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Panoramic Water Views! FREE Bikes, Kayaks & SUP's! An unbeatable island value.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

2 bed 1 bath with awesome panoramic Gulf of Mexico views from the roof top deck

There's only one HIGHVIEW on the Island and WE HAVE IT! See high above it all and enjoy. The Islands only rental with panoramic water views every where you look. The best sunsets, sunrises, full moons, weather patterns and rainbows are all right here on top of the Highview! One more bonus, there's also awesome star gazing in the evenings from our top deck.

Location,location,location! What a location The Highview has. Situated on the southern tip of the Island, you could almost throw a coconut from Gulf to the Bay here and just a 60 second walk to our deeded beach path. This rental stands high above the rest in every way. When views, quality and cleanliness are important , The Highview delivers all and more!

Enjoy our beach cruisers bikes, Stand Up Paddle Boards and kayaks, there FREE to use and included with your rental. Kick back in the orange lifeguard chairs and take in the awesome views. Our signature roof top deck is like the Islands only light house. Imagine yourself sitting high above it all with a cool drink in your hand. You are now overlooking the entire south end of Manasota Key. Nothing but blue water and blue sky everywhere. The Highview gets two thumbs up from the locals and is a great spot for any occasion.

Walk freely around the open floor plan and decks. There is high speed wireless internet, two bedrooms with high quality linens, and three flat screen TVs. Enjoy cooking your favorite meal in the fully equipped kitchen. The comfortable open Living room has a large flat screen HDTV and peekaboo Gulf Views. If outdoors is your thing you'll feel right at home here. Two Weber grills and picnic tables nestled in shells. Wash your new found shells in the shell cleaning station, enjoy the enclosed outdoor shower with blue sky views or just sip a cool drink and be swept away by the lush tropical landscaping and soft night lighting that surrounds 'The Highview'

One of the best things about this home is it's location. It's right next door to Stump Pass State Park. There are 265 acres of sandy walking trails and pristine beaches. You can ALWAYS find a section of beach all to yourself. The wildlife here is amazing. You will see pelicans diving for fish, Osprey in tree tops, dolphins and manatee swimming the shoreline. Sea turtles lay eggs here every year and don't forget to look for prehistoric sharks teeth (not hard to find) and go shelling at the point.

If you've been here before you know it's allure, if it's your first time, get ready for a soul refreshing journey!

Note* The Highview is a duplex that can sleep 12 guests in total. Each floor is a two bedrooms/one bath, sleeps six, and rent separately. Prices shown are for one suite only.

Keywords: Duplex, beach, bike, kayak, sun, swim

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

Why The Owner chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

After exploring Florida's Gulf coast for the perfect slice of paradise we kept coming back to the little unknown island called Manasota Key. The perfect mix of peace and quite, nature, and some fun Key West style restaurants just up the road. Anything else you need or want is just off island .

Our home sits on the southern most tip of the Island and is next to Stump Pass State Park. This home has awesome panoramic water views of both Lemon bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Come smell the fresh salt air!

Guestbook comments from the owner

this was a great place to stay for a week to get away from he Wisconsin winter the house has everything you need to enjoy the Beach or Manasota Island with the Bikes that are included. The location is perfect for a laid back get away clean and Comfortable and the Highview deck on top the house is Amazing for watching the Sunset.

Thanks Pete very nice place you have, would stay here again.
Jan 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Panoramic Water Views! FREE Bikes, Kayaks & SUP's! An unbeatable island value.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Brooklyn, NY

The proximity to Stump Pass Park and having access to bikes, kayaks and paddle boards were great.

  • 5 of 5

We cooked a few nights and walked to Flounders Restaurant twice where we ran into upstairs housemates and enjoyed dining with them our last night We took advantage of everything the house offered and biked to different beaches and walked the birding trail to the north and went on a very nice guided walk with a retired park ranger in Stump

Pass Park (it is worth checking the board for announcements while

You are there).She gave an excellent history of the area and good info on the flora and fauna. Very enjoyable. We went by kayak to the next key south of Stump Pass. The weather was great and the days flew by.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great sunset view

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at the Highview. The house was very clean and in a nice location. We watched the sunset almost every night from the roof deck. It was great having access to the bikes and kayaks. We definitely recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The Hightower was not just comfortable but it was clean and very well organized. The kitchen was immaculate and the beds were clean and cozy.

The view from the first floor is limited to a peek a boo of the gulf but the well manicured landscaping more than makes up for it. The landscaping was like a resort!

On a clear night, the Milky Way is easily visible from the top deck. The top deck also offers stunning views of gulf and the entire key.

The owner was accessible and extremely helpful after our Wi-Fi went out after a small storm.

