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Daniel Trescott

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish

Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-7)

This secluded island home, offers comfort in a tropical wilderness environment, on the unbridged 2,000 acre Cayo Costa Island State Park. The home is 1,500 sq.ft. with 1,000 sq.ft. of decks. The home is off the power grid and is powered by solar/inverter and propane. The first floor of this elevated home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with two outside showers. There is a large deck connecting the two bedrooms that have king size beds. All of the first floor has Gulf views above the palm trees and the island. The second story sleeping room and upper deck has the best 360 views on the island of the Gulf, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and the entire island. You have quick access to the beach 300 yard in front of house by walking or taking one of two all terrain vehicles to the healing waters of the Gulf of Mexico and 9 miles of deserted sandy beach where there is world class fishing, shelling, birding and dolphin watching. Manatees can also be observed around the island from land or kayak. Or you can just slow down and listen to the natural sounds of the island sitting 50 feet above sea level on the upper deck. House comes with dock on the bayside see map Marker B. Owner can provide round trip transport from the airport and to the island (boat fee $150). Rates are for 6 people, and $25 extra/night for each person over 6 staying at the house.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Daniel Trescott (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Daniel Trescott

I am a native Floridian from Miami. I starting boating and fishing at 8 years old in the canals near my house. So boating to Cayo Costa is a perfect fit and is always an adventure. I am an urban and regional planner and had been working for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Fort Myers for the last 28 years and the State of Florida in prior years. Now I semi-retired from the state and work part time for Trescott Planning Solutions my consulting firm and Cayo Costa Island Adventures. I have raised my son and daughter in Fort Myers and Cayo Costa. Island life has changed our lives. Being in the natural environment of this tropical island removes the stress in one's life.

Daniel Trescott purchased this house in 1997

Why Daniel Trescott chose Florida

I have been all over coastal Florida with my jobs and Cayo Costa by far is the largest undeveloped barrier island in the State. This island is remote in that it is six mile from the nearest mainland connection on rural Pine Island. The island is 50 minutes from my house in Fort Myers and 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store. Being the only person on the beach for miles was one of the main reasons I built the house.

What makes this house unique

The house has been called a luxury wilderness beach house. It has most of the modern conveniences in a home in a very remote location. You will be staying on a real island with no connections to the mainland. You will have quick access to 9 miles of natural beach (300 yards in front of house) where shelling, beach-combing and swimming are some of the best in the world. There is easy access to catch snook, redfish, trout, whiting, pompano, mullet, cobia, snapper, flounder and grouper. World class fishing for tarpon off the beach or in Boca Grande Pass at the north end of the island. An uncrowded life with peace and quiet might be the best benefit of all.


based on 46 traveler reviews

Secluded Home on Pristine Tropical Island is Paradise Found
average rating of 4.804348 based on 46 reviews

