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Private Island Lodge - Anglers, Scallopers, Get-A-Ways, Golfers, Retreats

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3/1.5, 2800 SF, overlooking large bay, half way between mainland and Gulf.

Homosassa Island Lodge is located on historic Homosassa River, 3 miles from the mainland on the west coast of Central Florida. This remote private property is accessible only by boat, and is ideal for fishing, scalloping, relaxing and taking in the unspoiled beauties of the Nature Coast. The Gulf of Mexico is only a short boat ride away. Most of the area surrounding the island is federally protected and known as the 'wildlife refuge'.

This rustic, yet comfortable retreat has a chefs kitchen with 2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, commercial gas stove, dining room seats 16. Living room with reclining sofas. Bar area with seating for six. Two TVs, Dish Network, WiFi, screened dock area, observation deck, second screened room with huge charcoal grill and picnic tables. Three bedrooms upstairs. Two queen beds, four double beds and one twin bed. One twin bed downstairs. Living room and dining room overlook river. Several docks. HVAC. Gorgeous sunsets! Only accessible by boat. Homosassa Island Lodge is approximately an hour and a half from Tampa International Airport and about two hours from theme parks in Orlando.

More Details

Craig Suarez
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, Some Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Craig Suarez

Owner Craig Suarez spent many childhood weekends with his late father, Bud Suarez (of Tampa), and brothers Neil and Jeff, working to make the Lodge the island haven that it is today. Bud purchased the property in the late 1960's from a group called the 'Ale and Quail Club'. At the time, there was nothing on the island - no structure, no docks. Construction began in 1968 with the addition of a main house and a bungalow, outbuildings used for storage, as well as several docks. Everything found on the island today was either brought down river via barge or boat.

Bud Suarez was well known in the food industry, creating two successful businesses in Tampa - Specialty Food Distributors and Bud Suarez Inc. The main purpose of Homosassa Island Lodge was to entertain clients and friends, and to serve as a sanctuary for family get-a-ways.

Over the years, hundreds of guests have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this Lodge - as well as boasting of some of the best fishing they have ever experienced.

Craig Suarez has decided to open the Lodge to limited rentals. If you are an angling connoisseur, Homosassa is a popular destination for those in the 'know' - noted for its fabulous weather, as well as its native fish - including Speckled Trout, Red Fish, Snook, Grouper, Cobia, Tarpon, and other saltwater species. And scalloping is huge up and down the Homosassa River - 2016 season runs from May 25 - September 24, 2016.

Craig Suarez purchased this lodge in 1960

What makes this lodge unique

Come and experience Old Florida at its finest -- Grab your favorite beverage and sit in the swing that overlooks the river as the sun sets. Packages available to suit almost everyone's wish list.... Gourmet dinners, days spent fishing with the best local guides, golfing at acclaimed Black Diamond Ranch, air boating, kayaking, snorkeling or swimming with the Manatees, nature tours and scalloping. Take a sunset boat ride and explore some of the local digs, enjoying drinks, lunch or dinner at The Shed or The Freezer. You choose the way you want to experience your Great Escape.


Homosassa Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Two toilets and two pedestal sinks - Jack and Jill type
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , Two sinks and two commodes
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Tranquility - 2 queen , Dresser, night stand, chair - overlooking river
    Riverview - 2 double , Dresser, nightstand, table - overlooking river
    Riverwalk - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , Dresser, nightstand
  • Single trundle bed located downstairs.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
If you want to be totally pampered, we can arrange to have the owner prepare your meals (he was in the food business for over 30 years), book your fishing, book your golf and handle transport up and down the river. Please contact owner to discuss details if this interests you. Maximum Occupancy - 8. For additional guests, please contact owner, Craig Suarez. Special Events need to be approved by owner prior to booking. Bungalow is Separate rental - depending on time of year, rents for $275 - $300 additional per night.


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Private Island Lodge - Anglers, Scallopers, Get-A-Ways, Golfers, Retreats
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to enjoy fishing and fun! Setting is truly awesome. Will return soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This rental was even more amazing than our expectations. The home owners are the most accommodating people I have ever met! Thru are so sweet and made sure that our vacation was absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Father son get away

  • 4 of 5

I went to Homossassa lodge with a friend and our sons to get away after the holidays and have some fishing adventures with the kids. The lodge was set up perfectly for this with the big kitchen, the big family room and the large outdoor areas. After staying for three nights I already want to go again. Very close to the gulf but far enough away from town that you feel like you're "out there". Go to this place and have a good time.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lakeland, Florida USA

Wonderful time with family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

This island is the perfect getaway for any group of people. My family has spent some quality time here and I always look forward to returning. Beautifully decorated house with all the comforts of home. My son caught his first Red Fish just standing at the wall of the island. He is 6'7" tall and the fish was dragging the ground as high as he could hold it. What a thrill... I enjoyed watching the Manatees' occasionally swim by, the boaters going in and out of the Gulf; but really enjoyed sitting in the swing and reading a good book.

Games were played, movies watched, and plenty of chatter from the family. Our dinner was prepared by a chef, who was arranged for by the owner. Excellent food. I give the chef 5 stars.

Whatever you are looking for in a vacation, this island can provide it. I would highly recommend this Island Lodge to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tampa International Airport

Are you ready to experience authentic Florida? Do you want to go back in time to a slower pace of life where the atmosphere is laid back and the fish are plenty? Where the locals are friendly and there is a blissful sense of relaxation? Then leave your worries at home, bring your sense of adventure and make your Great Escape to Homosassa Island Lodge.

Enjoy boating, fishing (in shore and off shore), scalloping, sunset river tours, air boat tours, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with the Manatees and touring the back country.

Probably the highlight for many visitors to the Homosassa River is Scallop Season. You can rent a boat and go out on your own or hire a private charter. The private charters furnish your license and gear. 2016 Scallop Season dates are June 25 - September 24, 2016. You don't want to miss this!

Visit Monkey Island where a group of Spider Monkeys live on a man-made island in the river. Snorkel or swim with the Manatees in the crystal clear natural Springs, or relax with your favorite beverage watching the beautiful sunsets.

Bring your cameras and tour Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park where you will marvel at the native wildlife and history of the area. Visit Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Park and learn about the remains of this once thriving sugar plantation.

Tee it up at renown Black Diamond Ranch Golf Club and experience some of the greatest holes of golf in the country.

The month of June highlights the annual Cobia Fishing Tournament and the Homosassa River Fireworks Festival. Things really get rolling with the Homosassa River Raft race in September - a fun event to enter, or watch.

If you like seafood and crafts, don't miss the annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival scheduled November 12th and 13th, 2016. Not to be missed is the Homosassa River Christmas Boat Parade on December 17, 2016. The Christmas spirit is brought alive with the Celebration of Lights, December 19-26, 2016, at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Homosassa also offers River Springs Tours and Eco Tour events throughout the year.

Book your Great Escape and let us help you make this the most memorable vacation ever!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $400

Check in time is 11:00 AM
Check out time is 5:00 PM
Additional cleaning fee of $50 for more than 8 guests. Instead of $200, it would be $250.

EIN # 81-1269887

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.