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Mark Himelick

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Located north island near Pink Shell Resort and across the street from the Beach

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


North Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

Dolphin Cove offers the best of both worlds with views of Estero Bay on one side and the white sands of Ft Myers Beach just steps away. 'Dolphin Cove' is a delightful 2 Bedroom 1 Bath cottage situated on a picturesque inlet at the North tip of Ft. Myers Beach. It was named after the many playful dolphins that visit the inlet.

You may want to relax and just sit on the lanai, watch the boats pass by, and see the variety of marine life, or, on the other hand, if you prefer a swim, a heated beachside pool is available to our guests just across the street. Of course, there is always the Gulf of Mexico for dips.

The entertainment district commonly known as 'Times Square' is just a short walk and features a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The 4 Star Pink Shell Resort and Marina is also located just up the street. At the Pink Shell you can enjoy a beachside bar, restaurant, and spa all available to the public, or rent a boat or go parasailing. Bowditch Point Park, known for its mile of trails and many ecosystems, has kayaks and paddleboards, and is part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. For those interested in fishing, charters are available just across the skybridge. Also across the skybridge is the Key West Express with daily trips to Key West. The nearby 'Big M Casino' boat offers twice daily gambling cruises.

Since 'Dolphin Cove' is so close to everything, park your car, take the trolly, rent a bike, or walk to all that the North end of Ft Myers Beach has to offer.

Then, as your day comes to a close, head to the beach to watch the setting sun over Sanibel Island. After that, fire up the gas grill, kick back and enjoy the island lifestyle in this wonderful cottage where all the comforts of home await you.

Dolphin Cove is comprised of the entire upper level of this charming 1950's Beach cottage and features 2BR and 1BA with a total living space of 1000 square feet. The property is meticulously maintained as a home by Owners Mark & Sharon who may be in residence in the separate lower level owners quarters on occasion. If in residence they are always happy to assist with any guest needs including tips on where to go and what to do!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mark Himelick (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Mark Himelick

This property is maintained as a home and is meticulously maintained. The property is managed by Owners Mark & Sharon who may be in residence in the lower level Owners quarters on occasion. They are always happy to assist with any guest needs when in residence.

Mark Himelick purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Mark Himelick chose Fort Myers Beach

We purchased the property because of its extraordinary view and proximity to the beach. Rather than tear the

structure down we elected to keep the charm of the neighborhood by leaving the structure in tact but totally

re-doing the interior by redecorating and updating all plumbing, electrical and appliances. What we ended up with is a cottage with the charm of the old days but with all the modern conveniences of today.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage is a favorite of passers-by because of its unique charm. It is conveniently located on the north end of the island which makes it much quicker to exit the island. Of course, you still may have a wait getting back on the island during the busy months of February and March but it is very quick getting off.

Island Trolly service is available right outside the front door if you don't feel like walking. We are only 1/2 mile

to the 'Times Square' area with numerous pubs, restaurants and shops.

The neighborhood streets were recently redone adding

dedicated bicycle lanes, trolly pull-offs and a palm lined

Boulevard with extensive landscaping. It is becoming a favorite vacation spot for families from all over.

We are located in a very unique area of the island where the island is very narrow. This is what allows us to have the waters of Estero Bay in our back yard and the Gulf of Mexico in our front yard so to speak.

The cottage is has approximately 1000 square feet of living space with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Although it

only has 1 bathroom, that area is configured a little differently. One part of the bathroom has a sink and toilet and can be accessed from the living area and locked off from the rest of the bath area. The shower, washer and dryer, double sinks, and master bedroom closet are located in the main part of the bathroom and can be accessed from the master bedroom or the living room. This makes it more convenient and allows for more flexibility when everyone is getting ready for the day.

The kitchen features an island area and a separate breakfast nook. A separate table for 4 is located just off the kitchen. We think you will find this to be the perfect spot for a beach getaway.

The original cottage featured a mother in law quarters on the lower level, the current owners are in residence occasionally throughout the year.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the opportunity to experience your slice of the world. The view from the lanai is awesome - more ever changing than the ocean and more

wild life. We hope to return!
Feb 2014
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based on 5 traveler reviews

Located north island near Pink Shell Resort and across the street from the Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Heaven on Earth!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wake up every morning to the paper on your patio and watch the boats sail by as you sip your coffee. We couldn't have asked for a nicer view. The owners thought of everything and were so accommodating. They kept the property well maintained. The cottage was private enough yet across the street from beautiful Ft. Myers beach and within walking distance to shops and restaurants. We had such a relaxing vacation and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Skaneateles, Ny

What an Oasis!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures say it all! This is the perfect vacation spot on Ft Myers Beach. It is close enough to Time Square for all of the fun activities and restaurants, but also far enough away so you can have your piece and quiet time. We could not believe that the dolphins and manatees come visit everyday. As soon as we arrived, two dolphins came into the cove. It was almost like they were welcoming us. The cottage was perfect, has everything you will need. The beach and pool are just across the street. I have to say the one thing that just put our stay over the top was Mark's hospitality. He went above and beyond our expectations as an owner. He was so very helpful and offered his assistance for anything we may need. We travel quite often to Florida and this is the first time that we have ever met such a genuine kind soul. The only regrets I have is that I did not get to meet his wife as she was out of town and that we had to come home. We definitely want to come back. Thank you, thank you,thank you!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa


  • 5 of 5

We just stayed in the house with our two young children. The location is perfect with such close beach access and the bay in the backyard. We saw dolphins and manatees almost everyday from the balcony. We also can't thank the owners enough for all the extra hospitality we received.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Do not Pass this one up!

  • 5 of 5

If visiting the area this is an amazing place and set up!

Rent bikes to tour the area if you can.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asheville, N.C.

Our wonderful stay in at Dolphin Cove

  • 5 of 5

We are reluctantly returning home after a wonderful 1 week stay at Dolphin Cove. This is no doubt one of the most pleasant places we have stayed on Ft. Myers Beach. From the moment we walked through the front door we knew

good times were ahead. Not only did we see lots of Dolphin action but we

were thouroughly entertained with all the boating activity.

We all agreed that we actually like this view better than the ocean view

that we had last year, and the beach is just across the street.

We will definitely be back next year. Thank you for sharing your home with

us. Jan & Tom P.

Asheville, North Carolina

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Southwest International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pink Shell Resort, Nervous Nellies, SOB's
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Key West Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Beach Golf, Lexington Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Yuccatan Beach Stand, Nervous Nelli's, Pink Shell
Nearest Beach
Across street
Car: recommended

This cottage is located on Estero Island, better known as Fort Myers Beach, and is just across the street from one of the most beautiful beaches that Florida has to offer. Numerous restaurants and pubs are located within walking distance. Island trolly service is available to all parts of the island and operate every 15 minutes through this neighborhood.


Rates & Availability

North Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Value
Aug 20 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall Holiday
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall Value
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Amenity $145 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cleaning and Amenity fee is $145.00

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North Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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