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Tropical Gem on Water - 4 Season Appeal, Boat & Lift, Heated Pool, Gulf Access!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

The only way to describe this comfortable Cape Haze residence is “quiet seclusion”. With lots of outdoor living space, you will never want to be inside! This tropical gem has a lot to offer. Perched on the bank of Amberjack Creek, this inviting home is surrounded by mature tropical plantings, including more than fifty palms of eight species (which is why I call this place 'El Palmeral' - The Palm Grove). Also, avocado, mango, bananas, bromeliads, orchids and much more.

There is a private dock equipped with a 3,500 lb. boat lift, water, electricity and an underwater 'snook' light. Our dock is on Amberjack Creek, a tidal inlet creek, which provides shallow-draft access to the Gulf of Mexico. The creek abounds with wildlife - fish from the dock or watch for the Sandhill Cranes, Manatees and the throngs of leaping mullet, among others. The dock includes a 6'x8' floating dock extension which makes launching of the two kayaks a breeze! The kayaks are high-tech, Swedish-designed 'Point 65 North' modular kayaks, which can be configured as one person or tandem kayaks.

Bring your boat and use our docking facilities, or, use our boat! We provide optional use of our 15'4'' Gheenoe - a 3-person flat-bottom fishing boat provisioned with a Yamaha 4 hp outboard and a Minn Kota 45 lb thrust trolling motor, which is perfect for exploring/fishing the tidal creeks and shallow waters in our area. It is 20 minutes by boat (at "no wake" speeds) down the tidal creek through mangrove mazes to the turquoise blue waters of Gasparilla Sound and an additional 5 minutes from there to Gasparilla Pass & the Gulf of Mexico - with good fishing and wildlife viewing all along the route.

The shell-covered back yard ties the creek side-setting seamlessly into the 1,300 square foot screen-enclosed pool and lanai, for what one visitor described as an 'obnoxiously paradisical' experience.

This is truly a 4-season destination, with its lush tropical plantings, screen-caged, heated pool with therapy jet bench and large screened/glassed lanai with 2 overhead fans. The pool area includes an awning-covered dining area with a teak dining table and seating for 6 to 8. The lanai has two sets of pocket, double sliding doors from the house - one from the kitchen/dining area and the other from the Master Bedroom - which, when open, expand those spaces to the outside. The screened lanai itself has a system of compound sliding doors, which can be fully opened to take advantage of pleasant weather and the almost constant, gentle Gulf breeze, or closed to allow the space to be heated or cooled as necessary. Whether opened or closed the lanai is a wonderful place to entertain, or simply enjoy the view of the tropical plantings, creek and frequent wildlife.

Walk down to the creek-side hammock and disappear for a while with a good book…this home is equipped for relaxation, and is also within walking distance of the local post office, grocery store, bank and pizza parlor!

As members of the Cape Haze POA, we have access to the association's 400 yd long, private, Gulf beach, adjacent to Cape Haze on Don Pedro Island. The beach is accessible, using our kayaks, from Don Pedro Island State Park's 100 acre land base, .9 miles from our property. It is a 4-minute (280 yard) paddle from the Park's dock to our community dock on the island, then a 5-minute (500 yard) walk to the Gulf beach (see the map of the route in the photo section).

In addition to the beaches adjacent to us on Don Pedro (Palm) Island, which are accessible by kayak, boat or ferry, the closest beach by car is at 19th St. on Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande), about 10 minutes away. Once you reach 19th St. there is beach access on every street all the way to the south end of the island, which is another 3 1/2 miles. So there are literally dozens of Gulf beaches. You can also drive north to Manasota Key in Englewood which is only about 15 minutes away. Once on Manasota Key there are three major county park beaches at the north, middle and south end of the Key, as well as Stump Pass State Park, which is at the very south end of the Key and is absolutely stunning.

It is only 4 minutes by car to the Boca Grande Causeway and minutes (1 to 15) to multiple Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trips, etc.

Each guest is provided with a personalized code for keyless entry valid for the length of their stay. Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am. Upon arrival guests are provided with a detailed Guest Manual, describing all of the ins and outs of the property, including entertainment system operation, trash day, local resources and activities, etc. Confirmed guests are provided with their access code 14 days in advance of their arrival.

Rental fees for reservations made more than 60 days in advance of your arrival date can be made in 2 or 3 installment payments.

Also check out our Englewood, FL property, beautiful “Minshall's Garden” (VRBO property #610815) - Or, under the "Owner Info" tab (above), click the "All My Rental Listings" link.

