The perfect mix of relaxation & adventure await you at this charming Old Florida river retreat! Mermiad Landing is the bottom floor unit in a 2 story house called Pirate's Cove. Private entrance, private kayaks, canoe and paddleboard, two mountain bikes and all of the comforts of home. Explore the natural beauty of the crystal clear Weeki Wachee River by kayaks, paddleboard or canoe from your backyard and enjoy the breeze from the dock or backyard!! Home offers a full bed in the master bedroom, a sleeper sofa and a futon in the living room. 2 single person Kayaks, a paddleboard and 1 small canoe suitable for 1 adult or two children are included in your stay for an easy paddle to the famous rope swing, restaurants and local recreation area. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and recreation and entertainment within a short driving distance, including the WORLD FAMOUS WEEKI WACHEE MERMAID SHOW at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park also home of the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark! Pine Island beach is a short 10 minute drive where you can soak up the sun on the sand or watch a beautiful sunset. There are nearby biking trails. Boats can be rented at very reasonable prices only 10 minutes away at Hernando Beach for a day of fishing or scalloping in season! A little closer is Rogers Park, a little sandy beach on the river accompanied by an adjacent riverfront restaurant. Or stay at the house and grill on the dock while you watch the local fish jump and see the manatees swim by. There is WiFi, a flat screen cable TV, and games for your at home entertainment. Guests will share the dock, garage and laundry. Whether you are looking to relax, find an adventure or a mixture of both, look no further, Mermaid Landing at Pirate's Cove is the place to book your next vacation! Sorry, no pets. Check out our other property, Mermaid Cove with pets allowed (VRBO# 747599)
- House650 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
Waterfront paradise off of the Weekie Wachee River with kayaks & paddleboard!!
Jason and Andrea Soldini
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 17, 2018
About Jason and Andrea Soldini
Jason and Andrea are lifelong Florida residents. They both grew up in South Florida in the 1970-80's and recall that Old Florida that seems to be disappearing. Both have a deep love for Florida and could not imagine living anywhere else. Jason and Andrea have been married since 1994 and have loved taking travel adventures for anniversaries and family trips. They love finding places to explore with character and beauty , packed with neat things to see and do and are affordable.
Jason and Andrea Soldini purchased this House in 2016
Why Jason and Andrea Soldini chose Weeki Wachee Gardens
In 2010, the family went on it's first Nature Coast adventure, tubing on the Ichetucknee River and scalloping in Steinhatchee. What a blast! In subsequent summers, the family explored Crystal River, Suwanee River, Homosassa Springs and finally Weeki Wachee Springs / Hernando Beach. Weeki Wachee was by far the favorite with its natural surroundlings, waterfront location, proximity to the river, gulf attractions, restaurants and shops. They returned the next year to the same vacation rental home. Since the previous years stay, a lot of thought had been given to purchasing a similar property in Weeki Wachee and purchased Mermaid Cove on W. Richard Drive. (VRBO # 747599) After a year of success and a growing family they discovered this property around the corner and fell in love with the location, size and many unique qualities!
What makes this House unique
Weeki Wachee River Retreats, where "Mermaid Landing" is located is located in the middle of State and National forest preserved lands. The gulf coast is only 10 minutes away, town with all the conveniences is only 10 minutes the other direction. Local attractions include kayaking, cycling, boating, fishing, scalloping and exploring. The entire Nature Coast has so many natural beauties to discover. Mermaid Landing sits right on the water. The Living areas and screen porch overlook the water. The dock offers a peaceful and relaxing place to sit. and watch mullet spring out of the water and manatees cruise by The water is lovely to swim in and the river is a very short paddle away . The river is navigable for small boats such as a pontoon, bowrider or fishing boat and is conveniently close to the gulf. The neighbors are wonderful and the vacationers are friendly. What better location could there be? This is the "Old Florida" that Jason and Andrea grew up in and have now rediscovered! Whether you are planning a cozy getaway or hosting a large group, Pirate's Cove has the place for your next vacation! Mermaid Landing is a 1/1 that can accommodate up to 4 guests! Upstairs in the 2/1 Captain's Quarters there is space for 7 to stay comfortably. Both are set apart from each other and private yet if needed the entire space can be used for a larger party such as a family reunion. Watch wildlife, fish jumping and manatees swim by from your backyard dock and paddle easily to the crystal clear Weeki Wachee River.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Nice little getaway for a family of 4.
