Waterfront Beach House, Florida, Dog Island

“ Excellent ”
14 Reviews
Gulf Shore Dr, Dog Island, FL 32322


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
Type: Home
Per night: $220
Per week: $1,540
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Dog Island vacation home rental
Newly renovated Dog Island, old Florida, QUIET, peaceful, best beach and water, unspoiled, a nature lovers delight. Looking for an adventure? Look no further than Dog Island. This property has beautiful, white-sand beaches right at your doorstep. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and sleeps 6. Island has airstrip and boat landing.
(Allergy free house, no pets.)

Features include:
Waterfront Gulf View
Large open and covered decks
Satellite TV
Most cell phone serices
Outside grill
Ceiling fans in every room
Phone & weather radio
New central air conditioning and heat
Fully equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, blender, toaster, coffee pot, etc.)
Master bedroom with 1 full bed & private bath
The other 2 bedrooms have 1 full bed in each room
A pickup truck is provided to get to and from the ferry dock

Since no bridge connects Dog Island to Carabelle, you leave your vehicle in the Dog Island ferry parking lot and charter the Ferry to and from the island. Charter service is available for about $70 each way for a group of 6 people or less. Upon arrival at the island, our truck is available to you for transportation to the house and back to the dock.

We rent the house from Friday-Friday or Sunday-Sunday. Occasionally we rent for a shorter amount of time. You are expected to clean the house upon leaving or we can have someone go over to clean for $100.00.
Area Information
Step back in time, with the Pirate Billy Bowlegs, go and see Dog Island Reef. Fish from the surf in front and catch dinner. No other place on earth like Dog Island. This may be the last remnant of unspoiled, old rustic barrier Florida Island left. Dog Island is a fragile barrier island located 3 miles off the coast of Carabelle, Florida(one hour from Tallahassee). About half of the island is protected by The Nature Conservancy. Dog Island is nationally renowned as a bird sanctuary and habitat for nesting sea turtles. The island has fire and emergency medical services but,

NO STORES! You bring all of your food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or Catch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For star gazers, the night sky is magnificent, especially with no city lights to diminish your view. If you're a beach walker, there are sea shells everywhere. Nice wide beaches to walk. You can walk all around the 6 mile island; if you're a bird lover, expect to see eagles, osprey, brown pelicans & terns among the 300 identified species.

Availability Calendar


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Sep 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 - $220 $1,540 - -
Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 9%
Deposits: 200.00 Reservation Deposit. Deposit due before arrival Three night minimum stay
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Rent+ 9% lodging tax If you have a boat there may be transient slips for 20.00 per night.First come first serve with yacht club slips you may only use the transient boat slips. You must pay each night in advance. If you do not want to clean the house there is a 125.00 cleaning fee


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Double Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Oceanfront
  • View (Ocean)
  • Beach Towels
  • Heating
  • Outdoor Shower
  • View (Water)
  • Deck
  • Kayak
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Boating
    (3 miles)
  • Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (3 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
    (3 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (3 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (3 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (3 miles)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Dog Island, Florida

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Aimee Adele Espinal

Cedar Hill, Tx

Amazing!! Amazing!! Amazing!!

Al, This was our first time on Dog Island and most definitely not our last!!! Thank you so much for everything! We really enjoyed your home! So inviting, so comfortable, very well equipped! This was the best family vacation ever! Everything was perfect, so peaceful, so relaxing, the view from the house is the beautiful beach! We went to the beach everyday, the weather was perfect! Words just can't express our experience on Dog Island. Every time we look at the beautiful shells we collected and brought back home with us we really miss being in such a wonderful place. We would walk along the beach and we would see hundreds of shells, we also saw sting ray and star fish and really huge birds diving in the water to catch fish. My daughter's really enjoyed seeing that. The stars at night, wow!!!!, amazing, you can see the milky way!!!!! We really enjoyed our boat ride with Captian Rusty, it was a very smooth ride. This place is amazing!!! We loved it!!!

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

We are gland you and your family had a good time, the island is a unique place. Thanks for being good guest. Look to hearing for you again .
Al Russell

Lisa Darpouls

New Mexico

Beach front relaxation

Tom and Al have a very well kept home on an amazing beach. We were looking for a relaxing and quiet escape from day to day stresses and their beach home on Dog Island was the perfect answer. The house is nicely furnished and clean with all the beach toys one could think of for a trip. The owners are kind and extremely helpful. We were very grateful to be able to stay in their home.

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Thanks Lisa we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you may return again to one of Florida's best kept secrets.

Danny Miller

McDonald, Tennessee

Perfect as usual.

Once again the best time. If you haven't been to Dog Island this is where you need to stay. The house is stocked with everything you need and Al Russel goes above and beyond to make your trip run smoothly. We've been coming to DI for ten years and love staying here. You will too, we highly recommend this property.

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Thanks Danny !

