Dolphin House at Safety Harbor
- smart TV/wifi
- dvd/vcr/off air hdtv
- tennis courts
- walking trails
- water sports
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VACATION HOME RENTAL ON SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S UNDISCOVERED ISLAND: DOLPHIN HOUSE
Nature. Wildlife. Seclusion. White Beaches. Gulf of Mexico…More.
Upper Captiva is located seven miles off Pine Island on Florida’s Southwest Coast in the Gulf of Mexico. This barrier Island is five miles long, two-thirds of which is a State Nature Preserve. Unlike other barrier islands, it is bridgeless and is accessible by private airplane, boat, and public water taxi (no cars). With miles of never-crowded white clamshell beaches, sand/shell paths for walking, bicycling, and golf carts, it conjures memories of what Sanibel and Captiva were years past. Upper Captiva is one of seven inhabited United States bridgeless islands without cars: Mackinac Island, Michigan, and Fire Island, New York being two of the others.
Given Upper Captiva was never connected by bridge to Sanibel/Captiva, it has been miraculously spared from strip malls, tourist spots, and high rises endemic to Florida. The wild coastal scrub vegetation and lack of paved roads and cars provides a safe haven for a diverse array of creatures large and small, especially nesting shorebirds and turtles. It is a nature paradise, with two annual migrations when tens of thousands of birds migrate south from harsh winters up north and, in summer, birds from South America migrate north to nest here.
Upper Captiva is home to many different species of bird such as: Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron Dark Form, Great Blue Heron White Form, Osprey, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, White Pelican, and more. The south end of the Island is a breeding ground for Bald Eagles, Bobcats, Gopher Tortoises, and Sea Turtles. While going from the Island to the mainland (to “America” as locals say), you frequently encounter dolphins and sometimes manatees.
World-famous fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound surround Upper Captiva. Due to the contrasting currents caused by the various barrier islands such as Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, Captiva/Sanibel, Cayo Costa, Gasparilla, Matlacha, Pine Island, and Useppa, these waters are home to some of the best fishing in the whole of the United States. Tarpon, Grouper, Snook, Snapper, Sea Trout, Redfish, and many other species can be fished from shore and by private fishing charter. And if you do not know how to fish these waters, a professional will teach you how.
ABOUT DOLPHIN HOUSE
Dolphin House is an ideal vacation home rental as a beach home retreat and is located in the Safety Harbor Club. Safety Harbor Club is a private Island community designed in New England-Maine style and has amenities such as tennis courts, boat dockage, private restaurant (“Over the Waterfront”), swimming pool, clubhouse, and on-site manager/staff.
Pristine beaches and nature preserve (two-thirds of the Island) are perfect for walking, bird watching, and world-class shelling. Fishing with guide, kayaking, nature photography, boating, mountain biking, water sports, and island hopping via boats are for hire.
Dolphin House guests enjoy the benefits of membership in the Safety Harbor Club which has a swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, and boating/fishing docks. Dolphin House is centrally located on a quiet lane, overlooking Safety Harbor, and is only a few steps from Club facilities as well as the Gulf of Mexico beach.
This Townhome on the water has a Great Room, which is comprised of a living room with a two-story ceiling, an open kitchen that is fully equipped, and glass doors opening to a screened porch with a panoramic view of Pine Island Sound. A private master bedroom with bath en suite is downstairs, a large guest bedroom and bath are on the second floor, which overlooks Pine Island Sound as well as the Great Room below, and a small twin-bed bedroom with shared bath is also on the second floor. There is separate office space on the ground floor. Ceiling fans, air conditioning, and central heating are throughout the home as well as abundance of beautiful light throughout the day.
Dolphin House includes two bicycles, beach towels/linens, washer/dryer, smart TV with DVD/CD/VCR player, high-speed Internet access, and off-air HDTV.