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Dan Fickes

Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Blue Heron home on Water with Heated Pool and Boat

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 21 nights


Florida House Rental Photos and Description

2BR 1BA on water- Sleeps 6 - Heated Pool- Waterfront Vacation Rental

This beautiful Florida vacation home has been completely remodeled. Special features include great room and a new kitchen and a Heated Swimming Pool in the back yard. A bar separates the kitchen and the great room/living room. It is on the water and comes with a boat (a motor is available) and bicycles. Watch magnificent sunsets from the private community beach, one mile away. Fishing is excellent. Florida beaches in the area: The beaches along the Sun Coast of Florida are some of the most beautiful and safest in the world. These include the following: Anclote Key State Park and Game Preserve, Fred Howard Park, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island, Treasure Island, St Pete Beach, and Fort De Soto Park. The string of beaches from Anclote Key in the north to Fort De Soto in the South covers 36 miles and has some of the best beaches in the United States, including Hawaii.

These beaches range from isolated, undeveloped tropical islands accessible only by boat (Anclote Key, Caladesi Island) to packed tourist beaches with all the souvenir shops, grouper sandwich shops and nightclubs. The people that rank beaches place Caladesi Island State Park, Anclote Key State Park, and Fort De Soto park in the top ten beaches in the United States, with most of the other top ten beaches being in Hawaii. There are more than 20 'barrier islands' called 'keys', along the Florida west coast. The Gulf waters that lap on the shores of these island are warm and clear. The slope of the beach is very gentle, making the beaches safe for small children to play at the water's edge. Every possible water sport can be enjoyed along these beaches including fishing in the grass flats, deep-sea fishing, boating, sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, SCUBA diving, windsurfing, shelling, parasailing, swimming, and water skiing.

Anclote Key State Park and Game Preserve

More than 1,000 years ago, this island was pushed up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico to rest on a limestone platform. It is still slowly growing today and its size has increased by more than 25% since 1956. This four mile long island is one of the few truly unspoiled and undeveloped islands left along the Florida coast.

Anclote Lighthouse

The abandoned lighthouse on the southern end of this remote island adds to the islands fragile beauty and character. The lighthouse was built in the 1880's and served almost 100 years to protect the mariners in the Gulf of Mexico. With the advent of more modern navigational tools such as the Long Range Navigation System (LORAN), and later the Global Position System (GPS), the lighthouse became obsolete. It was decommissioned in 1984 and for the last 16 years has been abandoned.

Anclote Wildlife

Rare and endangered birds and turtles inhabit Anclote Key.

Visitors travel to the island by boat every year to enjoy the more than 43 species of birds that live there including the American oyster catcher, bald eagle, and ospreys (sometimes called fish eagles). The ospreys have numerous nesting sites in the tall pine trees that cover the island. Turtles can also be spotted on the island including endangered loggerheads and green turtles.

Anclote Activities

The main activity on the island is swimming in the shallow Gulf waters that are as warm as a bathtub in the summers. The gradual slope of the beaches makes it easy for oldsters as well as youngsters to enjoy the clear warm waters, which are said by some to provide comfort for the soul as well as the body. Shelling is also a favorite activity. Several species of shells can be collected. Sand dollars can also be found by digging your toes into the sand in about two or three feet of water and feeling the sand dollars under the surface of the sand.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dan Fickes (Property Manager)
Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

The fishing has been out of this world. Have caught 20 different kinds of fish to various methods, my favourite spot being just this side of Anclote next to the bar. Today's session was the best as I caught my first cobia.

Been saving a long time for this trip, and staying at blue heron has made it a brilliant experience, thank you very much!!
Oct 2013
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Blue Heron home on Water with Heated Pool and Boat
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Glad we stayed here

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful house as pictured. Its a great location .

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I spent several weeks at this house in late January/ early February and had a great, relaxing time. The house is exactly as pictured and very comfortable. . The heated pool was great and our grandaughter had a blast when she visited. My only regret was not reserving the boat when we made our reservation.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fabulous time! The home is wonderfully situated and within driving distance of so many great places. My 10 year old son had a fabulous time fishing off the back dock, and the pool was absolutely wonderful. Dan was a great owner/renter; quick to respond to questions or concerns. If we visit Florida again, we'd love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blue Heron Home - New Port Richey, FL

