Our little bit of Heaven at Dog Island

Your visit to the island starts hereMoon over Dog IslandThrough the door...enjoy a fully equipped kitchenGuest Room overlooking the GulfSeaShell Guest RoomWatch TV, DVDs or Dolphins swimming byComfortable bedrooms await as the sun sets...It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Short stroll to paradiseOur little bit of HeavenYour pot of gold awaits...Life doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t get any better than this...Kick back after a day in the sunNow its time to say goodbye..y\'all come back now!Starfish are abundant in the shallows in front of our house.Seagulls visit the gazebo looking for leftovers.Sunsets are breathtaking from our gazeboOur view from the beach after another day in paradise....
“ Excellent ”
40 Reviews
Gulf Shore Dr, Dog Island, FL 32322


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $200
Per week: $1,400
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Dog Island vacation home rental
Our Historic Showcase 3 bedroom 2 bath home located in the middle of Dog Island, which is 7 miles long, overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. A long boardwalk takes you to/from the screened-in porch to the Gazebo on the beach, perfect for your sunrise coffee or your sunset cocktails. The gazebo is also wonderful for a midday picnic, or a chance to get out of the sun while still enjoying the beach or perhaps exercises/yoga. Other than the songs and chirps of the birds and the rolling surf ... the silence is deafening and oh, so tranquil.

The large great room with a pit group (2 love seats and king size sofa bed) is perfect for game night,an evening of DirectTV HD with Showtime, or checkout shows missed with the DVR recorder or DVD movies or just enjoying the breath-taking dolphin watching and, panoramic view of the beach while looking through the 2 large glass sliding doors. The Master Suite/bath and the Front Bedroom (Parrot) have large glass sliding doors, also, to enjoy the water view. The Parrot bedroom has Direct HD TV where others can watch a different show. The Seashell bedroom has comfy twin beds.

Our home, with its perfect floorplan, was designed by a leading Tallahassee Architect. The large Great Room separates the bedrooms and enhances additional privacy.

You can watch the sunrise and sunset from the Great Room sofas or while sipping coffee or cool/frozen drink in the Gazebo.

The four rockers and the 5 large Tub chairs on the screened porch are a "must" if you want to sit a spell while grilling your day's catch on the large 2 burner CharBroil Infra-Red Gas grill, settling in with the latest novel, or enjoying a nice siesta.

3 Top Chefs (NY, New Orleans, Miami) gave our kitchen a perfect 10! So, if you love to cook, you'll love our kitchen. It's fully equipped for all your cooking, baking and drinking needs. It even has a waffle iron, food processor, frozen drink maker and a wok! The master suite has a large stand alone shower, and the guest bath has a tub/shower.

While we have a chlorinated water filtration system, we suggest that you bring waterbottles for drinking as our water will taste different than the water in your home. Some bring one large bottle while other guests prefer small bottles to take to the beach area. We have extra small coolers for carting food/drinks to the beach and one for the fish that you caught.

If you get too much sun...both porches have fresh Aloe plants. Break off a piece and wipe the cut side on your sunburn to cool the heat, the natural way. Use our Sand Fleas rake to scoop some up for fishing bait..

Birdseed is there to feed Mr & Mrs Cardinal, who live in the tree in front of the house and will "chirp for food" twice a day mornings and evenings. Migratory birds spend some time in between "flights" going and coming. Seasonal residents are Monarch butterflies and Robins stay a little longer before headed to their southern destinations, like Mexico for the Monarchs. It truly is bird heaven to all that fly.

Our SUV Izusu Trooper takes you to and from the Marina.

Beach chairs, umbrellas, noodles, pails and shovels and beachy toys are all available for the your use. Bring your own hotspot wireless internet connection.
Area Information
Our middle of the island stilted home sits on a one acre powdery white sand dune. Dog Island is home to migratory birds and monarch butterflies along with native pelicans,terns,blue herons and American Bald eagles.

In 2004, four hurricanes reconfigured the island and arrowheads were found on our property from earlier inhabitants, namely indians who hunted on our property. One arrowhead was identified and dated by Florida Museum of History as a Bolan Beveled -- 7,300 BC used by the Paleo Indians who hunted Mastedons. Since 2004 there have quite a few hurricanes and again the island has been reconfigured with no more pottery or arrowheads being found.

No retail stores on the island, so bring all of your supplies,casseroles and zip lock bags of chili, soups, stews or food.

This is a perfect spot for year round shelling and finding sand dollars certain times of the year. Also, lots of sand fleas at waters edge for fishing bait.

Absolutely NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED in or around our home!!! Being a barrier island, there is a continual ALERT for anything that might cause a Fire.

Upon arrival our SUV Izusu Trooper (with flag in drivers side) will be parked at the Marina/dock, pack up and drive to our home. With no rain the roads are sandy like a soft sand beach you can get stuck, so islanders drive with caution and care..

Our rates are based on 2 to 4 people. Additional fees for more than 4. Our home accomodates a total of 6 people.
Renters must clean the house thoroughly before you leave the premises. An inspection will be made prior to the Return of deposit.

Rental Rates for Holidays are slightly higher than rates shown with a minimum of 4 (four) Holiday weekend nights..

Weekend Nightly Rates $200 with a Minimum of 3 Nights.

There is a $300 Security Deposit which is refunded upon inspection by our House Manager, for any damage or missing articles and cleanliness of the home.

The Security Deposit must be paid immediately to reserve your dates. Payment for stay must be paid two months, in advance of your arrival.

Availability Calendar


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Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 $200 $200 $1,400 - -
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2014 $200 $200 - - -
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 9 %
Deposits: Deposit is $300 and must be paid immediately (deposit refunded upon cleaning/damage inspection following visit) home occupancy based on 2-4 people ( additional person, $150 no more than 6. Rental payment may be immediate or half of the amount must be paid immediately and balance must be paid two months in advance of arrival/occupancy date by Cashier's check or Money Order. Full refund will be issued based on circumstances. NO PETS AND NO SMOKING. Last minute plans? We'll try to accommodate you!
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Chartered Ferry to island from mainland - $70 or $75 each way Schedule Ferry Run....$15 each way - call for Scheduled times and book early to reserve your seat for the 20 minute. ride to and from the island


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 4 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

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

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Ocean
  • Snorkeling
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Carrabelle is a quaint fishing village, its home to the World's smallest Police Station, restaurants, an IGA grocery store and a few retail shops. St. George Island is a short drive from the Carrabelle marina. Lots of great fresh seafood and restaurants are nearby. Day trip to Panama City or the Capital of Florida, Tallahassee. The ferry boat is $15 each way, and it leaves from the dock in Carrabelle. Charters are $70 to $75.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Dog Island, Florida

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FatherTom Dillon



Thank you so much for such a beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing stay. The house was awesome, and the amenities were great! Dog Island is a real hidden jewel, a true oasis from the hustle and bustle of civilization. In what such a pleasure to work on my book and write as I was able to hear God's music present in nature and be inspired. The beach was fabulous, and the weather couldn't have been better. It was a true joy and pleasure. I will definitely be back. Its hard to find out-of-the way spots that still maintain that pristine natural beauty that is so rare to find today. Thanks again, and God Bless!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

What a blessing it was to have you in our home while writing your book. We agree that it's a real hidden jewel. Many of our guest have shared that there is a happy uplifting spirit there, and they found such peace while on the island. Please come back...and know that writing your next book is not a requirement.

