3/1.5, 2800 SF, overlooking large bay, half way between mainland and Gulf.
- english, Some Spanish
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 enjoy watching local wildlife and beautiful sunsets. Schedule an, air boat tour of the back waters of Homosassa or kayak some of the trails we have outlined. Explore snorkeling or swimming with the Manatees, nature tours and scalloping. Take a sunset boat ride and experience 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.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A true story experience! Nothing else like it!
Amazing hosts, the cutest house with so much character. Would go back every weekend if I could!
Great place to enjoy fishing and fun! Setting is truly awesome. Will return soon.
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!
Father son get away
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.
Wonderful time with family and friends.
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.
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!