Missy McGlothlin Erwin

La Grange, KY


My wife and I have rented many vacation homes both in the mountains and on the beach. You don't always get what you expect (or what you pay for) when you rent a property online and we are always optimistic but usually a little hesitant when doing so. This particular beach house lived up to the pictures and actually exceeded our expectations. Al, the owner, made sure that we had everything we needed and we have never seen a house that was better stocked with all the necessities and then some! I love to grill and was nervous about not bringing any charcoal but Al assured me that we would be fine. Since we had to bring so many things over on the ferry boat with us as it was, I trusted him and left the charcoal at home. Needless to say, there was enough for us to grill out every night and there was still plenty left over. Originally, we were booked for six nights but ended up staying for eleven because fortunately for us the following week was open. This beautiful and very clean home and the beauty of Dog Island made for one of the most memorable vacations my wife and I have ever experienced. Al really seems to genuinely care about his guests and we really felt at home. We will be returning as soon as we possibly can. Thank you Al, Mary Anne and Tom for opening up your beautiful beach home to us and making us feel like family. Dony and Missy Erwin

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Mary Anne , Tom and I appreciate your kind words. You and Missy are now part of our beach family .Thanks for leaving the beach house so immaculacy clean. You and Missy are always welcome.
Al Russell

Lisa Clarke

Toronto, Canada

natural beauty

Hello Al and Tom, Just a quick note to thank you for our week at your home on Dog Island. I grew up in Florida as a child in the 60's and have amazing memories of old Florida. Coming to your island now after 4 children and 27 years of marriage was one of the happiest times for me as the memories flooded back of what things were like and what they still could be. My wife and I spent 7 days together alone and had the best time. Long walks, great wine and good food mixed with incredible scenery, dolphins just off the beach and fishing in the surf left us refreshed and looking for property on the island. The home is beautiful, clean and comfortable and is well stocked. The perfect place to rent. We cleaned the windows to keep the view as beautiful as we found it. Thanks again for the use of your home and hope to see you next year. Mark and Lisa Clarke

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Hi Lisa and Mark
Thanks for the kind words, it was also nice meeting you and Mark. We are glad you enjoyed your stay on the Island. You and Mark are alway welcome at our beach home. Until next time, stay warm !
Al, Mary Anne and Tom

Janell Jennings

Arlington ,TX

Didn't want to leave!

A wonderful place to get away from it all. The beach house was charming and comfortable. We felt right at home. This was our first stay there and we would love to go back. The house is well stocked so it allows you to travel light , which was really great. The owner, Al was very kind and we felt like he genuinely hoped we enjoyed ourselves. We really hated to leave!

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Thanks for your kind words we really hope all our guest have a good time. Janell you and Rick are always welcome at our beach home.
Al & Mary Anne

Jeani Varner

Lenoir City, TN

Great Vacation!!

Just got back from our week on Dog island! Were so sad to see the week come to an end. We had an awesome time! The house had everything we needed and then some! Captain Russell was a wonderful source of info on the ride over! We had thought we would go back to the mainland on Wednesday but when it arrived, we decided to just relax and stay on island! One thing I would tell people, bring bug spray! They weren't bad except at night. We would coat up before we went to catch/chase crabs. Loved all the shells we found! One day I found 10 whole sand dollars on the beach! Also, overestimate the food you need! We cut it pretty close (plus our kids hit the junk food pretty hard the first few days!) Wish we had taken a few more sweets! There is ice at the fire station for $2.00 if you need that. I just loved not having to do anything when I woke up. The house had a satellite with movie channels so on the few days it rained (and on the super hot ones) we'd all pile up and watch TV. My kids, aged 11 and 19 had a blast! We saw maybe 15-20 people on the beach the whole week we were there. I absolutely loved the seclusion. Definately plan on going back again soon!

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the kind review you and your family are always welcome back to our beach house.
Al & Mary Anne

Christine Sellers Rogers

Tampa, Florida

Beautiful House - Great Experience

The house is wonderful, situated on a high sand dune directly on the beach. The views of the Gulf from inside the house and the deck are breathtaking. The house is well designed, roomy and bright, and VERY CLEAN. The house is fully equipped. Everything that you could ever want or need is already there. From beach umbrellas to charcoal for the grill to detergent for the washing machine to a large water cooler—absolutely anything you can think of you will find. Dog Island is beautiful, perfect for a great family vacation or a romantic get-away. This island and this house are all that you could ever ask for. Al, the owner, is a great guy. He will work with you and do everything in his power to make your stay enjoyable. We encountered Tropical Storm Debby the day before we were supposed to leave. The 60 mile-per-hour winds and 17 foot waves made it impossible for us to get off the Island. We were stranded in the house for 2 days as the wind howled and waves crashed on the beach, splashing as high as the tops of the sand dunes. Al called to make sure that we were OK and told us that there would be no additional charges for our extended stay. The wind gusts blew so hard that you could see and feel the walls of the house bulging inward. The whole house rocked back and forth like a ship at sea. The wind howled non-stop. The large bell outside the house sounded like a giant alarm clock as the clapper slammed back and forth in the wind. Even so, we remained safe, dry, and sound inside the house. It was a little scary, but mostly it was an exciting adventure. At one point the power went out for about 4 hours. My first thought was to find a flashlight. To reinforce my statement about how well the house is equipped, I stopped looking after I found three DOZEN flashlights and two lanterns. There were also canned goods in the pantry. When the storm finally moved on we checked the outside of the house. There was no damage. The house is as solid as a rock. We used Captain Rusty (Russell Cahoon) to get to and from the Island. On our trip back to the mainland there were still huge swells, gusting winds, spray, and fog. It was scary. Rusty handled the boat masterfully. After that experience I will never trust anyone else. If you want privacy, peace, tranquility, beautiful white beaches, and turquoise water, visit this Island, and rent this house.

