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Read what our guests say about their stay at our Beach Castle, 5 Star reviews!!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Let us welcome you to the warmth of our home, not a generic vacation rental!

We own this piece of paradise, you'll have my personal mobile number and will deal with us from inquiry to farewells to your next stay, because most our guests have come back already, at least twice. This island home is where we make memories with our family and is far from the generic vacation rental concept. Why I'm so sure that what you'll have is an exceptional visit? Read the testimonies of our former guests and friends, FIVE STARS reviews across all websites! Let me tell you a few details about your beach house: Casa Cielo is a beautiful mid island stilts home, we open our doors to guests during Fall 2014. This peaceful retreat is around the corner to the dedicated beach access that opens to Estero Island 7 miles of pristine white sand, is also a two minutes stroll to Matanzas Pass, part of the Great Calusa Waterway.

We are located on the privacy of a residential cul-de-sac. This cleverly renovated 1640 sq. ft. stilts home, dressed with bamboo floors throughout, features an uncommon double sided fireplace which draws light and views from one room to the other. You’ll find here the custom work of local artists and some of our family treasures, almost everything here has a story!. Tastefully decorated, uncluttered and simple, this Florida Island home flooded with sunlight, has large double panel windows in each of its living areas.

From the moment you step in, our home invites you to live the uncomplicated island life, leave the car in the garage because the grocery store, and it's amazing bakery, is a block away and so is Snook Bight Yacht Club and Marina, where you can arrange a fishing or shelling tour. Every year for our daughter's birthday we rent a pontoon boat for the day and party while island hoping until sunset. Is not unusual that the dolphins will join in the celebration. Bayfront Bistro is situated on the second floor of the yacht club building, a place fit for a romantic dinner with stunning views of Estero Bay, However they'll also take reservations for that holiday gathering

The island trolley, that runs from Bonita Springs to South Fort Myers, stops on the corner, regardless of where you are heading, it will cost you only 50/c. When we don't ride the bikes, also complementary for our guests, we take the trolley, is just so convenient! . Take a stroll on the island's colorful downtown, Time Square, just three miles north of the house, walk on the famous pier, while listening to the tunes of local bands, performing in the cluster of restaurants and bars that line the streets of this popular neighborhood. The efficient trolley also stops at the island’s public library, community pool and Water Park, Matanzas Pass Preserve and Lover’s Key State Park, that offers, during season, nocturnal turtle walks

After a day of beach adventures, refresh in the outdoor bamboo shower, please splash my orchids, and retire to the master suite spa like accommodations, enjoy your king size bed, the convenience of the walk in closet and the privacy of your ensuite rain down shower, oversized mirror and bungalow style vanity with plenty of storage. On those mildly cool Florida nights light up the master room face of the fireplace, and enjoy the crackling sound and the aroma of the burning logs. Perhaps you may choose to reconnect with your love ones and relax in the open main room. Salvaged wood panels, hand-sawed, fitted and whitewashed by my skillfull husband, had been turn into a cheering backdrop for the flat screen television and the SONY Sound Bar, a modern convenience that is compatible to any smart device Bluetooth and also give life to the sound of the TV and the Blu-ray/DVD player. Premium cable TV and WI-FI are complementary to Casa Cielo guests. Watch movies, play games and enjoy family meals at the reclaimed barn wood table, under the gloom of the capiz shell chandelier. There is seating for ten to comfortably dine together. The fully equipped open kitchen has a sparkling Hi-Mac counter, a sink deep enough to fit a seafood stew pot, a stove with oven and plate warmer, and other commodities that any chef will appreciate. This area also has a large pantry.

An antique wood carved French sideboard blends the everyday with the sophisticated, that's our bar! We enjoy entertaining so we have stocked the home with items, uncommon to other vacation properties. There is wine glasses and whisky tumblers, a slow cooker, a WEBER gas barbeque and a large covered picnic table for those who like to grill and dine al fresco.

