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Direct Gulf Front - Beautiful Condo - Gorgeous View

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Sanibel Island Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The master bedroom and the living room open out onto a 26 foot long screened porch that has a gorgeous view of the beach and Gulf. We continue to make improvements to our condo and this fall have remodeled the kitchen and repainted the living room. Please note that the video does not reflect this change, but the pictures do. There is a new flat screen TV in the living room with a flat screen TV, installed a new non-chip kitchen sink, faucet and disposal and WIFI. The condo now has new easy to open, glass hurricane sliders in the master bedroom and living room. The unit is beautifully decorated and is up to date. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with a new mattress, while the other two bedrooms each have two comfortable twin beds. There is a utility room in the condo with full size washer and dryer, where you will also find four tennis rackets, beach towels and other items.

A boardwalk takes you from the swimming pool through a natural area to the world famous Sanibel shelling beach.

We are located in the Sanddollar complex which is relatively small. There are three buildings, each with twelve units. All units are direct Gulf Front, so we have a wide beach in front of us. Each building has an elevator. Next to the tennis courts and the pool are four new gas grills and tables for great family cookouts. Included in the package is the use of our storage locker, the contents include 2 bicycles, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, sand toys, floaters and other items you will find useful during your stay.

We always welcome suggestions to make your stay more comfortable.


Keywords: Condominium, Sanibel, Sanddollar, Tennis, Grill, Pool, Beach, View, Beautiful, Family, Convenient, Shelling, Shell, 3 Bedroom, Three, Beachfront, Island, Florida, WiFi, Wi Fi, Cookout, Golf

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Herb and Lenore Lawrence
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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Why Herb and Lenore Lawrence chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Sanddollar is a three-building property located on Middle Gulf Drive on Sanibel Island, Florida. The property offers an intimate family experience without sacrificing any of the amenities of a larger property. The island-wide bike path is located directly across the street from the driveway allowing access to the island by bicycle. The unit itself is roomy, fully updated and located on the second floor of the three story building, offering gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico and the wide shelling beach.

What makes this condo unique

This property was primarily used as our family vacation home for many years with our children also bringing their families here for honeymoons and other special occasions. We treat the property as we do our own home and hope you will enjoy your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

These are the last two reviews posted on home away

Direct Gulf Front-Beautiful Condo-Gorgeous View

Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast


5 out of 5


The PERFECT Vacation!

West Allis, WI

Review Submitted: April 20, 2010 Date of Stay: April 2010

My husband and I were extreamly happy with the Condo rental. Very clean and quiet! The pool and BBQ area was kept very neat as well and we enjoyed spending some afternoon time there vs. the ocean and beach which is literally 50 steps away and quite beautiful in itself. Everything (with the exception of food and personal toiletries) was available at the Condo. From a full kitchen, cooler, BBQ utensils, flashlights (for night time shelling and observing), beach towels and chairs, bikes...I could go on and on. You could honestly just pack some clothes and personal items and be good to go here. The owners were the greatest and most helpful before my booking and Sanibel Holiday rental (Julie) was great too! We will be back for sure...time and time again! Thanks you for one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had in my life!

Oh and Sanibel Thriller boat ride is worth every penny of the $40 per adult charge!!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

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Direct Gulf Front-Beautiful Condo-Gorgeous View


Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast


5 out of 5


Quality Rental with Nice Location

Maryville, TN

Review Submitted: October 12, 2009 Date of Stay: October 2009

We did a last-minute booking in October 2009 and the owners AND management company were friendly and responsive. When we got there, we were so pleased with the location and living space. The pool was also very clean (even in off-season) and there were plenty of dishes and towels. There were tons of shells to be found all along the beach, and a beach short walk to the right revealed a sandbar that was great for skim-boarding away from shells.

The storage room contained several boogie boards and floating noodles, but no skim-boards or beach umbrella/chairs. We learned those can be rented, though, along with additional bikes (there are 2 in the storage room).

I would suggest packing some basics (salt, pepper, etc). since these basics appear to be removed after each renter. I did find sunscreen, coffee filter
Apr 2010
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based on 10 traveler reviews

Direct Gulf Front - Beautiful Condo - Gorgeous View
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews
Fernandina Beach FL


  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this condo the beginning of Sep 2015 with 5 girlfriends for my 50th birthday. The condo was perfect for 6 people. It was clean and had everything we needed. The location to the beach was great & the view from the porch was awesome. I would highly recommend this condo and would love to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time and effort to write a review of your stay. We really appreciate receiving feedback regarding our condo. Of course we love to hear nice things and we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you return soon to C203. Lenore and Herb
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susie Illinois

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much to herb and Lenore for sharing their Sanibel home with our family.. we have been vacationing on Sanibel for 23 years and feel so lucky we found sanddollar C 203.

the condo has everything a family needs to enjoy a beach vacation..nicely appointed living room.dining room and bedrooms..all of the kitchen pots,pans and place settings you will need..the newly redecorated kitchen is lovely and family friendly.we love returning to this condo...the view is amazing ..the owners are very accommodating..and the condo is just great !!!

we love Sanibel and love this condo..we are lucky that the owners share their home with will NOT regret renting this amazing condo on the beach..

