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Watch sunsets and fish from your own private home and dock on Tampa Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 27 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 8

Enjoy a private home on a quite cul-de-sac on the open bay. Watch sunsets over looking the St. Pete ski line. You will have your own private dock and boat slip. A boat is available to rent, Tampa Bay is known for excellent fishing year round. You will be right around the corner from Little Harbor resort where you will find all the resort amenities: jet-ski/boat rentals, restaurants/bars etc.

You will have plenty of room to relax with two family rooms with T.V./DVD's. Everything has been newly redecorated. In home washer and dryer, free internet and cable. Home sleeps 8. Master has queen bed. There is a second bedroom with twin beds (new pillow top mattresses) and a room with two sets of bunks (new mattresses).

Captain Matt Santiago Fishing Charters is Tampa Bays premier fishing guide service and is available for charters directly from your private dock. You can learn more about him at

There is also a 2012 Starcraft Deck boat available for rent and is kept on the private dock out back. Visit or call 813-205-2327 for more info.

You are 30 minutes from downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Historical Ybor City. Bush Gardens is 45 min. away and Disney an hour.

More Details

Karen Santiago
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

About Karen Santiago

We have been owners on Shell Point Road since 1995. We love the ambiance and relaxation of an old Florida setting with all the amenities of a resort and large city near by. My son who is a fishing charter captain has fished this area since childhood. He is available for fishing tips as well as charters. If you love the bay and Florida, you will love this place. It is like a movie set of old time Florida

Karen Santiago purchased this house in 2012

Why Karen Santiago chose Ruskin

Comfortable and relaxing, private. Close to many local attractions such as Disney World, Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, down town, and gulf beaches.

What makes this house unique

Boat Rental and Private Fishing Charters


Ruskin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • all linens and towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Watch sunsets and fish from your own private home and dock on Tampa Bay
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews
Polk City


  • 5 of 5

The house was gorgeous! Everything you need is right there, all you need is clothes, food, fishing poles ..

My Family really enjoyed it <3

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxation and Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the first week of April and are now home wishing you were back there! Every night we would take a moment to watch the sun going down. So beautiful. Our boys loved playing and fishing in the back yard. My husband was most happy just staring out at the ocean while cooking dinner on the grill. The house was very clean and well stocked. Karen was wonderful to work with and I highly recommend a visit. The area is out of the city rush and in it's own little world. Also recommend a trip to The Fish House down the road! Thank you Karen for a much needed place to relax! We hope to visit again soon!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation with Tampa Bay in Back Yard

  • 5 of 5

We stayed from 2-4-17 to 3-4-17 and had perfect weather during our stay with only one day of rain. When we opened the front door we were thrilled with the view of Tampa Bay. We were able to fish off the dock and the view was magnificent (much better then the photo's show). We also saw porpoise and manatees right off the dock. The house is great! It is like having a living room on each side of the kitchen. There is a beach close by at Little Harbor Resort with a nice restaurant with music and about 20 minutes away is Apollo Beach where you can fish and swim .We also fished off the Skyway Bridge, which is about a 30 minute drive.. Another great place to visit is "John's Pass" which is a one hour drive. It is a great place to shop, eat or go deep sea fishing. But, if you want to relax and see beautiful sunsets right out your back door... this is the place for you! The Santiagos were wonderful to deal with and quick to respond to our needs. Great vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and very clean property! Amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

Took family vacation....walked in and found very clean house with amazing view. House was right size for 4 adults and 2 teenagers with extra space if needed. View and dock was awesome to fish off of. Karen and her son Matt were very kind and awesome. Property location close to restaurants, stores and anything you needed. We look forward to going back next year for two weeks!! Thank you, Dori, Stan, Anne, Crystal, Mekenzi and Rhianna

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottonwood Heights, UT USA

Great Quiet Shell Point Location BUT...

  • 4 of 5

Our family 2 adults and 3 children vacationed in Florida for 2 weeks spending a week in Ruskin on Shell Point. The home was partially outdated and we had a few issues during our stay and messages were sent to the owner with no response. There is plastic covering on all the bunk beds which was super hot, noisy and very uncomfortable so my sons opted to sleep elsewhere. The shower in the bath off the kitchen was not usable as it had a leak that sprayed all over the bathroom when it was turned on. There are no life-vests to use with the kayaks and only one paddle and they were not in well kept condition. The linens were dingy and dirty when we were ready to climb into bed which was disappointing and I spent the next day washing all the bedding and towels. There wasn't any cleaning tools for the tile which is throughout a majority of the house and the "dirt devil" quick vac doesn't work and there is no vacuum to clean the carpet in the bedrooms. Also, the garage is sealed shut and locked so you have to park outside on the driveway. On the upside, the location was super quiet and we loved having the dock to fish from each evening but make sure you have bug spray as the midges and mosquitoes are brutal!! Fish was the highlight of our stay and we caught snook, red fish, blue crabs, jack crevalle and lots of catfish from the dock. There were 2 fishing poles for us to use and the Ruskin bait shop was 10 minutes away. The sunsets were amazing and the floor to ceiling windows facing the bay we great. There are 2 family areas which made it nice so the kids could watch a movie and the adults could be in a different comfortable space. The air conditioner worked well to keep things cool and there are fans in each bedroom. Although we had a few issues it was a great trip :)

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Renee, I am sorry that the place was not in tip top shape for you. We have changed cleaning crews and bought new vacuums, etc. I always respond to my tenants but as I figured out you tried to reach me through VRBO and I missed the email. It is always better to call me. You had have my cell and my sons cell next door. In any event, should you return, I think that you will be pleased with all the changes and updates. Karen
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  • 5 of 5

This was such a relaxing, beautiful vacation. Fantastic view of the

bay and a dock for fishing. The home was very clean and had everything we could

need. Owners were very helpful and kind. The area is "old Florida" and we just

loved it. Thank you for all you provided to make our stay so perfect.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tampa Internal Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Little Harbor
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sun City Center
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Harbor
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Litlle Harbor
Car: necessary

Literally Right around the corner from Little Harbor Resort where one can enjoy all resort amenities including jet skiing, boat rentals, beach and restaurants. You are 15 minutes from large Manatee viewing station. You will be 30 minutes from the Florida Aquarium, downtown Tampa and Historic Ybor City. Also 40 minutes to Busch Gardens and 1 hour to Disney.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund