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Breathtaking Gulf Front Condo - 2br/2bath, Tarpon Beach 301, A Real Paradise!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Baths - Sleeps 6 Beachfront Condo, Intimate Setting, Amazing Views

A luxurious and immaculate beach front condo located on Sanibel's best beach for shelling!


- A 2-bedroom, 2-bath re-modelled first floor corner unit with amazing views over the beach and gulf,

- Sleeps 4 - 6,

- Elevator,

- Direct private access to beach,

- Elegant dining area, TV area,

- New king-sized bed in master bedroom,

- Twin beds in guest room with extra cot, sleeper sofa in sitting room,

- Screened lanai with new outdoor dining table,

- Fully equipped kitchen and top quality accessories,

- Washer/dryer in condo,

- Three flat screen TVs, DVDs, and board games available,

- Dedicated, covered parking space for unit only,

- Complimentary high speed WiFi Internet,

- Complimentary beach towels and chairs,

- Complimentary tennis, fishing, beach, and other sports gear,

- BBQ on site,


- Beautiful island landscaping and low density property,

- Heated pool with changing area, shower, rest room, shelling station,

- Tennis court,

- A 7-minute bike ride to Bailey's General Store, cinema, restaurants, boutiques, post office,

- Minutes drive to the Sanibel Island Golf Club,

- Short drive to the Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, J.N. 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge,

- Only steps to the beach!


What can we say? Coastal Living Magazine, which ranked it No. 1, says it best: 'This one probably comes as no surprise.... The fabulous variety of colours, shapes, and sizes are sure to please anyone who combs its shores.. abundant wildlife and great restaurants make the island a wonderful all around getaway'.

Sanibel Island ranked No. 1 on Frommer's Top Favorite Places to Travel, 2012. '... this idyllic haven of white-sand beaches... excellent restaurants... and most important Ding Darling Nature Preserve (visited by thousands of birds of every species) are one of the great natural sights of wildlife in America'.

Ranked No. 2 in Best Florida Beaches, No. 4 in Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA, No. 2 in Best Affordable Honeymoons in the USA, and No. 8 in Best Winter Family Vacations


- The condo is in a quiet building, beautifully decorated with comfortable furnishings, and boasting nice extras like the ice maker in the fridge, an elevator and a nice pool area. We felt quite pampered. The beach out front is beautiful. We were lucky to find Walt and Joelle and they truly have a gem in Tarpon Beach 301 - Kelly 2016

'We have become very accustomed to living here and consider it our home away from home... we will be back next year' - Barbara 2015

'Your condo is so lovely, clean and comfortable, the beach decor is wonderful!' - Amy

'Coming back to Tarpon Beach 301 is like coming back to the family cottage' - Ontario Canada

'Perfect location, quiet, great view of the gulf' - Mary

'Tarpon Beach 301 - what an awesome condo, we will be back!' - Dan

'Third time we have stayed at TB 301, and the first time in June. Great week - we continue to feel at home' - David

'Thanks for use of your lovely condo, it provided us with a very restful week for us and our grandchildren' Carolyne

'We were so thrilled to return to your lovely condo this year... we are already looking forward to planning our next trip to our home away from home' - Tom

'This unit is always clean, comfortable, and well equipped, sunsets and shells were breathtaking' - Lisa and family

'At first, we were skeptical at what we might encounter in a vacation condo, but I am very very happy to say that we have found the accommodation and amenities to be amazing' - Jim and Arlinda

'Another two weeks in paradise, love this condo and appreciate all you have done' - Amy

'As always, our time in Sanibel is nothing short of paradise, we treasure our time here, our home away from home' - Barbara

'Thank you for a lovely place.. we will be hard to not wake up to the sound of the surf' Curt


More Details

Property Manager
walter Gontarek
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About walter Gontarek

Walter, Joelle and their three daughters regularly use Tarpon Beach 301 as their home away from home. Whenever we need guaranteed sun, fun and a great beach holiday, we head off to Tarpon Beach 301.

walter Gontarek purchased this condo in 2011

Why walter Gontarek chose Sanibel Island

Shelling, swimming, immaculate unit at America's top beach get away!

What makes this condo unique

Beachfront, our amazing home away from home, all amenities complementary


Sanibel Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , spacious walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , immediately opposite guest room
  • Two bathrooms with high quality finishings
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Gulf, beachfront view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Lovely beach style furnishings
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Located directly on one of the top shelling beaches on Sanibel - Tarpon Beach!


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Breathtaking Gulf Front Condo - 2br/2bath, Tarpon Beach 301, A Real Paradise!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Psychic Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

When l was in my twenties a psychic told me l should go to Florida. I replied that l had no interest in going there, in fact, whenever the topic came up l would state that Florida was the one place l would never be visiting. He still insisted that l should go because l would absolutely love it.

