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Relax, Fish, Boat, Swim or Shop... The perfect Island Vacation! Sleeps 6.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 Bath Waterfront home. 5 Minutes to the sound, w/2 fishing kayaks

Pine Island Paradise is a great island retreat, perfect for those who are looking for the ultimate vacation. Whether it's with family, friends or just the two of you, Pine Island Paradise is the home you are looking for. The house is warm and welcoming, designed and decorated to make you feel you are staying in a home and not a hotel room. The heated pool is so inviting: calling you to swim from the moment you awake to the late night dip before bed. Every room in the house, except one, opens onto the screened-in pool lanai. With a gas grill and dining table located on the lanai, as well as a pass through kitchen, family dining room and formal dining room, Pine Island Paradise will fill any dining/entertaining needs.

The house also includes:

2 Fishing kayaks w/life vests

Fishing poles and bait bucket


A fully equipped kitchen

All your bedding needs w/ matching bath towels

Pool towels


Ironing board and Iron

Pack and Play

About Pine Island:

Pine Island is the largest island (18 miles long, 2 miles wide with five unique communities) off Florida’s Southwestern Gulf coast. We're just 15 minutes from Cape Coral and 30 minutes from Fort Myers, but our secluded, small town atmosphere is a world away! Pine Island has an abundance of dolphin, manatee, an incredible variety of bird and wildlife, and of course: FISH, FISH, FISH! The South Pine Island area has been rated by Field and Stream magazine as one of the top 25 fishing locations in the country! Tarpon, Grouper, Sea Trout, Snook, Flounder,Snapper, Redfish and Triple Tail are a few of the popular game fish that are known world wide as some of the best fighters and dinner entrees. There is nothing like a fresh caught fish prepared for dinner after a great day of fishing! A great location for young kids to fish as well - with almost every cast producing something on the hook.

Pine Island has a paved bike path running the length of the island, an 18 hole golf course, public tennis courts, and numerous art galleries in Matlacha. Home to many artists, authors, song writers and poets, Pine Island is also known as “Florida’s Creative Coast”. Enjoy shopping in our fine art galleries and specialty shops.

Surrounded by mangroves, three aquatic preserves, acres of palm, tropical plant and fruit groves; we have escaped the cement and skyscraper development so predominant on other Florida islands. Along with being on one of the finest fishing locations in Florida, Pine Island is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Hiking trails, kayak and canoe waterways, and ancient Indian shell mounds will add to your outdoor adventures.

Dining on Pine Island draws many people to the island just to enjoy the great food and fun atmosphere of the local eateries! Whether it's a heaping cup of Seafood Chowder at Captain Con's, Pig Wings at the Ragged Ass Saloon or the infamous Pineapple Upside Down dessert at Woody's, you will leave the island anticipating how long it will be until you return.

More Details

John & Linda Gall
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About John & Linda Gall

What can I say about us? We are very family oriented, love to be on the water, and are strong in our Christian faith! We love, love, love the time we spend on the island each year. Having vacationed on Pine Island for the last 13 years, we finally decided to purchase this home for our retirement here.

John & Linda Gall purchased this house in 2013

Why John & Linda Gall chose Manatee Bay

We purchased this property from my Uncle who has owned it from when it was built. Purchasing the house was a way to keep family treasures in the family and gave us the opportunity to share the house with others. We feel the house is a blessing to us and thus pray that it will be a blessing to those who rent it as well.

What makes this house unique

We love the inviting nature of this house. From the sliding door walls - the doors store against the outside wall - thus there is no door blocking the views to the pool and canal, to the great layout of the house. One can sit on the seawall, enjoying a cup of coffee and watch the manatee swim past with their young, swimming out into the bay and back again throughout the day, we never get tired of watching them swim by.

When out boating, the dolphins swim in our wake providing a fantastic show for any age. A thrill we repeat on a daily basis. The fishing is fantastic! The eagles on the island are intriguing! With numerous nests nearby, you can walk, bike or drive to see them in their nests at any time of the day.


