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Relaxation 101! Spacious 3/3 Waterfront w/Private Pool Dock & Spa! Pets Welcome!

Palm Island, FL, USA
  • House2550 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Spacious 3Br/3Bth Waterfront Ground Level Home w/Pool&Spa Just Steps from Beach!

Relaxation 101 is a gorgeous & spacious 3 bedroom, 3 full bath waterfront home w/private pool on Palm Island with unobstructed views overlooking beautiful Bocilla Lagoon.

Take our 2 minute Virtual Tour! Copy & paste it to your browser to get a better feel for all that Relax 101 has to offer!


Our home is on a double lot that ensures your privacy and includes an enormous private resort style pool for your personal use... in fact the entire compound is for your private use for the duration of your stay. Additionally, if there are little ones in your party you will be pleased to know that the entire property, including the docks and pool area, is fenced-in for the safety and security of your loved ones...including the furry ones :-) Yes! Relaxation 101 is a pet friendly rental! One of the few on the island!

The house is very comfortable and spacious... 2500 s/f. The large open floor plan is perfect for entertaining and includes not only an enormous great room with vaulted ceilings and a beautiful coral stone fireplace at its center, but a fantastic family room and an over-sized kitchen open to it all.

A very unique feature of this home is that it is all on ground level, no stairs to climb! which is unusual on the island. Most homes are built 15 feet above sea level and have steep stairs which makes it somewhat cumbersome to schlep your luggage and groceries into the house, dine outside or just run into the kitchen for that Pina Colada refresher! At Relaxation 101 our ground level home makes dining al fresco a breeze! not to mention how much easier it is for those who find it difficult to navigate steep stairs.

The location of this home is one of the best on the Island, at the mouth of the Bocilla Lagoon, where the constant tidal flow makes for year round crystal clear water teeming with Snook, Trout , Redfish, Snapper & Grouper. Best fishing on the island right off your dock! There's even a fishlight at night that draws large amounts of snook right to you. You feel as if you can almost reach out and grab one!

Sit and have your coffee on the dock in the morning and watch fish jump, birds feed... you will even see dolphins swim by. I kid you not. Dolphins. In the wild. Swimming right off our dock. It's the coolest thing ever.

Our home offers a HUGE, private in-ground resort style swimming pool to add to the enjoyment of the entire family. And for those times that you want to head to the beach, we are literally steps away... it's just a 90 second walk right around the bend and we supply everything you need! From beach chairs, towels & umbrellas to coolers and games & toys for the kids, we make sure you are well equipped. We even provide a little red wagon to cart it all! All you have to do is bring the beer!

This house features 2 boat docks. There's only one bridge to open water with 12 foot clearance at high tide and a channel cut 5 feet from the dock. At "Manatee" speed, it's 4-5 minutes to open water and Lemon Bay. 15 Minutes to the Gulf.

Kayaks, canoes, motor boats, paddle boards, bikes and golf carts are available for rent on the island as well. And if you want to hire a captain to take you fishing or on a sunset cruise he/she can pick you up and drop you off right from your dock! No need to load the family into the car and schlep to the mainland! Ahhhhhhh... Relaxation!!! LOL ;-)

Have you vacationed on the island before? Palm Island is a barrier island, 7 miles long between Sarasota and Ft. Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sugar sand beaches, beautiful harbors & lagoons and great fishing & shelling are accessed by a 4 minute car ferry or private boat ride. With unpaved sandy roads and a relaxed 'Old Florida' atmosphere, our beaches are some of the most pristine and quiet in all of coastal Florida. There are no high rises blocking your gulf views.

There's one restaurant on the island, Rum Bay, that serves lunch and dinner. The car ferry runs continually from 6:30am until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00pm on Friday and 12:00 midnight on Saturday. You drive your car onto the ferry and directly to your vacation rental home. It's a very special place to vacation. Kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, motor boats bikes and golf carts are available for rent.

Relaxation 101 offers it's guests a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. You will absolutely love it! It is a true island paradise. If you choose to book Relaxation 101, it will be a vacation experience you will never forget.

