Private Caroland Home on Little Hickory Island with Boat Dock on Estero Bay

  • Private Caroland Home on Little Hickory Island with Boat Dock on Estero Bay no booking fee vacation rentals by owner Property Type : House
  • Private Caroland Home on Little Hickory Island with Boat Dock on Estero Bay no booking fee vacation rentals by owner 3 Bedrooms
  • Private Caroland Home on Little Hickory Island with Boat Dock on Estero Bay no booking fee vacation rentals by owner 2 Bathrooms
  • bath 0 to 6 Sleeps


Our Bonita Beach home is located near the Collier County/Lee County border, in Caroland, a peninsula of Little Hickory Island on Estero Bay, comprised of exclusive million dollar private homes.
We are only 2/10 mile direct straight line distance from the Gulf of Mexico but are quietly nestled near end of the unique residential peninsula.
Our deep-water private boat dock provides access to the Gulf of Mexico through a choice of passes, the largest of which is New Pass at Lovers Key.  The dock’s outer section is 24 ft. in length. Our tenants may motor or sail their boat from our dock to explore Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the Imperial River, or cruise via the Gulf of Mexico, past Fort Myers Beach to Sanibel and Captive Islands.  
We provide a small boat for tenant's use.  Oars for boat, life jackets, and fishing rods are provided. Boat, kayak, paddle board and bicycle rentals are available nearby.
Our tenants view Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve from each room of this unique home, quietly situated near the end of this peninsula, but only 6/10 mile (by road) to the Gulf of Mexico at Beach Access # 5 on Hickory Blvd (at the end of our street) and enjoy viewing sunrise and sunset over Estero Bay and wildlife including; bottlenose dolphin, manatee, egret, pelican, heron, osprey, bald eagle.  
We believe the unique location of our Bonita Beach home directly on Estero Bay offers unique proximity to the estuary, aquatic preserve, beaches, and navigation to the Gulf of Mexico.  While located in the quiet private residential neighborhood on a peninsula of Little Hickory Island, it is a short drive to services, restaurants, shops, attractions, etc. in Bonita Springs, Fort Meyers Beach, Estero, and Naples.
From our home, tenants may drive North on Hickory Blvd to Carl E. Johnson State Park at Lover's Key, and onto Fort Myers Beach or drive South to Barefoot Beach Preserve Park.
Our spacious single level home provides easy access via the main entrance (2 steps) or attached 2-car garage (5 steps). The comfortably furnished spacious living room opens onto a large screened lanai. There is a formal dining room and a large kitchen with breakfast nook.
Our custom home was built with a split design layout. It is 1950 sq. ft. "under air" and also a large screened lanai and a large two car garage. The master bedroom is located on the Northern side of the home with the two guest bedrooms located on the Southern side of the home. The main living areas (entrance hall, living room, dining room, and eat-in kitchen) are located in the center of the home. Each bedroom has windows on two walls which provide nice views of Estero Bay.  
The main living areas (living room and dining room) have cathedral ceilings. The living room opens onto the large lanai with a bank of sliding doors which recede behind the lanai wall to provide a totally open transition from the living room onto the screened lanai.
The large master bedroom is furnished with a king size bed with Chatham Wells 16 in. deep innerspring mattress.  There is an adjoining master bathroom with oversized extra deep tub. 
One guest room is furnished with a queen bed with a Chatham Wells 16 in. deep innerspring mattress.  The second guest room has twin beds, each with quality innerspring mattresses. The guest rooms share the main bathroom located off of the connecting hallway.  
All bedding (box spring and mattress) and pillows are fully encased by protective covering. We supply bed linens, extra pillows, and blankets. Each bedroom has more than ample closet space, bureau storage, night tables and lamps, and a clock radio. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet. The twin guest bedroom has two closets.
Master and guest bathrooms each have ceramic tile floors and ceramic tile tub surrounds, and heat lamps. Each is a full bathroom with sink, toilet, and combination tub and shower. The master bathroom has ample storage in the vanity, a large mirror with overhead lighting, and a medicine cabinet.  The guest bathroom has more than ample storage in the large vanity, an extra-large mirror with overhead lighting, a medicine cabinet, and a linen closet. The master bathroom has private access from the master bedroom. The guest bathroom is accessed from the hall connecting the two guest bedrooms.
Our home is equipped with a flat screen 36 in. HDTV with a DVD and VHS player in the living room and a flat screen 36 in. HDTV with a VHS player in the master bedroom. Each television carries extended basic cable service. 
We provide high-speed wired and wireless broadband Internet connectivity by two service providers, to maintain reliable connectivity for “work from home” needs. 
Additional equipment includes; stereo system with CD player, a portable telephone, an automatic telephone answering machine, and a clock radio in each bedroom.  
The laundry room located between the foyer and attached garage provides a utility sink, large capacity washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
The kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel interior almost silent when running dishwasher, frost-free refrigerator with automated ice maker, ceramic smooth top range with 5 radiant elements and speed bake convection oven, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, electric can opener, and electric juicer. 
The house is very well supplied with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, bed linens, blankets, towels, pillows, beach chairs, vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies, etc.
There is rubbish and recycle pickup weekly.  We also provide for professional lawn maintenance. 
There is a propane gas grill for outdoor cooking. 
Due to owner allergies, we must restrict rentals to no smokers without pets (of any type, bread, or size).


