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Kayak with Dolphins & Manatee or Fish off the Dock!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

3 BR, 2 BA, LR, DR, Kitchen, Deck, Waterfront | kayaks & beach bikes available

Have your own particular harbour at the closest beach to Orlando!

Property is directly located on your own private Harbour overlooking spectacular, RARE water views - sailboats, manatees, dolphins, herons, pelicans, crew rowing teams and Space Coast rocket launches!

Fully furnished 3 bedroom / 2 bath house with free use of kayaks and beach bikes. Reverse living on deep, wide saltwater canal which leads directly to Banana & Indian Rivers & Intracoastal Waterway!

Open deck extends the full length of house. Light & airy, hardwood floors throughout, tastefully furnished & decorated with owner's original artwork.

Everything is close! Only one-mile to the beach! Walk or ride the beach bikes to nearby restaurants, shopping and parks!

Green space and nature surround this beachside get away. Gleason Park, a 27-acre park is within a 5-minute walk and has many exercise trails, a year-round heated pool, community center, tennis courts, baseball and a million-dollar sports field complex. Oars & Paddles Park is around the corner and home to the Space Coast Rowing teams.

There are also at least three great restaurants within walking distance and lots more within bike-riding distance. While the home is tucked away in a Bahamas-Island inspired neighborhood, shopping & excellent dining abounds all around. Also, close to Airports, I-95 and Orlando.

Enjoy your own Sea World right from the backyard. Paddle to several nearby private islands and explore, bird watch or have a picnic!

Just 10 minutes south is MELBOURNE BEACH, a laid back town where you can shop the local stores as well as enjoy the beautiful beaches. If you want a little more action, drive 15 minutes north and visit the world famous COCOA BEACH. There you can spend your day shopping at Ron Jon's, surfing at the Cocoa Beach pier and enjoying great food, drinks and live music.

Don't forget that you can also enjoy the attractions of DISNEY WORLD and UNIVERSAL STUDIOS by taking the 'Beeline' expressway only 1 hour west to Orlando.

If SPACE interests you, then drive 30 minutes north to Cape Canaveral and take a guided tour through the Kennedy Space Center or you can drive 40 minutes south to visit the Navy SEAL museum.

Many famous surf, kite surfing and jet ski spots are scattered throughout the area. It's home to world-famous surfers such as Kelly Slater and the Hobgood brothers.

You will love it!

More Details

Owner
Kevin & Cathleen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Kevin & Cathleen

Kevin is a professional musician & composer. Cathleen is an active duty Air Force Airman recently deployed to Afghanistan. Their passion & inspiration is the water and they love sharing their love of it, as well as their love for art & music. Cathleen and her mother paint tropical scenes on canvas which can be seen throughout the house.

Kevin & Cathleen purchased this house in 2014

Why Kevin & Cathleen chose Indian Harbour Beach

Because it has the best views, and it's a paddler's & fisherman's dream! There's nothing like fishing off your own dock, or launching a kayak right from the backyard among the dolphins & manatees. There are several private islands within paddling distance where you can dock, explore or have a picnic. Our favorite restaurants are within walking distance or a short bike ride away. Walk or ride the beach bikes to the Ocean. Shopping & everything you need is conveniantly nearby!

What makes this house unique

Wake up to the tinking of sailboat masses and the sound of dolphins splashing. Have your coffee or tea on the deck overlooking blue skies, waterfoul, tropical trees and the Salty Banana River. Enjoy watching the Space Coast Rowing Teams pass by in their skiffs, and many water enthusiasts in a variety of different water craft. Also, have a front-row seat to all Space Coast rocket launches from your 60-foot deck overlooking your particular harbour. A waterlover's dream!

Amenities

Harbour Isles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Second full bathroom has double sinks
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    Single Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Bathroom ensuite; French doors lead to waterview deck
  • Hardwood floors, Pillow Top Mattresses
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Get away from it all, or drive a short distance to Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Orlando theme parks, Kennedy Space Center, Florida Eco Safari, and many other Florida attractions.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Kayak with Dolphins & Manatee or Fish off the Dock!
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews
5

Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay

  • 5 of 5

Kevin and Cathleen are superb hosts, and their house presented a perfect opportunity for us to enjoy the Florida coast. They gave us an awesome tour of the house and equipment. They also followed up with us immediately anytime we had questions about the house or local area. Here's our brief review:

LOCATION: We were initially looking for a property right on the beach, but this location sitting right on the marina was actually much better. The many yachts just feet away are picturesque, seeing wildlife coast by the house is even more exciting than watching the waves, and being able to launch a kayak for a quick morning outing is priceless.

HOUSE: The kitchen is clean and has windows with views. Two of the three bedrooms are quite spacious and the third is the perfect size for two twin beds. The dining room is also quite spacious, with dining space for 6-8. The deck is nice enough for outdoor dining in moderate weather or viewing the marina.

EQUIPMENT: There's a large assortment of equipment available. As expected from frequent use and the humid environment, some of the items are aging close to the point of failure. However, we found enough chairs/umbrella/buckets to support four people on jaunts to the beach a couple miles away.

SUGGESTIONS: Perfection is difficult to achieve, so we have a few suggestions for the owners. The kitchen knives were all VERY dull, with no sharpener to be found. We also could not find lids to fit any of the large pots/skillets. The living room could use some more lamps. It appeared that the bath towels were washed/dried with fabric softener, so that it was very difficult to dry off with them and they also smelled mildewy when we pulled them out of the cabinet.