Dawn Stec



A perfect vacation for my wife and me. Reserving this home from Dolores was not only easy, but fun. In advance, she provided reading material about the island, suggested recipes to prepare while there, various tips, and even offered to meet with my wife and me the night before to settle any other questions we might have had. She was very helpful in arranging a night’s stay in the area the day before our stay began on the island. Arranging the round trip ferry ($150) was easy, just a couple of phone calls to Rusty. This home comes with a vehicle, which was parked near the marina. We simply loaded our suitcases and groceries into it and then putted down the sandy road to the home. As the photos depict, this home is immaculate, comfortable and, yes, that boardwalk is private and yours. It leads from the home to the gazebo and then right onto the beach. The sunrises were incredible. The kitchen was great and well equipped. On two of the mornings we saw dolphins. We walked up and down the beautiful shoreline each day taking in the sights and solitude. This island is incredibly quiet and meant for relaxation, not partying, horsing around, or being loud and obnoxious. The home has several large windows on the south side facing the Gulf, so even while inside, such as during meal time, the views were spectacular and relaxing. The stars were so bright and plentiful at night, it was almost dizzying. My wife said this trip was her best birthday ever.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Ted, It was so nice of you to bring your wife, Dawn, to our "Heavenly" home on Dog Island for her surprise birthday trip. Just when I thought there is nothing new that anyone could say about our home and the island, you nailed it! I was delighted to meet you both after your flight from California to Tallahassee. Your son coming over from Moody Air Force Base to visit with you before your departure to Dog Island was so special. Nothing's better than when family's together. Pls. come back. dm

Payson Benefield

Atlanta Georgia

Relax, Relax, Relax

The most relaxing vacation ever! Had the beach to ourselves the majority of the time and was able to do lots of napping on the screened porch and book reading. After early morning walks on the beach to watch the sunrise, a nap in the sun room was most enjoyable. An excellent kitchen with anything one could need. And the outdoor shower with cold and hot water was perfect. We actually used the outdoor shower instead of the inside shower and it was nice and private and very refreshing. We have been to Dog Island numerous times and will definitely go back.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed our home and it sounds like you got some Dog Island "sand in your shoes"....look forward to your coming back real soon! dm

Chelsea Simoneaux

Houston, TX

Pure bliss!

The Maddox home was everything we had hoped for, it was the most peaceful and relaxing vacation we've ever taken. The weather was great the first week of September with sunny skies and just a few evening showers to cool it off. My husband is an avid fisherman so we brought over his kayak and a stand up paddle board for him to fish. He enjoyed fishing around the marina area in the kayak and surf fishing from the beach with his fly rod. We caught plenty of trout, red fish and even a tarpon from the beach. The home has a beautiful porch that overlooks the ocean with a grill on it, so we got to enjoy fresh fish several nights for dinner. The home was perfect and very well stocked. We really enjoyed the newly remodeled kitchen and it had every item we could possibly need from dishes, pots and pans, and appliances. There was also everything we needed for the beach including plenty of chairs, toys, towels, etc. We loved sitting on the porch and enjoying morning coffee with breakfast, and several times while looking out over the ocean we saw pods of dolphins swimming by. The beach was pristine and we spent several evenings walking along the water's edge collecting some amazing seashells. This was an amazing trip and we would absolutely recommend anyone that asks to visit the Maddox home on Dog Island!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

What a beautiful review - we're glad you both enjoyed every aspect of Dog Island to the fullest! There is no place better to get away from "everyday life" than coming to Dog Island. September is a great time to visit, perfect weather, few people on the beach and even fewer people catching the wide variety of fish that ya'll enjoyed. What a shame you didn't catch the tarpon, hopefully they put up a good fight. Please come back and enjoy "heaven" real soon.

Sherry Croezen

Goodlettsville, TN

Described perfectly!

Mrs. Maddox refers to her beach home as their little piece of Heaven and after my family's' stay there, it certainly lived up to that description. Mrs. Maddox and her family have truly made this a home and not a house. My mother-in-law, from Holland, accompanied us on this trip and said her favorite part was how comfortable and cozy the home itself was. She also very much enjoyed the rockers on the front porch. With the characters I'm allowed to use in this review, I would never be able to fully paint a proper picture for you. If you're considering renting Mrs. Maddox's home, don't hesitate. It's worth every single dime and more. From the moment this home interested us, she was so quick to answer any questions we had. Not to mention she is an absolute joy to speak with. My husband, after speaking with her the first time, hung up the phone and said, "I love her!" I believe he is not alone. The home was very clean and well taken care of. It felt like we were at home, not like we were in someone elses home. From watching the birds feed, to the dolphins, to the four, yes FOUR rainbows we saw in one day, there was always something to do. Our children went crab fishing and just regular fishing out in the gulf. An experience they won't soon forget. We fell in love with the long boardwalk and the gazebo, as recommended by Mrs. Maddox, was the perfect place to stargaze and I can't imagine having a more better place suited for this. The stars were bright and big. The mainland had some thunderstorms while we were on the island and the beauty in the sky as we looked toward the gulf contrasted to the dark storm clouds over the mainland was extraordinary. Mrs. Maddox provided us with a lot of information about the island, recipes, and even called us upon our arrival to see that we made it and everything was okay. She also had delivered to us upon arrival, a boogie board for our 4-year old. I thought that was so very special! As a family, we still sit at the dinner table together for each meal. The kitchen in this home truly was a blessing for us, nothing short of an amazing work space. Mrs. Maddox once told me their home bonds families and while I like to think our family is very strong already, I know exactly what she meant by that. It made us stronger. We're already planning our next visit here to her home and we cannot wait for more memories made from the love her and her respected husband have built for us to enjoy. Thank you, Mrs. Maddox!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

I so enjoyed hearing how all of you enjoyed your visit to our home and with Grandma there to complete your family. What a wonderful experience to catch all those different fish right in front of our home and cook them each night for your dinner. Your 11 year old catching 20 crabs with a dip net as his contribution to the meal was adorable. Love when military families come to Heaven for vacation and delighted that the Sergeant got some much needed R& R. Your memories will last forever!! Dolores

Glynis S Pope

Orrville Alabama

Perfect Mini Vacation

"Our Little Bit Of Heaven " was amazing... Just what we were looking for. It was like having your on personal beach. We only got to visit for three days, would have loved to stay longer. Mrs. Maddox was very helpful. We did have a mix up with the keys when we left. I believe that was a miscommunication error on both our parts. Hopefully it did not inconvenience the next people visiting. The house was clean, the view was beautiful. My son caught a few fish. My girls collected sea shells and sand dollars. The whole family had a wonderful time. We hope to visit again next year. I would recommend you visit Dog Island if you ever have the chance. It is truly like no other. The Pope's

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Pope Family, 3 days at Dog Island is still better than most on the main land! Hopefully you all had the chance to enjoy your family and create memories without all the distractions you find at other beaches. The charm of Dog Island is the seclusion and privacy ....security and locks are unnecessary! We look forward to your return for your "Maxi" vacation. The Maddox's.