Mandatory Compliance with deed restrictions for Caroland.

property shall be used for residential purposes only.

No boat, trailer, tent, camper, mobile home, or other temporary structure may at any time be parked or placed at any time anywhere on the property.

No clothes or other items may at any time be hung or placed outdoors anywhere on the property grounds


Occupancy Policy:

Pets (of any type,  breed, size, weight) are absolutely NOT PERMITTED.  We restrict rentals to NON-SMOKERS.

The maximum occupancy is limited to six (6) persons.  The property shall not be used for any function or gathering of more than the maximum number of occupants without our prior written permission.


Booking Policy:

We coordinate rentals to book with flexible turnover days and flexible check-in and check-out times to comply with state and local Covid19 guidelines and recommendations to maintain sufficient time to clean and disinfect between rentals.

Because extra time is required to properly clean and disinfect between rentals, we prioritize booking multi-week rentals as we wish to minimize our number of summer turnover days.  We will delay committing to a 1-week rental until our schedule for multi-week rentals is established

Upon receipt of the tenant’s contact, occupancy, and lessee(s) information, we provide a rental agreement for the tenant’s review. 

Upon our receipt of the rental agreement with the lessee(s)’s signature(s) and payment, we promptly date and sign the rental agreement as lessor(s) and return a fully executed rental agreement to the tenant.  Only upon the tenant’s receipt of the fully executed lease is the tenant’s reservation confirmed.


Cancelation Policy:

As owners of a private residence, once a rental agreement is executed, our cancellation policy is strict.  If a rental is canceled after a rental agreement is executed, we would immediately make every effort to rent our home to another party.

If a replacement rental agreement is executed for the same term and rate, we would return to you the amount paid minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the total rent.

If a replacement rental agreement is executed for a shorter term or lower rate, we would return to you the amount paid minus (difference between original total rent and replacement total rent) minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the original total rent.


Payment Policy:

We request a deposit of 1/2 the total rent upon reserving time.  We request the balance (1/2 the total rent), MA lodging tax, refundable security deposit, and the cleaning and linen fee) two months before the rental begins.

We also take a $400.00 REFUNDABLE security deposit on each rental to cover any damage (beyond normal wear and tear), telephone charges beyond the service provided, or any required extra cleaning.

We accept payment for US funds by check, or by deposit or wire transfer to our checking account.  We are not equipped to accept credit card payment directly but are able to receive payment through PayPal which would require an additional cost to you of 3% of any payment.


Rate Policy:

We offer a discounted rate for extended stays (except during Peak Season).

The rate includes all utilities (gas, electric, water), local telephone service, extended basic cable television and wireless broadband Internet service.


Tax Policy:

We collect and remit all applicable tourist tax.

State and County Taxes:

For any rental of 6 months or less, we are required by law to collect and remit to Lee County a 5% Tourist Tax and to collect and remit to the State of Florida a 6.5% combined (state and local) Sales Tax.  


Cleaning Policy:

Our cleaning and linen fee is $200.00 for 1 or 2 occupants, $250.00 for 3 or 4 occupants, $300 for 5 or 6 occupants.

We supply bed linens (sheets and towels) and towels (bath and beach) stored in labeled designated storage containers or areas.  Our policy is for beds to be made by the tenant. 