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful vacation! This was truly one of, if not the best, vacations we've ever had! The home was beautiful, very clean & comfortable. We also rented the boat with the home & enjoyed it immensley. We took it out 5 of the 7 days we were there. It was very relaxing boating around the area & looking at all of the beautiful houses, boats, & soaking in the FL sun. We went to the private beach area one night (just a few minutes drive from the house) to watch the sunset & got to see some dolphins that were only about 20ft from the shore! It was fantastic!!! We have visited Florida 3yrs in a row now & will most definitely stay at one of the vacation homes our next trip! We were going to go with a package deal initially, but decided that staying at a hotel & eating out all the time wasn't what we wanted to do. The first day we arrived we went to the grocery store & were able to save a lot of money by eating at the house. We also enjoyed some of the local restaurants. If was especially nice to have all the conveniences of home & more privacy than you would at a hotel. In the evenings we really enjoyed sitting out on the dock or a dip in the pool. I can not say enough about how enjoyable & relaxing our visit was. We were quite sad, to say the least, when it was time to leave. I am grateful for the people who share their homes so others can experience the beauty & comfort of New Port Richey, FL. The only downside to this trip was that we didn't stay longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blue Heron was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best week at the Blue Heron. The home is better than advertised, very clean and the master bed is extremely comfortable. We opted to get the motor with the boat and had so much fun taking the boat through the canals and over to Anclote Key where we basically had a private island! We were able to take the boat out early in the mornings to look for dolphins (which were there in large numbers!) and caught a gazillion fish using the rods provided. When we had issues with the internet, Dan, the owner, stopped by and had it fixed within a couple hours... couldn't ask for better service! The back porch and private pool were perfect for spending a lazy day at the house by the pool. Our refund was received promptly with no issues. I would DEFINITELY recommend staying here! Thanks Dan, we will be returning!!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

Honeymoon Island

This island is accessible by car. At Honeymoon Island State Park, activities include swimming, sunbathing, fishing, picnic shelters, and people watching. There is a special area where you can bring your pets to play in the sand and the water. There are several observation areas for those who are interested in birding. In the tall pine trees on the island you can see the osprey nests, and the baby ospreys exercising their wings in the spring. This island has many interesting aspects: 1) over 200 species of plants and birds, 2) long ago an Indian tribe called it home, 3) there was once a hog farm on the island, and 4) it got its current name from the honeymoon cottages that were built on it just before WWII.

Golf: The sand dollars vary in size from one to six inches across.

2. Fred Howard Park

This park was first opened in 1966 and is located at the end of a mile long causeway west of Florida Avenue in Tarpon Springs. This is a beautiful beach area. The swimming and sunbathing are both excellent. The facilities include very nice sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds for the kids, restrooms, barbecue grills, and beach showers. Bring your fishing poles and your wind surfers. This is a very popular park with the local Floridians and over two million people visit the park annually. On weekends it can be crowded, but on week days there are fewer people enjoying the sun and the water.

3. Tarpon Springs

Hiding just north of Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs is one of the oldest cities on the Florida West Coast. The Greek heritage of this area makes it a truly unique location in the United States. The Greeks first settled this area around the turn of the century and started the Sponge Diving Industry.

Ski: This is the only place in the US where sponge diving is actively pursued as an industry. The colorful traditions and atmosphere introduced to this area by the Greek sponge divers has continued today with sponge auctions, sponge diving exhibitions and the largest Epiphany celebration in the United States. Visitors can enjoy the authentic Greek food in the more than 20 restaurants, shop in the sponge and souvenir stores, and board cruise boats for half day or day trips for casino gambling or fishiness's Sponge Docks are listed in the National Historic Districts register. Along with the sponge docks are more than 140 art gallery/studios, antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants. There is also a Performing Arts Center and Cultural Center which host several annual events and festivals. 4. Clearwater Beach On an island all it own, Clearwater Beach is the major 'tourist beach' on the Florida Sun Coast. Every type of beach-oriented activity can be found here.


Rates & Availability

New Port Richey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 28 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Jan 28 2017
21 night minimum stay
Feb 2017
Jan 29 2017 - Feb 25 2017
21 night minimum stay
March 2017
Feb 26 2017 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

$495 - $995/week
Rates vary by season from $495 to $995weekly.
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Snowbirds Please Call for Monthly Rates
Extra charge for Holiday's may apply

Tax: 9% Florida Tax

Deposit: contact owner
Balance of rent, tax and damage deposit must be paid 60 days prior to check-in day.
Damage Deposit: $200- $500





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Florida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Other - 2 twin/ single , air matress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • There are 2 single blow up air matresses suitable for kids
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This home is completely equiped with everything... just bring your toothbrush and your clothes. Very close to (within 2 miles) Grocery Stores - super markets - Restaurants -Sandwich Shops - everything. Bring your own Boat and tie it up to our dock or use our Boat and Motor. Our boat is free if you bring your own 9 to 20 HP outboard motor. If you use our motor there is a small fee.

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