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Karen Olin

Member Since 2015
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About Karen Olin

I was in the hospitality business for over 20 years. When I retired, I wanted the laid back, "manana man" lifestyle that you can only find in the tropics without giving up access to fine dining, shopping & culture. Palm Island was the perfect spot for our family... I hope you will find it to be the perfect spot for yours :-)

Karen Olin purchased this House in 2014

Why Karen Olin chose Placida

We looked at so many homes, and none felt right until we saw "Relaxation 101". It just clicked for us...Key West circa 1962, but with all the modern amenities. You will love it here! A little piece of paradise off the central coast of Florida. We invite you to take this 2 minute virtual tour to find out why Relaxation 101 may just be the perfect fit for you and your family! http://tours.thehoverbureau.com/public/vtour/full/483962/

What makes this House unique

Privacy, pristine beaches, undeveloped... there are no high rises here. Unpaved sandy roads lead you to white sugar sand beaches and mangrove lagoons. It's a nature lover's paradise, but still offers great night life and fabulous shopping & dining nearby. The best of all worlds!!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Guest Room 3
        1 queen, Private full bath adjacent to large queen bedded guest room.
      • Master Suite 1
        1 king, This bedroom has a king bed w/fabulous en suite master bath
      • Master Suite 2
        1 queen, Private en suite bath & french doors lead to private lanai.
      • Relax offers 2 ensuite master bedrooms and a 3rd bedroom with it's own private bath across the hall. We also provide a full size pull-out sofa. It's not the old fashioned kind with the bar in the middle, this sofa pulls out into a full size platform bed and is very comfy! Relaxation 101 is set up perfectly for 3 adult couples, a multi-generational family or any family or group with 6-8 guests!


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Guest Bath 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Full Guest Bath w/Tub & Shower and Access to Pool & Patio.
      • Master Bath 1
        toilet, tub, shower, Xtra-Large Soaking Tub w/Gorgeous Bay Window Views of Lagoon
      • Master Bath 2
        toilet, shower, Private Bath with Double Shower Heads & Double Sinks
      • Check out our photo page for pics of our fabulous master bath overlooking the lagoon. Watch dolphins swim by as you soak in our gynormous tub!

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          Palm Island is the name the locals use when referencing the Knight Island/Don Pedro Island complex. It is surrounded by pristine, white sandy beaches. Relaxation 101 is just steps to beach access.
        • Resort
          The Palm Island Resort is a short walk or golf cart ride. Dine at Rum Bay, rent paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and golf carts from Coconuts Beach Rentals. There's a ship's store for basic necessities.
        • Village
          Just 3 miles from the Village of Boca Grande where you'll find quaint shops, fine dining restaurants and the famous Gasparilla Inn to enjoy a day at the spa or play at a Donald Ross 18 hole course.
        • Waterfront
          Relaxation 101 is located at the mouth of beautiful Bocilla Lagoon. Watch fish jump and birds feed in native mangrove isles right from the comfort of your 500 s/f outdoor deck and private dock.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central air & heat provided.
                    • Fireplace
                      The original coral rock fireplace from 1962 graces the great room. Perfect for the family to gather round and share the events of the day.
                    • Garage
                      Not available for guest parking
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central air & heat provided.
                    • Internet
                      High speed internet with wifi provided.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Brand New Amana Washer/Dryer provided in large, comfortable laundry area
                    • Linens Provided
                      Complete sets of linens, blankets & comforters with both goose down and hypo allergenic pillows provided.
                    • Living Room
                      Huge living room w/high vaulted ceiling and an original 1962 coral rock wood burning fireplace at it's center. Enjoy movie night or games on the 60" Panasonic flat screen TV w/ a surround sound stereo
                    • Parking
                      Parking is available for 3 cars.
                    • Telephone
                      There is no land line, but cell service is excellent on the island.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Complete sets of towels for both bath & pool use are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Brand New Amana Washer/Dryer provided in large comfortable laundry area.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Provided... 12 cup drip Brewmaster
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Full sets of dishes, glasses, silverware for 12 and complete set of cooking utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          KitchenAide Dishwasher.
                        • Kitchen
                          There's a huge, well equipped eat-in kitchen. The large open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. It includes an enormous great room with a coral stone fireplace and the kitchen is open to it all!
                        • Microwave
                          Whirlpool Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Large capacity Whirlpool electric oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Very limited. Please plan to bring what you may need.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Side by side with ice maker.
                        • Stove
                          Whirlpool Radiant glass top electric stove
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster oven a 2-slice toaster provided