More Details

Richard Haynes
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Richard Haynes

My name is Richard Haynes. I was raised in Virginia, Florida, Maryland and DC during the 50s and 60s. When we were not living in Florida, we still visited annually for vacation and to see family in Sarasota and Fort Pierce (Sarasota's Marie Selby was my great-aunt). Trips to Florida were always the highlight of the year. We started visiting Captiva annually (just after the bridge was built in the mid-60s). However, when Captiva started getting built up, our Mother switched to Boca Grande in the mid-70s, staying at the Gasparilla Inn at first - later buying a 1911 cottage in the historic district. For me, moving back to Florida on a full-time basis has been a dream come true, being a time of renewal and an opportunity to rediscover all of those things I loved about the Gulf coast as a child.

Richard Haynes purchased this house in 2012

Why Richard Haynes chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Having lived in and visited different parts of Florida, the southwest Gulf coast is my favorite by far. Within that region, the Cape Haze/Lemon Bay/Englewood area is the 'sweet spot' for me. Only 1 hour from all of the resources and activities offered by Sarasota and Fort Myers, it is still a small community with much of the charm of 'Old Florida' that I recall from my youth. The Cape Haze/Placida area is off the beaten path and generally slow paced. Access to beautiful, natural areas and Gulf beaches is exceptional. For me, our house is a refinement of all of those qualities - a self-contained, tropical Florida haven.

We are in the tropical zone of far South Florida, which means that not only all the citrus family can be grown here, but also coconuts, mangos, papaya, bananas, etc., giving the area a truly tropical feeling.

What makes this house unique

This property has an intimate warmth, which is hard to find at any price. The comforts of the back yard with its screened lanai and pool enclosure, multiple seating areas, luxuriant tropical foliage and waterside setting are absolutely seductive. You may come here with the idea of having it be your base-camp and find that it is your destination.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Had a great time! So relaxing. Enjoyed swimming in the pool. So good to chill out and this was a much needed mini-vacay. Did go to a couple of the nearby state parks - wonderful time with the family. Would Love to come back.

Oh, and the bikes rode really well.
Sep 2016
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Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Poolside Shower - outdoor shower , Cold water only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Palm Bedroom - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , The master bedroom has a beautiful view of the creek.
    Poolside Bedroom - 1 queen , This bedroom is 6 steps from the heated pool.
  • There is a portable bassinet/playard/crib on-site for infants/small children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The dock is equipped with an underwater snook light, which operates at night to attract fish dockside, for viewing and fishing. The two folding, transportable bikes are great for the extensive bike trails close by - most notably the Cape Haze Pioneer Bike Trail (8 miles long) and the Gasparilla Island Bike Trail (6.5 miles long) which are only 4 minutes away. In addition to Gasparilla's trail, the whole island is bike friendly and a delight to explore in this way. We encourage our guests to experience the adventure of visiting our Cape Haze Property Owners Association Gulf beach on Don Pedro Island. Transport our modular kayaks 90 seconds to the land-base of the park by car; use the kayak dolly for the 3 minute walk to the beach; paddle 4 minutes across the bay to the CHPOA dock and walk the 5 minutes along the sandy trail through the sabal palms and seagrapes to our beautiful secluded Gulf beach, adjacent to unspoiled 230 acre Don Pedro Island State park (see map in 'Photos').


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Tropical Gem on Water - 4 Season Appeal, Boat & Lift, Heated Pool, Gulf Access!
average rating of 4.984127 based on 84 reviews

Love this vacation home ! We had a awesome stay and enjoyed everyday !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property , we were on our honeymoon and had a amazing week. We took the boat out and saw dolphins, alligators , and manatees numerous times. The beach is beautiful and the location is great ! The pool was a huge plus and the use of the kayaks and boat. We love this home and hope to come back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remarkable home

  • 5 of 5

Just spent an awesome week at Richard's home. The location and amenities were better than we could have hoped. The layout of the home was perfect and the home had everything we needed. We did not make it to the private beach but our beach days were spent on the beach at Gasperilla State Park and it was beautiful. We enjoyed the use of the kayaks and boat and what better way to end the day with a swim in the pool. The grandkids enjoyed fishing off the dock and looking for the manatees. The VRBO description noted sleeping for 8, but there were only 3 queen beds. Accommodations worked out fine for us-we had 5 adults and 3 children under 11-but would be a little stretched with 8 adults.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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A Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our third year spending the month of April in this peaceful and private spot which is meticulously tended to by the owner. The house is fully equipped and laid out for easy living. Should you need anything, the owner is readily available with a helpful answer. The loacation of the home provides easy access to many of the surrounding beaches and the many and varied restaurants. I highly recommend this rental.

