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Premier Unit at Island Beach Club, Direct Gulf Front, Ultimate Views and Privacy

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,195 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 BR, 2 BA, directly on the beach, sleeps 4


If you're looking for unimpeded, sweeping beach views with ultimate privacy, Island Beach Club P6D is for you. You just can't get more 'beach front' and still be inside. Our top floor, west-end corner unit is built closer to the beach than neighboring buildings, so views are superb.

****Special Design Features enhance the view****

Most condo complexes with water frontage have long rectangular floor plans with the narrow side facing the prime view. This allows the developer maximum number of prime view units but creates a boxcar-like feel. Island Beach Club units are nearly square with floor-to-ceiling window-walls. In "D" Building, those window walls provide a breathtaking view of the water.

****Unique features of P6D***

Because it's located on the top floor, there is maximum privacy and quiet. A "reversed floor plan," unique to only 2 other units at Island Beach Club provides especially welcome privacy and quiet. No one walks by your front door unless they are coming to visit you.

From November through February, you can see the sun rise and set from the lanai. The effect is magic and will stay with you long after your vacation is over. Take a look at our VIDEO to get an even better feel for this special place.


Our 2 bedroom, 2 bath, top floor, west-end corner unit is very well equipped: High speed internet, floor to ceiling windows (with electric shades) that bring the views into your living room, full-size washer & dryer, granite counters in a gourmet kitchen, excellent quality knives and an electric knife sharpener to keep them sharp. There is filtered water on the refrigerator door and at the kitchen sink so you don't need to bring bottled water. Also a blender and a coffee grinder to grind your beans.

If the views don't keep you occupied, you'll find board games and puzzles plus 3 substantial sized TV's, each with a VCR and DVD player. We subscribe to a high-end cable TV package with a huge channel selection. The living room has a stereo and CD player.

Master bedroom has a king bed. Two twin beds in the guest bedroom. We intentionally do not have a pull-out bed in the living room, so maximum occupancy is four.


Need some office time--with a gorgeous Gulf-view? There's a convenient desk in the master bedroom with slide-out shelves at keyboard-height for your laptop, power outlets and USB ports. A desktop phone has speakerphone and auto redial. Our high speed dedicated WiFi provides excellent internet access. There's even a wireless printer with copy/scan/fax capability.


Our storage closet in the parking garage has beach chairs, loungers, umbrella, floats and assorted beach toys. We provide beach towels in our linen closet.

There is a convenient elevator.


Unlike most units at Island Beach Club, this unit has a reversed floor plan -- no neighboring units can see into the living room or lanai. Also, no one passes your front door unless they are coming to see you. Electric shades on the living room windows are easy to operate in the unlikely event you want even more privacy.


Guests remember the magic of Island Beach Club P6D and many return year-after-year. People are voting for this condo with their rental dollars -- perhaps the best measure of value.

We normally do not permit bookings farther ahead than one year to protect guests who may wish to re-book the same week(s). Our calendar is accurate. We update it every day.


We have found--from years of renting vacation properties--that price-concern is highest before you see what you've rented. Afterwards, you either spend time enjoying the property or regretting its shortcomings that produced the lower price. Our rates reflect the quality of Island Beach Club P6D. You can find slightly (and considerably) lower prices but they come with large reductions in quality: of view, location, furnishings, sound of the waves and attention to maintenance.

If you find an open week and book with us, we believe you'll be delighted with the perks of a top floor, west-end unit, with its unequaled privacy. The decision is best made by comparing the actual view, furnishings and location of the units you're considering. Beware of properties that lead off with uninspiring pictures. Our view is what you're probably wishing for and we show it proudly. Be sure to click on our video if you haven't already.


We don't rent to guests until we have spoken personally, to assure we are both a good fit. VRBO makes this difficult by withholding traveler phone numbers from owners. We will work with you to make contact nonetheless. After you book and pay your deposit, your phone number becomes visible.

When you arrive, we try to check in by phone to assure everything is just right. Our Sanibel-based manager is available 24/7 to handle any issues. And we promise quick action if there's anything we can do for you.


Island Beach Club is ideally situated on prestigious West Gulf Drive, about 1 mile from Bailey's Grocery Store, many good restaurants, cinema and shopping -- yet avoiding the heaviest traffic. It is also ideally situated on the beach -- well removed from the public access points.


Dedicated WiFi just for this unit provides high speed Internet access.

The beach is just steps away. We provide beach towels, chairs, umbrella and loungers. There is a convenient elevator, covered parking, a large, heated pool and a well furnished, updated kitchen.

There are good-sized flat screen TVs, each with a DVD player, in the living room and each bedroom.

*This condominium requires a 7 night minimum stay*


Obviously, we love our magic place and hope you will too! Assuring you find the vacation you want is very important to us. We make a concerted effort to assure our condo is a good match you. We don't want to disappoint anyone. Here are what we consider our biggest drawbacks:

1. SMALL UNIT This condo is 1,195 sq ft -- large enough to accommodate no more than 4 occupants, in our opinion. Many other Island Beach Club units permit 6 occupants -- we do not.