Right off the kitchen the elevated deck seamlessly transition indoor living outdoors, enjoy your morning coffee in the bistro table and listen to the sounds of the various birds that inhabit the island. A macadamia nut tree graces the front of the house. Casa Cielo’s grounds are landscaped with native plants that flower year round

The second bedroom overlooks the back patio, and is furnished with two powder white full size beds, a large dresser with twin mirrors and its own closet. Off the main room and behind the “Funky Beach Houses” barn door is the kid’s room with twin bunk beds. This also has its own closet and an inviting drawing space that will awake their creativity. The second bathroom, we like to call it the Mermaid Bathroom (you’ll see why), has a custom repurposed vanity, a linen closet with plenty of storage, and a tub with shower.

If you must work, we understand, so we provide our guests with complementary Wi-Fi internet and two workstations with USB power connections. Casa Cielo comes complete with colorful beach blankets and white crisp bathroom towels. All linens are included. Different size bicycles, beach chairs, coolers, toys and a beach wagon to carry it all are also part of the amenities. You’ll have access to a one car garage and a large storage space where the full size washer and dryer, baskets, and lines to air dry bathing suits or delicate garments are located.

The house sleeps 8, but if you have in mind a family reunion, we offer the option to add (my favorite space) The GARDEN SUITE, available only as an addition to the main house stays. This private and comfortable part of the house, was our home during the summer of 2014 while the remodeling of Casa Cielo was in full blow. Very dear to our hearts, we turned the Garden Suite into a charming space, and has its own bathroom and kitchenette, it accommodates four guests for true hospitality. Please inquiry for rates.

At last, we know you come to Casa Cielo to relax and recharge, so we offer professional cleaning and trash service during your stay. Most of the time we walk through the home, before our guest’s arrival, making sure that every detail is in place, the quality of your stay should surpass all expectations. We are far from done, we are still adding and improving, our guests suggestions and requests are a precious resource tool, after all a home is the work of many.

We can elaborate for pages about all the beauty of our island and its brilliant orange mango sorbet sunsets, but there are just too many exciting things to share about Casa Cielo and Fort Myers Beach. We’ll be glad to answer questions and make suggestions, so call us at any time! We want you to consider Casa Cielo not as a vacation home but as your second home. We love to have you over!

More Details

Elcka Rangel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Elcka Rangel

My name is Elcka and I had been married to my husband Carlos for eleven years. His firefighter career is a lifetime passion, serving currently as a lieutenant in Miami Dade County Fire Rescue. After I recuperated from an illness in 2013, I decided to resign to my bank job and dedicate my days to care for my family and to be in charge of Casa Cielo operations, a rewarding duty where I look forward to greet friends from all places! Our daughter is ten years old and an avid soccer player that loves the outdoors and specially fishing. Our son, while juggling a job and full time university studies, makes time to join us at Casa Cielo, he specially enjoys going dancing at The Beached Whale and The cottage with his girlfriend. Our dog Daisy is a Shitzu that loves long walks in the beach, it took some time for her to get accostume to the island's laid back life-style away from Miami's hustle and bustle We have family and friends that currently live full time in the island, a large family in Miami and in Ecuador, where I was born.

October 2014: A few days ago our neighbor asked 'who's arrival are you preparing for? the President?' and that is how we feel, every guest deserves the best we can offer!

*UPDATE: Nov 11, 2014. After hosting our firsts guests and reading our first reviews, emails and Facebook comments, we are humbled with the unexpected response. This has fuel in us the desire of working even harder to give the families staying at our little piece of paradise, an unforgettable experience. We are so happy, we are so blessed!