CLOSING: Thank you Cathleen and Kevin for helping us to have a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great revue; We love when our guests have enjoyed themselves to the fullest. You folks are a great family. Your daughter's story about running out to see the dolphin wo her clothes on, still cracks me up. Not sure why the towels were not absorbent, they definitely were not washed with fabric softener. Sorry they did not smell good. We have a front loader washing machine and sometimes when you leave items in the washer they get smelly. I would have re-washed them had I realized. (Hubby must have done that load) :-( Also, thanks for letting us know about the dull knives and beat up beach chairs. We're going shopping today to get replacements. It's great suggestions like yours that help us keep everyone's experience optimal.
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The property was beautiful and kayaking was fun... However, not somewhere I would ever stay again.

  • 3 of 5

The property had everything we could imagine to need for our stay. The kitchen was perfectly set up. The home was clean. The beds were comfy. The kayaks were in good shape and plenty for each of us to use. The owners were nice and did a good job showing us around and offering info of good restaurants and entertainment near by. My only complaint which is huge to me is the AC unit. The owners had a remote control lock on the thermostat and we were not allowed to adjust the temp inside the home. They owners set temp at 74. The back French doors and kitchen windows have no window coverings and because the balcony/porch is not covered, the sun would beam through the windows and become unbearable in the kitchen/living area in evenings while trying to cook and prepare for supper. I messaged the owners to please adjust temp especially at night while we were there and they dropped to 73 degrees which really never made a difference. Very Very disappointed in that for the money that we paid to stay.. We never saw dolphins or manatees from the harbour home, but their are tours nearby that offer to take you out to see them at a reasonable price.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melbourne broke a record for the hottest day of the year during their stay. We actually programmed the temp down to 72 after they asked us to, but someone adjusted the temp back up to 74, which made us think they were comfortable. We left it unlocked. We are very easy to work with, but sadly nothing further was said.about being uncomfortable and it seems someone in the house preferred it warmer. Interestingly, when we went to clean the home, there were extra blankets and duvets pulled out and left all around as if people staying there were freezing. Awhile ago we ended putting a lock on the thermostat because at times people staying cranked the AC down leaving windows and doors open. Unfortunatly, our AC unit was blown from one family. We want everyone who stays with us to be super comfortable and happy during their stay and will do everything to make it wonderful. I think in this case, family members liked different temperatures. We hate to see our guests not completely satisfied and plan rectify the situation. As for not seeing manatee and dolphin, that's a first. The dolphin don't always come down the canal, but as we let the family know, if you kayak toward the end of the canal late in the day, there are multiple pods that feed right there daily. We also left directltuons for a short drive where manatee can be spotted at different times of the year. Sorry the family may not have read "Our Favorite Free Things To Do" guide sitting on the kitchen table.
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4

Wonderful location, just what we wanted.

  • 4 of 5

The description says it all. There were 4 of us sharing the house. Had a great week on the water. Kevin and Cathleen were wonderful hosts and we would definitely book this spot next year.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Millis, MA
5

Peaceful -- so great to just relax on the deck after kayaking and seeing dolphins!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great couple of days over school break. Super convenient to everything (grocery store, restaurants etc) but tucked into a quiet neighborhood. Having access to bikes and kayaks was awesome. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simply Gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about our stay at Kevin and Kathleen's rental. Close to everything with many activities on the canal, including the Space Rowing Club practicing their rowing. The house is comfortable and very spacious with a deck the full length of the house. Kevin and Kathleen are the best and fill your every need to make you comfortable.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Jose, CA
5

Great house. Super views from back balcony.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a nice, relaxing visit over Christmas holidays. The house is nicely stocked and sits on a canal where everyone was able to enjoy the dolphins, fish, osprey, and other wildlife from the huge back deck. We went out several times in the kayaks the owners provided. Washer / dryer were super helpful. Very near a beautiful city park where we walked most mornings. We highly recommend this home for a fun trip.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Melbourne Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Doubles (Eat, Drink, Live Music)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
1-95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Doubles, 2 Cool Cafe, HappyHealthyHuman (Raw/Org)
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Paradise Beach
Car: not necessary

The Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary with more than 4,300 species of plants (2,100) and animals (2,200), including 35 that are listed as threatened or endangered — more than any other estuary in North America. The Lagoon serves as a spawning and nursery ground for many different species of oceanic and lagoon fish and shellfish. The lagoon also has one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America. Nearly 1/3 of the nation’s manatee population lives here or migrates through the Lagoon seasonally. In addition, its ocean beaches provide one of the densest sea turtle nesting areas found in the Western Hemisphere. Red Drum, Spotted seatrout, Common snook, and the Tarpon are the main gamefish sought by anglers. Between 200 and 800 Bottlenose dolphins live in the Lagoon & can be swimming and playing regularly.

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Rates & Availability

Harbour Isles House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$259
 
 
Nightly Rate
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$259
 
 
Summer
Aug 2 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$259
 
 
Christmas
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$299
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$289
$1,800
$4,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Landlord prefers monthly rentals but will consider weekly rentals on a case-by-case basis. Just send an email with the dates you are considering.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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