Manatee Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • master bathroom - toilet , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom has a direct access to pool/lanai.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Pool Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , White wicker Queen Bed set with large walk in closet
    Nautical Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Nautical themed - infant pack and play is included
    Master Bedroom Suite - 1 king , Doorwall Opens to pool and lanai. The best part of waking up
  • Master bedroom suite has a large private master bath with a jacuzzi tub and large walk in closet. Poolside Guest room has a large walk in closet and also has a sliding doorwall, as does the master suite. The Nautical guest room is the only room in the house that does not open onto the lanai. A smaller closet still provides plenty of room for your clothing. All bedrooms include Linens and towels. Both bathrooms have hairdryers,towels and pool towels.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Relax, Fish, Boat, Swim or Shop... The perfect Island Vacation! Sleeps 6.
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Family time with college age sons

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time together making memories to last a lifetime. The owners were so kind, gracious and accommodating. The home is warm and comfortable and met all our needs. We enjoyed the pool and lanai and our son enjoyed taking the kayak out for a little sightseeing along the canal. We have enjoyed coming to Pine Island for many years and hope our schedules will allow us to enjoy this home again. Thanks John and Linda!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I got the pleasure of renting this home for our family vacation and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience. Upon arrival to the home I could tell immediately that these owners take great pride in their home. It was very well maintained and the decor was very pleasing to the eye. (great taste) They really go out of their way to provide you with everything you could need to make the best out of your vacation. They had this great welcome book that explained how everything in the house worked and also provided you with some local information about Pine Island. My Daughter however was just so excited to use the pool I think she jumped in before we could even unload the car. The pool is in this screened in lanai with great lighting that made it fun for her (and us too) to swim at night. We even found a couple toys for the kids to play with in the pool. And almost every room walked out to the pool, so amazing. My husband though was more interested in how many fish he could catch, as we heard the fishing was great down there. Luckily for us this home even provided an excellent grill that we used almost every night for dinner. (Fish of course). It was super easy to use and very much appreciated that it was available to us. We even got to take the kayaks down the canal and saw a couple manatee, priceless.

I really loved how helpful and friendly the owners are. They really made me feel like I was family and was always available to answer any questions I had and I could tell they were really genuine people. I can not wait to rent this house again! I think we might have started a new family tradition. I highly recommend this property to anyone that is looking for a great place to spend their vacation. Thank you so much for allowing us to rent your home. We will definitely be back soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words! We are happy that you enjoyed your vacation on Pine Island, and hope you and your family can return often! We strive to make sure our renters have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation by providing a welcoming and comfortable home to stay in, rather than a rental atmosphere. We take great pride in making sure your stay is perfect! Have a Blessed year and we hope to see you return for more great family vacation time!
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Not all good

  • 2 of 5

Very peacefull place, if you want a vaccination in peace away from noise and action.

The house was not new, but somehow nice, comfortable and and it was beautifully decorated, had a personal touch to every room, but there were also evidence that it was older and worn and with a little lack of maintenance.

The toilet couldnt flush, garageport/door didnt work but was keept up with and old wire that broke, many of the fans didt work properly, they were old and some strings broken, the new grill was so rusty and dirty and a part of it didnt work.

We had rented it mostly because of the pool, but we had many problems with the pool, the pool man came bye and something was wrong with the heater, so it was not warm, the light in the pool did not work and the lamp and electrical wires was floating around in the water, so after 6 0 clock it was a dark black hole nobody wanted to jump into.

Dont felt secure also with the electrical wires and lamp floating around in the water.

The owners tried to get it fixed, at beginning they were very friendly and helpfull, but they did not manage to solve the problems, talked about if they should fix it they needed to dig up some concrete and make new wires.

In the beginning the owners were very nice, sweet and helpfull, but along the way I think they took it personal that we mentioned all the "errors" in the house, and then they changed, and when we asked for some money back since we could not use the pool properly they went angry and refused, after some time they wrote they wanted to pay back a smaller amount and we are happy for that.

We never asked for a specifik amount back, just asked if we could have some money back after all the problems with the pool.