Upon check-out, we expect the tenant to return all laundered linens and towels to their assigned storage containers or locations and to leave any used and dirty linens and towels in the designated laundry area basket.

Upon check-out, we expect a tenant to remove their personal belongings, food, etc., and to leave the house in a presentable condition per our check-out instructions.

We or our local representative personally inspects our property between tenants and ensure that the property is thoroughly cleaned to our standards and everything is in proper order for the incoming tenant.


Covid Policy:

During Covid19, we've established rental guidelines and procedures for compliance with MA and Chatham guidelines and recommendations).

Amenities & Activities

  • - Private Gas Barbecue
  • - Bathtub
  • - Hair Dryer
  • - Shower
  • - Tub
  • - King Bed
  • - Queen Bed
  • - Twin Bed
  • - 2 twin/ single Bed
Bedroom Extras
  • - Private Bathroom
  • - Walk-in Closet
  • - Master Bedroom with private bath and walk-in closet
  • - Boat Dock
  • - Boats Available
  • - Boat with Paddles
  • - Boat Dock
  • - Boats Available
  • - Boat with Paddles
Cooling Comfort
  • - Air Conditioning
  • - Central Air Conditioning
Dining Room
  • - Dining Table Seats
  • - Formal Dining Room
  • - Formal Dining room and eat-in kitchen
Disability Access Features
  • - Closed-Caption TV
  • - Ground Floor Unit
  • - Single Level - No Stairs
  • -
  • - Cable TV
  • - CD Player
  • - DVD Player
  • - Flat Screen TV
  • - Stereo
  • - Television
  • - TV
  • - TV/DVD
  • - TV/DVD/VCR
  • - TV/VCR
  • - VCR
  • - Music Library
  • - Reading Library
  • - Air Conditioning
  • - Linens Included
  • - Linens Provided
  • - Managed by Owner
  • - No Pets Allowed
  • - No Smoking
  • - Outdoor Grill
  • - Telephone
  • - Voicemail
Home Office
  • - High Speed Internet Access
  • - Internet Access
  • - Wireless Internet
  • - Wireless Internet Access
  • - Blender
  • - Coffee Maker
  • - Dish Washer
  • - Dishwasher
  • - Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • - Kitchen
  • - Microwave
  • - Oven
  • - Pots and Pans
  • - Refrigerator
  • - Stove
  • - Utensils
  • - Water Filter
  • - Lobster Pot
  • - Washer/Dryer
  • - Washing Machine
Layout and Decor
  • - Spacious
  • - Vaulted Ceilings
Maid Service
  • - No Maid Service
Outside Living
  • - Lanai
  • - Patio Furniture
  • - Screened Lanai
  • - Outdoor Grill
  • - Water Sports Gear
  • - Walkway to Water
  • - Garage
  • - Parking Available
  • - Parking for Multiple Cars
  • - Private Garage
  • - Fishing
  • - Boating
  • - Car Recommended
Nearby Activities
  • - Bird Watching
  • - Boating
  • - Deep Sea Fishing
  • - Fishing
  • - Jet Skiing
  • - Kayaking
  • - Miniature Golf
  • - Museums
  • - Outlet Stores
  • - Paddle Boats
  • - Parasailing
  • - Sailboarding
  • - Sailing
  • - Shopping Malls
  • - Sightseeing
  • - Snorkeling
  • - Swimming
  • - Tennis
  • - Walking Tours
  • - Water Skiing
  • - Wildlife Viewing
  • - Fishing Equipment
Nearby Amusement Parks
  • - Near Theme Park
Nearby Attractions
  • - Beachfront
  • - Gulf Front
  • - Near Beach
  • - Near Casinos
  • - Near Golf
  • - Near Restaurants
  • - Near Shopping
  • - Oceanfront
  • - Safe Swimming Beach
  • - Waterfront

Additional Rate Information

We do not have monthly rates, but pro-rate our weekly rates.