Karen Mudry

Mount Juliet, TN.

Another 5 Star Review For A Little Bit Of Heaven

The Maddox Beach Home is exactly what we were looking for. This Dog Island Home is a place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of our ever so busy daily lifestyle. You can leave your worries behind and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The Island is not a party place but it has all the beauty and tranquility of all our desires. You can simply set and listen to nature as the ocean roars, birds sing, dolphins swim by. It is a place to go to gather your thoughts, read a book, or just admire the beautiful ocean front scenery. A Little Bit Of Heaven is just what it says it is. My husband and I watched the sunrise and sunset from the gazebo of the Maddox beach home. Mrs. Maddox, (with her magic touch) has beautifully decorated (with parrots, sea shells, pelicans, star-fish, alligators, etc.) to give you a feeling of warmth plus it has a way of making you feel at home while on vacation. The Maddox beach home is well equipped with everything you can think of: from kitchen appliances, beach chairs, beach towels, flashlights, first aide kit, beach toys and even bird seed. The kitchen is newly remodeled and has everything but the food you need to bring and prepare. The homes view of the beach is just amazing. The cleanliness is also 5 star. The number one thing with our family is cleanliness and this place was neat and clean. We have been to the Dog twice before and this home has the other 2 beat by far. Dog Island is quite, beautiful, and what we need for what we call a Great Place to go "Get Away From It All". The Island may not be everyone's idea of a vacation due to it does not have places to shop and places to go out to eat however, if your looking for a place to Get Away From It All, this is just what you will find. We walked the beach morning, noon, and night. Talk about sea shells, you have not seen shells like this island has at any beach in Florida. We were trying to think of what this home does not have so we can take it with us on our next trip to the Dog, and all we come up with is,, you need some good old Tennessee Volunteer Memorabilia. I can't imagine why they have Gator's everywhere. (Must be a beach thing). Go Vol's! Your newest members of the family, (we love your place), John & Karen Mudry P/S: We also, would also like to Thank the late Col. Maddox as well as your Son Lt. Col. Maddox for their Service.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

God love you both, you made a Grandma tear-up with your kind comments. Bring on your Vol memorabilia, we will work it into the décor, Gator orange and white goes with everything. Bama's fans have already threatened to bring an elephant or two...so go ahead and bring it on! Go SEC....Ha!

Loved having you all and while you loved our place, our place truly loved having you ...treated it with lots of TLC. We look forward to your next visit. Dolores and her family.

Misty Johnson

Macon, Ga.

10 days in Paradise.

I am hesitant to write this review because I do not want anyone else to know about this island but Mrs. Dolores is to wonderful not to write it. This place is truly special. We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day stay on Dog Island. We have three children and it was still extremely relaxing. The kids had so much fun finding big beautiful shells. The house was exactly what you would want in a beach house. It was clean with a nice, open floor plan. I have been to many different beaches including beaches in Mexico, Bahamas and Tahiti. Dog Island is by far my favorite out of any other beach. Thank you so much for letting my family stay in your home.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

The Johnson Family is welcome back anytime, it was our pleasure to have you there. Loved hearing the fact that your husband was reluctant to go to the beach for vacation, and all of you felt 10 days on a barrier island was not long enough. That makes this review so very special and will make me appreciate my home even more! Come back soon, Dolores

Lance Robbins


Wish we were STILL in Heaven

Words can't really put into detail the adventure we had. Mrs. Maddox and her family are top notch hosts. From day one Mrs. Maddox was a delight to talk with and was very informative about the experiences we would have. And boy was she right. Their home offers all the amenities (plus kids beach toys and boards, beach chairs and umbrellas) you would need to make this a perfect trip. If you are looking for genuine experience, look no further. Their home was perfect for our family of 6, the views from the 4 sliding glass doors looking out on the ocean was priceless. Like I said, you just can't really put it into words. The island has so many things to experience, we've been to numerous oceans/beaches and this experience tops them all. From shells galore, to crabs, sea turtles, manta rays, the dolphins came and visited us the last two days we were there, starfish everywhere at low tide, we went fishing on the bay side and caught catfish, sharks and some other fish that we had no clue what they were. We have 4 young kids and they would tell you their most favorite things to do was to swim in the crystal clear waters in the ocean and catch sharks on the bay side. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!! We had the privilege of getting to meet Mrs. Maddox and her family as they were leaving the island and to no surprise her and her daughter came right over to give all of us hugs. And that sat off our genuine love for them, their home and island. We will DEFINITELY be back! God Bless, The Robbins 6 from Texas

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Robbins 6,
It was our pleasure to have you enjoy the Island and our home. It makes us happy to hear when families have as much fun and create so many memories that your children will have for the rest of their lives. Surprising Mom with location unknown to her was a great idea. So glad she loved Dog Island as much as you and the children did. Even with your 4 little ones, you treated our home like it was yours and it was left in perfect condition. Please come back soon. The Maddox family

Kenna Webb Wiles

Albany, GA

Paradise Found

Wonderful beach accommodation with all the creature comforts/amenities of home without the hustle and bustle! & directly on the white sand beach with emerald water. Relax, unwind, chill and enjoy the solitude basically of your own private beach. No crowds to content with. Lots of adventure and exploration to be had as well discovering sea creatures; dolphins, sting rays, crabs etc., lots of shells and pure nature. Beautifully renovated kitchen and plush carpet & cold AC after a long day of sun and sea! The owner is a doll & pleasure to work with. No complaints; only praises for this gorgeous beach house at Dog Island-Paradise Found-A Lot bit of heaven! All you need is your clothes, food and drink! Then escape reality. Love it! Hope to come back soon! :)

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Love having you all to our home for your Annual trip to Dog Island and this your 3rd year. It is also fun to see and hear about your son each year and my how he has grown and much too fast for this Grandma. Ha!
You're like family...keep coming back and so glad you loved and enjoyed the "new" look of our home. See, we could improve upon your "perfect" house as you all put it and installed a new Air Conditioner, to boot! You all are the best, so do come back real soon. Dolores and Doug

kevin trask



Absolutely Great Owners With Lots Of Info & Very Helpful With All. Communication Was Great & Made You Feel As If Home. Saw So Many Dolphins Gave Up Counting Each Day. Weather Was Beautiful. Strolling Down Beach You Were Lucky To See Anybody & We Walked The Beach To The End More Then Once. The Surroundings Of The Home Were Great & The Furnishings Were As Expected. The Kitchen Had All The Supplies Ever Needed. Will Be Back ,the Worst Day Was The Last, When We Had To Leave.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

You all were there at the perfect time for the dolphins activity, waters were calm and conditions could not have been more perfect. We so love sharing our home with wonderful guests like you who loved our home as much as we do....thanks for taking such good care of it. Our dead beat cardinals "will chirp for food" are looking forward to your return visit with your granddaughter. Dolores and Doug