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We always appreciate feedback and are very pleased when our guests have enjoyed staying at our condo. Hope to see you back for many more vacations at C203.
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Baltimore, Ohio

Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family of Yankees really enjoyed the quiet, natural beauty of Sanibel and Captiva. This condo was a great home away from home. It was clean, comfortable and very accessible to dining areas, activities and had great beach access. The filtered ice and water from the fridge was great. The kitchen was well stocked, and after a minor glitch (which was quickly repaired) the wifi and internet worked great. We appreciated the use of the well stocked storage unit for chairs, umbrellas, games and bikes. The tennis courts and pools were very nice. If I return to Sanibel, I would definitely see if this unit were available.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We really appreciate feedback from our guests. Very glad that you had a great time on wonderful Sanibel and we hope that you return to our condo. By the way we are having our kitchen remodeled this summer so hopefully it will be even nicer. Thanks again, Herb and Lenore
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Brooklin, Ontario, Canada

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous 2 week stay at this unit on Sanibel Island. We have vacationed on the island for the past 24 years and have stayed at a number of different places. We appreciate that each condo is owned and rented out by the owner and as such we don't have the same expectations as we would at a 5 star resort. We do however, believe that over the years we have become quite picky with where we choose to stay.

This unit and location has by far the most to offer and more than met our expectations. Knowing the island as well as we do, the location is central to everything and is literally beach front! The beach is at it's widest and is a great spot for shelling and sealife. We saw dolphins, stingrays, starfish, sand dollars and so much more- even a sea hare that we have not encountered before.

The condo itself is quite comfortable and has a "home-like" atmosphere that is as well equipped as our own home. It does have a flat screen TV in the living room but then we don't travel to Sanibel to watch TV- unless of course the hockey play offs are on! We really appreciated the little things like a refrigerator with an ice dispenser and the comfortable wicker furniture on the balcony, so that we could sit and have our morning coffee or read in the evening- we really appreciated the two lamps on the balcony. With the sliding doors open, the living space doubled and made it quite spacious for ourselves and our two kids. The beds were super comfy which was especially important for the kids who we rarely saw before noon!

The storage locker was packed with beach equipment and two bikes, which was a real bonus for us as we usually have to rent them. The complex even had a grocery cart and a luggage cart, so that we didn't have to carry our luggage and groceries to the elevator.

The grounds are nicely landscaped and very well maintained with a nice pool. My husband particularly enjoyed meeting new people while barbecuing on the Weber grills beside the pool.

For a 3 bedroom condo, we believe that the unit is good value for the money and it goes without saying that we will be back again- in fact, we have already booked this unit for the same time next year.

Thanks Lenore and Herb for sharing with us what we consider our "home away from home" on Sanibel Island.

Craig and Andrea

  • Submitted: May 26, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of your stay at our condo. We appreciate that you took the time to give your impressions of your stay. But most important is that you decided to come back to Sanddollar C203 next year. That is the best endorsement Lenore and I can receive. Thanks.
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Chicago, IL

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a week at this condo and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has all the amenities you need for a beach focused vacation. We were 3 generations - toddlers, parents and grandparents - and the accommodations were just what we needed. Plenty of sand toys, chairs and accessories for the beach, pool floats for the pool, a big porch with a great view for meals and relaxing, a comfortable interior and plenty of kitchen supplies for cooking and eating in. It's clean, well maintained, and the right style for a casual beach vacation. The common areas are also very nice including the pool, gas grills and seating areas. The beach is the highlight of course. It's an easy walk on the boardwalk and there's plenty of space on the uncrowded beach. I definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, we appreciate them. Hope to see you back next year. Herb and Lenore
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Family Fun at the Sand Dollar

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend the last week of March at the Sand Dollar again this year! My kids and I cannot think of anyplace we would rather travel to spend family time together. Each year we find new and fun things to do, and create wonderful memories to take home.

Sanibel Island still has that quiet, safe, family-friendly environment that it had when I vacationed there as a kid. Each year my kids gain a bit more freedom on the island, and Sand Dollar is centrally located where they can easily get to the bike path to go meet with friends, or hit the beach a few steps away to go join a volleyball game. Thanks to the owner’s thoughtfulness, there is a closet full of beach & pool toys and games, boogie boards, rafts, beach chairs, and a set of bikes. It is so nice not to have to pack those things for the trip (or pay “island” prices for them either!).

We love staying at the Sand Dollar when we get to the island. There are always plenty of families to meet during the visit; the pool is always a gathering place. The tennis courts are well maintained, and we always get a few games in. Grilling a quick lunch poolside under the pergola is always a hit! Access to the beach couldn’t be easier thanks to the well maintained boardwalk. Walks along the beach always produce handfuls of exotic shells. We love that the Sand Dollar is a quiet, safe complex for a family.

The condo itself is wonderful! There are three roomy, nicely appointed bedrooms, each with a television and plenty of closet/dresser space. The front two bedrooms share a bath with beautiful fixtures and custom tile-work. A full laundry room is right off the bathroom hall, and makes it easy to keep up with the family’s wash. The master bedroom has a beautiful view of the Gulf with a full wall of windows; there is nothing better than sleeping with the window open listening to the surf at night and waking up to the beautiful view in the morning. The master has two huge closets, and a cheery master bath. The owner’s personal touch shows up again in the tiled shower.

The kitchen, dining and living room offer beautiful views of the Gulf and have all that a family would need. Plenty of dishes, glasses, cookware etc. we weren’t lacking for anything. The large pantry and full size fridge were more than adequate for supplies for the kids and I for the week.

We cannot think of a better place for our family to spend a fun filled week on Spring Break and cannot wait until next year!!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the Sanddollar complex and our unit. The best news for us is that you are rebooking for next year.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Southwest Regional Airport (RSW)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sanibel Golf Club
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Sanibel Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Holiday Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Jan 7 2017 - Jan 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Fall
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Cleaning is included in the rental rate as well as any other fees.

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Sanibel Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
WiFi internet service,Gas Grills (shared), No Pets, beach chairs, sand toys, 2 bicycles

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