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  • 5-star stay in paradise "Paradise place"

    "We (family of 6, 4 children 15-16-17-19) had a great time at Jim and Theresa's place. The property was clean and I could not mention any item that we possibly could need that was not there. And then there's Jim's shed, loaded with snorkeling gear, fishing rods, filled fridge, tools, bicycles, toys and inflatables, stuff for the kayaks, canoes, BBQ etc... The possibilities of fishing, kayaking, boating etc. have already been mentioned before in multiple reviews. Just as the abundance of wildlife around the house and in the canal. I won't repeat that - but all of it is true. Highlight was the arrival of 6 (!) manatees at the same time! Comment from my wife is that we finally had a house that had sufficient frying pans of considerable size to accommodate a family of 6... But most important thing: we felt at home the moment we entered the property. Another minor thing that was really appreciated: since we're from The Netherlands Jim did not come up with a personal cheque for the deposit, but returned it in cash on our last day. The one thing that was annoying was the arrival of no-see-ums and mosquitoes at around 7 PM. And since our party contains 2 that have an allergy for insect bites we spent the late evenings inside. So bring enough repellent! Thanks for a wonderful stay Jim and Theresa - we might see each other again! Rien de Bruijne and family The Netherlands"
    Guest: Rien d. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 15, 2016
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  • Great outside space, hot indoor space.

    "My family vacationed here for a week prior to dropping my son, husband and friend at Boy Scout Sea Base High Adventure. We were with 4 teenage boys (and two grandparents) looking for something with amenities that would keep these active scouts busy. We were drawn to the kayaks and waterfront location with close proximity to good snorkeling. The outside of the house totally delivers. It is exactly as the pictures show. The tiki equipped with hammock and hammock chairs was terrific but we spent most of the time on the beach, enjoying the sea breeze and fishing from the bulkhead. There is no pier or dock but if you do not have a boat, there is plenty of room to fish. You will need a FL license if you are over 16. Check with your local bait shop for regulations and bait recommendations (we loved Brenda across the street at Capt Pete's who is a wealth of knowledge!) A few things to note about the property: I would not consider this a 3 bedroom. Yes it does have the beds that it states however the lower level is one large open room that has 2 beds in what is largely a family room with large sectional and television. It is more of a studio. We had planned on my parents staying here but it did not give them any privacy from the teenagers and there is no inside staircase that leads to the upstairs. One must go outside and use the front stairs or the spiral staircase out back. Not a problem when the weather was nice but there were several severe thunderstorms throughout the week which I understand is a regular occurance in the summer. Also, the air condition is not adjustable. It is set to 81 degrees (which was hot and not very comfortable for my mom who suffers from asthma) during the day and appears to come on full blast late in the evening, leaving everyone searching for blankets in the middle of the night and early morning. Lastly, do not expect anyone to sleep in the terraced area during the warm weather months. The owners ask that you keep the sliding doors closed during the day and open them after 8 pm. This room was unbearably hot and two of the boys were forced to sleep on loveseats and sofas in the cooler living room. There is no ice maker which is a bummer when frozen drinks are on the bar menu. It is vacation after all! If you plan on snorkeling in the sound, make sure you stop and pick up a dive flag at any local grocery store, Walgreens or dive shop."
    Guest: Lisa S. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 19, 2016
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  • Exactly as advertised, Very nice!

    "This house is exactly as the photos depict and a very nice base to explore the Keys, Miami, and the surrounding area. The owner is very cordial and helpful. When we arrived the cable wasn't working and the owner spent several hours of his time to correct the issue. You can't ask for better than that! The kayaks are a nice addition as well. There are a ton of places to eat within a couple minutes drive, grocery stores within a few miles as well. As for the house, it is exactly as pictured. Affordable, good location, very helpful owner....how can you go wrong?"
    Guest: Jonathan W. Date of Stay: May 2016 Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
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  • Fantastic Home On the Bay

    "We were so happy we found this home last minute on VRBO. We had a large group and needed extra space and this home did not disappoint. The home has all the amenities you could need. Everything was newer and upgraded. Beautiful pool and views of the bay were most enjoyed by everyone. Very large and well appointed kitchen made cooking for a group a breeze. They had a very nice grill downstairs that was used to cook our fish of the day! There were plenty of bedrooms and sleeping accommodations for 10 people. The owners were very nice and responsive. One addition that would be nice would be more towels. We were very happy with everything and will be back again. Thank you."
    Guest: A+K Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 23, 2016
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