Benita Cabeza Trask

Buchanan, Georgia

Great place for R & R

From the time we got on the ferry with Rusty we knew this was going to be a wonderful vacation. Due to our error, we arrived quite a bit early, the family (Dolores and daughter) were so accomodating. They picked us up and allowed us to go to the gazebo while they finished their work. The gazebo was so relaxing, my husband took a little nap. We were in the shade and the breeze from the Gulf was perfect! Dolores was so helpful and full of great information. Her knowledge of the island and history is more than helpful, wish we had more time just talking to her. The gazebo and back porch alone would give the home a 5 - star!! The view from the bedrooms and living room allow you to rest inside while still viewing the beach, which is wonderful. The kitchen had everything I could ever imagine needing, the grill was perfect for our type of eating. Plenty of chairs, towels and umbrellas. If you like to take pictures, this is a nature lover's dream. Bird watching is incredible and the shelling is also good. The best was the dolphins though!! Being a Florida native and choosing the beach for most of our vacations I can say that I have never seen the dolphins quite like this. I saw...more than I ever have swimming together, they swam closer to the shore than I have ever seen, and they played more than I have ever seen in the wild. Splashing, coming out of the water...it was awesome!! I wish we had childeren with us to enjoy the show!! I would highly recommend this for a relaxing vacation.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

The month of May is perfect for dolphin activity, we are thrilled they all entertained you! I'm so glad you both had a chance to take your long walks to both ends of the island while shelling and bird watching along the way. Nothing beats relaxing in our gazebo and viewing the sunset or star gazing. Next time you can't forget the grandkids! Anytime you want to learn more about the island..give me a call!

Geri Janousek

Alpharetta, GA

It was Heaven!

We had such a good time at Dog Island. The island is so unique and fun! A great place to relax with kids and not spend a ton of money once you get there. The house was perfect for everything we needed. We loved using the Crab traps to compete with each other to see who could trap more. The kitchen was perfect very clean, everything working, and very up to date. This is very important when you are cooking ALL your meals in! Also, a huge plus for us was the gas grill. We hate to use anything else. The owner was so helpful and quick to respond whenever we needed anything. She just re-decorated the room with twin beds. It is so cute and my daughter LOVED it! The view speaks for itself... I imagine that has something to do with the name of the place!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

It is always special when we have the opportunity to meet our guests upon arrival to the island. Your daughter was precious. So excited about being on Dog Island and helpful in loading up the Trooper
We were delighted that she loved the redecorated bedroom, also good to hear that she made sure bird seed was on the railing for all of the migratory birds along with our in-residence "will chirp for food:" cardinals. Please come back and bring the rest of the family next visit! Dolores & Doug

Sherry Groves Jacobson

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Magical Place

We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary in "Heaven" on Dog Island. Aside from our first anniversary (which is always the best) and our second in Maui, this anniversary was the next best. Totally relaxing and renewing for us. We have had several difficult years with my major illnesses, death of our family dog of 15 years, then the death of my father after several years with Alzheimer's followed by the passing of my uncle three weeks later. This vacation was just what was needed to mend physical and emotional issues. We had the pleasure of meeting our hostess, Dolores, who made our anniversary extra special. I can't think of anything more we would have needed that was not provided. The ferry ride over was a great start with Captain Russell (aka, Rusty) who did not mind at all the extra baggage of a week's worth of groceries. On that ride over, my troubles just blew away. We need not have worried that we did not pick up enough provisions at the local IGA before boarding the ferry because we actually had food left over. I enjoyed cooking in the kitchen which had everything imaginable and even baked (which is rare) while my husband manned the grill on the deck overlooking the beach. Speaking of the beach, shell hunting is one of my favorite beach past times but I actually almost tired of it because there are millions of shells on this secluded beach. My husband enjoyed some fishing and one morning he surprised me with breakfast in the gazebo on the beach. We are movie fanatics so we spent the evenings watching the movie channels provided on the cable tv while catching glimpses of the ocean periodically and listening to the surf. The beds were so comfortable we did not want to get up in the mornings but the view of the beach from the bedroom was too enticing to keep us in bed too long. We really had no desire to leave the house but did venture out one day to check out the ends of the island. Thanks to Dolores' warning, we managed to avoid the sand traps that can swallow a vehicle by parking the Isuzu and walking to get to the very ends of the island. It was worth a few minutes of walking because the view was beautiful and I found the biggest starfish I have ever seen. I felt healthier and happier and both of us more peaceful this week than we have felt in a long time and we cannot wait to return to this magical place.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We love having guests that are celebrating a special occasion and delight in doing a little extra to get the "party started" upon arrival!! Worries and cares fade with the activity of the birds on the porch, the dolphins rolling by for bait fish in front of the gazebo, the hawk dive bomb for his breakfast/dinner, and the pelicans flying in formation each morning and afternoon. I loved your husband's providing a surprise breakfast not in bed, but Dog Island style in the gazebo. Come back soon.

Donna Morris

Tifton, GA

Total Relaxation

We spent several days at Our Little Bit of Heaven. It was the most relaxed we had been in years. Our family has experienced several years of illness and tragedy. The solitude of Dog Island was so restful. The setting, especially the house, (which we now refer to as Ours) had an incredible view that calmed and soothed beyond measure. It is difficult to describe the peace that came with the stay. This was the perfect place to relax and become rejuvenated. The hostess, Dolores, was accomodating and pleasant to deal with. She was great and made our stay comfortable in a very clean house. We took our boat and had a wonderful time. As the week progressed, family and friends came to visit. Everyone was as impressed as we were. Because there are no stores or restaurants on the island, a working kitchen is a neccessity. This one fit the bill perfectly and was easy to use. We cooked and grilled the meals with each guest lending a hand. We considered that part of the charm. We left Dog Island to spend 4 days in Destin. The crowds were emormous. On Dog Island, we would be alone on the beach, which is so nice. In Destin, the beach was packed with people. Needless to say, we should have gone back to Dolores' to de-compress before returning home. We can't say enough about our stay. We intend to return many times in the future. Missing Dog Island, Chip and Donna Morris

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much, Donna for your kind words. Our family always says if Mom is happy, everyone will be happy....Bless your heart you are the best. It is so very special to share your experience with family and friends. Your mealtime sounded just like when we are there with children and grandchildren, everything just tastes better when all chip in to help. Come back soon, Dolores and Doug

Skip Wiles

Albany Ga


If you can't be happy here something is wrong with you. We have visited multiple times and enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves , star gazing, fishing off the beach, watching the dolphins and pelicans search for their next meal.The central heat and air is cool+ a nice ride to in from the dock in trooper. Total solitude!!! Owners are awesome to work with and do all to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Look forward to visiting again soon!!!!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Skip, What a delight to have your family back again! I am thrilled that each visit to our Island affords you all to enjoy new experiences. Coming to the island with your own boat gave you the freedom to arrive after dark as you all did. The moonlight cruise you enjoyed sounded awesome. It also gave you the opportunity to deep sea fish along with exploring the perimeter of the islands. Look forward to your next visit. Thanks again for the "goodies" you left us, they really were appreciated.