Over thirty years later my sister started sending me links to a place l'd never heard of- Sanibel Island. It sounded intriguing and remembering the psychic's advice l said that maybe we should check it out in person.

We were lucky to find Walt and Joelle. They truly have a gem in Tarpon Beach 301. They want you to have a memorable vacation and have provided everything you could want and more and they are also wonderful people.

The condo is in a quiet building, beautifully decorated with comfortable furnishings, and boasting nice extras like the ice maker in the fridge, an elevator which is greatly appreciated during arrival and departure, and a nice pool area. We felt quite pampered.

The beach out front is beautiful. Our last full day we were fortunate enough to observe a grand slam of nature. A pelican bobbing in the waves only twenty feet from shore, a blue heron on the sandy beach posing for photo ops and the dolphins feeding and executing a prey drive toward the delighted beachcombers. I have never encountered anything like that before and it was all out front of the three condos on the property!

How much fun to be on the beach at each photogenic sunrise to see what bounty of seashells had washed ashore overnight. Amazing and addicting! Ding Darling was a wildlife treasure too! Beautiful pink Roseate spoonbills and alligators!

We never had a bad meal whether we were in a restaurant or grocery store. Shrimp Eggs Benedict at Over Easy, to die for coconut cake at Rosie's, killer steak at Doc Ford's, a tasty Schnapper's dog, great fried chicken from Bailey's supermarket, and an enjoyable breakfast at Jerry's and many others.

So now that this former Florida naysayer has been converted due to the magic of Sanibel Island and it's hospitable inhabitants we know we will rebook in the future.

Thank you Walter and Joelle for allowing us the best holiday we have had in years... l love it when l'm dead wrong!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kelly Thanks so much for your review of Tarpon Beach 301. We are so happy you appear to have had a wonderful time in our "beach home away from home". Speaking on behalf of Joelle, I am also glad you liked the unit as she really put herself out to ensure the decorations and accessories are top quality for our guests and ourselves. We just spent the week on Tarpon Beach during the New Years and had a wonderful time too.. the pool area has been recently renovated and for the first time we took advantage of the BBQ to make grill locally caught red snapper on the grill! Happy New Years to you guys and we hope you can make it back to Sanibel soon! Regards Walt
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this condo for 7 days in July, 2016. When we arrived, a welcome basket greeted us. It contained some fruit, snacks, a bottle of wine, and a souvenir plate for us to take back home. What a surprise. Out of all the condos we have stayed at over the years, never did we have a basket (or a gift) waiting for us. The locked closet downstairs containing pool/beach toys, tennis rackets, fishing rods, and chairs was a great asset since we flew in and did not have any of those things with us. The bikes saved us over $120 since we did not have to rent them. The condo was clean and a/c worked great. The kitchen had all the necessities to eat and cook in the condo. The screened in porch was nice too (just spray yourself when out there as the "no see-ums" are BAD in Sanibel). We even saw a gopher turtle walk right by us while sitting out there. This condo also had a covered parking spot that was great when it was 95 degrees out and wanted to leave for dinner out. Car was nice and cool. Complex/room was very quiet. We always had the pool to ourselves in mid afternoon. Thank you for a great vacation week..Hopefully we will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Denise, we are so happy everything worked out well during your stay. We try hard to make the unit our "home away from home" on the beach and we are so happy to share it with folks like yourselves. The welcome basket is also always a nice surprise when you first arrive from any travel. We hope to see you again at Tarpon Beach 301! - Walt and Joelle (Owner, Tarpon Beach 301)
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Wow! What a week.......

