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Waterfront! Steps to the Beach, Huge Covered Deck, Pets, Tiki Bar, Bikes, Kayak

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Relax and unwind, island style at Changes In Attitudes, your personal island lifestyle get-away. This extremely well kept, gulf-view, home includes a private dock on Bocilla lagoon with access to the intercoastal waterway (which can accommodate up to a 20 foot boat, please inquire about bringing your boat). The beach, a short 300 feet away with rarely a person in sight, has a very private feel with seven miles of perhaps some of the most pristine and secluded beach you’ll ever experience.

Our home includes three well-appointed bedrooms including a large master suite. The master suite and one of the guest bedrooms have very nice views of Bocilla lagoon with large glass sliding doors that opens into the breezy spacious screened porch area. The third bedroom also has access to the porch via sliding glass doors.Our home has tile and hardwood floors throughout for easy living.NO CARPET ANYWHERE to harbor allergens, sand, smells, spills and humidity. The kitchen, dining and main living area is an open concept plan and takes full advantage of the fantastic lagoon views with a large set of sliding glass doors that opens into the main area of the screened porch.

There is a newer furniture for relaxing and unwinding in style. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for the gourmet chef in you to explore tasty new opportunities. Our home has tile and hardwood floors throughout for easy living. The bathrooms are all freshly updated as well. The downstairs entertainment area is huge, fully decked, and includes a fantastic tiki bar with stools, hammocks, lounge chairs and more! It’s open, airy and a great area to hang out and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. There is also a private outdoor shower so you can rinse off after a fun day on the beach.

Don Pedro Island (aka Palm Island) offers a unique, pristine and very natural “Old Florida” atmosphere. This is a place for relaxing, fishing and going for long quiet beach walks. Don Pedro is a barrier island with no bridges to the mainland so you’ll feel like you’re on a private island with all the modern conveniences such as cable TV and high-speed internet access to name a few. The mode of transportation to the island is by car ferry or private boat. The few minutes that it takes the ferry to cross the water will transform you from the outside world to our tropical paradise. Ferry service operates on a daily basis so you can venture off island as needed to explore the mainland. We have special prices on the ferry passes since we purchase them in books of ten, so please inquire about passes before you book your stay. Our home includes an optional golf cart rental and the use of two beach bikes (special prices on golf cart rentals with weekly stays). The island has a restaurant, pizza, ice cream and breakfast shoppe and a small convenience store. Close at hand on the mainland offers full service marinas, boat rentals, grocery stores, shopping, golf courses and waterfront restaurants. World famous Boca Grande is also a short drive from the ferry landing and offers quaint upscale shopping, restaurants, a beachfront lighthouse and more.

Changes In Attitudes is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends, recharge your batteries, unwind and relax, island-style (so leave your tie at home) – bring your flip-flops and your breezy island attire and get back to basics. It truly is a rare, special place that offers visitors one of the most memorable vacation experiences you are ever likely to discover.

Our home is available year-round with special rates for non-peak seasons and we do allow stays shorter than one week when available. Ask about special rates for one month or longer stays.

Keywords: House, casa, cottage, beach house, villa, unit, condo

More Details

Diane, owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Diane, owner

We live in New Jersey and have been traveling to the Gulf Coast beaches for our recreation and vacations for over 10 years. The boating is fantastic and our time with our family has created a bunch of fond memories for us. Most Florida beaches are overbuilt and congested – it's hard to find a beach with so few people and so underdeveloped. Quite refreshing to say the least. We chose Don Pedro Island (Palm Island) for the natural beauty and 'Old Florida' feel. This chain of islands just may be the last true Florida beach you can walk down (7 miles long) and hardly see another person. We also liked that there are no beach bars and no high-rise buildings. It is the best of Old Florida, natural, unspoiled and a genuine paradise.

Diane, owner purchased this house in 2002

Why Diane, owner chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We decided to purchase a home here for the unspoiled beauty of the island and the area in general. Englewood is a low-key Old Florida 'beach town' that reminds you of how Florida looked many years ago, without the huge high-rise condominiums and massive hotels clogging the beach. There are plenty of local 'home-grown' shops and restaurants and the fishing is some of the best in world. The beaches are fantastic and the boating is world-class. If you are looking for a great family area that is close to everything, but far away from the congestion, traffic and noise, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place. The only way to get on and off the island is by a 3 minute car ferry ride. Having no bridge to the island allows for a semi-private atmosphere and keeps beach going traffic to an absolute minimum. The island is all residential other than the resort area at the north end of Palm Island which offers a quality restaurant, deli and ice cream shoppe and small convenience store. Most all of the island traffic is by golf cart.

What makes this house unique

Staying on the island is not for everyone. If you like lots of places to shop, tourist attractions, beach bars and chain restaurants, this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for uncrowded and unspoiled beaches, great kayaking, fishing and swinging in a hammock under some breezy palms, this may be just the place. It's for a couple or family that wants some serious down-time ... a place to unplug and recharge your batteries and enjoy some great family time. Our house is pet-friendly with wood or tile floors throughout, a private outdoor shower (which is great for pets!) with a huge downstairs entertainment area complete with your own Tiki Bar. You'll also enjoy a private dock overlooking the lagoon and a great screened wrap-around porch. Our landscaping is all Florida native and offers a very private, resort-style environment.