Karen Elder

St. Louis, MO

Simply Paradise

Dog Island is a beautiful small island with stunning, white sand beaches, clear blue water, and seashells galore! The quiet, private island is a perfect oasis away from the usual busy areas geared mainly toward tourism. Our family was extremely fortunate to find the home of Dolores and Doug Maddox. Their wonderful home is situated so that you have the most gorgeous, unobstructed views of the ocean. It has a very cool "boardwalk" that leads you over a gently, rolling dune and right down to the ocean. It is located in a VERY nice beach area of Dog Island. We saw dolphins swim by every day. We had 3 teenagers with us (one 16 yr. old and two 13 yr. olds) and they were never bored! Midweek we chartered the ferry and took a day trip off of the island so that we could shop and sightsee in the area. Arranging for the ferry was very easy. One tip is that the regular ferry boat does go nice and fast. So, if you are in a hurry, and you want to get either to Dog Island or back to Carrabelle quick we would recommend using him. We bought Dog island souvenirs in a small shop in Carrabelle and ate at Fisherman's Wife Restaurant also in Carrabelle. They had terrific local seafood! Dolores and Doug made our family feel right at home. Dolores gave me many wonderful recipes and was always there to answer any question I had along the way. Our vacation made memories that will last forever, not to mention all of the absolutely stunning photos for my photo album!!! (Sorry I don't scrapbook, ha!)

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

As always we love to hear all of the kinds words. We also enjoyed sharing our home with folks like of you and were so glad you took a day away to see more of Florida's "panhandle". Satisfying teenager is not an easiest task, so we were delighted to hear that they had such a great time swimming, surfing and beachcombing. Please come back and enjoy our island again...Dolores and Doug

Mike Crane

Bloomfield Indiana

Great sailing destination

Trailered my Telstar 28 to Mobile for the Dauphin Island race then my wife and traveling companions caught up with me at Apalachicola. The four of us sailed from Scipio Creek Marina at Apalachicola to Dog Island. What a beautiful sail. Arrived at Dog Island and had a slip at the little harbor. Very good slip for the boat. Rented a "little Bit of Heaven" for 3 nights and found it truly a little bit of heaven. The beach house was superb, the lack of people and no high rise condo's unbelievable. White sand beach to ourselves, fishing good, hiking in old Florida was a delight. The house was truly a home with everything. Take the time to put Dog Island on your sailing destination. A great experience and Doug and Dolores are very helpful and the consummate innkeepers

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Loved having all of you sail into our Dog Island marina and experience island living at Our Little Bit of Heaven. We were so delighted that you found your stay to be as special as we find it, when we are there.
So glad that you found everything that you wanted and needed in our home and hope that you "set sail" for our Island again soon. Dolores and Doug

Beth Dobrozsi


Reconnecting with family

My husband and I came down with our two youngest for a midweek stay at "Our Little Bit of Heaven" right after school let out. We are used to going to Cape San Blas every year, so this was our first try at vacationing on Dog Island. We were not disappointed, in fact, delighted. I've never seen all of us stay outside so much! We walked to the end of the island, fished every day, built a huge drip castle together, chased ghost crabs under the stars, and caught the biggest sand fleas I've ever seen. We saw less than 6 people all week--the peace and solitude was much needed and appreciated. The property brought out the kid in all of us; we smiled as we watched our teen daughter drop her cell phone and play on the beach endlessly. It was great family time and helped us reconnect with each other. We want to thank Delores & Doug for all of their thoughtfulness in preparing the house for us. Delores doesn't forget a thing, so if you do, she's got you covered. The Direct TV gave us the chance to watch the new "Oz" movie together, and the grill on the deck was an easy way to make delicious evening dinners. We especially loved the gazebo and hunting for seashells. The house itself is lovely and has fantastic views with terrific access to a snowy white sand beach and water as warm as your bath tub. Thank you for a wonderful stay--we are very grateful! --The Dobrozsi family

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We appreciate your kind words, loved hearing from you midweek about how much your visit has meant to your family and how surprised your husband was to see hundreds of sand fleas! He couldn't believe with his first cast he caught a drum fish,and then caught 2 more after that .... right in a row!! The sound of the surf while eating fresh seafood just caught and cooked is hard to beat. Loved hearing about your family's star gazing and how close they seem, the big dipper, etc. Come back real soon.

Beth Wright

Murfreesboro , TN

Love Dog Island!

What a wonderful time our family had on Dog Island! The beaches are perfect, the water is clear, and the wildlife is abundant. We saw osprey, cardinals, starfish, puffer fish, conchs, hermit crabs, blue crabs, a tortoise, stingrays and even an alligator! This was the best beach vacation we have ever had! Although my husband isn't a beach lover, even he had to admit he loved it! My son son said it was the best vacation ever! Mrs. Dolores's house is so comfy and homey. The porch is a wonderful place to rock and listen to the crashing of the waves. My daughter and I spent hours walking the beaches and searching for shells. We found scallop, conch, olive, snail, whelk, cockle, and tulip shells- LOTS of them, especially when we walked down to the east end of the island. This is a must do! We drove to the inn and then walked about 2 miles to the east end. The first time we found so many big beautiful shells and even a message in a bottle! The second time we walked down was after a tropical storm. We found even more beautiful shells and saw an alligator! There is a wonderful boardwalk that takes you from the back porch of the house right down to the water. The gazebo at the end of the boardwalk is a great place to drink coffe in the mornings or a cocktail in the evenings! Beware! No need to pack anything besides bathing suits, and maybe 1 or two pairs of shorts! Forget the makeup, just enjoy the wonderful, virtually deserted beach. Be sure to take ALL the food you need!!! Including water!!!!!! The water doesn't taste bad but it has a strong smell. I would highly recommend bottled. Mrs. Dolores was great to work with. She called several times to make sure we were having a good time and even to warn us that a tropical storm was on the way. She has lots of good recipes and ideas so if you are a little intimidated about how to plan and pack enough food for an extended stay, just email her. She gave me some great recipes and ideas. My family and I are hoping that Mrs. Dolores will allow us to stay in her Little Bit of Heaven again next year. We loved it so much! I highly recommend a visit here. If you love clean, uncrowded beaches like I do you will love Dog Island! It's a treasure! Thank you for allowing us to share your lovely home Mrs.Dolores. Beth Wright

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

You folks were a delight and it seemed that you loved our island and home as much as we do. Knowing that your family had fun together and really enjoyed swimming, sand play and your hiking adventures reminded us of when our children were young on the island. Thanks so much for the compliments, we are counting you all coming back soon. There is a saying in Florida that if you get "sand in your shoes" you will return..

william wahl


Birds of Dog Island

During our stay we walked the quiet beach to find migrating shorebirds enjoying a banquet of fresh food. Red Knots were seen on several occassions, some wearing their beautiful breeding color. Chuck's-will-widows called during the evening hours. The quiet and seclusion of the island offered much in the way of birdwatching. The east end of the island is set aside for nesting terns. We stood behind the boundary signs and watched Royal Terns carrying fish toward their nest area. I posted my checklists to ebird where they can be read by anyone interested in seeing what treasures use Dog Island for nesting, resting and feeding.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We have always taken care to provide birdseed and water for our resident Cardinal families and any other migratory birds traveling North and South using Dog Island for a sleep/stopover or just some good old R & R.

You all certainly awakened our interest in all of the identities/names of the birds and the places some of them were traveling to and from. There is one time during the year when hundreds of robins stopover for a visit, they are everywhere on the island. We enjoy the same with the Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico ....