Our weekly rental rates listed by season provide discounts relative to our peak season weekly rate.
Discount available for extended stay rentals (excluding Holiday and Peak Season).
Discount for 3-month or longer rentals.
Lodging tax: 11.5% (for a rental 6 months or less) 
For any rental of 6 months or less, we are also required by law to collect and remit to Lee County a 5%
Tourist Tax and to collect and remit to the State of Florida a 6.5% combined (state and local) sales tax. 
Refundable Damage Deposit:
A $400.00 security deposit is taken on each rental to cover any International telephone charges, damage (beyond normal wear and tear), or extraordinary cleaning charges.  
We expect a tenant to remove their personal belongings, food, etc., and to leave the house in a presentable condition.
The security deposit is returned after the house is checked.
Cleaning fee: pro-rated per number of occupants  
$200.00 for 1 or 2 occupants 
$250.00 for 3 or 4 occupants 
$300.00 for 5 or 6 occupants 
There also is a nominal processing fee of $150.00 
Payment Options: 
We accept payment by check for US funds or we can provide bank deposit or wiring instructions.  We are not equipped to accept credit card payments directly but are able to receive payments through PayPal which would require an additional cost to you of 3% of any payment. 
We request a deposit of 1/2 the total rent upon reserving time. 
We request the balance and security deposit two months before the rental begins. 
Cancellation Policy:
As owners of a private residence, once a rental agreement is executed, our cancellation policy is strict. 
If a rental is canceled after a rental agreement is executed, we would immediately make every effort to rent our home to another party. 
If a replacement rental agreement is executed for the same term and rate, we would return to you the full amount paid minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the total rental.

If a replacement rental agreement is executed for a shorter term or lower rate, we would return to you the amount paid minus (difference between original total rent and replacement total rent) minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the original total rent.

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Location Information

Year Round vacation destination. Peak season is Christmas, February and March, Easter, Spring Break.


Hosted by Kathleen Geezil

Owner Info
Kathleen Geezil

Speaks: English

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About the Owner

Our Chatham MA home was custon built in 1982.  We especially enjoy our southern view of the expansive saltmarsh with Cockle Cove and Creek.  The scene changes with varying color of the salt marsh.  We love to watch a varitey of birds which frequent the area and small ducks who splash in the creek.  It's very tranquil with a relaxing on-shore sea breeze from Nantucket Sound.  We love the Town of Chatham, Main Street, Band Concert, Fish Pier, Chatham Lighthouse, museums, and wonderful seafood.  We enjoy the beachs, golf, band concert, and history of Cape Cod. 


Our Bonita Beach Florida home was custom built in 1987. We have enjoyed many vacations there with opportunity to celebrate holidays with family members. We find the tranquil setting on Estero Bay to be very relaxing. We thoroughly enjoy the watching dolphins, manatee, and various fish swim by our private dock, as well as seeing the beauty of this mangrove preserve with various tropical birds and plants. 

Guest Reviews

Great neighborhood
Jack W.

This house is great and had everything you need. Beatiful view of the water. Owners were great to work with.

Stayed Date : Feb 16, 2018
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Pleasant Piece of Paradise in Bonita Beach
Patrick C.

Highly recommended. This is a lovely property on a quiet cul-de-sac and close to a secluded section of beach in the Bonita Beach neighborhood. It is a large and well-maintained home--far more than what my father and I needed! It would be great for more people--easily 6 people. It has all you need--nice kitchen, very large screened in porch looking out onto the bay and, if conditions right, you can hear the waves on the nearby beach. Safe, quiet, clean. There is a small boat (although we never used it) and a dock. Fishing poles, beach chairs and umbrellas, 2 car garage, grill--it is all there and a wonderful home away from home. And all in the sun and warmth of south Florida. To be balanced (although there are very few downsides), the house is mostly carpeted and it is about a 15 minute walk to the beach (which was too far for my 84 year old father). Still, these are very minor quibbles, as this is a very nice property that will serve as an excellent home if you are looking for peace and quiet close to a pretty isolated part of the beach. We were there for 11 days in early February, and on our part of the beach, there were long stretches with no one close to us. Wifi worked well, as I had to be connected to work every day. You won't be disappointed staying here. Owners Kathleen and Michael were always available (although there were no problems), pleasant, and quick to respond (although as I said, there were no problems and we were happy to just do our own thing).

Stayed Date : Feb 07, 2016
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Terrific Vacation
Alan S.

Enjoyed every moment of it. Good communications with the owner. Porch is the greatest, looking over Estero Bay. Best restaurants, Zorba's for Greek Food, Komoon for Thai. Get off the highways to find nature. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve up by Ft. Myers, Lover's Key State Park has fine walking trails.

