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Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach

Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach


Property Details

Updated: May 4, 2015
2bed/1 Bath;Air Condition, Screened-porch, picnic table, BBQ, At beach

This is the most memorable and stress-free vacation you could imagine. Our lovely home is full-size, completely stocked cottage. Walk 49 steps to the beach, swim, shower outside, go off to the lighthouse with rod and reel... catch fish to your heart's delight & bring it home. We have a BBQ and picnic table on our large, treed backyard lot. It will make your memories of childhood days gone-by real once again. Show your children or your loved one what it was like as a kid at the beach -- no rush, all pleasure. Let go of any worries. Let the beach soothe it all out. Perfect for sports: tennis, swimming, biking, sailing. All at your fingertips. Go fishing at the pier & BBQ your catch in the backyard. Then picnic on the premises until the sun goes down.

Show your children 'the olden days' from a new perspective. No fast food joints. Instead, only special & unique restaurants & boutiques. Pristine beach, famous for shelling and exotic birds.

Renew romance in a private, quiet residential neighborhood.

It's a perfect place to relax or nap, walk along the beach as you watch dolphins frolic (they are so close that you may jump in to swim beside them!) but you can actually swim with the manatees. You'll see native wildlife & alligators too at Ding Darling Nature Conservatory. Bike trails everywhere. There is a working lighthouse beside the fishing pier~ a short 10 minute stroll. Bring nothing but your sandals & bathing suit. We supply everything else. Including the fully air conditioned cooling you'll love for long naps after the beach. Build your sandcastles on our practically private beach. Take that time you always promised yourself and visit Sanibel Island's Seagrape Cottage. You deserve it. MAY-OCT 1 Best Prices. Try Spring or Summer at the gorgeous shell-filled beach at Sanibel Island in our quaint cottage. Everyone loves it and the location is a few houses from the practically private beach. Shell... Swim... Bask in the Sunshine... Bike the paths... Rest in the cool A/C home --read, nap... whatever you want, it's there for you. Nothing to bring but your bathing suit and flip flops! Come in May, June, July, August, September!!

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

In case you can't tell, we love to have a good time and will take a chance with just about anything. We love Sanibel and that is clear in the way we maintain our property. We will make sure it is always clean, neat and in perfect shape for our guests to enjoy the island. We get to know you and supply a surprise gift package suited just for you upon arrival. You can call us at any time & we'll work to help fill your needs. I'd say we are definitely

people-pleasers, especially for our guests.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

I'm a biased reviewer because we there for lots of family reunions. However, since we are waiting for reviews from new guests we wanted to provide you with info about the other side of this duplex listed on it will give you a wealth of info about us, the area and the overall view of the east end of the island. This is our way to tell you about Sanibel & Captiva Islands: voted best place to go in US and World & best beach in the US by Frommer's AND top destination by Conde Naste, biggies in the travel industry rating world. Be sure, once you read about the island and things to do, you won't want to miss the opportunity to visit alone, with your family or on a romantic get-away
Sep 2013
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Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

Old Florida Retreat

  • 5 of 5
As Sanibel Island is considered Old Florida with a slower pace of life and more bicycles than cars, Seagrape Cottage exemplifies that return to an earlier time. The decor is as an island cottage should be - casual wicker furniture, ocean theme items, with beach blues and green on the walls. It has the modern conveniences of Wifi and satellite TV, but we were more likely to read or play one of the board games provided.

Karyn and Richarded have also provided most necessities for an island vacation. A screened in porch, BBQ grill, and beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. They are readily available for advice on shopping or places to eat or help with the remote to watch one of the movies in their collection.

More important, the walk to the never-crowded beach is a block away. We usually took our dogs at sunrise and sunset, always returning with interesting seashells.