We're so glad our feathered friends provided you with so much enjoyment!

Melody Burnette

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

It was a bit of Heaven

the most stress free 4 days we have ever had on a vacation. From the time Russell picked us up our worries disappeared. He was like an old friend to us and very helpful. Dolores is a delight and I felt like we have always known each other. The Maddox home was like being at home. Everthing was perfect. The views took my breathe away. The sunrise was in front of this home and I enjoyed it each morning. The hard part about the Maddox home was leaving it. The new flat screen TV has perfect for watching Alabama shut out Auburn!! Oh by the way the score was 49-0. That was the only time we had the TV on was Saturday to watch some SEC football. Roll Tide! This was our first trip to Dog Island and we are making plans to come back again and the Maddox's will be who we will call. We so enjoyed our stay in your home. Thanks for sharing it with us. Roll Tide, Melody & Rod Burnette Debbie & Glynn Wheat

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We are so glad that Bama folks enjoyed our Gator home...goooo SEC! Our games were on at the same time so,,,, wanted you to know that the Gators beat FSU on their turf 37-26 ! Go gators!! Glad your "getaway weekend" was all that you all had hoped for and loved hearing about the fish you caught and grilled! We will look forward to you returning to Heaven and bringing the family.
Come back soon, Dolores and Doug Maddox

Lesley Harris

Tallahassee, Florida

Not A "Little Bit" . . . It IS Heaven!

Having lived in Tallahassee for 22 years I had never thought of going to Dog Island for vacation. Word of mouth pointed me to "A Little Bit of Heaven" in September for 5 days. I was seeking the "Beach" and was accustomed to driving hours east and west never finding Heaven. I found it just a short drive away. I would counsel the owners to remove "A Little Bit" in their title. I felt like I was walking into my own home stocked with everything (and more) I use on a day to day basis (yikes . . . even a waffle iron that I don't even own). I am a cook and was thrilled to find every spice I desired in the kitchen except the Rosemary which grows wild on the island (spent a few hours in Heaven picking it for a pork roast). I packed a blow dryer because it wasn't on the list . . . yet there was one there. I was overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness of the owners. The cabinets were even packed with staples. I left unopened non perishable items for the next visitors. Cleanliness was over the top. No more driving east and west in search of Heaven . . . I merely need to drive south an hour and board the ferryboat captained by a wonderful, engaging gatekeeper!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We were so glad that our home provided the Rest and Relaxation that you were searching for. We now have "blow dryers" on our Supplies list...thanks!

Finding fresh rosemary across the street or picking it on your long walk with so many bushes and all different sizes, is fun. Using it as you did in olive oil for a bread dipper sounded...yummm. We so enjoy our guests sharing that Heaven has "all the comforts of home".

Jennifer Sachs Mayo

Nashville, TN

Like coming home...

Our family of four had a wonderful long weekend at Miss Dolores' wonderful home on Dog Island. After a long day of travel it really was like coming home as soon as we walked in the door! Our breath was taken away by the amazing view of the gulf as soon as we stepped in- simply breathtaking. It was such a relief to have a fully stocked home to come to especially since we were traveling with two little ones - toys, books, games, beach towels, bug spray, even sunscreen for adults and kids!! The kitchen had everything you could possibly need, even a Disney waffle maker and frozen drink maker - keep the kids and the mama's happy! Some of our favorite things were sunrise breakfasts at the gazebo while watching the dolphins frolic, even saw a sunrise shooting star one morning! Long runs in the morning, shell seeking walks during the day, having such a large sandbar right in front of the house - perfect for the little ones! Rocking away on the chairs on the porch while reading, sunset cocktails back at the gazebo. We loved it all so much we are proud now to be fellow Dog Islanders having purchased our own slice of paradise while we were there!!! Thank you so much for making our introduction to Dog Island so very perfect Dolores! :)

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Looks like we lost a renter, but gained a neighbor! You all are the 2nd couple this summer who bought a home after staying at our house. Love it! I have always said, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody's gonna' be happy", so glad our home kept you and your family smiling and the kids enjoyed life away from the Big city. Thanks for sharing with us your family time watching the sun's morning burst onto the horizon and pointing out all of the different multiples of stars which seem brighter after sunset, evenings at the island. Enjoy, Dolores and Doug

deborah williams

Scottsville, KY


The house was spacious, nicely decorated, and well equipped for cooking, grilling, lounging on the beach. The visit was outstanding. Our whole family enjoyed the peace and quiet and the privacy of the beach. Shells were great!! I highly recommend a trip such as this. We will definitely visit again. For my taste, I would recommend bottled water. I appreciate the opportunity to stay at the Maddox's little bit of heaven.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We were happy to hear that you and later your husband had a safe trip from Kentucky to "our little bit of heaven"....how wonderful for your family that he was finally able to join all of you. Sounded like you enjoyed a safe drive home, also.

We loved hearing from you, while you were at our home, how much your children were enjoying the sun, surf and seashells...staying on an island you get a better selection of shells and a lot more of them!

We would love to have you come back and visit again, anytime...Dolores and Doug

Jeanie Brice

Tallahassee FL

Labor Day Weekend Fun

We had a great time time at your home!! You had everything we needed for a great beach vacation!!! Our grandchildren enjoyed all your beach & sand toys--especially the large plastic alligators they rode in the waves!!! We will definitely contact you when we go back to Dog Island--your house was wonderful!!!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We are so glad you all had a chance to get together and enjoy each others company at Dog Island which is the perfect place for families. We loved hearing that the kids had a good time enjoying the surf and sand and hope all of you will come backfor a visit, soon...Doug and Dolores

Mary O'Connor Lopez

Mount Prospect, IL

It is indeed a little bit of Heaven!

What an amazing time we had at your place in Dog Island! The home was exactly as we thought, and it was very comfortable for our big family (we have four children.) Even better was the location - you could not ask for a more perfect family vacation. We had such a great time playing on the beach and swimming in the Gulf. We saw dolphins, pelicans, all sorts of crabs and fish - even a sea turtle! Dog Island is truly a treasure - thank goodness it remains so unspoiled - we had an absolutely wonderful time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Our home is only as perfect as our guests! It was our pleasure to hear how much you all enjoyed your stay in "Heaven" both adults and your four children. Bless you, bless you, bless you! We look forward to your next visit. Dolores and Doug

Charles Ferguson

Chickasha, Oklahoma

2nd stay at the Maddox's

Once again we had a fantastic time at the Maddox's home on Dog Island. The home meets all our needs. We love watching the nature around the house and in the ocean. Love feeding the crabs off the front porch and watching the birds. Sunsets at the gazebo or breath taking. They have everything you need in the home, all you need is food and drink. Very nice home and so comfortable. Love the screened in porch over looking the ocean, it's so very relaxing to sit out and watch the water and the pelicans and feeding the sea gulls from the gazebo. Just a true relaxing week..... thanks the Maddox's for another wonderful vacation. hope to go again next year...

