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Caribbean-Style Island Resort on Tampa Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 460 sq. ft.
Property type hotel
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio Style Condo (Sleeps 2-4)

When you enter the property you will quickly feel like you just landed on a Caribbean island, stop off at the tiki bar and order a tropical drink, and enjoy the calm water views of the bay. This island resort has 2 marinas a half mile of private beach and is situated on 124 acres along the south shore of Tampa Bay, where the sunsets are breathtaking. It is conveniently located between Tampa and Sarasota, and just a short distance to the white sandy beaches of Clearwater. The resort in addition to having a private beach and marinas, offers something for all including fishing pier, , 2 pools, hot tub, 5 tennis courts, a fitness center, basketball courts, on site restaurant and tiki bar, live entertainment Wednesday - Sunday, and night time bon-fires on the beach.

The Restaurant at the resort offers an excellent Varity of food with something for every pallet, for your dining experience you can choose from the waterfront restaurant, the lounge, eat out on the patio under the stars, or sit at the tiki bar, whatever your mood. Make sure you visit the Fish House down the road, it’s only open 3 days a week and it’s one of the local’s favorite spots! In the room you will find a list of local restaurants, for the times when you out golfing, going to the parks, or after long day of shopping at the Premium Outlet Mall.

In the room, you will find all the comforts of home, the kitchenette is equipped with a fridge, microwave, portable double burner stove, toaster oven & a blender, just in case you want to make a frozen concoction of your own. We also have dishes, pots, pans and utensils, everything you need to heat up your leftovers, or to make your own meal, if you would choose to do such a thing on vacation! In addition for your enjoyment, we have two Tommy Bahama beach chairs, take them to the private beach or onto the sundeck and watch the sunset with that frozen drink you just made!

Make sure while you’re here take a kayak out on the bay, but don’t be surprised when a dolphin, manatee or perhaps some stingrays appear, they are just saying hello.

Welcome to Paradise, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Keywords: Best kept secret was found nestled in Ruskin FL, Located on the Florida west coast, Little Harbour is a caribbean-style island resort surrounded by water on three sides. From Little Harbour is just a short distance to Bush Gardens, Universal Orlando, Sea World, Tampa Airport, Outlet Shopping & white sandy beaches. This is the perfect get-a-way with 3 pools, a spa, fitness center, 5 tennis courts, tiki bar, excellent restaurants, private beach, Jet Ski & boat rentals available as well as non-motorized water sports. You will find a 36 hole Champion Golf Cours just 10 minutes away.

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Ruskin Hotel Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • hotel
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 460 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

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Caribbean-Style Island Resort on Tampa Bay
average rating of 4.4242425 based on 33 reviews

Amazing Nice Location Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Place is amazing .. Ruskin is very quiet and with a lot of fun things to do .. the onwer Christine is amazing.. she Had the room immaculate with everything we needed and more ... we live like the saying when you go to the beach you leave it cleaner then when you got there.. .. we did it here because We appreciated the hotel resort and room... so much we hope to return soon .. thanks again Christine ..

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our exteneded stay at Little Harbor

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a two month stay at Little Harbor. This room in particular has the amenities needed for being able to prepare your own meals instead of having to eat out all the time, which can be expensive. The large TV was also a treat. This room is located just steps away from the pool, tiki bar, patio and pub. The location of this resort is also close to Rte. 41-convenient for shopping and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Stay