Tropical oasis

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home inland on the island. You have four wheelers to ride to the beach. Very nice family who owned the home. Great fishing in the ocean and lagoon. The Rangers said you should not eat anything out of the lagoon due to it being land locked and stagnate. Exploring the island was amazing. Beautiful secluded beaches. After dark you can NOT go outside the mosquitos will swarm you. But their were no bugs in the house and it remained very cool despite being summer and sunny. The indoor shower did not work it only trickled water & was not enough to rinse your hair. We all (grand parents included) used the open air outdoor shower on the main level porch which was really cool and scary at the same time. We usually waited till dark and showered with the lights off so people across the island didn't see you. We never had any problem with the power and the solar ran the tv, fans and lights the entire week. The septic has issues and you are only suppose to flush if you poop. But it's an island and that's expected I'm sure the septic has a drip system that is very delicate. We really enjoyed the kyacks. The beds were comfortable and plentiful. Tons and tons of towels! The home is really unique and this is more of an adventure that a restful vacation. It is for the adventuresome not the lazy for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five star review even if your stay was over a year ago. You must be still thinking about your adventure on Cayo Costa. I appreciate all the great detailed comments. I would however like to respond to a few of the other comments. The front side lagoon was closed to the Gulf for a few years and is now open and flushing the lagoon. Coastal geomorphology on this island is allowed to be natural without the hand of humans interfering with it unlike the rest of Florida’s and nation’s barrier islands with roads, development and manmade beaches everywhere. Not sure the Ranger is correct about the fish in the lagoon because when it was closed my family actually caught more fish in the lagoon since the fish were trapped and hungry for our bait or lures. We ate all the fish we catch with no problems ever. I stayed with my family the last 2 week in May this year and the water was crystal clear in the newly created pass and the water flows so fast in and out of the lagoon that is it like a fast moving stream that you can float through. We saw a 6 foot tarpon come through the pass along with manatees that come right up to you. The bugs are more plentiful on the ground at times after dark than others which is one of the reasons I built the house up high above the ground. Amazingly, Lee County mosquito control helicopters do control the mosquitoes fairly well considering the island is a mostly unspoiled tropical island. Believe me the bugs are much less these days than they were 30 years ago. Not sure I understand the indoor shower flow it works fine and have had no complains. I just used it the other day to clean the tub. Most people use the outdoor shower which faces south over the undeveloped island with no house in view so there would be no one to see you. Most people like the outside shower the best. The septic tank system work fine. The low flush toilet was installed to save water and power and you do have to use a mug of water next to the toilet to flush the number two. Being on this wilderness island is an active place to be but I will tell you I sleep better on Cayo Costa than anywhere because it is quiet with no urban noise only natural sound of birds, wind blowing through the trees and sometime when the surf is up you hear it from the house. I hope you will return for another Cayo Costa Island adventure because it is quite rejuvenating to the mind, body and soul.
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Wedding in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the house for our wedding on Cayo Costa island. We had a small ceremony on the beach and stayed at the house during the week. What a spectacular time! The house had so much space and felt like a true island house. We used the wrap around deck at the house to set up tables and chairs for our reception dinner night. We hired a personal chef to come to the island to prepare our dinner and he couldn't believe how beautiful everything was! Our wedding went perfectly and the house helped make the occasion memorable. At night we would go to the upper deck of the house which is the highest point on the island and partake in some stargazing. The breeze up there was so nice at night. The 2 four wheelers provided was a real treat to cruise around the island. We also rented a boat for the week and the dock provided was great. We saw all sorts of manatees, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, snakes, and even some armadillos at night. Daniel was always just a phone call away and was great to talk to with any house questions. We already are talking about coming back next year for our anniversary! The island and the house is a true getaway experience to paradise!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulation on getting married. Thank you for the incredible review. I am very much honored you chose my house for the wedding festivities. I applause you all for a great accomplishment to have the wedding with both sides of the family in a remote place like Cayo Costa Island. I hope you all will come back next year for your first wedding anniversary.
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time one weekend definitely wasn't enough dan and jack made staying great easy process the house was beautiful can't wait to come back thanks again guys !!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome and I appreciate your visit to my house and the island you have been to many times.
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A wonderful adventure

  • 5 of 5

What an adventure! It started as soon as we docked our boat at Daniels pier and a raccoon walked down to see if we would share the pizza we were eating as we unloaded the boat. (The list of animals we saw during our two week stay is too long to type.) I do have to mention the eagle who landed on the roof a half dozen times. What a beautiful creature. Daniel had been staying at the house and came down to the dock by ATV with a trailer to help us with the first load. His time spent explaining the workings of the solar panels, batteries, and generator was wasted. You would have thought we were connected to the national power grid. The lights never flickered. The beach was beautiful and we were usually the only people there. If we were not watching the sunset over the water from the house we were watching it from the beach. What an experience. You must keep in mind that you are not staying at the Marriott where they change your sheets and towels every day. However, I guarantee you will never find this type of peace, tranquility, and back to nature experience at any hotel. A couple of notes for future visitors; 1) bring plenty of drinking water. We were a party of four and used approximately 12 gallons per week. (we used our water to make 12 cups of coffee per day) 2) From talking to other people on the island we determined that the well water at most of the homes contains lots of minerals and a considerable amount of iron. It is fine for washing dishes and showering but may stain light colored clothes. We brought enough clothes for the two weeks washing only bathing suits. Worked out perfectly. I hope you have as great a time as we did.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review and reports about island life. You all stayed longer than any previous guests and I look forward to seeing you all again sometime.
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  • 5 of 5