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Bless your hearts ....You all are the best! Dog Island is a nice spot to share with close friends from Chickasha,Oklahoma, as you all did. So you were the one feeding the hermit crabs ... leftovers were also appreciated by the seagulls and the raccoons. We will look forward to you all visiting with us again next year!! : - ) Dolores

Helen Mcdonald

Lucedale Mississippi and Houston Texas


My family just got back from our 5th trip to Dog Island and second trip to this home. It has everything you need except groceries and whatever you need to bring to drink!! Caution bring everything you need to eat--I baked six loaves of bread--but I was prepared. Someone rested their feet on our bread during the ride over!!! Dick Vose gave us the ride over and Mr. Russell on the way back. We saw dolphins, a sea turtle, sharks (small), live baby starfish, racoons, and we fed the resident cardinals. They do tend to chirp on the post if you do not feed them. The gazebo is great, the walkway is all the way to the beach, and the beach is almost deserted!!! The shelling is wonderful--the problem is making the kids limit what they are taking. We never take live shells--check closely for life. Having a vehicle to take the garbage is very convenient. Some homes do not have a vehicle that is dependable. The home has a great porch and a nice grill on the porch. You need some OFF for the gnats early morning and very late for mosquitos. Dog Island is like no other place we have ever found. We stayed for 3 weeks here 3 years ago. Will visit again. I booked the house 3 years ago and my daughter Margie booked it this year. I vacumned packed pulled pork, a rump roast and gravy and brought a couple of butt hams frozen to keep out of the kitchen too much. I forgot to mention that we caught two really nice flounder and one trout--but we fished a whole lot. The tropical storm earlier might have messed with our catch. Well there is next year!!!!

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

Helen, it was so good to have had you and your family back in our home and your kind comments were very much appreciated. The food information you shared is not only helpful, but priceless for future guests who are coming to the island.

Tropical storm Debby brought extra mosquitoes and gnats which the winds blow away and help give some relief. If you saw lots of dragon flies they can devour thousands of mosquitoes for their lunch and dinner. Thanks for the great care you took of our home and for feeding our "will chirp for birdseed" Cardinals...aren't they a piece of work? : - ) You all are like family...do come to see us again real soon!!!

Woody & Libby Rider

Corinth, MS

Second trip to Dog Island

We just returned from our second trip to Dog Island. We were there last year and enjoyed it so much we came back this year and brought our extended family with us. This was our first stay at the Maddox home and it was great. The home was very comfortable, clean, and spacious. We had all the amenities of home. We especially enjoyed the large living area, screened porch facing the Gulf, and nice gas grill for cooking the day's catch. We caught redfish, trout, whiting, flounder, sharks, and a ray. We would drink our coffe in the mornings while watching the dolphins pass just off the beach. At low tide, the crew enjoyed hunting sea shells. Two ten inch conch shells, 3 starfish, and 40 sand dollars seemed to be crew favorites. You can't beat Dog Island for a peaceful, relaxing vacation that offers lots of family time and the perfect opportunity to enjoy God's beautiful creation at it's best. Staying at the Maddox home is a great way to experience this unique place. Thank you Mrs. Dolores for being a gracious host and sharing your beautiful beach house with us. Captain Rusty is also very accomodating. From helping to load/unload your gear at the ferry, to providing information, or picking up and delivering something you may have forgotten, he is always ready/willing to help.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

We loved sharing Our little bit of Heaven with your wonderful family. You all were good tenants and took such very special care of our home. From surf to grill...yummm...seafood doesn't get any fresher than that! We are so happy all of your family enjoyed our home and Dog Island. You all are welcomed to come back any time. There are always shells, conchs and starfish to be found!!

P.S. Capt. Rusty appreciated the kind words and said it is always his pleasure to help nice folks like you.....

Rebecca Hickman

Potomac, Il USA

Wonderful Stay at Dog Island!

First we had a dolphin follow the boat out to Dog Island which already made it wonderful. The house was perfect, clean, everything we needed and more. The view beautiful. The teens used the boogie boards and hit the waves. My husband and son fished almost the whole time, they would surf fish, which the neighbor, Hazel, gave them great advice. And they would drive the provided Trooper to the ferry dock and fish. Captain Russel would tell them everything about fishing and about the island. They also put out the crab traps provided. We ate a variety of fish every day and meals of blue crab! We grilled out on the porch, very nice grill. My daughter and I enjoyed the sunshine, collecting shells on the beach. We all walked miles down the beach, saw no one which was like having your own island. We toured the island by Trooper on the one little sand road which was a lot of fun! It was so nice having all the things handy to play in the ocean, to fish, chairs for the beach, (Umbrella once sunburned), rockers on the porch, well supplied kitchen, any tool or utensil you could need, air conditioned house and vehicle, games for the evening, washer and dryer, and more I'm sure I'm missing. We loved seeing critters we don't see in Illinois. The dolphins, crabs, My son caught a sting ray out at the surf (broke the line at the last second, but it was fun), over fishing at the dock they had day one an alligator float by (locals said he just wants food tossed to him..lol), 2nd day had a dolphin throwing fish in the air to show how well he fished in comparison, 3rd day caught a variety of other fish we don't see here in the Midwest. My son who is 16 said when we left "this is the best vacation we have ever been on". My daughter 15 loved it. We loved it. We will recommend it to all our friends. And Delores is a wonderful person to work with. She communicates really well, makes sure everything is as it should be and then some. She is pleasant and fun to talk to. You will not be disappointed. Make sure to bring all your food, bait, sunscreen..and we found when the wind doesn't blow you need bug spray for the no-see-ums. (no stores), but that's the point of going to Dog Island...it really is a little bit of heaven, a place to relax, enjoy, get away from the crazy commercial life. I would go back in a minute...and just might :) Thanks Delores! We love it! We took lots of wonderful pictures to remember all the fun we had.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

You all were the perfect guests. We so enjoyed hearing about all of your experiences while on the Island at our home. We loved that the teens were enjoying themselves and what they liked the most about the Island...everything!! LOL!!! You all took good advantage of our 2 crab traps and caught lots for dinner and had plenty of fish for your suppers. From surf to pot/pan and to table, seafood doesn't get any fresher than that : - ) !!!
Thanks so much for the very kind words and the wonderful review. Remember....You all come back and see us now...ya hear ??!! Dolores and Doug

Doreen Carroll

Jacksonville NC and Waynesville, NC

Great place!!

Very nice home with plenty of beds. The two main bedrooms have access to the screened in deck overlooking the ocean. Very nice to fall sleep with the sound of the waves. Brand new state-of-the-art grill, HD tv, fully loaded kitchen with every spice imagineable, and all the comforts of home. The vehicle came in handy to get to the dock and back. We brought our laptops but never took them out as we were too relaxed to even think about work or e-mail. We will come back to fish and try out the crab traps! The gazebo on the beach was a great place for Yoga.

Dolores & Doug Maddox

Owner's reply:

You all were the perfect guests and left our "Heaven" in perffect condition. Again, I am so sorry you all had to change a flat tire, the very first one we have ever had and we had just left the island, happens a lot we found out...result of a warm summer and very wet winter. But thanks for the Rave review, we so enjoy sharing our home. You all come back now!

Terry Fucik


Heaven on earth!

