach.

Don Pedro Island (aka Palm Island) offers a unique, pristine and very natural “Old Florida” atmosphere. This is a place for relaxing, fishing and going for long quiet beach walks. Don Pedro is a barrier island with no bridges to the mainland so you’ll feel like you’re on a private island with all the modern conveniences such as cable TV and high-speed internet access to name a few. The mode of transportation to the island is by car ferry or private boat. The few minutes that it takes the ferry to cross the water will transform you from the outside world to our tropical paradise. Ferry service operates on a daily basis so you can venture off island as needed to explore the mainland. We have special prices on the ferry passes since we purchase them in books of ten, so please inquire about passes before you book your stay. Our home includes an optional golf cart rental and the use of two beach bikes and two kayaks (special prices on golf cart rentals with weekly stays). The island has a restaurant, pizza, ice cream and breakfast shoppe and a small convenience store. Close at hand on the mainland offers full service marinas, boat rentals, grocery stores, shopping, golf courses and waterfront restaurants. World famous Boca Grande is also a short drive from the ferry landing and offers quaint upscale shopping, restaurants, a beachfront lighthouse and more.

Changes In Attitudes is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends, recharge your batteries, unwind and relax, island-style (so leave your tie at home) – bring your flip-flops and your breezy island attire and get back to basics. It truly is a rare, special place that offers visitors one of the most memorable vacation experiences you are ever likely to discover.

Our home is available year-round with special rates for non-peak seasons and we do allow stays shorter than one week when available. Ask about special rates for one month or longer stays.

Keywords: House, casa, cottage, beach house, villa, unit, condo

More Details

Diane, owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Diane, owner

We live in New Jersey and have been traveling to the Gulf Coast beaches for our recreation and vacations for over 10 years. The boating is fantastic and our time with our family has created a bunch of fond memories for us. Most Florida beaches are overbuilt and congested – it's hard to find a beach with so few people and so underdeveloped. Quite refreshing to say the least. We chose Don Pedro Island (Palm Island) for the natural beauty and 'Old Florida' feel. This chain of islands just may be the last true Florida beach you can walk down (7 miles long) and hardly see another person. We also liked that there are no beach bars and no high-rise buildings. It is the best of Old Florida, natural, unspoiled and a genuine paradise.

Diane, owner purchased this house in 2002

Why Diane, owner chose Palm Island

We decided to purchase a home here for the unspoiled beauty of the island and the area in general. Englewood is a low-key Old Florida 'beach town' that reminds you of how Florida looked many years ago, without the huge high-rise condominiums and massive hotels clogging the beach. There are plenty of local 'home-grown' shops and restaurants and the fishing is some of the best in world. The beaches are fantastic and the boating is world-class. If you are looking for a great family area that is close to everything, but far away from the congestion, traffic and noise, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place. The only way to get on and off the island is by a 3 minute car ferry ride. Having no bridge to the island allows for a semi-private atmosphere and keeps beach going traffic to an absolute minimum. The island is all residential other than the resort area at the north end of Palm Island which offers a quality restaurant, deli and ice cream shoppe and small convenience store. Most all of the island traffic is by golf cart.

What makes this house unique

Staying on the island is not for everyone. If you like lots of places to shop, tourist attractions, beach bars and chain restaurants, this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for uncrowded and unspoiled beaches, great kayaking, fishing and swinging in a hammock under some breezy palms, this may be just the place. It's for a couple or family that wants some serious down-time ... a place to unplug and recharge your batteries and enjoy some great family time. Our house is pet-friendly with wood or tile floors throughout, a private outdoor shower (which is great for pets!) with a huge downstairs entertainment area complete with your own Tiki Bar. You'll also enjoy a private dock overlooking the lagoon and a great screened wrap-around porch. Our landscaping is all Florida native and offers a very private, resort-style environment.