OMG we had the most relaxing and best time at Dans spot on Cayo Costa ......... The house is truly amazing and the solar panels are a treat to watch and see how much energy our lifestyles use.......Dan has the best laundry detergent ever and the smell of all the linens and towels was sooooooooo perfect.......The 4 wheelers are a blast........ The wildlife is amazing.....and the shelling was the best we have ever seen.....I took home a whole 20 pound carryon of shells and they all made it.......sooooooo lucky....we are booking again for 2017 and for years to come.......can't wait til next winter.......thanks soooo much to Dan......He sure has a great way w visitors......wahoooooooo

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. You all were really the greatest visitors having had experience with island life around Cape Cod. I very much look forward to seeing you all next year.
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Tropical Adventure

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean but lived in - like visiting a bachelor uncle's beach place. We rent it for the ATV's and the boat dock (which needs to be labeled since we stepped on the neighbor's toes by docking in the wrong space). The view from the outdoor shower over an uninterrupted view of palm trees without power lines, houses etc. is worth the price of admission. There is even an eagle that visits the rooftop deck daily.

You can't drive in the state park but leave the ATVs outside and walk in to rent bikes and visit the quarantine trail's beach in the afternoon where you can lounge in the shade of palm trees that hang over the water. Or if you have a boat visit the south end of the island for shells and stop at the beach to the south of the state park's dock. Don't miss the manatee lagoon to the north of park dock and drinks on the water tower at Cabbage Key.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review and travel report about the island. Not sure what a “bachelor uncle's beach place” is or what it would be like but my house has everything you need to live comfortably in a remote place. When you visit next time I will specify the docking location for your convenience, we really don’t prefer signs on Cayo Costa.
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cabbage Key
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Tropic Star
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Alden Pines
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Waterfront Drive
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cabbage Key
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
In front of the house on Cayo Costa Island

Park headquarters has small gift shop with ice and other basic items. Bikes and kayaks can also be rented. Nearby Cabbage Key also has small gift shop and restaurant. Ussepa Island also nearby has a historical museum on life of Caloosa Indians. North Captive has small store. Pine Island is 6 miles away by boat and is connected to the mainland where everything is available within 15 minutes to an hour including the International Airport. Visitors coming by airplane owner can provide transport from airport to grocery store and then marina for water taxi provided by owner to Cayo Costa home.


Rates & Availability

Cayo Costa Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.
$275-$300/night - $1,750-$1,925/wk (7 nights) for 6 people
$25/night extra for each person over 6 staying at home
Renter can buy $2,500 of property damage protection for $59 nonrefundable or pay a refundable $500 damage deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Florida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Hot/cold shower with large antique clawfoot tub, plus a hot/cold outside shower on deck next to the bathroom door entrance on deck. There is another shower on the ground floor deck that is cold and particularly good during the warm months.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    loft - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1). There is an additional double and single mattress. The beds in the loft are the highest sleeping beds on the island.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Being an off the power grid home quite power (sun) is almost unlimited. If necessary during extended cloudy days a generator can be run for 2 hours to recharge the batteries. The home does not have central air conditioning due to high power demand. The home is designed to either remove or retain heat by opening or closing the second story windows. Kitchen has electric coffee maker, microwave and toaster. Transportation is by ATVs with trailer on existing sand trails. Moon/planet/star gazing is excellent and a telescope is available for use. Various types of beach chairs, bring your our fishing rods if traveling by car or if flying bring your own reals for rods at the house, sand stakes and buckets are available. A beach volley ball set is now available. Instructions for using everything at the house are provided along with island maps and chart for good fishing stops around the island. Boat access to and from the island and from airport can be provided by the owner.

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