But then they started to accuse us for bad cleaning despite we had cleaned (have photos of every room) and we had paid a High amount for cleaning afterwards, and neglect the problems we had, the toilet only need to be taken apart and one screw was needed, the pool needed more water, just turn on the light and so on.

Every house can have problems, nobody can guarantee it will not, but the worst thing was how it was handled, it was very unpleasant.

There was no need for being childish and demeaning.

We planned this vacation and saved for 1 year so it was not the best dream scenario to have this problems of course it took some fun of the vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We knew from the start that this renter would be difficult and would thus write a negative review. Our home has always been in prime condition and all items in our home work as they should. It is unfortunate that this renter has expressed a less than excellent review on our property, as ALL reviews have been nothing but superior - please read them for an accurate ratings of our rental property. Per all of the renter comments, you will see our home has excellent reviews, and we always work with our renters to provide for a positive and fun filled vacation, in a beautifully maintained home . Sunshine and Blessings, Pine Island Paradise
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Downers Grove, IL

Wonderful Florida Home

  • 5 of 5

We spent the month of March at this beautiful home and enjoyed everything about it. Most VRBO homes are well equipped, but this house had everything vacationers could possibly need in good supply and in perfect working order. The Manatee Bay community is very quiet with all beautiful waterfront homes. We rented a boat from Monroe Canal Marina for part of our stay and enjoyed the easy access from the home to the southeast side of Pine Island where there are quiet bays and mangroves. The fishing was good every day and we caught numerous different varieties of fish. Linda and John are very accommodating and responsive. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you DBG for your review of our Pine Island home. We strive to make it a home away from home, rather than just a rental. Thank you for taking such good care of our home while there, it gives us peace of mind to know our home is in good hands! Thank you for staying with us and we hope you return for another vacation in the future.
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Great value for our family.

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay on Pine Island. We especially appreciated the owners willingness to help with anything that came up. Our grandson made great progress on his swimming with the pool so available. There was plenty of space to spread out and yet be close. We used the kayaks and saw manatees swim by. Absolutely a great week. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our property Jacqueline, I just saw it today (May) not sure how I missed it. We are glad you had a great time at the house, and that happy your grandson enjoyed the pool. That pool would entice any age swimmer, or non swimmer, to jump in and learn to swim! We spend many hours enjoying that pool and the waters around the island. Thank you again for renting with us, and we hope you will return again.
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We had a blast

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my 3 children and my parents for a week. We were fortunate to have perfect weather all week. The home is really nice, furniture is super comfortable, had kayaks, bikes, everything you need. The owners were great, they answered my questions, were very friendly and responsive, I felt very comfortable renting from them. We rented a boat for the week from Monroe marina, was super happy with them as well. We went boating everyday, explored everywhere (about 400 miles by boat) learned a lot about the area, caught a ton of fish! I was concerned about coming to Pine Island as I didn't find much to do when I searched the internet, so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised how much fun we had boating. This turned out to be one of my all time favorite vacations. We went shelling at Sanibel (drove there by boat) Cayo Costa (must go by boat). This home has a great lay out. When we came home each night we would sit by the pool and talk about our day and discuss our next day plan. I loved that the home had NHL channels, I got to watch my favorite hockey teams. The only thing that could improve the stay is if the home had wifi.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for renting with us! We love it when others find such joy in the island and enjoy their time at the house! We hope you are able to return for another vacation at Pine Island Paradise. We hope you have a blessed year ahead!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
RSW - Fort Myers Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
St James City
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Cayo Costa Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Alden Pines Golf Bokeelia
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
St James City
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Sanibel Beach and Fort Myers Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

The 11% tax is a total of Florida's State sales tax of 6% and Lee County's Tourist Development Tax at 5%.

Check-in 4:00pm. Can check in earlier if no prior renters. Cleaning fees are based upon 3 hour max cleaning time. Additional fees will be charged for additional hours required to clean.

Check-out: 11:00am.

Dates booked less than 7 nights: an additional booking fee of $100 will be added.

Replacement of Boat hoist remote if lost or damaged: $250

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.