                            • Dining
                              In addition to a large dining room table we offer a 4-6 seat table in our very large open kitchen.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  An extensive collection of books, both fiction and non-fiction are provided in the library area adjacent to the living room.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Toshiba DVD & Panasonic Blue Ray are provided for your entertainment needs.
                                • Games
                                  Family games such as Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Trivial Pursuit, Poker & more are provided for family fun night!
                                • Music Library
                                  CDs with a wide range of musical genres are provided for your enjoyment
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Cable is provided by Comcast with extended basic to include TNT, A&E, Bravo, TBS, ESPN, Kids stations, HBO and more!
                                • Stereo
                                  Complete Yamaha Stereo system with Toshiba CD player & 6 Infinity speakers for the enjoyment of the whole family!
                                • Television
                                  In addition to the 60" flat screen TV in the living room, each bedroom has it's own TV as well for private comfortable viewing.
                                • Toys
                                  Pool toys such as rafts, beach balls & noodles are provided for your convenience!
                                • Video Games
                                  If you would like to play video games, please bring your own as, unfortunately, we do not provide video games.
                                • Video Library
                                  Over 100 DVD's for the whole family to enjoy! Classics, kids selections, dramas, comedies & more!!


                                    • Bicycles
                                      While we do not porvide bicycles for our guests, bicycles can be rented from Coconut's Rentals located on the island at the Palm Island Resort for a nominal fee. Please call 941-697-4800 for more info
                                    • Boat
                                      Boat rentals and charters for pleasure cruises, diving or fishing are available at Coconut's @ The Palm Island Resort and is located on the island. Please call 941-697-4800 for more information.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A 600 s/f deck leads from the house to the dock and overlooks beautiful Bocilla Lagoon. Dine al fresco, dip in the hot tub, roast marshmallows in the firepit or sit and read in the screened-in lanai.
                                    • Golf
                                      There are dozens of beautiful golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty and prices within 10 miles of Palm Island. Please consult local guides to find a course that suits your needs & ability.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaks, Canoes & Paddle Boards are available to rent at Coconuts @ The Palm Island Resort and is located on the island. Please call 941-697-4800 for more information.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      From the french doors in 2nd en-suite master bedroom or a side door on the deck you can access our 200 s/f screened-in lanai with an overhead light and paddle fan for added comfort.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A stainless steel gas grill with a side bruner for heating sauces and is provided for your enjoyment. We also provide a back up porpnae tank so you'll never run out of gas!
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Not available in this area... it's the tropics for cryin' out loud!!! LOL :-)
                                    • Tennis
                                      The Englewood Rec Center located on the mainland and less than 5 miles from the barge dock, offers 9 public tennis courts. 202 W Wentworth St. There's 15 public courts @ the Englewood Sports Center
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Water sports gear is available to rent at Coconut's @ The Palm Island Resort and is located on the island. Please call 941-697-4800 for more information.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Yes! One of the few houses on the island that is all on ground level and totally wheel chair accessible!

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              On the rear deck overlooking beautiful Bocilla Lagoon is a hot tub that can comfortably accommodate 4 adults. Watch fish jump & birds light in the mangroves as you share a bottle of wine and relax!
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Included with your accommodations is your own huge private resort style pool! The pool is heated to a comfortable temperature during the winter months for year round enjoyment!

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage
                                                • Private Chef


                                                    • marina
                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • synagogues

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • luaus
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • We are also a pet friendly vacation rental! Please advise at the time you book your stay that you would like to bring your furry friend along for the vacay! There is a $165 non-refundable pet fee for each pet and all we ask is that your dog or cat be properly house trained!

                                                                      36 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      We’ll be back!

                                                                      Tammy H.

                                                                      Our 5 week stay at Relaxation 101 was indeed relaxing! The house was extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and very comfortable! The pool, deck and hot tub were delightful - but nothing topped the tiki bar! Karen responded within minutes to our questions and a couple of minor unforeseen issues were addressed immediately. We’re already looking forward to returning next year!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hi Tammy & Steve!

                                                                      Glad you made it home safe & sound! And thanks so much for the kind words about your stay at Relaxation 101! We do strive to make our guests' vacation experience the best we possibly can, and I am so glad we succeeded with you and your family! And yes!...we too look forward to having you and your family back again next year!

                                                                      Have a great summer and we'll chat again as your next trip to Palm Island is on the horizon!!

                                                                      My best to Steve and big scratches for Sadie!

                                                                      Karen Olin

                                                                      Relaxation 101

                                                                      Palm Island, FL

                                                                      Should rename this property to “Paradise 101”

                                                                      Nancy H.

