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Island Vacation Property! Beach, Boat Docks, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 60 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

This duplex is located on the bridgeless barrier island called Don Pedro, on Florida's Gulf Coast. The property is accessible by private car ferry or personal watercraft only, which makes it a memorable vacation choice. The guest will drive a car onto the Ferry boat for a 3 minute trip across the Intracoastal Waterway (the bridge was removed in the 1950's). Upon arrival on the island, travelers will feel as if they have gone back in time to what Florida looked like prior to development. While we now have some stately private homes, most of the roads are still sand and there are no stoplights or streetlights to interrupt late night stargazing. In fact, it is so dark at night that sea turtles still come to our beaches to lay eggs in the early summer. Once visitors have crossed both bridges, a long sandy road will bring you to our vacation cottage. Our buildings are raised on pilings due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, but ours is only about 8 feet off the ground, so there are fewer stairs. Underneath the house is a deck with a sectional sofa and a dining table for 6 people. Inside the home, guests will see a large great room with seating for at least 10. There are 4 bar stools for extra friends and a kitchen dining nook that seats 6. The kitchen upstairs has new wood cabinets, new stainless appliances and granite countertops. A large pantry provides storage room for food as there is no grocery store on the island. The floors are laminate throughout living areas. Two bathrooms are tiled. There is a large master bedroom facing Bocilla Lagoon with a king sized bed, plenty of closet and storage room and a 32' flat screen TV. This room has an en-suite half bathroom. Down the hall, another guest room has a new king bed as well. This room has a view of the Gulf of Mexico. It has 2 closets and also has a 32' flat screen TV. The hall bathroom has a tub/shower combination and is accessible to all guests. The cottage has central heat and air for comfort. Behind the unit is the dockage for all homeowners in the complex. There always seems to be room for a boat here, but it is shallow so a small boat is necessary. Across the street from the cottage, guests will find charcoal grills for meals. The heated pool is here as well, and there are restrooms for convenience. Near the pool is one of the dedicated beach accesses for homeowners and guests. Our beaches are sparsely populated and boast some of the most spectacular sunsets anywhere. Golf cart rentals are available on island, as well as kayaks, paddleboards and bikes. There are two tennis courts on the property for exercise and fun.

Property Manager
Jan Sommers
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Jan Sommers

My sister and I purchase, renovate, lease and sell apartments and homes for annual rental and also vacation rental properties for our mother. We have been doing this for about 5 years and really enjoy taking a neglected property and turning it into a home for a family or a hideaway for vacationers.

Jan Sommers purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Jan Sommers chose Palm Island

The island has been a special place for our family for almost 20 years. We have owned several properties here and seem to gravitate back to these gulf coast waters to find peace.

What makes this cottage unique

Drawbacks first: The ferry is inconvenient, costly, and often unpredictable. Benefits: because of the ferry, growth is limited and development slow for many years. This means that we have natural foliage, white sand beaches with very few people, magnificent sunsets, no streetlights, and a feeling of 'live and let live' that I have found nowhere else.


Fishery Restaurant
"Great atmosphere. Food is good. Access by boat or car. Local art studios on property so i..."
Waterside Grill
"Access by boat or car. Indoor or outdoor seating with live music. Good food and great atmo..."
Boca Grande Causeway Boat Launch (Placida Park)
"COME EARLY!!!!!! We do not have enough public boat ramps and this one is very good with roo..."
Don Pedro Island State Park
"Great place to boat with some dockage available. Beach pavilion with restrooms. Great for ..."
Don Pedro Island Passenger Ferry
"Great experience if you have not driven on one before. The mate will guide your car onto th..."
Rotonda Golf & Country Club Long Marsh Golf Club
"Rotonda is a very large neighborhood to the east of the island. It is actually designed in..."
"Gas and limited food are available at this station, located about 4 miles southeast of the i..."
BNT Liquors
"About 4 miles southeast of the island, this liquor store is next to Publix, for all of your ..."
Publix Grocery
"Very clean, boutique style Publix, located about 4 miles southeast of the island."

The actual location of this unit is directly across from the pool to the north on the map. It is hidden behind a stand of pines.


Palm Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , En Suite half bath
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold water
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Guest
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Our rental agent Kim can help you with most any rental items you might want during your stay. She will also handle the booking and payment for the cottage.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Loved your place!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us this Memorial Day weekend. The accommodations were perfect and you thought of everything to make our stay comfortable. The location on the Island could not have been better...beach is right across the street, great dock for launching kayaks or paddleboards, easy access to the ferry if you want to bring your car to the island. We had a flats boat that we left at another dock because access to the property via boat is kind of tricky...shallow water and low bridge. Didn't want to chance it!!!

If you have never been to Palm Island you are missing what Florida is all about...the pace is slow, the sunsets are amazing and the water makes you feel like you are in the Bahamas. And best of all it is a short hop from Tampa Bay and a perfect place to spend an impromptu weekend with family or friends.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates and availability subject to change prior to receipt of deposit. Longer stays receive priority booking. Our agent Kim will handle the booking and payment of the cottage. Please do not pay online. I will forward your information to her for confirmation of availability and payment. Thanks!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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