2. SMALL MASTER BATHROOM Island Beach Club was built in 1976 and bathroom standards have evolved markedly since then. There is a single sink and much less room than typically offered today.

3. NOT A PARTY PLACE Neither Sanibel, nor our unit are appropriate or satisfying for spring-break-type party people. The town has few bars and nightlife generally ends by 9-10pm. If you're looking for more action, you would be happier with Ft. Myers Beach.

Sanibel is for nature lovers, readers and sea shell collectors, for bicycle riding on protected bike paths, for birding enthusiasts, sun lovers, kayakers/canoeists, beach walkers and those who appreciate low-rise vs high-rise buildings.

4. SUMMER NO-SEE-UMS These tiny, biting bugs occur more frequently in summer months and can chase you off the beach late in the day. Not much of a problem during the day, they can even intrude through the screens on the lanai at dusk. They do not come inside the unit in our experience -- probably because the slider doors are mostly closed in summer for air conditioning. Our laundry room usually has lots of bug sprays left behind by departing guests.

More Details

Barry and Fran Wilson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Barry and Fran Wilson

Fran and Barry Wilson owned P6D from 1997-2004. We sold it, very reluctantly, to move to California for business reasons. But we never forgot this magic place and missed it terribly when we occasionally returned to Sanibel. In October, 2014 the person we'd sold it to 10 years earlier put it up for sale. We bought it back before the realtor could host a single open house!

Barry and Fran Wilson purchased this condo in 1997

Why Barry and Fran Wilson chose Sanibel

Sanibel Island is a magical experience -- as is our condo. The views, the beach, the seashells, plus miles and miles of bike paths to ride and beach to walk will keep you busy and content for weeks. There is excellent dining, an abundance of nature experiences to absorb and once you cross the bridge, a welcome respite from the everyday world.

In our twenty years visiting Sanibel, we have never found a place as perfect for enjoying that respite as Island Beach Club unit P6D. Its sweeping, unobstructed views of the beach inspire us to this day.

What makes this condo unique

Top Floor Corner at the west end of the beachfront building. Breathtaking water and beach views. You can hear the waves but except for that, it's ultimately quiet, ultimately private. Almost uniquely at Island Beach Club, no one passes the front door unless they are coming to visit you. The overhang of the roof provides just the right amount of shade from the all-day sunshine. The penthouse floor provides not just the best views but also unprecedented privacy from passing beach walkers. You hardly need shades (although we have electric ones). A unique design difference applies only to the three units at this end of the building....they have a reversed floor plan which eliminates a view intrusion from the next door lanai. True privacy and the best beach view on Sanibel are the result.

You may never require other entertainment but there are 3 flat-screen TVs with VCRs and DVD players just in case. We also provide unlimited USA phone calling and a top-end cable channel subscription.


Sanibel Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1195 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 king , Features TV and DVD player
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , TV and video player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Office with great water view and wireless printer/scanner/copier. Charging ports for mobile phones and tablets.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Premier Unit at Island Beach Club, Direct Gulf Front, Ultimate Views and Privacy
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 52 reviews

Amazing views, great location, owners treat you like family. Not a typical “rental unit”

  • 5 of 5

Clean, everything labeled, many little touches not normally found in rentals, well stocked, owners are genuinely concerned with the wellness of your stay and oh...those amazing views. Any closer to the water and you would be over it.

This is our 5th time to the Sanibel/ Captiva area and by far the best condo we ever rented. Privacy, amazing views, nice pool and well taken care of corner unit and property as a whole. We loved it so much we booked for next year the day after we arrived. Enough said!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, thank you very much for for this lovely review and for taking the time to write it! Fran and I really do take our job seriously—to provide a great vacation experience to all our guests. It’s gratifying to know when we succeed. We measure our success, in large measure, by our rate of re-booking. So you can imagine how good we felt when you re-booked the day after you first checked in! We should have new bathrooms next year and a few other changes we hope you’ll enjoy. And we promise to keep enhancing the special magic of unit P6D for everyone who visits.
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Best view on Sanibel Island!

  • 5 of 5

Barry and Fran are amazing hosts who are truly concerned with your vacation experience. The condo is stocked with everything you need from bikes, golf clubs and beach chairs to cups, pans, and indoor/outdoor stereo speakers. Everything is labeled for your convenience. All of this isn't even the best part...the view from the floor to ceiling windows in the living room is breathtaking. The unit is a few short steps from the beach and has the most amazing views on the island. Our family enjoyed the stay so much we'll definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeremy, thank you so much for taking time to review your experience at our magic little place! Reviews are one of the best ways for potential guests to evaluate our condo. Fran and I also pay close attention to the rate of re-bookings we get for the following year -- perhaps the truest measure of satisfaction. We are delighted that you will be returning in 2019. We promise to keep up our efforts to provide a superior experience for all our guests. In about a month our remodeling project begins for both bathrooms, all interior pipes and a few other improvements. We hope you like the new look when you return.
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Fantastic condo with breathtaking views!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fifth time staying on Sanibel Island and I must say this condo is by far the best condo we've stayed at. The owners are a pleasure to interact with and they clearly take great care of the property. We would highly recommend this unit to anyone looking to stay on Sanibel.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly enjoyed hosting you and your family. We make it our business to see that our magic condo is kept in top condition and that our guests experience some of the magic we feel when we're there. It is always a pleasure to hear that we have been successful. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your enthusiasm for this special place.
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Parsippany, NJ