Stayed Date : Mar 21, 2015
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Terrific spot for our large family!
Scott S.

We had a terrific time at this Estero Bay home! Everything was clean and tidy, all the right cooking equipment, comfortable furniture, WiFi and varied activities for our crew. I spent many hours with my 4th and 2nd grade sons fishing from the dock and row boat, catching enough to keep it exciting but no whoppers (which is OK since my little guys were afraid of getting anything too large on their line). The provided fishing gear was great. We bought one bag of frozen shrimp at Master Bait and Tackle which lasted us all week. Very comfortable. We had my parents join us for dinner twice, and we had plenty of room on the lanai for all 8 of us. The beach is a nice walk through a quiet neighborhood. While it might be tempting to drive to the water, parking is very tight. Much more enjoyable to simply pack light and have a stroll. Spring Break weather was wonderful. And being close to my parents allowed us to see them frequently enough without our crazy crew overwhelming them. We love Hickory Grill and The Fish House for seafood dinners. Grocery store is convenient within a 10-min drive. We'll definitely check availability next time we are in the area!

Stayed Date : Mar 05, 2015
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Excellent House on Estero Bay
George A.

Our party of four stayed in this well-equipped and well-maintained, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Bonita Springs for two weeks in January/February. The house is situated on the water with the screened-in lanai overlooking Estero Bay. Bonita Beach is a short walk through the architecturally-interesting Caroland development with easy access to the Gulf through Beach Access #5. Rental arrangements and details were very competently and professionally handled by the owners. We found the property to be the perfect accommodation for a relaxing Southwest Florida vacation.

Stayed Date : Jan 11, 2015
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Beautiful setting and relaxing
Marcia K.

We had a very relaxing and fun two week stay. We walked the beach everyday and sat with a glass of wine at night on the lanai. The lanai was a perfect place to hang out when we had had enough sun. My husband spent many hours fishing from the rowboat on the canal. We especially liked two restaurants, The Fresh Catch bistro in Ft. Myers and A Table Apart in Bonita Springs.

Stayed Date : Mar 21, 2014
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Another Splendid Stay
Trudy R.

Our family has returned to this private Bonita Beach home for the fourth year with our elderly parents(92 and 90 years of age) for our winter getaway. It has a beautiful view, quiet and relaxing area for reading in the sun or walking to the beach. The fishing, especially this year, was fantastic right off the dock. Almost every time we threw out we'd get a bite within minutes. We even snagged a 45-50 pound stingray. This home is well equipped to make your favorite meal or you could find a special place to eat from the numerous restaurants. Rib City and Pewter Mug are our favorites. We also found our evening treats at the Orange Leaf, Royal Scoop, or making blizzards in the kitchen. We highly recommend this home to anyone who would enjoy a quiet, relaxing getaway within the area of beaches, shopping, good food, and fishing.

Stayed Date : Feb 21, 2014
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Great House For 2 Couples

We flew out from the Pacific Northwest to spend 2 lovely week with dear old friends who now live on the East Coast. This was an ideal house as it gave us each some private area. The spacious porch was a delight. We enjoyed the birds and "flying fish" Mullets, I believe. We even had a dolphin swim by one morning. The ladies had long walks on the beach which is only about 1/2 mile away. Perfect location!

Stayed Date : Feb 15, 2014
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Wonderful stay in Florida
Christine M.

We really enjoyed our holidays over Christmas 2012 in Bonita Beach in this wonderful house. The house is very spacious and well maintained. We will gladly come again.

Stayed Date : Sep 07, 2013
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Spacious and beautiful
Tammy R.

The house is very spacious and charming. Fishing off the dock was a favorite for all. We caught jack, ocean cats and trout. A few others that we were not sure what they were. While out there we saw a manatee. Location is convenient. Close to the beach and not very far, about 1/2 hour, from Naples. The neighbor is very quiet and at the end of the street so you don't get much traffic going by. The owners were wonderful to work with. We had a middle of the night arrival and they worked with us to accommodate our needs. The house, the location, and the entire experience is wonderful and we would definitely return. The house has everything you will need.

Stayed Date : Mar 14, 2013
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Jeanette L.

