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Fully-equipped and Updated 3-bedroom Waterfront Vacation Rental.

Bedrooms 3
Space 660 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy this flexible vacation rental with privacy and space for extended getaways

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!

Scott Menard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 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.


Matlacha Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • The cozy queen room has a water view. The two berth-like rooms each sleep one comfortably.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
This island is known for it's ability to take you away from the hustle and bustle of life, reconnect you with nature, and provide the kayaking, fishing, and weather you need to recharge your soul. A vibrant and growing art scene, as well as the Historic Matlacha Fishing Village (where this unit is located) make for a fun trip. Even though Matlacha doesn't have beaches the way Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach do, trips to visit nearby beaches make a perfect day trip (an average 45 minutes by car). We look forward to hosting you in our vacation home!


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Fully-equipped and Updated 3-bedroom Waterfront Vacation Rental.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
Gulf Shores

Quaint funky little cottage, perfect!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers, Florida

A perfect weekend in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good, but then again not so good in a few areas

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rhode Island


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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