So, we recommend Seagrape Cottage to anyone who wants a simple island retreat - no high tech gym, 50" TV, or room service.
  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Bicycling on Sanibel is one of the most enjoyable things families can do on the Island. The bike paths circle the entire area & while bicyclers pedal along there are people strolling, pushing baby carriages, riding surreys and meandering around as part of the island scenery. You can get anywhere on the island without a car & bike rentals are easy - they're delivered to your door and off you go.
Family Fun Magazine just voted Sanibel Island the #1 destination in the US.
We are on lots of other "best bet vacation destinations" sites as well because of Sanibel's family-friendly lifestyle, a romantic get-away, or simply a beach retreat . Fishing, golfing, tennis, & boating are all a part of the lifestyle too. If you've never been to Sanibel or Captiva, visit soon. If you already have, come back even sooner!
Guests like our new Canadian friends are the reason our cottage is so special: wonderful people find us and we enjoy watching their joy as they learn about Sanibel Island, Seagrape Cottage and all there is to offer. Thank you for your lovely review.
Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

A vacation to remember!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the sea grape cottage and it was like home away from home! It was a very nice place and had everything you could possibly need , all we needed was food and personal bath items ! Washer and dryer etc We had a lot if first there that we will never forget! Very private! Outdoor cooking, screened porch! Its a place I could live! Full of serenity! The owners or so awesome, sweet , kind and make you like family and that you can't find anywhere! I would recommend this with a 20 star rating if I could!
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kindness. Honoring your daughter's birthday with a local fishing expedition was awesome. And the fact that the man of your family did most of the cooking gave my heart a little whisk of happiness --(knowing that men really can cook, even on vacation, and not only on a BBQ grille!) Your family of four were comfy-cozy and did everything together! Isn't that what vacations are all about? Mama and daughter at the beach in the early evening seemed like a special hour to get even closer and have some privacy during that almost teenager time. Seeking out dolphins and manatees was such fun for your family too. You found them immediately! We know you are coming back next year and can't wait to show you more to do. You were a joy! Thanks!
Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Munich, Germany

Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5
We- a family of 2 adults and a six year old girl - started our two month Florida break in Sanibel. Luckily we found Seagrape Cottage and Karyn and Richard who helped us making our 3 weeks the best part of our stay in Florida.

The house is nicely decorated and has everything you need to make this a very nice holiday home. Karyn and Richard put a lot of personality into this house to make their guests feel home.

Whenever we have a chance to visit Florida again, we would go back to Seagrape Cottage.
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: The number of German families we had this year was higher than ever. What is it about Europeans and Sanibel!? It must be a very special holiday indeed. Your little one loved Sanibel: the beach, the dolphins and the experience of biking everywhere. We were thrilled to have such a happy-go-lucky family with us for a long period of time. I do hope to see you again & we are proud for your World Cup win! Thank you, my friends...Karyn
Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Sea Grape Cottage

  • 5 of 5
Perfect little cottage with "Everything" you need in it! It has been my experience that when people say the rental is equipped with everything, it is not. not by a long shot but this one really has everything you need and more, even a knife sharpener!!! Owners are super nice and very helpful with what ever you need. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: You two were an inspiration! Fishing, boating, shelling, swimming, cooking your own fish on the grille, and enjoying the scenery. We love it when we get guests who appreciate nature as much you certainly do.We appreciate your stay with us and were able to see what Sanibel and Captiva have to offer. You were so neat and clean too. You kept the cottage looking like it did when you arrived! That was much appreciated because you know we pride ourselves on the type of guests we attract. Thank you so much and we do look forward to having you return. Next time, we want some of that snapper you caught!
Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Las Vegas, NV

Sweet Sanibel Cottage

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay at Seagrape this summer-the owners couldn't be lovelier! It was very safe and quiet for our young children and close proximity to almost private beach. Very cozy and comfortable!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. We are thrilled that your daughter had such an enjoyable trip to the beach every day and found lots of seashells. And you -- alone with a newborn and little girl -- I knew you would be safe because Sanibel is known for its safe, peaceful and relaxing days. Enjoy your new life but come back again!
Shhhh...Don't Tell~ A Secret Find -- Private Cottage at the beach
+1 -727-644-6493
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Bird Photography on Sanibel

  • 5 of 5
I went to Sanibel Island for the weather and opportunities for bird photography. This property was only a short walk to the beach and on the first day in only a few minutes I was able to get some of the best shots of diving pelicans that I've been able to get anywhere in Florida.

This unit was perfect for my purposes. It was beautifully situated near the beach on a quiet end of the island and the neighborhood was peaceful with little traffic. The unit was clean, well-kept, comfortable, well-stocked, and there was plenty of room when a guest came to visit for a week. The owners were helpful and friendly and made me feel right at home.

On the next street over was an osprey nest and it was easy to get good pictures as the birds watched over the nest and flew in with fish in their talons.