Palm Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Two full bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Guest 1 - 1 queen
    Guest 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds -2 twin beds -2 queen sofa sleeper
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Waterfront! Steps to the Beach, Huge Covered Deck, Pets, Tiki Bar, Bikes, Kayak
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Ahhh!!! Relax...

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental home was exactly as it was pictured and a wonderful place. We had plenty of room for the 6 of us, 3 couples. Spent most of our time either at the beach or on the deck facing the lagoon and enjoying the birds. Did almost all of our cooking at the house and had everything we needed. Tons of room on the lower deck that we hardly even used. We would definitely rent again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Please come back soon !
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The Best

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed on Palm Island 9 times over a 20 year period. CIA is head and shoulders the best in comfort and value.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at Changes in Attitudes! Diane
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Island Time

  • 5 of 5

Our week on Palm Island was a wonderful experience. From kayaking and fishing in the lagoon; swimming, shell hunting, walking, and building sandcastles on the beautiful beach; riding bikes and the golf cart to explore the island; and jogging in the mornings, there was plenty to do here. We even enjoyed watching the afternoon storms from the wrap around porch. We also loved watching the dolphins in the lagoon and the ocean. The remote, laid back atmosphere of the island made it easy to unplug from the world and reconnect as a family. The owner was very accomodating and informative. Our only regret is that the mosquitos were terrible this time of year, so we were unable to utilize the "party porch" downstairs in the evenings. This can be remedied by bringing lots of bugspray and citronella candles. We are looking forward to our next visit to this beautiful island.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Changes In Attitudes---the name fits!

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a relaxing week at 'CIA' and quickly settled into "Island Time." We arrived to find a well-maintained kitchen with plenty of utensils and appliances. Our two kids, along with our guest's son all enjoyed time on the wraparound screen porch. The split bedroom floorplan allowed the kids to have their own space.

Island Time for us meant the mornings were spent on the rear porch over breakfast as the sun rose over Bocilla Lagoon. We spent the balance of the day at the beach, collecting the bountiful sharks teeth and shells, and attending the daily sunset over the Gulf. We had a *very* close encounter with one of the many docile manatees that was a treat for the kids.

Unfortunately, even though "Island Time" is supposed to move at a slower pace, our week was over far too quickly. We plan to return to "CIA in this special part of the state next year. The owner was easy to work with. We found her accessible when any questions arose before and during our visit. The kids even said it might be the "best" beach getaway we've had as a family. We *all* highly recommend Changes In Attitudes.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Island Daydreamin'

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at one of the most beautiful homes on Palm Island. We spent our days fishing and boating at Stumps Pass and Boca Grande and evening walking the beach collecting sharks teeth. We hand feed wild dolphins in Stumps Pass, saw a lot of Manatee's we also stayed up late to walk the beach and watch the sea turtles come ashore to nest.

The house was big enough for all six of us and is well maintained and clean and a well equipped kitchen an beautifully decorated this is a great place to relax and unwind and find your own Jimmy Buffett moment

Fishing was great Snook on every cast in the pass and plenty of action from the dock m y two year old grandson caught his first fish off the dock a 24 inch catfish he wanted to keep. all this and pet friendly you can't go wrong. Thank you Diane for this wonderful place

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place for a Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family - including cousins and our dogs, spent a wonderful week at Changes in Attitude. We were familiar with Palm Island but found this house to be perfect for our needs. Great sunrises from the back deck and a 360 degree screened in porch. Fully equipped with beach bikes, chairs and kayaks the house is well maintained and large enough so our group of 5 adults did not get in each other's way. The property is well maintained and the first floor area (under the living quarters) is large enough to host a good sized wedding reception. The cherry on all of this was the private beach that residents are able to use. A two minute walk across the street it was the best way to spend part of every day. A comprehensive information book is in the house with clear instructions on the house and a vast amount of information on the area from boat rental and fishing guides to restaurants with phone numbers - nothing was left to chance. Strong Wi-Fi and full-up cable TV is there for those who have to stay in touch with the outside world (like some of our group). The owner was in contact when we first check in to make sure everything was in order. We could not have asked for a nicer facility for our week on the Island.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Palm Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Spring Season
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Value Season 1
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Peak Season 2
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 July 4th Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 PeakSeason 3
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Value season 2
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Labor Day
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Value Season 3
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Thanksgiving Week
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Super Value Season
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017/2018 Holiday Season
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Maximum guest per stay is 8.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
S.W FL Intl. Airpoirt (Ft. Myers)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Rum Bay
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Palm Island Transit
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rum Bay Restaurant

Don Pedro Island is a semi-private island with access via a short 3 minute car ferry, or by private boat. Golf, shopping and restaurants are all nearby with easy access from the ferry landing. The beach is steps from our front door. There is also a restaurant on the island as well as a small convenience store and ice creme shoppe.


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