Elcka Rangel purchased this house in 2014

Why Elcka Rangel chose Mid Island

Sometimes events change the directions of our lives, year 2013 was for us that time. Married for eleven years, Carlos and I made the decision of investing our savings in a place near the ocean, and so we came across a modest but no less spectacular light filled oasis with a double sided fireplace and a private tropical garden. On May 5th, we started a journey to turn a house into a home, with our permanent home and a job 150 miles away we worked for three months, we ourselves laid the bamboo floors, dressed the main room with wainscoting and paint the sky blue walls. We picked every tile, every color, every fabric, we incorporated some of our family treasures and hired island locals for help. We came across artists that contributed to the uniqueness of this simple and cozy living space. A few weeks ago Casa Cielo came to be the place we dreamed of, in an island where my husband spent vacations as a child, memories that now we'll share with our two children. A house with a deck where we can watch the sky and count the stars, a short walk to the beach to admire stunning sunsets, in a town with a pier and where dogs have their own beach, a sea turtles sanctuary. And if we grow weary of looking outward, we can look inward, light up the fireplace and stretch in the couch, no schedules, no dates, no rush. We want to offer you a place where you can disconnect to reconnect with each other and with the ones you love. A heavenly retreat to wander and to dream Let us welcome you to Casa Cielo

What makes this house unique

A mere 160 yards to the dedicated beach access, our beautiful and versatil house offers to couples the privacy of it's romantic quarters and to families fullynstock and comfortable accommodations. This summer 2015 we'll offer to Casa Cielo guests the option of enjoying the newly renovated Garden Studio, we just finished this project and we think it is a cozy, private and cheery space. The main grocery store in Fort Myers Beach, PUBLIX, is walking distance, they offer a wide array of platters, cakes and catering services. If you rather make reservations for that special get together, next door is Bayfront Bistro, with breathtaking views of Estero Pass. From their amazing world class cuisine to their beautiful balcony sitting this is a place fit for an unforgettable celebration or a truly romantic dinner, we suggest reservations! This restaurant is located at Snook Bight Yacht Club, one of the finest in South Florida, they offer a variety of services, you can rent/chart a boat, all this is a five minute walk from your island retreat There is other additions to the original beach home, an outdoor shower with hot water, a covered patio among others. This is a fully stock house, you'll find here items that, only luxury vacation homes offer. If you are flying in, there is no need to bring anything but your clothes, all beach wants are included, towels and oversized beach blankets, even a hand truck to tow that cooler to the sand. The house is near all, the trolley stops in the corner, and we are providing you with different size bicycles. But maybe the biggest and most unique benefit is the personalize attention of your hostess, we take pride in what we do and we have fun customizing your stay with us! Please don't miss the opportunity of staying in this unique island property. We are just a phone call away!


Mid Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Private, for the use of guests staying at the Garden Studio
    Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Hot water for your comfort
  • Master bathroom features a rain shower and glass panel doors. Outdoor shower has hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king , En-suite bathroom and walking closet
    The Yellow room - 2 double , Closet and armoire
    Funky Beach Houses Room - 1 bunk bed , Twin size with safety railing, desk and closet
    The Garden Suite (additional fee applies) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private entrance, kitchennette, closet, en-suit bathroom
  • The Garden Suite, can be requested ONLY as an option for friends and family of our guests staying in the main house. It sleeps 3- 4 adults comfortably and has a private entrance trough the patio or the garage. The stairs in the garden will take you to the main house trough the elevated sun-deck. Cozy, comfortable, with plenty natural light slipping trough its windows. It features an en-suite bathroom with good storage, complementary WI-FI and cable TV, a 32' flat screen TV with an incorporated DVD player. The Garden Suite is furnished with a dining table that seats four, a well supplied kitchenette, microwave and a full size fridge. Upon request, per night fee varies according to the season, set up and cleaning is $75 per stay This quirky space provides comfort and privacy for groups of 8 to 10 guests. Is perfect when parents, in laws, friends or grown children vacation together, but like to enjoy a place of their own, for a few days or the full stay of our main house guests
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Casa Cielo features a digital/keyless entry system for added security. Previous to your arrival, you'll be provided with a unique code to lock and unlock the door, this four digit number is changed after every guest's departure, giving you and your family an extra safe stay and the convenience of not having to tow a key everywhere. The house is meticulously detailed by a professional cleaning service that is also responsible for taking the garbage/recycle bins on the designated days, our linens and towels are laundered to commercial standards. We have also hired a pet and children friendly pest control company to guarantee a bug free place. You'll find that our kitchen is stock with items hardly found in other vacation properties. There is a large beach wagon to transport chairs, sun umbrellas, coolers, toys etc, also provided, to the beach. Your vacations should be worry free, please call us with questions or requests we like to accommodate your every need!