We were in Bonita Springs for three weeks. A perfect holiday home style. Waking up in the morning, watching incredible tranquility, dolphins from the terrace, pelicans right on the boat dock. If you fancy shopping, the Miromar Outlet is only 20 km away, trips to Fort Myers or Naples are easily accessible from here. Restaurants or supermarkets are also nearby, a car is of course essential. The stay was a sustainable and first time experience, which we can only recommend to anyone who wants a break from a stressful everyday life

Stayed Date : Nov 11, 2012
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
1 week,Bonita Springs,Fla vacation
david C.

The property's setting was prefect.The house was immaculate. The kitchen was outfitted with everything you would need to prepare a meal for two or twenty two. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood and was a short walk to Bonita Beach. We rented 2 kayaks for 4 days,which were delivered to the house. The dock was perfect for launching them. Having the kayaks enabled us enjoy the setting this house had to offer. On several occasions we saw dolphins swim by,not more than 10ft from the dock! At times it was hard to get out on to the main road because of heavy traffic.That was a small detraction considering all the plus'. I would definitely recommend this house for a vacation home and plan to return.

Stayed Date : Mar 15, 2012
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Estero Bay House
Martin D.

We stayed in this house for 3 weeks; it is in a quiet location about 15 minutes’ walk to the beach. Another 45 minutes’ walk south you reach Doc’s Beach House where you can buy food and drink. The house is well equipped with cleaning items to meet the requirement to leave the house clean and tidy before you depart. There are plenty of kitchen utensils etc. and there is a gas grill on the grass next to the lanai. Some of the furniture is not to the latest contemporary design, but the house was comfortable, convenient and clean and tidy when we arrived. My wife had to work for some of the time we were there and the Wi-Fi worked very well. The lanai is a nice place to eat and shelter from the sun. During our stay we saw a dolphin swim by and many different species of bird. Bonita Springs is a nice area with plenty of restaurants nearby. There are plenty of places to visit that are not too far away, such as Naples, Fort Myers Beach and the Corkscrew Sanctuary. The Everglades are about 1.5 hours away. If you want excitement and to see dolphins then try the ‘Sanibel Thriller’ speed boat ride, great fun! If we were in the area we would consider renting this house again.

Stayed Date : Mar 10, 2012
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Restful Relaxing Home
Dan H.

We spent two weeks in this home and enjoyed it very much. We especially liked taking the owner's rowboat out into the lagoon to observe dolphin, manatee, birds and fish. The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals and we loved dining most mornings and evenings in the lanai. At night you can hear the sound of waves rolling ashore on the beach located about a quarter mile away. The home is very private as it's situated near the end of a penisula extending into Estero Bay. Everything you need is just a short drive, supermarket and other stores just five minutes away.

Stayed Date : Feb 11, 2012
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Birders in Paradise
Steve D.

We stayed at the house from March 12, 2010 to March 26. We are birders (birdwatchers to the uninitiated) making our first trip to Florida. We wanted a location that was within easy reach of many of south Florida's birding locations, and Bonita Springs fits the bill. We chose this house because of its location on Estero Bay, closeness to the gulf, its location on a cul-de-sac, and its features. Our roughing-it days are over, so we want a good kitchen, cable TV, Internet access, etc. We've rented houses up and down the east coast and a couple in the south; and we ranked this house as the top 1 or 2 of being the most comfortable, not only in terms of sensible amenities, but furnished in a style most closely matching our own. This was our first house that was equipped with an enclosed garage, and it turned out to be a nice feature. No more wiping condensation off the car windows in the morning and we could leave much of our birding equipment (e.g., spotting scope) in the car rather than lugging it in and out each day. However, by far the feature we enjoyed the most was the "lanai" (we call them porches where we come from!). Whenever we were around the house for lunch or dinner, we ate on the lanai and enjoyed the view of Estero Bay, including variously, Osprey, White Ibis, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, and others. We made a special request of the owners to have perfect weather, and they obliged: two weeks of no rain; plenty of sunshine; and low to mid eighty temperatures. Ok, so maybe we were just lucky with the weather, but wouldn't it be nice if they could do that! We visited the beach primarily to check out the birds, but for you beachgoers, the house is within walking distance of Bonita Beach; and within short driving distance of other beaches. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, etc., within a few minutes of the house. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place in the Bonita Springs area.