  • 5 of 5

Very Nice Stay. We came to check out Sun City Center for possibly living there. We took it easy. Husband went fishing, while I sunned and read a lot. For some reason, I expected more of a single family home, but this is like a condo, on the second floor, and no elevators. However, that was not really a problem, just a slight inconvenience. There were dolphins in the bay right up to the shore. There are eagle nests and eagles around too. It was fun dreaming about the yachts. It was nice meeting people in the resort. Some live there all the time. The restaurant is really nice, and they have a killer brunch on Sunday. They are not cheap though. I wasn't too crazy about the area around there, Ruskin. There were some Mexican food tents around the area, I was a little too afraid to try, but a local told us they were great, and we should try them. However, we never got the chance to. We took a day and went south to Siesta key beach, which is beautiful. I got a great tan! And it was wonderful to get out of the cold Ohio Weather. The room itself was cozy. Nicely decorated. The stove top thing - you need to read the directions on how to use if you've never used one before. Everything you need is there. Plenty of towels in the tub in the closet. No problems. One day the latch on the inside broke and we couldn't get back in, Fortunately the balcony was unlocked, and the resort got a ladder, and my husband climbed it and we got in that way. So, that lock is now removed, and not sure what the owner will do with it now. Great trip though!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Great Location!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Little Harbor on our vacation. The weather did not always "behave" but it is March!! We enjoyed our stay very much. The location is ideal! The grand kids loved having the pool so close and the beach just a short walk away.

The room was spacious and suited our needs very well. Kitchenette had everything we needed. Balcony was very nice for morning coffee! The beds were very cozy and comfortable!!

We really enjoyed eating at local spots, i.e. Julie's Fish House and The Dog House....multiple times!!!

Will definitely keep this place on our radar for future visits. Christine was wonderful to work with and very helpful coordinating our stay.

Again thanks for sharing your property with us.

Coley C.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at your property and just fell in love with it. The property was exactly what we expected , as described by owner. We were so happy the owner thought of everything we could possibly need and it was there! We had breakfast there and enjoyed the amenities at Little Harbor for dinner. Hook was just delicious with sandwiches etc, friendly . The Sunset Grill was just beautiful and food delicious, you could watch the sunset from there. We loved the place, everything was close , the beach , fishing pier, and food what else do you need. Everything was perfect and Christine was just terrific! Answered all our questions, was available by phone at anytime and just a super owner to work with. I would definitely book this property again. Oh and the beds were so comfortable. Perfect vacation, cant wait to return. Marie S

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DO NOT stay at this overpriced hotel incorrectly listed as a 1 bedroom condo

  • 1 of 5

This property was incorrectly listed s a 1 bedroom condo when we booked it Dec. 2016. On arrival, we discovered this condo was no more than an old hotel room. To our surprise, the owner recently changed this listing on VRBO to read HOTEL.

Please do not waste your money if you are looking for a condo by the water. I am not the only one, if you look back at a review posted from St. Paul, Minn. on July 2012, they had similar concerns. They indicated this was an overpriced hotel room, no full kitchen and the beach was a block away from the property. The owner's description "Caribbean View" turned out to be a balcony overlooking an old tennis court and parking lot.

When I contacted the owner she indicated the pictures were exactly as posted, however, there should have been a refund as this unit was inaccurately described and advertised as a 1 bedroom condo. I DEFINATELY would not have rented a hotel room. The owner refused to refund a portion of our stay, her excuse was this was high season. However, the hotel had lots of available rooms, Hooks Bar closed early at 7 pm due to lack of customers and there were only 7 cars in the parking lot.