Truly a magical experience, a beautiful home, perfect in every way. The beach was breathtakingly beautiful. Surf fishing quite the payoff, great fresh fish dinner. Our own private dolphin show. Beautiful sunrise awesome sunsets! Wish I had more time, can't wait to go back. Thank you Maddox family for sharing heaven on earth! Teresa

Ronn Smith

Atlanta, GA

Great vacation on Dog Island

Our family took our first trip to Dog Island in August 2011. Takes a bit of planning to transport 2 kayaks and food for 7 people for a week, but it was worth it! We enjoyed the house and loved the beach. There were few people to be seen - the beach was nearly deserted throughout the week. We enjoyed running on the beach, kayaking (saw a few dolphins, but not as many as at St. George), and overall a very relaxing, enjoyable week. Water pressure is variable, and taste is, well, island quality so bring bottled water. Relatively good AT&T cell service, if that's important to you. If you're looking for exciting night life, this isn't the place. But for a quiet, relaxing, peaceful experience, it's a place I would recommend.

Cathy McFarlin


Take care to wonder

My husband and I drove from Tallahassee in a thunder storm and arrived at the ferry with little sprinkles. We loaded up and enjoyed the ferry ride over to dog island and loaded our stuff in the car. Rusty said he felt like we were driving on the roads in Costa Rica. We spent 6 wonderful days with our brother- in- law and his family. This vacation was one of our most memorable. The house plan was so wonderful for our families. Our visit was very quiet and we didn't see many people walking the beach. Its a wonder to loose yourself into the hands of our creator who has blessed us with so many wonderful sites. The sunrise and sunsets were so beautiful. We felt like we were on our own little island. During our stay we went fishing, swimming, site seeing, and picking up many shells. Our dogs felt like they went to heaven -Dog island Heaven and we too got to experience such peacefulness and freedom. The Maddox home was home- away -from- home. When Saturday came we were saddened to leave but thought about how wonderful it would be to come back. Thank you Maddox Family. We love you and thank GOD for his goodness and kindness through your testimony. We would highly recommend this beach house because it was AWESOME!!!

Ray N Natalie Crawley

Norman , OK USA

Best Family Vacation EVER!!!!

I can not begin to explain how wonderful this property and the property owners are. We enjoyed 6 extraordinary days at this property with my parents and my brother’s family. The experience for me, and my family, has been one that we will never forget. The Maddox’s had everything that we could ever need and more. The house had: boogie boards and beach toys for the kids, a grill for grilling, binoculars and a telescope for bird watching and a view that takes your breath away. Furthermore, the floor plan of the house is a mother-in-law plan, which was perfect for our family. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath beach home, was everything we could have ever hoped for in a vacation home. Thank you Maddox family for sharing your wonderful home with us….it was truly one of the best vacations we have ever had!

Ricky G. Ward


A wonderful getaway.

I was married on june fourth, and as soon as the wedding reception was over my new Bride, and I headed south to Carabelle Florida, with the Maddox home on dog island our final destination for the next two weeks. The home is very nice with everything you need. Just pack your food, bottled water if you wish, your fishing gear, and you are ready to go. If you love the coast, but do not like the crowds, then this is the place for you. the first week we were there we probably saw five people total, and during the entire two weeks on the island we saw probably not more than a dozen. The fishing is excellent. we caught flounder, whiting, speckled trout, redfish, and sailfin catfish. we also netted lots of blue crabs. the shell beds were abundant at low tide, and we found lots of very nice shells, as well as 30 or so nice sand dollars. You have a vehicle to drive, and exploring the island, and walking the secluded beaches was one of the most tranquill experiences we have ever had. From watching the ospreys fish for their breakfast to watching the black skimmers, and many other seabirds on the island made our honeymoon vacation the best vacation of our entire lives. My wife, and I will definitely go back. The Wards.

Nicole Frazier

Northeast Georgia

Almost a disaster, BUT.....

thanks to the owners, Dolores and the Colonel, our experience turned out memorable. Myself, my husband, three children and two dogs, spent the week on Dog Island to get away from the stresses of life and simply spend quality family time. Mid-week we had a terrible storm come through and knock out the power for close to 40 hours on 1/2 the island. We were one of the 'lucky' ones to lose power! Thanks to Dolores and her connections and knowledge of the Island, she hooked us up with plenty of ice from a neighbor who had power and we were able to recharge our cellphones, ipods and e-reader. We were good to go. The house was well stocked with games for all ages so we played a lot of board and card games together as a family, and we also read out loud, by flashlight, Scat, a terrific Carl Hiaasen book. We cooked meals on the grill during the power outage (including coffee in the percolator) and the kids said that the food was the best they ever had! Each morning we enjoyed watching the dolphins swim by and the sunrises were inspirational. We walked many miles on the beach last week and found great seashells and sand dollars. The accommodations were very nice and we had everything we needed from quality kitchen cookware to the beach gear that was available for our use. "Our little bit of Heaven" is a great place to decompress and spend quality time with our family. Even with three kids and no power for 2 days we had a terrific time. We will be back and can't wait!

Kevin Martinez

Kansas City

Stress Free

Wow! What a great family vacation. The seclusion and peacefulness is incredible. The property has all that you could ask for and more. Enjoy!

Julie Thornton

Orlando, Florida

9 Days of Sanctuary!

We thoroughly enjoyed our 9-day stay on Dog Island. From the moment we left the mainland, we could feel the stress and tension of the real world melting away from our bodies as we embarked on an island adventure that did not require us to wear shoes, watch or smart phone. We spent most of our waking hours on the beach, playing in the warm Gulf waters, fishing, building sand castles and just soaking up the beautiful sunshine while taking in the rare natural beauty that may only be found of lightly developed barrier island. In the evenings we would carry the bounty that we gathered from the sea (blue crabs & fish) and head up to the beach house to enjoy a cool drink and feast on the incredibly fresh seafood dinner we collected. After dinner we often headed to the balcony to watch the a gorgous sunset slip below the horizon in the west and wait in anticipation for the ultimate encore of a night star filled with twinkling stars and the occassional comet. The nine days we spent together as a family will always be cherished as time spent with God's fullest blessing. We highly recommend staying at this Dog Island beachfront home, just not the first week of September, because we plan to go back again next year!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

August 2010
We had a great time, but the time passed by too fast. This was our last beach trip before our son leaves for a University in the North. We are busy packing now...

You guys have a lovely beach place and we enjoyed it very much. It's well designed, well decorated and well stocked.

Dog Island was deserted -- we saw a total of 5 people the 4 days we were there and we liked that!

Hope to visit again soon, Jen

August 2009
This was the first vacation the entire family enjoyed! Daughter and son were estatic and loved your home. You thought of EVERYTHING and your home was not only comfortable and enjoyable....we just loved everything...surf, location and ameneties were the best....we will return!!!

July 2009 & July 2010-Lynn & Michael (6 stars)
Your home is so perfect for our family of seven...lots of room and something for everyone. So many family experiences (the boys learned to cook). The skim/boogie boards were a blast for the kids especially the teenagers. Beach games while they split the family were loads of fun (the winning team handled it with class). Counting the days until our next visit. This is one place where Mom gets to Chill.....

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the most fun to do at Our Little Bit of Heaven?
A: Feed the migratory birds on railing facing street and watching the Dolphin feed in front of the Gazebo

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