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Read what our guests say about their stay at our Beach Castle, 5 Star reviews!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Ocean City, MD

Vacation 2017

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year to vacation in this beautiful home. It's close to everything we love to do from just sitting on the beach to paddle boarding and kayaking at Lovers Key State Park. The restaurants are great and so much more. Thank you Elcka and Carlos for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as pictured and described!

  • 5 of 5

We booked a last minute stay with Elcka after our original accommodation was not quite as advertised! She was very responsive and had us checking in the next afternoon. We were very happy when we walked into the beach house to find it looked exactly as it did in the pictures!

As other guests have commented, the location is wonderful. The beach is a very short walk away and so is Publix. With a baby, we found it convenient to pop into the grocery store to pick up a meal for the bbq on those nights when we didn't want to dine out.

It is a short drive to Times Square and all other sites on the island. We were also able to make a few day trips into Naples. All in, we highly enjoyed our stay.

Elcka, we enjoyed meeting you and hope to stay at your lovely beach house again the next time we vacation in Fort Myers Beach.

Thanks again for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to hear from you! Thank you for your words, I remember the night you called, I was happy that we were able to accommodate you last minute. We live two hours away from Fort Myers Beach, and are bless to count with an amazing team that put together our home, sometimes better than myself, to welcome our guests. We also invested in some technology like the WINK keyless pad in the door so arrivals run smooth and the families staying are safe. I'm also happy to see that the convenience of being so close to the beach and the main grocery store in the island work for you. I really hope that you can come back soon, give me a call anytime!
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Beautiful house, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great stay! The house is very well kept with thoughtful and decorative touches, and it has everything that you need for a relaxing beach vacation. We really liked the easy access to the beach (just a 5 minute walk across the street) and the location. The house is located mid-island. The neighborhood is friendly and quiet and the beach is not at all crowded (but it's a quick bike or trolley ride to the Time Square area with shops, restaurants, and bars). We preferred being a bit removed from the downtown "scene", so it was perfect.

Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we were looking for a beach retreat for our family we fell in love with the location and the double sided fireplace!! So I'm really happy that you were also able to make memories! I received a kind note from your mom this morning promising that you'll be back, and this is what we are all about, the reward of our guests that fall in love with Casa Cielo, like we did two years ago. Stay in touch!
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Chicago suburbs

Something Special!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cielo is something special! The description is accurate: great location, lovely decor, well-equipped vacation home. Other reviews have highlighted the many amenities and advantages, and we agree. For us, a quiet retreat where we can wander to the bay to see the sun rise and the beach to see it set is perfect. The beach is a quick walk around the corner and across the street, a quiet stretch where you can sit for hours or walk for miles. Traffic on the island can be a challenge, but bikes are available and the trolley stops at the corner. A fenced yard and welcome basket (including towel and blanket) greeted our puppy. My sister, our daughter, her husband, and our grandson visited for part of our stay -- the house had plenty of room for everyone to be together, while still offering separate spaces for early risers and late sleepers. Also, a shout-out to the bakery at the nearby Publix for a unique beach-themed birthday cake for a 2-year-old!