Al Russell

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the kind remarks. What a adventure!!
Al & Mary Anne Russell

Cheryl Wade


Island paradise

This is a very well maintained , clean and comfortable beach home. Tastefully decorated, the kitchen is well equipped, plus there is a large charcoal grill outside. The beds were quite comfortable. It was very relaxing spending our days on the beach looking for sea shell treasures,or on the shaded porch, watching the pelicans, dolphins and waves. We will definitely be back!

Allyson Burr


Relaxing Vacation

We were very pleased with the house we rented. The house was very clean and well stocked. It had everything we needed for our family vacation. Just bring your food for your stay. The kids loved the beach and just hanging out of the deck. My husband loved the fishing. I enjoyed a good book while sitting on the beautiful beach. Great family time. We brought along our own movie and enjoy family movie night every night. A great house just to get away for our busy lives.

Patricia Little Hubbard


Simply Amazing!!!!

From the homeowner, Mr. Russell, to the accommodations, this vacation was amazing! Serene, quiet, peaceful, and beautiful are just a few of the words that describe Dog Island. We were looking for a quiet out of the way place for vacation this year, and Dog Island delivered. From the hundreds of shells we found to the pleasure of having the beach to ourselves, this was the most amazing vacation we have ever had. Mr. Russell was so accommodating and helpful. The home itself was immaculate and so well stocked. It was like being at home. This vacation spot is for a family or couple that is looking for a quiet place to be together and discover "treasures" from one end of the island to the other. We walked miles and miles and never tired of it. The island is beautiful and the shells are amazing. I could go on and on, but to simply put it, if you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful home on a beautiful beach, this is the place for you. Thanks to Al Russell for all his help and being so great to rent from! The Hubbards

Sanford Ivy

Milton, FL USA

Vacation bliss!

This was a perfect vacation AWAY from a busy daily routine! We arrived and all was just as the owner Al said. The home was immaculate, located on the perfect beach site for sunbathing on the deck, or fast access to the beach. Everything needed except food and personal items were available at the home, just as promised. We hated to leave, having enjoyed the peaceful strolls along the sugary sandy beach, finding many sea shells, walking in water as clear as water in Fiji, and seeing dolphins playing right outside our door! If one desires rest, this is definitely the place to vacation!

Guna Skujina

Minneapolis, MN

Beautiful beach front

We enjoyed our stay in this comfortable home, especially the lack of neighbors. It was quiet and the beach was terrific. We saw dolphins and lots of birds. Loved walking on the beach in search of shells.

Brandi Watson

Dallas, GA USA

Watson Vacation 2010

This was our first trip to Dog Island, we are hoping to make it a new yearly vacation destination spot. Absolutely, without a doubt the best vacation we have ever had. My husband, like so many these days, works 60-70 hour work weeks, he has always preferred to stay home when able rather than to go to a tourist spot. He simply cannot relax at your typical vaca spots. Here at Dog Island, he had his first truly relaxing vacation. The peace and tranquility was a plus for us adults and the children had a blast on the private beach. Swimming in the beautiful ocean, exploring the beach and hunting for shells and boy did we find them. Our prized find was a 10 inch whelk shell, priceless. We saw a totalt of maybe 15 people the full week we were there. The home we stayed in far surpassed our expectations, it was beautiful, clean and fully stocked. I could go on and on raving about this wonderful treasure that we are so pleased to have found. I would highly recommend not only Dog Island, but also the vacation home. Al Russell, the home owner, was exremely kind, friendly, helpful and patient. Thanks to him and his wife for allowing us this experience, we will always remember it as the best vacation the Watson Family has had. I would also like to make a little side note about Captain Russell the ferry boat driver, he was very accomodating in helping us to and from the island and very friendly, a perfect way to start and end our adventure. :)

Owner Supplied Testimonials

I just wanted to tell you that we enjoyed our week in your lovely home on Dog Island! Everything was perfect and I can honestly tell you that I have never had a more relaxing vacation. The home was beautiful - so well stocked - and just right for our family. Thank you for sharing it with us for a week.

We hope to join you again next summer!

Thank you,


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