                                                                      We are repeat vacationers and have thoroughly enjoyed this slice of heaven on Palm Island. Upon our arrival, we were greeted warmly by the owner and immediately fell in love with this island all over again. Karen welcomed our fur-kids as well and was so accommodating to them to make sure they would have a fun vacation along with us. The property was very clean, and there were more upgrades than the prior year that we stayed here. There weren’t many things we needed to bring along to make our beach days perfect, only because all of that (and then some) was in the garage for us to use when needed. It saved us space in our truck for our return trip with shells and various shopping items from local shops and artisans. This place has it all! The beach is a very short walk down the street, and the dock right off the back yard called to us to throw a line out for some snook. My husband (and a few locals in their boats) thouroughly enjoyed night fishing with the installed fish light. We rented a kayak, but honestly, we didn’t even use it that much, as the dock provided us the enjoyment of actually catching fish! The beaches are calm and the beauty surpasses that of other beaches we have stayed. We love that Rum Bay is a place to frequent, as they have a very extended menu that doesn’t get boring. In addition, we took the water taxi over to Leverock’s which was a great experience. Our kids and grand kids visited for a week when we were there, and the boat captain allowed our 6 year old grand son to steer the boat for a little bit. It was a memorable experience for all of us. We tell our friends and family about this property, and we look forward to returning!

                                                                      Everything we needed!

                                                                      Rebecca D.

                                                                      We had a great week at Relaxation 101! The owner paid great attention to detail and we had everything we needed. The house was close to the beach and the pool area was fantastic. We will definitely return!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much for the kind words! We absolutely look forward to hosting you again at Relaxation 101!! Have a wonderful holiday season! Best, ~Karen

                                                                      We had it all!!

                                                                      Beth M.West Farmington

                                                                      The best vacation stay ever! We so enjoyed the privacy and quietness on the island and the pool was amazing! Relaxation 101 had everything you need on vacay plus more. And Karen was the sweetest host and made sure our vacation would be the best. I would definitely reccomend this home ☺

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      OMG! Thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing this with others! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Relaxation 101 and look forward to hosting you again soon!! ~KO

                                                                      Amazing 🏝😎

                                                                      Sue H.

                                                                      Best was this big beautiful pool, and loved the landscaping. Loved that the owner stayed in touch and made sure that everything was fine. Watching the fish from the back porch from the house at night was amazing. We also saw a dolphin from the back porch. Beach access was not far away and easy to get there.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hi Sue! Thanks so much for the great review! We do strive to make sure every guest has a stellar experience, and I'm so glad we succeeded with you and your family! You guys were awesome guests and we'd love to have you back anytime! Best, KO Relaxation 101

                                                                      Great getaway!

                                                                      Elisa H.

                                                                      The house has everything you need for a great getaway with family, even furry family. We spent a lovely week with our family, and we were able to bring our dogs along as well. The pool was excellent, and so was the back patio area with the hammock. We brought our boat, and docked it in the back. The dock was excellent. We went to the new sand bar near the inlet and it was fantastic. The beach was in easy walking distance and you can hear the surf from the back area. The master bathroom is spectacular, newly renovated with a lovely view of the back waterway. There were a couple of minor maintenance issues, but they were resolved immediately. Comfortable and cozy. Would come again. Karen was in touch with us throughout via text, and was on top of all details at all times. Thanks Karen!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hey Elisa! Thanks so much for the great review! We always strive to give our guests the best possible experience and I'm so glad to hear that we succeeded with you and your family!

                                                                      And thanks for acknowledging how quickly we responded to that maintenance issue! I am proud to say that we spare no expense in keeping our vacation home in tip top condition and respond quickly in the event there are any glitches. Going that extra mile to retain an on-site property manager is one way we show our guests how much we care and how seriously we take our responsibility as good hosts (my property manager, Barb, is awesome, isn't she?!...I am very lucky :-)

                                                                      Anyway, thanks for the great review and I look forward to hosting you and your family (including the furry ones! LOL ;-) again at our beautiful island retreat!


                                                                      Palm Island, FL, USA

                                                                      Copy & paste this link to take a virtual tour of our home http://tours.thehoverbureau.com/public/vtour/full/483962/ Relaxation 101 is on a private island, but you have access to all of the wonderful things Southwest Florida has to offer.. from exciting night life, gaming, theater and museums to solitary morning walks on the beach at sunrise, shelling the pristine beaches and sunset sails with a bottle of wine and the ones you love. Dozens of great restaurants within a 5 mile radius serve the freshest gulf fish, shrimp & crabs... some caught that day. Hang with the locals at the many "beach bars" and listen to live music or watch your favorite sports team. A vacation at Relaxation 101 offers something for everyone!!! Copy & paste this link to take a virtual tour of our home http://tours.thehoverbureau.com/public/vtour/full/483962/

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                                                                      Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Damage caused by a pet that exceeds the $165 pet fee can be deducted from the guest's damage deposit.

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