When we arrived I was a bit hesitant over the appearance of the outside. The structure was in need of pressure washing or a paint job. The entry door was covered with grime and black streaks. However, once we got past the exterior and entered the unit, the cleaner, Theresa, was there finishing up. First thing I noticed was the smell. It smelled very clean. Theresa said she used bleach (that made me happy). The unit was clean on the inside and pretty. The kitchen was adequate. No dishwasher though. Dishes were enough for 4 people only. So dishes had to be done after every meal. A surprise was on the fridge stating we were allowed 1 roll of toilet paper, 1 roll of paper towels after that we had to supply our own. With a family of 4 and a 3 night stay that would not cut it, so trip to CVS (10min away) was made. The note also identified which kayaks, SUP and canoes were ours to use during the stay. We went paddling our first night. The picture of the dock does not show the creative efforts needed to get into the water. There is a folding ladder attached to the side of the break wall and another ladder attached to the dock. Both are usable, just a bit questionable at first glance. Not more than a 8 minute paddle away was beautiful sand bar. We beached our boats and swam in the crystal blue waters. Magical. Our kids slept on the fold out bed in the sectional sofa. A window unit air conditioner kept them very cool. My husband and I stayed in the bedroom. The bed is caved in the middle. We had to stick a body pillow between us to keep from rolling into each other. There is water pump in the laundry room (about 5 feet from the bedroom) which is VERY loud and runs continuously. We learned from the owners it cools the air conditioner. Between the noise and the bed, we didn't sleep well the first night. The owners should consider insulating the laundry room to reduce the pump noise and should definitely replace the mattress. But for the price we paid, we were happy and I think you would be too.
Relaxing place to stay
We had the thrill of our lives as three Manatee swam by while we were sitting on the dock.
We had a great time!
When we arrived at Mermaid landing I was thinking about complaining about the bed. It had seen better days, swaybacked is the term that came to mind. Then Jason called to ask if he could interrupt our vacation long enough to bring in a new mattress. He didn't say he was bringing a mattress- he asked if he could. BIG difference. The new mattress was great and the interruption was minimal.
Overall the stay was great. We saw manatee from the dock at least twice. I mean AT THE DOCK, close enough to touch. Fish, turtles, lots of birds. The neighbors were quiet and polite.
Jason and Andrea, thanks for a wonderful memory.
Really enjoyed kayaking and canoeing on canal and river. Very relaxing .
It was great to be able to be able to grill outdoors. Close to pine island beach and pontoon rentals.
The bed needs a new mattress and larger coffee cups would be much appreciated.
Would be nice to have a pizza cutter.
Thanks for the tip on the mattress. We replaced the mattress last month when we were visiting. There was a pizza cutter at one point. I'll check on that when I'm there this summer. Glad you had a great time!
Perfect low stress getaway spot
We stayed here for 3 nights with two adults, and had a great time. The house was comfortable and well equipped, the location is excellent, and the included kayaks were great.
One day we kayaked up the river to Weeki Wachee state park. This is a very scenic all-day trip with no supplies or services available, so leave early and take plenty of water and snacks if you go.
We also kayaked down the river to Hospital Hole and were able to get in the water with about 5 friendly manatee who would come within a foot of us. We had it to ourselves for about 20 minutes before a big group of loud paddlers showed up, but if the timing works out it is the perfect place to see the manatee close up. The paddle back from Hospital Hole is against a fast current, it is a fairly short trip but tiring so plan accordingly.
The house is clean and well-maintained and provides all the essentials you'd need to make simple meals.
We could occasionally hear the people upstairs moving around and the cookware and furnishings showed some wear, but everything was very appropriate for a casual affordable river rental. If things like this bother you this might not be the best choice, but it worked out great for us and in sure we'll be back next year.
It was in the perfect location