Florida beachfront home with private dock

Relax on our private deep water dockWater view from the deckrelaxation spot with amazing viewsOur home on 5 private acres. View from the beach.Master bedroom and sitting area with water viewsMaster bathroom with Jacuzzi and water viewsGuest roomLiving room with amazing sunset and water viewsSpacious fully equipped kitchen - water views from every window.Just another sunset view from our deckOur beach with one of the kayaksHow can you resist that face?Tip of our dock-serenity
“ Excellent ”
17 Reviews
987 Gulf Shore Drive, Dog Island, FL 32322


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $275
Per week: $1,700
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Dog Island vacation home rental
Recently renovated 2 bedrooms, 2 bath beach front home, with water views from every room. Located on 5 private acres with its own deep water dock. It is known for spectacular sunsets and the "best fishing on the island." Relax and watch the dolphins, eagles and amazing wildlife from our dock or expansive decks.

This comfortable modern home sleeps six between the master bedroom with king bed, guest room with queen futon and a pull out queen sofa in the great room. The spacious master bedroom with sitting area and bath offers a Jacuzzi, double sinks and a private deck, all with water views. The fully equipped kitchen, with eat in counter, takes full advantage of the views and breeze as does the great room and dining area with its multiple floor to ceiling doors.

After a day enjoying the pristine quiet beaches of this unspoiled island, or enjoying our two one person kayaks, take advantage of the convenient outdoor warm shower before relaxing and enjoying a drink or a good book on the wrap around multi-level deck or hammock. You will not want to miss the sunset!

Other highlights of our house include a fully equipped modern kitchen (with extras like an electric ice cream maker), exceptional stereo system, CD player, large flat screen tv, extensive collection of movies, music and books. A washer/dryer is available for your use and the entire house is connected to a water filtration and chlorination system providing good water. However for drinking most prefer bottled water. You will want to bring ample supply of bottled water for your drinking and cooking comsumption. For your outdoor enjoyment we have kayaks with paddles, beach chairs and towels. Those who like to grill there is a charcoal grill available, but please remember to bring your own charcoal.

Please note that Dog Island is a beautiful barrier island and the only access is by boat. Our home is modern, very comfortable and a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of fast paced lives. If you want the convenience of restaurants, movie theatres and convenience stores around the corner, this would not be the place for you to vacation. It is a an amazing relaxing vacation place if you want to slow down and enjoy nature.

To visit Dog Island we suggest that you leave the mainland from Carrabelle, and travel by small ferry boat (no cars) to the island. Ferry fees and schedules vary depending on weather. Information on booking ferry available upon request.

For rentals 14 days or more we offer a discount rate.

(Sorry- absolutely no pets and no smoking)

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Questions? Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2013 Dec 31 2014 $275 $275 $1,700 - 4 Nights
Lodging tax: 9%
Deposits: $500 security deposit required against damage and extrordinary wear. It will be returned in full within 10 business days after check out, pending inspection approval.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Personal Check
Other Fees: $100 house cleaning and laundry fee


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

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

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Blender
  • DVD Player
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • CD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Microwave
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Ocean
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Fishing

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Dog Island, Florida

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Bett Adams

Chattanooga, TN USA

Awesome House

This place is great! Good fishing off the dock. Easy access for personal boat. Nice walk to the gulf beach. Clean and comfortable with an amazing porch! Bring about twice as much water as you THINK you need though (if you are accustomed to municipal water you will definitely notice a difference!) If you do bring a personal watercraft you should expect a warm welcome at the boat ramp from the local tow boat operator in Carrabelle. The owners are easy to work with and easy to get in touch with. All in all it was great! -bett

Beth klein

Carrabelle FL

Greatest rental house I have EVER stayed in!!!!!

I have stayed in 50+ vac rental homes but this surpassed them all!!!! Everything was there we needed. clean, beautiful view, just amazing! We spent a short honeymoon there and couldn't have been moe pleased! You won't do better on Dog Island than this!!!! P.S. The pics don't do it justice at all!!!!!

Alex Blackwelder

Chattanooga, TN

Amazing stay!

This place is the closest to paradise I've ever been. We stayed one week, took walks every night, and never saw another person. We saw people fishing on boats, but that's it. This house has a great DVD & music collection. I loved the modern feel of the house. So many beach houses are filled with seafoam green & sea shells, but this house was such a treat. One night, we laid on the dock and we saw the Milky Way! It was amazing. The property owners were great at communication & they really took care of us. I hope to return again soon. I feel pretty lucky I had the chance to visit this remote section of Dog Island!!

Angela Echols

St. Louis, MO

Amazing experience!

This vacation will be "the" vacation to beat! The house was amazing and the views are to die for! The only drawback was the smell of the water for showers. We did bring all of our drinking and cooking water, so no worries there. We enjoyed the experience so much that we will likely ask to book the house again for our vacation for next year!