What sets this property apart, though, is the obvious love that Elcka and Carlos put into the house, along with the personal hospitality and friendship they extend to their guests. When we rent a place for several weeks, we look for more than just the house -- it becomes our winter home. Our hosts made us feel like old friends, even though we were meeting them for the first time. Throughout our stay, Elcka checked in now and then, just to be sure all was well. Carlos handled a couple of small repairs and even allowed our grandson to "help." I could ramble on about the wonders of Casa Cielo, but our greatest endorsement is that we have already booked our dates for 2017!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The orchids miss you! And so are we, thank you for being so patience while we were doing the "unexpected" upgrade, Carlos enjoyed very much the company of your family during those days of heavy work. I think we clicked from day one and I am glad that you and your family feel that Casa Cielo is your winter retreat, and I hope it will be for years to come. The folks at PUBLIX supermarket are always very pleasing and their bakery is great, having them within walking distance was a strong selling point when we picked this our piece of paradise. Well is just months before your next stay, we'll keep improving, let the countdown begin! Love from Florida
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Rye Brook, new york

It's the details that matter

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Elcka's home. What makes her home stand out is that all the basics are in place and good but all the little things make it so easy and comfortable to stay there; extra towels, basic stocks in the kitchen, decent kitchen pans / pots etc, toys for children, bikes, swimming toys and the list goes on. This home is clearly loved and taken care of by their owners and you notice it as soon as you step in. We loved the five minute walk to the beach and having a supermarket in walking distance was practical too. Our kids keep asking when we will go back to Florida....

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I would love it if you comeback this year, we are bless that many of our past guests have return. Never thoght that what it was an attractive point back when we were looking for our special place in the island, have become a favorite of all, having PUBLIX the grocery store within walking distance, is just extremely convenient and if you are an early bird and like sunrise walks at the beach you can smell the warm bread from their bakery I'm glad you took advantage of all the utensils and tools in the kitchen, most of the credit goes to the families that have requested things we didn't think of. The bicycles are great also, people drive and deal with traffic so much back at home that is refreshing to enjoy Floridas' beautiful weather, riding our beach cruisers! We hope to hear from you soon, thank you again
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Our little paradise

  • 5 of 5

It was just perfect. Elcka and Carlos made our stay very special with there lovely home they shared with us! We where 6 adults and a child and it still was the perfect sice. We loved the outdoor shower, the very short walk to the beautiful beach, where we were most of the time quietly by ourselfs, just as a private beach ;-)

The house was so clean and had everything we needed - a very good kitchen, weber grill, towels, beach chairs and all the other beach stuff even for our little girl, lots of informations for local food and activitys and just beautiful the hoster Elcka and Carlos!!! We could contact them our hole stay with any questions and they helped is with everything! We made great friends and hope to see them again.

If you want a perfect home away from home and you are looking for a little paradise, please go there!! You will not be disapointed!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some times I wonder if all who open their home to welcome families from all over the world are as bless as we are. Right from the beginning we "click" and now you are gone but we'll remain good friends! So very glad that the house felt like home to you, that the size worked just fine to comfortably fit your family and that things around, like the grocery store were convenient to you. But probably the best is how close is the private beach access and the privacy of the beach, is just so quiet there, we love it as well. Thank you for being so careful and leaving everything so organized. We'll keep in touch, that's for sure and we'll see each other soon!
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Publix Super Market
Beach Theater
Snook Bight
Fire Station 33 and 911 Memorial Site
Fire Station 33, and 911 Memorial.
Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach
A beautiful beach where your best friend can run free!
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Times Square Area and Santini Plaza
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Times Square Area and Santini Plaza
Nearest Beach
146 Metres
Dedicated beach access across main road, 160 yards
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $180
Pet Fee $175
Damage Insurance $59

Full refund if canceled at least 60 days prior. Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to check in result in 50% loss of deposit. Cancellations made less than 45 days prior to check in, deposit is nonrefundable. Damage deposit will be returned within two weeks following check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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