This overpriced room is in need of serious repair. For example: the black out curtains were full of holes, there were burnt, scratched Teflon coated pots and only one unusable closet jammed full of cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaner, mop, pail and old trunk. The "kitchenette" was only equipped with a hot plate, bar fridge and toaster oven situated in the hallway right next to the bathroom. Finally, when we were leaving, we discovered a cockroach crawling on the floor by the bed. I have pictures of the cockroach, unusable pots and holey curtains- too bad I can't post them in this review. We have stayed at several condos in this area and found them to be excellent accomodations with views of Tampa Bay. NOT this hotel room in the same area. STAY AWAY from this Unit!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carol, again, the description and images shown on VRBO are of my unit. Had you read the entire description you would have known that there was no separate bedroom and that there wasn’t a full kitchen, a kitchenette by definition is a compact area, just by looking at the pictures you'd see that there was a mini fridge, and only small appliances in the kitchenette area, a hallway as you described it, doesn't have counters, cabinets and a deep sink.I believe that you may have been looking at several different listing on VRBO or another site and came across mine and thought there were all the units are the same in Little Harbour, there are a few townhouses listed and that you booked mine thinking it was a lot less than then the the others that upon arrival you realized that it wasn’t and decided that you wanted a full refund, never did you ask for a portion of a refund and your reply to me when I said I wouldn't be able to give you a full refund was that you will stay. After you checked out and I returned your security deposit you stated again wanted a full refund even though you stayed and that if I didn’t give it to you that you would give me a bad review, (I saved all the texts between us) I also find it appalling that you made mention to me that the reviews by other people were incorrect and inaccurate, who are you do define the thoughts and opinions of other people. As far as your reference to the review for 2012, I remember that guest well, she tried to stop payment on her CC saying she was never there,CC ruled in my favor after that she put up her review. Most of the other reviews that are posted are all from past guests most of who enjoyed it, and I even have the person who stayed after you already book for next year. Maybe they read the description, reviews and looked at the pictures before they booked so they knew what they were renting. Also, I do not state anywhere that there is a water view, and the property is and has been listed as “Caribbean-Style Island Resort on Tampa Bay” noting about “Caribbean view” as you mention, again I think you booked the wrong property. I do not recall where you are from, but in FL we have Palmetto Bugs they look almost like cockroaches, but they are not, they are flying insects, and when a door is left open they can fly in, and just because we do have people in and out we have a pest control company come in the unit every month. Oh we put up new blackouts and new pots so thank you for telling me about that.
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Christine Lucenti
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Christine Lucenti

My husband and I live here in Florida and we both work, my husband owns his own business and I work as an Association Manager, we love to travel when we can, when we are not working we enjoy taking a ride on our boat, or going for long drives to place we have never been and exploring Florida and all it has to offer. We have two small dogs and we love to take them with us when the situation allows. I am a certified diver and dive every chance I get.

Why Christine Lucenti chose Ruskin

My husband and I both love the tropics, which is probably the main reason we live here. Most of our travels are to the Caribbean. We have visited places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba just to name a few, what we love about the Little Harbour Island Resort at Mariner’s Club Bahia Beach is that it reminds us of all the things we love and enjoy about the tropical places we visit. So we decided to purchase a unit, not really for a rental property but for our use and enjoyment as our vacation home. We stay there as much as we can, but when we are not using it ourselves, we feel that we should allow other to enjoy this tropical escape. We also love going to the parks, Bush Gardens, Sea World and Universal, so its easy to drive to them from the resort. If you like tropical getaways and feeling like you’re on “Island time” we are positive that you’re going to love it here as much as we do!

What makes this hotel unique

In our condotel you will find all the amenities of home and the luxury of begin on vacation. We have two queen beds, enough room to sleep four. In the kitchen we have a two burner portable stove, as well as pots, pans dishes, etc. in addition to a microwave and toaster oven, sometimes you just want to heat up your left-overs. For those of you who like to make your own frozen concoctions, we have a blender. We have a 46' flat scree TV and Bluray player preloaded with free unlimited netflix and pandor radio, as well as cable with all the premium channels. We have for your convenience two Tommy Bahama Beach chairs, for your use when visiting, use them to sit on the sun deck and watch the sun rise in the a.m. and then go back in the evening and watch it set. There is water all around you, you can take a dip in the pool, swim at the private beach, sit in the hot tub and have all your troubles swept away. Or if you’d rather be adventuress you can go on a boat ride from the marina, or go to an amusement park, it just a short distance to Bush Gardens, and Disney. Then end your day by having drinks at the tiki bar where there is always a drink special going on then take a seat by the bonfire on the beach before you turn in for the night. You can do so much or you can do nothing at all, it's all up to you and how you wish to spend your vacation!



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Damage Deposit $50

***Prices subject to change on holiday weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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