We traveled to this home with our 3 teenage children. Everyone had a great time! Both the owner (Pierre) and the property manager (Freddy) were patient in answering my questions before booking and arrival. (For example, I was concerned about drinking water- Freddy assured me that there was a bottled water cooler to provide clean and clear water for drinking.) The home was clean and comfortable-just as pictured in the many photos above. Being off the grid, we knew that we'd be conserving the a/c usage during the day. This was the biggest challenge for our family. We didn't want to over-use the generator, and were very hot and muggy when we'd try to get a break from the sun in the afternoon. A small price to pay for the experiences we had when on island.
The use of the kayak and SUP, in addition to the fishing poles and supplies were what really put this vacation over the top. We spent time every day fishing-from the beach, dock, and even from the kayak in the mangroves across the channel. The poles and tackle provided were a good start, but visitors should plan to bring additional hooks, bait (frozen shrimp, cast net, etc), and lures. During our stay we caught pompano, snook, snapper, Jack Crevale and many catfish... also, a bonnet head shark, horseshoe crabs, starfish, and a sea hare. We did not rent a boat for our stay, but probably would if we return.
There is a lot of wildlife on the island- turning this vacation into an adventure! We saw dolphin, manatee, wild pigs, gopher tortoises, snakes, iguanas and deer nearly every day. If we go back again, we will probably bring thundersticks to scare away the hogs when encountered on the trail. We didn't have any problems with them, but I was a bit nervous.
This island was nearly deserted. We only saw a few other people on the beach during our entire stay. It really added to the feeling of being away from it all. The water was calm for most days during our stay, but really kicked up for a few days near the end of the week- the kids really enjoyed the crashing waves. Shelling was good. The water went from clear(ish) to murky depending on the waves and the sun. No complaints!
One last thing a visitor should know about is the bugs. This is S. FL and the insects are everywhere. We were able to minimize bites with skin-so-soft bug spray(avon)- which is the best for the no-see-ums. With spray on, we weren't too bothered at all.