In the late afternoon the soft, warm light was perfect for shooting and there were always several kinds of shore birds along the beach, as well as dolphins on many days. I loved the pictures I could get by following the beach toward the light house and then on around the point to the fishing pier. The wave action was different on the end of the island near the light house and that seemed to attract feeding shore birds and dolphins even more than other parts of the beach.

The main reason I went to Sanibel Island was for the opportunity to photograph wildlife in the J. D. Darling National Wildlife Preserve there. The birds there were different from the ones on the beach and well worth the visit. But as much as I enjoyed the different kinds of birds there I found I could get closer to the birds with better lighting just by walking out my front door to the beach.

If you enjoy walks on quiet trails among trees and small ponds with birds and occasional alligators, Bailey Tract is a pleasant change from the sandy beaches. Because the water there is from a river rather than the ocean it attracts yet a third kind of birds. There are benches beside some of the ponds so in the late afternoon it's easy to quietly enjoy the many different kinds of feeding birds.

This unit worked out beautifully and the conditions for bird photography far exceeded my expectations, so I'm hoping to be able to return often.
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Our guest is so right in what he says about Sanibel. The island is a preseve for wildlife and especially birds. Our beach was voted #1 of the top 10 best beaches in the world. We are pleased that you not only enjoyed what Sanibel has to offer, but that you felt our cottage was exactly as advertised. We look forward to seeing you again next March and hope we will have the opportunity to share some more of your amazing photos. Thanks!


From the Owner

Sanibel Island is a unique setting and has something for everyone. We bought this property in 1995 & have been renting it ever since. We had hopes that Sanibel & Captiva Islands would not become commercialized. We were so right. It has zoning laws that prohibit any sort of theme that takes away from the olden-days feeling of island living & that 'ole Florida' is still alive.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ft Myers, FL at 30 Miles Car: not necessary

Sanibel is home to artists, writers, creative people, intellectuals, and down-home islanders. The tourists are international and from Canada and the US. We are a friendly group and you will find help and politeness everywhere you go. There's lots to do on our islands of Sanibel and Captiva. It can be relaxing with lots to do for kids and adults. It's romantic and family-friendly.


From $513 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 3-Oct 1(Summer in Sanibel)
May 1 2015 - Sep 29 2015
21 night minimum stay
Oct (My favorite month!)
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 30 2015
21 night minimum stay
Nov(Holiday at the Beach)
Oct 31 2015 - Nov 30 2015
21 night minimum stay
Dec (Christmas here is great)
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 30 2015
21 night minimum stay
Jan(Highly desirable)
Jan 1 2016 - Jan 30 2016
28 night minimum stay
Feb (Most wanted month)
Jan 31 2016 - Feb 29 2016
28 night minimum stay
March(Highly desirable)
Mar 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
28 night minimum stay
April Holiday at the Beach!
Apr 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
21 night minimum stay
Spring/Summer Gorgeous! Quiet
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
21 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $150.00
  • Pet Fee $200.00
  • Refundable damage deposit $600.00
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

20% holding deposit for each period- applied toward rent. Final payment due 90 days prior to arrival. 28 Night Minimum. Security dep fees based on circumstances. . Owner reserves the right to make changes based upon certain restrictions outlined in rental agreement.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Updated: May 4, 2015


From the Owner

49 steps from a practically private beach. Picnic table & BBQ in larged treed backyard. East End/Lighthouse Point is the most desirable place to live on the island according to many. The easy on/off island location makes travel simple. Bike everywhere. Path a few steps away. Beach or Bay side of Gulf of Mexico a few minutes stroll. Fish on Lighhouse Point or get a ride on a boat on one of the many marinas. Sanibel Marina is a 10 minute walk from Seagrape. So much to do on our end of the island with none of the traffic on Middle or West Gulf. Easy on/off causeway to and from The Islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 800 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, outdoor shower
  • Full tub and shower. Outdoor shower a must for the beach. Beachy theme


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Queen Size bed - new mattress
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single, Pull them together for a nice /cozy King
  • Both bedrooms are private and clean. Beds are super comfy. Closets and full bureau, ceiling fans and window A/C


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Sanibel Island has so much to offer everyone. If you'd like to stay alone, it is the safest place for women/children. If you want a family non-forgetable holiday, this is it. And if you want a romantic/relaxing time at the beach, you're at the right place

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