Andrea Burrow

Tyler, TX

Wonderful family vacation

This was our 3rd trip to Dog Island and we loved every bit of it. We are a family that loves to fish so having our own dock was the best ever! Sharks galore on this trip (black tip and hammerhead), flounder, amberjack, sea trout, catfish, and bunches of pinfish. It was exciting to see what was reeled in each time. This was our first time on the bay side and we found that we much prefer it. It's quieter than gulf side, water is calmer, fishing is better and sunsets are unbelievable. The house was accommodating and well equipped. Loved having the outdoor shower. The wrap-around porch with the breeze blowing was perfect in the mornings while drinking coffee. Walking along the quiet, uncrowded beach, there's just nothing like it. Nancy was very helpful in answering any questions as we prepared for our trip. It's only been a week since we've been back home and I'm ready to go back already! Thank you for sharing your little slice of Heaven on Dog Island.....we can't wait to come back!

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed...yes, Dog Island is hard to stay away from. Please come back and enjoy our house whenever you can!

Lisa Nowaskie

Bardstown, KY

Amazing Vacation

The best word I can use to describe our family vacation to this property is AMAZING! We stayed for 7 days in this well-loved, well-stocked house and felt right at home the minute we walked through the door. The home is clean, upgraded and so so so quiet. Neither my husband, myself, or our 9 & 10 yr old boys missed one sunrise (on the porch) or sunset (on the beach). The best part about this stay is that you are completely surrounded by nature - not people. We saw fisherman daily on the water and maybe two beach umbrellas the whole week. If you're looking to unplug - this is the place to do it! We all enjoyed the fishing, crab catching and crab hunting at night. My boys didn't even realize there was a TV until about Thursday when it rained. Otherwise we were always fishing at the dock or playing in the surf on the "wavey" side (which is a quick walk down the bay side beach). The variety of wild life both on the island and in the water is just mind-blowing - it was so beautiful to watch. We were a bit worried about the packing required for this trip especially with the boys, however, bringing the food and water was not a problem and Nancy was so helpful in our planning for the trip. If you are looking for an unplugged, quiet vacation - this house is the place to go!

glen van bibber

charleston wv

great time

we enjoyed our time at nancy and robs house .we had awonderful time and cpt. rusty is a character. i would say everyone had a great time . the property was all it said it was. enjoy

Cherie Ligtenberg Duty

Steamboat Springs, CO USA


This was our second trip to Dog Island. When we asked our two young sons if they wanted to go to Disney World or Dog Island, they both, without hesitation picked Dog Island. We are a fishing family so it made sense. The fishing was amazing and having a dock was key. Nancy's gorgeous property is in the perfect spot. A 5 minute boat ride to Carrebelle and a short walk to the Gulf. The bay beach in front of the house was amazing. Nancy was wonderful to work with and communicated very clearly and promptly. If you are searching for privacy, serenity, and peace, this is the place for you. There's no place like it. We stayed for two weeks and could have stayed longer. We can't wait to return.

Barbara Kummer Nicely

Powell, TN

Hidden Treasure

This is not your typical island getaway! Leaving your vehicle on Carrabelle, the approximately 18-minute ferry ride is the beginning of your Dog Island adventure. Surrounded by pine trees instead of palms, and the total absence of any commercialization, Dog Island is part of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast” - truly a hidden treasure. It is a wonderful place to explore in long walks on the beach, collecting shells or observing a variety of water foul as they sun on the pylons of the dock or dive for fish, and catching the occasional glimpse of other island wildlife. It is also a beautiful and relaxing place to just sit out on the deck enjoying the scenery and serenity of your own private beach. The house offers a view of spectacular sunsets and a welcome break from the distractions of Internet and cable TV. It is large and spacious, open, and airy with high ceilings and comfortable furnishings with water views from every window. Remember to take all of your food and beverages, especially be sure to take enough water for drinking and cooking with throughout your stay. Everything else is provided, and the owners, Nancy and Rob, as well as the property's caretakers, are readily available by phone. Although it is called the Forgotten Coast, for my husband and me, our vacation on Dog Island was unforgettable.

Sheila Baummer

Naugatuck, CT

Perfect Girls Weekend!

We came down for a few days of relaxation with friends and really fell in love - with the Island and this house (first trip but hopefully not the last!). The house is very well equipped and decorated, very clean and comfortable. It doesn't feel like a rental - more like you're staying at the house of a good friend. We enjoyed the multiple layered deck, walked miles along the beach, swam, enjoyed the kayaks and the sunsets. The wildlife is amazing, bald eagles, herons, fish, and dolphins to name just a few that we saw. It takes some planning to stay here since you are bringing all your food and drink but it is well worth it to leave the "real world" behind. My friends and I hope we can arrange a trip again next year and hopefully stay for more than a long weekend.

