|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Hear the dolphins surfacing from your living room. This one bedroom, newly renovated, waterfront home is absolute paradise.
We both grew up in the North East and have lived in Florida for 6 years. We live and work in Bonita Springs but love to get away to Goodland on the weekends.
Amy Adams purchased this house in 2012
We decided to buy in Goodland because we love the rustic feel of the island. Once you stay at this house you will want to come back year after year. Someday this will be where we retire.
The day we first looked at the house, we fell in love as dolphins swam 10 feet away from the house. This home sits on a cul-de-sac and overlooks beautiful water and mangroves. The only sounds you hear are the osprey, dolphins, and quite puttering of boats going by.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this delightful waterfront home in Goodland. I was fortunate to stay in the upstairs two bedroom apartment, but the downstairs one bedroom unity appeared to be just as nice. The view of the water from the upstairs living room is perfect. There is enough boat traffic to provide a little interest, but the traffic never intrudes on the view or the wildlife. Fishing ospreys and dolphins were an every day occurrence. The apartment was very well equipped, and spotlessly clean. I launched my boat every day at the Goodland Boat Park, just around the corner, but never noisy or intrusive. Goodland is a very unique place.
Location, location, location! The little town of Goodland is perfect for those who want an alternative to the high rise condominiums on Marco Island with quick access to the beaches and shopping a very short drive away. We spent hours every day just sitting in the very comfortable chairs out back watching the boats, pelicans, osprey, jumping fish, and dolphins! So peaceful and breathtaking. There are 4 waterfront dining choices in walking distance from the house, and Stan's is a must see if you like an informal funky setting with live entertainment. We spent a lot of time making the quick drive down 41 to hike and explore the various Everglades and Big Cypress parks. The house itself was as described and then some. We so appreciated the beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes, washer/dryer, etc. very homey and comfortable. The bed provided a great nights sleep. It does get buggy outside at dawn and dusk, so bring bug repellent if you like to sit out at those times. What would make this perfect for us: screens on the bedroom windows so we could sleep with the windows open and some shading on the back deck overhang that could be lowered in the late afternoon when the sun is unbearably strong. Everything was very clean and well maintained.
Amy and her husband Dave, couldn't be nicer to work with scheduling and booking a stay at their home! We absolutely loved the place and truly enjoyed our visit. The house was lovely and clean and very peaceful. We look forward to our return. Many thank to Amy & Dave.
This is not your typical "vacation rental by owner" property, at least at this price. The location of this rental is one of the most extraordinary spots I have ever had the good pleasure of staying in. Quite frankly, I get around. I own a house on Nantucket and also vacation in one of the world's most beautiful villages - Castine, Maine. From the moment I arrived, I was completely stunned by the beauty, with none of the typical Florida congestion. This tip of Marco Island borders one of the most uninhabited and primitive expanses in the United States, Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands. If I have any complaints it would be that this particular spot is so uniquely beautiful that a form of paralysis set in making me feel like I never wanted to leave but just stay right there and get some sun, read and listen to the superb classical musical station that comes in perfectly on the radio. The Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu wisely wrote, "He who knows enough is enough, will always have enough." This rental, for two people, is more than enough. Everything I possibly needed, this rental had. Even things that weren't listed at the time, such as a brand new washer and dryer and an iron and ironing board. I found the rental to be extremely clean and the property well maintained. I was very blessed to arrive on a Saturday on which the owners, David & Amy (both beautiful people), were there with their daughter. I received a very hospitable welcome. I fell in love, as well, with the funky little village of Goodland. Talked to anybody who would listen and visited the local fish market a couple of times every week. People are very friendly here and it was a real joy to go into Marco Island and avoid the hustle and bustle of Naples. The city of Marco Island, a short drive away, I found to be almost sleepy compared to the over-hyped and frantic Naples in season. As other reviewers have shared, there are two active osprey nests nearby. Dolphins are a very common sight, and I saw three manatees lazily swimming by during my stay. Another highlight, given the probable extinction of the ivory billed woodpecker, was the visitation, off and on, of a large pair of pileated woodpeckers which are the size of a large crow. Most days I simply watched the tide come in and go out, waving to folks in their boats and cooking fresh fish from the gulf. And oh, the stars at night. I made a wish to return!
Many thanks to David & Amy for this picturesque & peaceful location on Goodland's waterfront. The comfortable, split level, house sits on a quiet court about a 10 minute walk from Goodland's restaurants-bars and is equipped with fast internet. We didn't cook much but the kitchen has plenty of cooking utensils and a large outdoor grill. Sliding glass doors in the living and dining room areas let you view the water from inside and open to separate outdoor sitting spaces with lots of sun. Most of our time was spent on the relaxing porch enjoying the scenery of boaters traveling back & forth, seagulls flying overhead, pelicans gliding across the water, and the daily presence of dolphins swimming nearby, one creating a magical moment when it jumped high out of the water on one particular morning. Twice, large dark underwater bodies swam through the waterway but were too far away to positively identify them as manatees. We, also, kept an eye on two eagles protecting and carrying fish to their baby in its treetop nest behind the lovely house across the water.
It's a short drive to Marco Island from Goodland but even Naples isn't far, approx. a half hour. One concern, and I'm not sure if the upstairs level is rented on a regular basis, but when people are upstairs, their footsteps are rather noisy. Fortunately, this only happened on our last day so it wasn't a real problem for us. Overall, our week was near perfect... just over too soon.
I would definitely recommend this property and hope to go back again!
The listing was accurate and the property was clean and comfortable. The owner responds almost immediately to questions and/or concerns and addresses them even though they are several hours away. I would definitely recommend this property to my friends and family. We spent many hours on the deck watching boats leaving the marina, dolphins ( a daily event), and watching beautiful sunsets. Even the neighbors were friendly and helpful. The only downside is there is very little to do in Goodland. It is a very quiet little town although it has excellent restaurants and good local seafood. We will definitely return and after a very cold February wish we would have stayed longer!!
The tiny community of Goodland offers visitors laid back charm unlike any other place in the region. This sleepy fishing village changes drastically on Sundays when hundreds of residents and visitors make the pilgrimage to Stan's for outdoor music, drinks, and dancing!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Cleaning Fee||$75 + Tax|
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