The Crab Shack is a 3-bedroom waterfront vacation rental that will remind you of sleeping on ship. With a master bedroom and two additional berth-like bedrooms, “the Shack” is perfect for a getaway with the kids (or grandkids!) Newly renovated bathroom and pristine kitchen appliances making staying a pleasure. Water views from the master bedroom and spacious breakfast room make catching the sunrise (and sunset) easy! Fish from the dock, or use the jet ski & kayak lift for your watersport adventures! An outdoor covered patio has a new gas grill, perfect for grilling burgers - or today's catch! Enjoy the local art scene, eat at famous restaurants, and recharge on the water. Whether you're on Matlacha for the wildlife - or to get away from your wild life - the Crab Shack is the perfect place to hang your hat!
- Bungalow660 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
Enjoy this flexible vacation rental with privacy and space for extended getaways
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 16, 2018
About Scott Menard
Vida de la Isla translates Island Life. We feature 3 unique island vacation rental properties located on the world renowned, historic Matlacha Island.
Scott Menard purchased this Bungalow in 2014
What makes this Bungalow unique
Matlacha is island life personified! No need to travel outside the USA, we're right here in sunny Florida.
Quaint funky little cottage, perfect!
Great place to relax, had everything we needed. Scott, the owner was awesome. Minor hiccup with the A/C when we arrived, he was there in 30 min to address the problem & even left a nice btl of wine as an apology. Would definitely stay again!
Scott & Kimberly Cranford
Loved staying at "the palace ". We had plenty of room and our accommodation was just what was needed. Easy access to Ft Myers and Sanibel. We would recommend this place as a way to just enjoy and relax. Thanks
A perfect weekend in a beautiful place
We LOVE the Vida de la Isla cottages!! We have been blessed to stay in all three, the Coqui Palace, the Fishin' Shanty, and this time, the Crab Shack, and they are all simply magical. If you're looking for a place to just get away and relax, you've found it 😁😁😁
My wife and I and our 4-month-old baby girl came here for a long weekend getaway. Everything was prepared nicely for our arrival, cleaned and cooled just right. The coffee maker worked nicely (super important), the shower was hot with great water pressure, and the a/c cooled everything nicely. We even got to hook up our Chromecast to the TV and catch up on some Netflix (with a little work, since the wifi access point is in the Coqui Palace next door.)
The island itself is delightful, and we took an afternoon to cross the bridge and explore Pine Island too.
You can't go wrong with Vida de la Isla, it's a magical place, and the owners are fantastic people 😁.
–Phillip and Heather
Good, but then again not so good in a few areas
Owner was responsive and good to work with. The property was comfortable overall, but did have a few exceptions that I will note here;
The bed, which was a double, had extremely worn out bedding. That for sure should be replaced. The kitchen had left over food in the cupboards, from a previous guest I assume. That should have been removed before new guests arrived. The bikes, which was a selling point for us when looking for a place to rent, were not functional. Even if you could get the rusted chains to work, the tires were flat. A reading lamp in the TV room would have been nice. One lamp was too dim to read by, the other did not work. We never used the grill. I could have lit it and burned the grease off, then scraped it down to get a somewhat clean grate to cook on, but I'm on vacation and that's not my job. These and a few other items are all easy fixes. Still, it was comfortable for a short stay or long weekend.
Also, we did not anticipate the heavy traffic in the area. Matlacha Island has really one road in and out, and it was quite busy all day long. Maybe I should have known that but I was expecting Matlacha to be quieter and more laidback.
Overall we enjoyed our stay but the "Crab Shack" needs alittle more work.
Stressless is defined as having no stress. The Crab Shack is the perfect place to vacation with no stress. We spent the week relaxing while viewing our waterfront picture window. Perfect weather, nice shops to visit nearby, and just chilling out. Our second trip to Matlacha. Scott & Iliana are hospitality experts. We will be back!
The Crab Shack was perfect, it was like a Hyatt on wheels. It was stocked with everything you could need and was very clean. The location of the Crab Shack was great and it was only a short walk to everything to do in Matlacha. Thanks for everything Scott!
While being a world renowned fishing village, the area is also known for excellent kayaking, emerging artists, and excellent eateries and entertainment. In less than an hour you can be scouring the beaches of Sanibel or Captiva searching for the latest shells the tide has left behind. Of course, Vida de le Isla, is all about the relaxed island life, so you'll probably like to do a lot of 'nothing'.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Sign up for email discounts at www.vidadelaisla.com to receive last-minute deals and special packages! Monthly and Seasonal guests are always welcome. Contact us to help plan your extended getaway! (Multi-month discounts available.) Pets allow only under 25 lbs. each. Pet fee per pet. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends! We know how it feels to have to leave a family member behind! Extended stay pet fees apply for stays over 1 month. Rates are subject to change until booking is complete.