Stayed Date : Mar 11, 2011
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Enjoyable Florida Stay

We were happy to find everything we hoped for at this vacation home. It was a very clean, spacious home located in a quiet residental area - so well equipped with sets of dishes, cooking pans, and appliances. We were there a few hours when the dolphins and manatees made their appearance in the bay. We enjoyed the variety of local beaches almost daily. We fished in the bay and out in the gulf catching many kinds of interesting fish - even a 2ft shark which was released after a few photos. It was a very special vacation at a beautiful vacation home. We'd love to come back another year!

Stayed Date : Feb 23, 2011
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Estero Bay Home

This home in an attractive up-scale neighborhood in Bonita Springs turned out to the a perfect place for a young family of four and a gramma. The house and property are well maintained, there is a "Florida room" overlooking the dock and bay which is nicely furnished, master bedroom and bath are separate from the other two bedrooms and bath which accommodate four. The house is unusually well equipped for cooking. At high tide we were visited by dolphins who played around and under the dock. Beach is a good walk or a short drive away....a good shelling beach.

Stayed Date : Feb 21, 2010
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
Watch Dolphins & Manatees from the Dock
Phis'n Phil

This property is located on a good sized bay with easy access to the main channel into the Gulf. On several occasions dolphins and manatees would pass by the dock. A V-bottom boat is stored in the garage and is easy to launch from the dock. By attaching my trolling motor, fish finder and anchor (paddles, seat cushions & life vests were provided) my son, daughter and I were all set to find the nearby fish "hot spots". We fished every day catching Snook, Ladyfish, Jack, Sheepshead, Snapper, and Catfish. Top catches included a 23" Snook and an 8lb Catfish. We released the dozens of fish we caught so others can enjoy them also. The owners had two brand new salt water rods & reels available for use. My wife enjoyed our evening cruises around the bay and watching the manatees, osprey, bald eagles, dolphins, etc. The house was clean with large rooms, a wonderful "screened in" lanai perfect for eating your meals or napping on a lounge chair. It is near the street's end in a very quiet neighborhood; on warm nights we could sleep with the windows open. The beach was a little over 1/2 mile walk or you could park at the beach access sites as long as you arrived early. The owners were easy to work with and flexible on our arrival and departure times. Thank You Mike and Kathleen for sharing your wonderful home.

Stayed Date : Dec 11, 2009
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
relaxing getaway
Timothy W.

Nicer home than the pictures imply, clean, and had plenty of space. Neighbors were friendly and the neighborhood is quiet and safe. House is located off the busy main beach road. The Dock is well keep with short access to Estero Bay and easy access to the Gulf. We listened to the mocking birds in the morning from the lanai and watched dolphins, rays and pelicans in the evening from the dock. A very relaxing “getaway”. The owners are honest. We rented bikes that were delivered and picked up at the house. We also rented a pontoon boat just up the main beach road. We took it for the day; it was about a 15min boat ride down to the dock at the house and about 30min to the 1st Gulf access. Restaurants in the area are generally casual, the food good, the locals are a fun easy going lot. Best restaurant experience was at “Randy’s” in north Naples. Bonita Springs is located between upscale Naples and middle class Ft Myers Beach.

Stayed Date : Mar 28, 2008
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018
A perfect retreat...

This home is tucked away on a very private, quiet road and is at the end of a cul-de-sac. However, it is incredibly convenient to all of the offerings in Bonita Springs and Naples -- 1/2 mile to the broad beaches of Bonita Springs, minutes away from shopping, less than 1/2 hour to Naples. We have four young children and found this home to be perfect for us. VERY well maintained -- three bedrooms with incredibly comfortable beds, two full bathrooms, a full kitchen (with anything you may require) and an incredible view of Estero bay with access to the Gulf of Mexico. The home has four sets of sliding doors that fully "vanish" behind the living room wall to completely open the house to a beautiful lanai. Truly a calm, comfortable retreat! We spent our days on the beach (10 minute walk or an easy drive to any of Bonita's beaches) and spent each night taking a leisurely walk along the street -- without having to worry about traffic/conjestion that is prevalent on most other streets in Bonita Springs. The home had plenty of space for the six of us and was SO much better than a hotel/condo. We will definitely be back at this house! Owners were terrific to deal with and are very responsive.

Stayed Date : Jan 20, 2008
Submitted Date : Jun 25, 2018

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