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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 3 Baths 2 Sleeps 8

Affectionately known as the 'Rhinestone Fisherman' this fantasy pirate/ocean themed waterfront vacation rental will make for a vacation you will cherish for a lifetme. Matlacha(MAT-la-shay) is just 30 minutes from Ft. Myers, but this secluded fishing village is a world apart! Fishermen, artists, bikers, vacationers all rub elbows and share the love of its unpretentious atmosphere. Unlike some topnotch fishing destinations, the intriguing thing about Matlacha is the plethora of attractions for non anglers: shops, restaurants, landmarks, and vusual curiosities. Golfers will appreciate golfing at the Royal Tee Golf championship golf club(less than 5 minutes away). Fishermen can relax on their excursions with the knowledge that family memberrs ashore will not be bored or grouchy because of nothing to do.

The Rhinestone Fisherman is a fisherman's and an artist's dream. Actually partway perched on a long fishing dock, this elegantly furnished vacation rental has an 80 foot fishing dock and a 7000 lb. capacity boat lift just waiting to be used by you. The lighting and murals in this home are incredible. Bose surround sound system, two wide screen televisions, and WIFI will all add to your enjoyment.

As you gaze over the bay, enjoy your time in the gourmet kitchen--exotic granite, stainless steel appliances, elegant cabinetry, all add to give you the feeling of a home away from home. With the hand laid rhinestones walls, hand painted murals, jeweled furniture the dining room is one of a kind. Watch the dolphins from your king size bed in the master suite. Murals with fiber optic lights, big screen tv and a computer and reading area add to the WOW effect of this suite.

Soak in the jacuzzi tub filled by a large gold waterfall shower head surrounded by glass mosaic tiles and actual glow in the dark grout! The queen bedroom lavishes you with that 'ole Florida charm'. The kids will squeal with delight upon seeing the exquisite murals depicting the history of Matlacha .

Come on down anhd give us a call for a vacation I guarantee you will never forget!!! We rent Sat to Sat during June , July and first 2 weeks of August . Sat to sat also for thanksgiving week. We do shorter stays if open one week before arrival date during this time.

More Details

shelley wheeler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

Why shelley wheeler chose Matlacha

Driving to Ft. Myers one day on business, I decided to take a trip through Matlacha. I was immediately struck by the old town atmosphere, the beauty, and overall feel of this village. If you close your eyes and open them you'd swear you were somewhere in Key West. The natural beauty of the areas only accessible by boat was another attraction for me.

What makes this house unique

This vacation rental practically built on top of your own dock. SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY song will readily come to mind each morning seeing the sunrise. WOW factor


Matlacha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , master bath has huge jacuzzi tub with glow in dartk grout
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , custom tile mural in tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Disney has nothing on this bedroom, gorgeous view of bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , ole florida fishing decor, top of the line mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Kids LOVE this pirate theme room!!!
  • All mattresses top of the line, many articles published about master bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Ontario Canada

The Only Way.....To Experience Matlacha !!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the fourth time my wife and I have stayed at The Rhinestone Fisherman. Matlacha was a unique little fishing village that has morphed into an eclectic artsy community with plenty to see and do. Needless to say the Rhinestone Fisherman is a vacation spot that allows you to experience Matlacha to its fullest . The interior decor is definitely one of a kind and the facilities are all top of the line. We definitely enjoy kayak fishing as we are on the water just about every day. I actually managed to hook a huge tarpon (at least for a couple of jumps) out by the manatee sign in front of the dock. Fishing has been great for sea trout this winter and we also have caught several legal snook and 4 or 5 small black tip and spinner sharks in the 3'-4' range.The kayaks supplied with the rental are in good condition and are perfect for either touring or fishing. Bert's Bar and Grill (1 minute walk)and the Island Cafe (across the road) are great places to eat or grab a cold one and both offer seating either inside or on the water. There are many other culinary places you could experience either in Matlacha or out on Pine Island. Shelley and Mark were very accommodating and looked after any needs or concerns that we had. Once again we have enjoyed our stay here and we are looking forward to our next holiday at the Rhinestone Fisherman.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love y'all. You are the coolest "outdoorsy" people I have ever met. We especially love the fact you share your catch with everyone around you. The whole neighborhood looks forward to your arrival. See you next year(and before you leave)
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Our first visit to quaint Matlacha

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the Rhinestone Fisherman later in the evening due to our flight. An easy and short drive from Ft. Myers. We were delighted to enter and see our home for the next several days. The photos are beautiful, but experiencing the artwork, tiles, colors of Rhinestone Fisherman is amazing! Lots of space, comfortable beds, very clean and relaxing. Sitting by the pier, watching the stars and enjoying the quiet beauty of each evening completed each day. We walked to breakfast, restaurants, quaint galleries and the park, which are all enjoyable ways to fill your days. We would highly recommend the Rhinestone fisherman and intend to return. Thank you Shelley!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such a wonderful guest from the beginning to the end😀�😀�😀�! We are so glad you had a good time and sure hoe you come back. Happy New Year! With thanks,Shelley
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North Port


  • 5 of 5

2nd place rented from Shelley, both amazing. Thank you for giving our family great memories on our mini getaways. Look forward to many more.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y'all are the coolest, most laid back guests ever. We appreciate people like you. Please come back soon😄�😄�😄�😄�😄�
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property!! This home is so fun and charming! My friends and I spent hours going through the home finding so many awesome decorations and artwork! It is located in a small village surrounded by water and great for kayaking! The views from the dock are stunning!! I can't wait to go back!! Do yourself a favor and take your family for a truly amazing vacation!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florida Keys - previously a Fort Myers native

The Rhinestone Fisherman is Incredible

  • 5 of 5

Looking for an original fun place that's peaceful and surrounded by a small fishing village type neighborhood the islanders have fought hard to protect! The pictures cannot even begin to show how cool the decorations are. It's fun! Quaint. Excellent TVs. And the views are perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adult son with special needs loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this unusual home for 3 nights. The pictures don't do it justice it's even better and trippier in person! The home was extremely clean and very well stocked. Plenty of linens throughout and kitchen was very well appointed. The beds were very comfortable. My son absolutely loved all the lights and murals. It was interesting just looking at all the details of the home that were decorated!

I would go back. If you are very tall do note that the ceilings are not the tallest ever. The views were spectacular and the kayaks and bikes were nice to have. One picture shows a second story which is not part of this rental. My son uses a walker and did fine in the house even with a couple of small steps. A wheelchair would be difficult. The TV's and sound system were wonderful. The back porch was delightful. Enjoyed berts for dinner a couple doors down. Tuesday night free bingo at the fish house by the bridge was a hoot. The ice cream parlor was delicious. There's a really nice playground at a community park near that. Heard there's a community pool nearby too.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sooooo glad your son enjoyed his stay....that makes us feel good. The picture you mentioned shows the storage attic(never used). I just learned about the community pool 8 minutes away from Rhinestone Fisherman. It is gorgeous...HUGE with lap lanes, water slides, etc. I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks Please come again.
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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