Ocean Vista Supreme

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Sanibel many times over the years but this was our first visit to Island Beach Club P6D. It lived up to all expectations. First, the view is indeed outstanding and the photos cannot do it justice. It is truly panoramic and so close to the water that, if you stand to the rear of the unit, it appears you are traveling on an ocean liner. Sanibel has a unique east/west orientation for the SW Florida Gulf Coast so you get to witness both Sunrise and Sunset from the Lanai without the Sun facing you directly – very scenic and comfortable. P6D is equipped with everything and lends itself to a truly “plug and play” vacation. As an audiophile, I was very appreciative of the stereo equipment and connections including a Yamaha receiver that was already wired up for a quick aux audio connection to my phone from which I could play my music – speakers both in the main den and on the Lanai! The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you might want, including a really good (and fast!) water spout from the frig. The beach storage shed in the garage contained a good supply of chairs and umbrellas, important to us because we spend a lot of time on the beach. Best of all, Barry and Fran are wonderful and considerate hosts. They have a wireless printer in the unit that I was trying to use, but could not find any paper. I e-mailed Barry and within the hour, even though away on his own travels, he had responded back (with messages to the unit phone, my cell phone, and my e-mail) about where an additional ream of paper could be found. Lastly, I should mention that we were scheduled for our first visit last Fall, but the Hurricane the prior week made the trip dubious (probably doable but poor conditions). Barry and Fran were extremely gracious and advised us to cancel if we desired without any type of penalty or forced re booking. There is only one thing bad about P6D and that’s having to leave! We look forward to our next visit.

Ralph and Laura

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ralph and Laura, we thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review. We are humbled and obviously thrilled to read it. It's obvious you both have experienced the magic of P6D. More than 20 years after we first walked down its front hallway, we still feel it every time we return. We couldn't own this special place without the cash flow from our guests. You make it possible -- and we owe you a great vacation! We work very hard at it, so it's a true delight to hear when we succeed. We see you already have re-booked for 2019. You'll find newly remodeled bathrooms and a few other surprises on your return. "Au revoir"....
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Peabody, MA


  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Sanibel for the past 7 years. P6D is by far the best unit that we have stayed in since coming to the island. When you first walk into the unit the ocean is staring you right in the face, the view is second to none. There’s nothing like waking up in the morning, having a cup of coffee and seeing a couple of dolphins swimming in the ocean right in front of you. It seems that Barry and Fran have thought of everything that you need for your stay. We look forward to coming back next year.

Kathy and Gary

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathy and Gary for taking time to share your experience at our magic place. We are especially pleased that you have already booked this same week for 2019. That's undoubtedly the best measure of satisfaction. Fran and I work hard to keep P6D in top condition. This summer we will be renovating both bathrooms, replacing the water heater, updating other plumbing and installing a new desk in the corner of the master bedroom we call "the office". And we have more plans for the future. Everything we do is dedicated to improving our experience as owners and to share with our guests the joy of staying in P6D.
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Omaha, NE 68116

Great beach front condo!

  • 5 of 5

Great beach front condo that is everything the other reviewers have shared. Perfect location on the island and you can’t get any more on the beach. Loved reading my bible and having coffee every morning at first light, right on the Ocean. Our first few days were during tropical storm Alberto, so there was a lot of rain in the area and clouds and wind. This made it more difficult to do some things the first few days, but our kids highlight of the trip was swimming in the big surf the first few days. Shelling was also amazing as a result of the storm. The Owners obviously care very much for their home and for anyone renting from them. A real pleasure to work with! Hope to come back again some day soon!!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ryan, for this good review. Glad you enjoyed your stay at our magic place — even while Alberto was bringing rain and wind. We provided ideas for quite a number of rainy day activities and hoped they helped. But we forgot to include how much fun it is to just swim in the kicked-up surf of a warm weather storm. At any rate, we always love hearing about the good times our guests have had. And we know how much help it is for potential guests to read actual reports from current guests as they make their vacation selections. We look forward to welcoming your family back again soon!
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Fort Meyers (RSW)
Nearest Beach
On the beach!
Car: necessary

The 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. You may also see alligators and fish hawks doing their thing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We book from Saturday to Saturday.
Once you book, a deposit ($600 or 25% of the total rent, whichever is greater) plus VRBO's service fee is placed on your credit card. The remaining balance may also be paid online with VRBO and is due 60 days prior to your arrival date. VRBO will send an automatic email payment reminder 7-days prior to the due date.

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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