The trail to Stumps Pass offers plenty of wildlife and is a very easy from The Hightower. In addition all neighbors were very friendly.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jenny Thanks for the Five Star Review and pointing out the immaculate kitchen and accommodations. Clean is our top priority. The "resort" style landscaping is a passion of ours. It was truly a labor of love to build a canopy of coconut palms, white birds of paradise and all the red hibiscus. Thanks for choosing The Highview and come back and see us again soon! Best, Peter & MaryJo
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Lakewood, Ohio

What a great month

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at The Highview, basing our decision on other reviews and conversations with the owners. And we were not disappointed. A beautiful apartment with a gulf view and amazing 360 degree views from the rooftop deck! We had a family of Ospreys living in the tree next door and used the Kayaks (part of the rental) to venture out into the gulf and bay, many times surrounded by dolphins. Pete and Mary Jo were great and quickly responded to any we asked or needed. We would recommend this property to anyone who wants to spend time on this great little island. ALfready booked again for next year and cannot wait!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pete. It was a pleasure having you and Karen at the house. Thanks for pointing out some of our best amenities. Kayaking with the dolphins, Ospreys flying around and the awesome views from our rooftop deck. As you guys know, this is a nature lovers paradise and then some. See you next year and all the best! Peter & MaryJo
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Overland Park, KS

Thanksgiving Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have picked a better island or place to stay for Thanksgiving. The weather was perfect! The home had all the amenities we could possibly ask for or need...from kayaks to a pizza cutter! All we had to do was bring ourselves, clothes, and food! The overlook deck made for BEAUTIFUL sunsets and Stump Pass Park was wonderful! The locals were great and the food at Lock and Key was wonderful! Very immaculate home and VERY PEACEFUL Island!! Will definately be back and we're even looking at "permanent" options! This home was all we could ask for and more! Thank you for making it available!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Aimee & Darrell Thanks for the fine review! You picked a wonderful time to visit the Island. Hope you find a permanent spot but if not come back and see us soon! All the best, Peter & MaryJo
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McKinney, TX

An amazing place for a family vacation or a romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Highview is an amazing value. The reality of the condo exceeded what was listed on VRBO. Everything for a family to enjoy a beach get-a-way was provided, all you need to bring is toiletries and food if you want to stay in to eat. Our unit was very clean and well organized upon arrival. From the unit you could hear waves crashing and nothing else. The location is really in a quiet area.

All our communications with the owner and the property manager were responded to promptly.

Every day of our vacation we walked to the beach. While the property does look over the beach-side housing, to get to the beach you have to walk about three lots south and then turn west and enter at the public access. It's less than five minutes walking and there is a beach cart provided to make the short journey a piece of cake. The beach was not crowded at all and very clean. It's not a powdery white sand but a very nice crushed shell and light black sand. Peak shelling season is during the winter but we found some nice shells washed up and several wonderful live shells in the shallow water.

We usually ate in but did travel once to Flounders and once to the Lock and Key. Both served great food but at tourist pricing. I suppose if you want to eat in paradise you have to pay for it so be aware. Florida sales tax is quite low compared to Texas so we did catch a break there.

There was a nice large flat-screen TV with digital cable, smaller flat screens in the two bedrooms also hooked up to cable. There was secure wireless connected to the internet through a cable modem. There was also a wireless phone with answering machine.

The cellular coverage was two bars most of the time and we had no problems the entire stay using 3G services.

We loved our stay and look forward to going back. I would heartily recommend this rental as a great place for a family or as a secluded romantic getaway.

If you have bad knees or problems with stairs you should take that into consideration. The unit is on the third story and the observation deck is even higher.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Tim! Thanks for the FIVE star rating and pointing out two very important things in your review. Our home is very clean and an amazing value. Our goal is to provide you with spotless accommodations and everything you need for a fantastic vacation. From the free kayaks and bicycle to the Weber grills and Observation deck , we have more amenities here than any other rental on the Island. I hope you got to try all the beach paths. Each being very different and interesting. The closest being less than a minutes walk with beautiful palm trees waving by the blue gulf waters, the one north that has Australian pine trees for shade and then theirs Stump Pass State Park. A two minute walk brings you to the opening of 265 acre, untouched pristine barrier Island. One walk through this park to the tip of the Island and you will know what heaven looks like. Thanks so much for choosing our home for your vacation and come back and see us soon! All the best, Peter
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Sarasota-Braedenton International Airport

Launch our kayaks and Stand up Paddle Boards (included with your rental) at Stump Pass State Park next to The Highview. Explore the beautiful undeveloped islands and take in the nature from dolphins and matinee swimming right by you to the wide array of birds and other treasures.


Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Peak - 2016
Apr 21 2016 - Jan 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Pre-Peak - 2017
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak - 2017
Feb 4 2017 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak - 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Independance Day- US
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off Peak - 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017-US
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off Peak - 2017
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Value - Jan 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak - 2018
Jan 27 2018 - Apr 20 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Independence Day - US
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving - US
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 23 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

***Holiday rates may apply***

Max. occupancy is 6 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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