Susan G


  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Nice and clean home! Loved the layout of the house and outdoor pool with extra sitting room! The facility is well maintained! The Kayaks, bikes and pool toys were a hit with my family! We enjoyed Nearby convinces and beautiful beaches just a short drive.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in a fabulous location. One of the best homes we have rented from VRBO. The owner was great and quick to resolve any issues. The home was clean and well supplied. Pool, kayaks, and boat were great also. Enjoyed watching manatees and alligators from the dock, as well as catching snook. Pet friendly.We can not wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful House in a Fantastic Tropical Setting

  • 5 of 5

My wife were in Cape Haze from September 2nd through the 10th. The house was perfect for our stay and in great condition. Loved the layout with the Master Bedroom and Bath on one side of the house with the common areas in the middle and the other 2 bedrooms and bath on the far side. Nice and private for families or more than just one couple. Everything in the home, TV's furniture, kitchen equipment was all newer and worked with out any issues. The location of the home was also perfect. very close to many restaurants and attractions. Walking distance to Publix and others. While close to shops & restaurants the house is tucked away behind a beautiful landscape of palms and tropical plants. From the amazing pool area, you felt like being in a private jungle. I took advantage of the bikes and rode around the neighborhood each morning. They also had two kayaks and a boat available. We did see Alligators, Manatees, Herons, and Eagles daily from the dock. The house sits on the canal and gets a steady flow of Florida wildlife. We loved the area, & the property. Already planning a return visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Fishery Restaurant
PJ's Seagrille
Waterside Grill
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Zydeco Grille
"Excellent Cajun/Creole/Southern food! Restaurant/Bar with nice ambience and exceptional serv..."
Don Pedro Island State Park Kayak Launch
"Less than a mile from the house, offers great access to the local marine environment and a s..."
Publix Grocery
BNT Liquors
Temptation Restaurant, Bar & Package
South Beach Bar & Grille
Boca Grande Causeway Boat Launch (Placida Park)
Palm Island Transit Inc
Eagle Grille
Pink Elephant
The Outlet at the Innlet Restaurant
Don Pedro Island State Park
Amberjack Environmental Park
19th Street Beach
Placida Grill
"I love this place! Great food and fantastic owners and servers!"
Stump Pass Beach State Park
"This is an EXCELLENT place to see unspoiled Florida. If you are kayaking from the launch at ..."
Englewood Public Beach
Blind Pass Beach
Boca Grande Fishing Pier Park
Manasota Beach
"Beautiful beach at the north end of Manasota Key with extensive facilities, including a boat..."
Villa Capri Ristorante Italiano
The Faull Inn
"Good pizza (and broad menu of American Bar food) delivered!"
The Links Golf Course
"Well maintained 18-hole executive course."
Don Pedro Island Passenger Ferry
"Just added in March 2014, passenger ferry service runs Tuesday thru Sunday from 10:00 am to ..."
Don Pedro Island CHPOA Private Beach
"As members of the Cape Haze POA, we have access to the association's 400 yd long, private, G..."
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sarasota (SRQ) & Fort Myers (RSW) - 1+ hr (both)
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Zydeco Grille
Nearest Ferry
2.1 Miles
Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
The Links
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Amtrak (Tampa)
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Miles
Zydeco Grille (Cajun) & Villa Capri (Italian)
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Gulf Beach (Don Pedro/Palm Island)
Car: necessary

In addition to the many Gulf and Bay beaches and boating access points which are within striking distance, there are multiple state parks, wilderness preserves, a wild flower and bird sanctuary and an extensive biking trail system - all within a 5 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Placida House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Summer/Fall Rates
Jul 10 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
2018 Spring/Tarpon Rates
Apr 1 2018 - Jul 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
2018 Summer/Fall Rates
Jul 9 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

There is an additional, one-time $75 fee for pets, subject to owner approval (please call).

We automatically include damage insurance through CSA at a cost of $59 for your entire stay, which covers you against up to $1,500 in property damages. If you wish to pay a refundable security deposit instead, please call.

Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.

Cancellation refunds subject to 4 weeks prior notice & re-letting of property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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