Palm Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Waterfront! Steps to the Beach, Huge Covered Deck, Pets, Tiki Bar, Bikes, Kayak
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews
Knoxville, TN

Another great visit to Don Pedro Island thanks to Changes in Attitude

  • 5 of 5

We have vacationed on DPI many times over the past 15 years but this was our first stay at Changes in Attitude and our first time back to DPI after a 3 year hiatus. The wrap-around porch is awesome and the single level layout worked really well for us. The open family room/kitchen/dining area was perfect for us to all hang out together in rare times that we were not on the beach. The deeded beach access is a short 100 steps away and I have stayed in "gulf front" homes that had a longer walk than that to get to the beach. As usual, the beach was nowhere close to crowded, the water was clear and warm and the sunsets were gorgeous. We grabbed an offshore fishing trip with Paradise Charters out of Cape Haze marina and brought back shark, grouper, and snapper in big quantities so I recommend hooking up with Captain Steve early in the week and then dinner will be covered for the rest of the week and still leave you plenty to pack in dry ice and take home. Diane is an awesome owner; she kept in touch, made sure we had all of the info we needed and made sure everything went by the numbers. If we do a repeat visit to DPI in 2018, we will definitely be returning to Changes in Attitude. A couple of things to take note of: the little market that used to be on the island is now a gift shop so, short of beer or wine and snacks that are available at Coconuts, there is no real place to grab emergency supplies so make sure you load up on the mainland, and the mosquitos along the pathway to the beach can be brutal but a small squirt of repellant works fine to keep them at bay, or alternatively, a good cigar seems to work too. I would absolutely recommend Changes in Attitude as a preferred place to stay on DPI, it ticks all of the boxes that matter.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Please do come back soon!!
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The Best

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed on Palm Island 9 times over a 20 year period. CIA is head and shoulders the best in comfort and value.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at Changes in Attitudes! Diane
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Relaxing spot, great property

  • 5 of 5

My pregnant wife and I stayed at CIA for a week with our dog. My parents also visited for 3 of the nights.

We had a great trip (and excellent weather). We love Palm Island, and CIA did not disappoint. Great house, great owner, great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, Florida

Comfortable home, beautiful scenery, crystal clear waters and relaxing vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family of six. The dock on the back was perfect for our small boat. The beach access was a very close walk. The beach was beautiful, quiet, and serene. Just what we needed. We enjoyed the BBQ grill and the hammocks in the downstairs area. We wish we had thought to bring the tennis rackets. There's a beautiful court across the street. The house is well maintained. The beds were a little too stiff but everyone has a different preference. The island is beautiful. We took the golf cart to the resort for ice cream and also to happy hour and dinner. The fishing at stump pass was incredible. We left a couple days before tropical storm Emily. Perfect timing! Thank you Diane and Kevin for the great accommodations! We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect vacation home!!!! Spotless and well furnished with everything we needed❤️

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed in this paradise for our 40th wedding anniversary. It was the romantic, relaxing get away that we hoped it would be . We had a great time riding around in the golf cart looking at our beautiful surroundings. Early each morning we went shelling on what seemed to be our very own private beach( I found 5 sand dollars on my first morning). We only left the island one night to eat at a Cajun restaurant called the Zydeco Grill. Had a great time and the food was great! We are from Louisiana so this was a must for us. We loved lying in the hammocks downstairs , listening to Jimmy Buffet and just looking at the bay. You will not be disappointed should you decide to stay at Changes in Attitude... I promise👍🏻

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Everything a vacation should be

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the end of March and couldn't have been happier. The house is lovely -- very spacious and clean. The very wide screened-in porch is fabulous. The icing on the cake for me was waking up every morning watching the sun rise over the lagoon -- it was stunning! We made good use of the kayaks, using them in both the lagoon and the ocean. We loved spending time on the unspoiled and not-crowded beach -- we swam and spent many hours looking for shark's teeth (and found many). Not having restaurants or stores on the island requires some advance planning, but it was worth it. We didn't think the restaurant on the island was very good so we were glad we had planned to cook most of our meals at the house. The kitchen was well-equipped so cooking was easy.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
S.W FL Intl. Airpoirt (Ft. Myers)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Rum Bay
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Palm Island Transit
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rum Bay Restaurant

Don Pedro Island is a semi-private island with access via a short 3 minute car ferry, or by private boat. Golf, shopping and restaurants are all nearby with easy access from the ferry landing. The beach is steps from our front door. There is also a restaurant on the island as well as a small convenience store and ice creme shoppe.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates as based on 6 guests please add $20 per night, per additional guest. Maximum guest per stay is 8.
No Monthly rate offered during Spring Season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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