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with my sister-in-law and her husband, just spent a memorable week in this exceptional condo. Everything from the initial e-mail inquiring about the place, the handling of the deposit, contract paperwork, and the check-in with Sanibel Holidays through key turn-in was of the utmost professionalism. I could not say anything that would improve on the process. An added bonus was having the personalized gift basket on the breakfast counter whenever we first walked through the door. The place was very clean with everything in its proper place awaiting the next set of guests. We found the documentation and information packet to be spot on and had no issues finding anything or logging onto the network. The place itself is absolutely beautiful and well-maintained. The pictures accurately reflect the décor, furnishings, and the bicycles located downstairs. I was somewhat concerned being on the bottom floor and the amount of noise from people above you, the proximity to the pool, and a perceived limited visibility of the ocean but those fears were totally unfounded as we found the place to be very quiet with great views of the gulf. The screened in porch with ceiling fan keeps the air circulating and the "no see ums" at bay and allows for many hours of listening to the wave action and visit time. Bedding and towels were perfect in meeting all of our needs. For restaurant and grocery needs you will not have to travel far as the location makes everything relatively close by and convenient. Our favorite restaurants were Doc Ford's (ate there twice), Mucky Duck on Captiva (stop at the Bubble Room for take-out orange crunch cake), Cip's, The Island Cow, The Pecking Order for take-out chicken, and Over Easy Café for breakfast. Golfing on Sanibel was very good and we enjoyed the two courses although they were very different in their styles. The tram through the wildlife refuge was very informative and a great way to see the refuge. The shelling was great and being able to walk the beach without large crowds being present was just great and unlike what you will see in the Destin area of Florida. If you are looking for relative peace and tranquility in a classy condo, then look no further as Walter and Joelle provide a high degree of comfortable luxury at an exceptional value. Thanks for sharing your home with us as we went about making memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Connie and Phil Thanks so much for your words. More importantly, we are really happy you found the service responsive and our condo to your liking... we stay at the unit as much as possible and ensure that it is always tip-top, but it is good to hear that you also find it clean, comfortable and a great place to return. The baskets on arrival are a little secret and always goes down well too. We look forward to seeing you again, Thanks again, Walt & Joelle
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Superb accommodations. location, and extras!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is superb and made our vacation one of the best! Perfect location right on the beach and centrally located. This entire condo is up to date, especially the kitchen with everything you need. It has high quality furnishings and is very comfortable and spacious. It is tastefully decorated in island decor. The large screened porch is a wonderful place to have a meal or cup of coffee as well as relax and enjoy the ocean view & sounds of the waves rolling in. As a corner unit you get a great view and it feels so open! Having access to use of the bikes and all the beach things was an added bonus & saved us from renting them. The bikes were a a special treat. We felt so much more connected to the island on the bikes. The flat paved paths were very easy to ride. Baileys and Over Easy Cafe (awesome cinnamon rolls) are a quick ride. The beach cart made it so much easier to go to the beach and take a cooler, chairs, umbrella, & boogie boards. This beach is great for shelling, swimming, watching dolphins, and stand up paddle boarding. The heated swimming pool was a perfect way to end the day. This is a wonderful complex with only 40 units. We had guests next to us but never heard them. Walt was so easy to work with and was great to offer suggestions on places to eat and things to do. The Sanibel Thriller boat ride was well done (not hokey) and is an awesome way to see dolphins up close. Absolutely we will return to Tarpon 301. Walt and Joelle very much take good care of this place and attention is paid to every detail to make it a comfortable and delightful place to vacation. It is fantastic! I would not change a thing!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect setting for our holiday vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teen daughters and I just returned from a lovely stay. A beautifully cared for and decorated condo in a fantastic setting. We enjoyed warm sunshine and gulf views while having breakfast and lunch on the spacious lanai. Easy access to the beach with chairs, umbrellas and towels provided. Sanibel is a gem...many great restaurants to choose from serving nothing but the freshest fish! Close proximity to Bailey's Market, where we very much enjoyed the coffee bar. Traveling during the holidays can be hectic, but this was the easiest vacation and just what we needed. We hope to return next year. Thank you, Joelle and Walter, for making your condo available for others to enjoy. Sincerely, Jill M.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jill - Thanks so much for your note about your family stay at Tarpon Beach 301. We are pleased you had a good stay with us and "our home away from home" ensured a comfortable stay on the beach. We have three daughters (teen years) and they love nothing more than taking the bikes for the short run up to Bailey's and the "Over Easy Cafe". Have a great 2015 and we hope to see you return again when you guys are ready for more sunshine, shells and time on the beach! - Joelle and Walt
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Undeniably the BEST!

  • 5 of 5

My 2 friends and I just stayed in this beautiful condo and cannot express how much we loved it. The furnishings, decorations, well-stocked kitchen and view were by far superior. The place is even better than what the pictures show. It is obvious how much Joelle and Walter care about their place. How lucky we were to be able to share it! We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deb, Thanks so much for your note about our condo, Tarpon Beach 301. We really work hard to ensure the best for our guests including quality furnishings, high-end decorations, and well stocked kitchen supplies at all times. Yes, there is nothing like the view from the Lanai in the morning as the sun rises before one starts a busy day! We recall this was your second visit to Sanibel and a special occasion get-a-away, so we are thrilled you have had a memorable time and positive experience at Tarpon Beach 301. Kind regards Joelle and Walt
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Southwest Florida - RSW
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sanibel Island - Beachview
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Over Easy Cafe
Nearest Beach
You are on it!
Car: not necessary

Shelling !!!!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

No other additional fee other than tax.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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