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Yes, a great place to getaway with friends. Glad you enjoyed it and please come back soon!

Rainey Oliver

Atlanta, Georgia

our new yearly getaway

My sons and I stayed on Dog Island before but this stay was the best. Our stay was well planned thanks to very good communication between us and the owners. The house was clean and well equipped. The fishing was amazing and we loved having the use of the dock. It was quiet and private so we could relax and rest. We will definitely go back and are already planning to rent for next year. Its a great getaway to a great place.

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Rainey, it was a pleasure working with you and we would love to rent to you again!

Dolan Smith

Jackosnville, FL

Great Getaway

We have very stressful jobs dealing with public, and going to Dog Island is perfect escape. We very much enjoyed our stay . The privacy, the peace and quiet, the house is great and greatly equipped. Also loved hanging out on the dock, only thing missing was a hammock on the covered section of the dock. Our cell phones did not work there and no wifi , That was the best part. Would definitely stay at this home again. Thanks So Much for a great getaway

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Dolan, thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed our home and the break from the demands of real life. We have found cell phone coverage is dependant on the carrier and, believe it or not, where you are located on our property. As you said, that can be good, it allows one to really relax.

Bruce Cranner

New Orleans, La.

Yup, this is paradise found.

I have been here several times and strongly recomend it. Nancy and Rob's Dog Island home is one of the most remarkable retreats I have ever enjoyed. Dog Island itself is a unique and secret treasure; unspoiled and secluded and very much the Gulf Coast at its best. Bring a good camera. It is worth seeing if you never have since it is truly one of the last unspoiled places. Be prepared to walk for miles by the sea on the beach and enjoy the vistas, the birds and the wildlife. It is all stunning and humbling. The house itself is elegant and stylish with a modern retro vibe. . . . but it's all very real and relaxing and wonderfully appointed. The dock is terrific and the fishing is good (I caught Ling Snapper, Trout and Redfish and there are tons of crabs and some Grouper, too). I can' t think of anywhere on the Gulf Coast where you can walk for miles on white sand, beside green water, and see no one at all. (Well, you may see a Porpoise or two). Then, return to watch the sunset from a wrap around deck and retreat to a cool and elegant living room to listen to music on an amazing stereo system. To be sure, this is not a resort hotel . . . it is a true excluse Island home. You must bring what you want to eat and drink (the water is potable but you will want bottled water). But, then you are done. Put your car keys and wallet away and don your bathing suit for a few days a peace and joy. I did not wear a watch or drive for days. Ahhhhhhh. If you are looking for a time away; a time to rest and enjoy nature, the sea and the beach in style and comfort, this is the place.

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Dog Island is a snapshot of unspoiled paradise. We are so glad that you appreciate the island and our home. Please come back when you need another break from reality!


Opelika, AL

A week on our own private island!

Want to really get away from it all? My wife and daughter rented this beautiful, secluded beach house recently and did not see ANYONE the entire week (except out on the water in boats)! Great kitchen, deck, bath, and living rooms. Private dock and powder white sand beachfront (Bay side. Gulf side beach is a short walk). Bring your own drinking/cooking water as the tap water, while fine for washing and bathing, has an unpleasant taste. A small price to pay for this island getaway. We'll be back soon!

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Yes a getaway for sure and glad to know you enjoyed our home and "your private island." Our extensive water purification system makes our water fine for bathing and cooking, and many on the island would consider it fine for drinking, but we do prefer using bottled when it comes to drinking. Even paradise isn't absolutely perfect.

David Riley

Waterford, CT

Most relaxing week ever!

My wife and I traveled here for our one year wedding anniversary and have the best week ever! From the boat ride over and back, to the awesome fishing from the dock, to the amazing sunset views, it was all we could have asked for an more. The house is extremely comfortable and well equipped. One of the best places we have ever been. We can't wait to bring our young son down for the first time. Hope to go back year after year!

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Glad you could celebrate in our home!


Westport, CT

Location, location, location!

Dog Island is a gorgeous oasis unlike anywhere else we have encountered through many years of tropical island hopping. On the island, any property would be enjoyable, but no other has this setting. Settled back just slightly from the private beach and new dock and away from other homes, cooled by lovely shade trees and sea breezes, perched on a slight incline that provides breathtakingly gorgeous views of sunsets or sunrises from every room, the senses are enlivened and spirits calmed. The house is spacious, open, and exceptionally well maintained and equipped. Obviously, the homeowners love this property and take pride in sharing it with others.

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

Come back anytime to escape the cold and enjoy!

Lisa Tilstone Riley

New York, NY

Heaven on earth!

Between the private dock, amazing master bedroom, sunsets unlike any other, and the water views from every window, this place can't be beat. Clean, well-kept, and equipped with everything you'll need so all we had to do was show up and relax! My husband and I will definitely be back.

Nancy and Rob Docters

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed our getaway home. You are welcome back anytime!

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