20 reviews

1 / 32 private tropical lagoon and tiki Pet Friendly



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Description from owner

TripAdvisor Property ID: 8616269

About the area

This unique home is minutes from white, sandy beaches, Anna Maria Island. Beautiful Tampa Bay is a short ride down the Manatee River. The home is on Hooker Bay, famous for its fishing, and just across the bridge from Bradenton. Guided fishing tours are available (redfish, snook, etc). Within 5 miles of bird sanctuaries with hiking and bike trails. Take a boat ride to historic Egmont Cay and tour historic fort sites plus oldest lighthouse in Florida. Ft. Desoto is also close by. Waterfront restaurants are everywhere - Mar Vista is a favorite. Go North and visit St. Petersburg and Tampa or make a day trip to Orlando to visit Disney World and all other attractions. The home is located in historic Palmetto where you can bike or take the golf cart to the marina and nearby restaurants. A fantastic location with every water sport you can imagine. Take the kayak out and watch as dolphin glide underneath you. Or watch the manatees from your deck under the banyan tree. Nearby attractions: Disney World & Theme Parks Sea World Bush Gardens Anna Maria Island Sarasota Bradenton Village of the Arts Cortez Fishing Village Bradenton River Walk Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium The Jon & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota Ballet of Florida Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary Asolo Theater Festival Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium G. Wiz Interative Science Center Sarasot Opera Florida West Coast Symphony The van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum Circus Sarasota St. Armands Circle - world class shopping Bollettieri Tennis Academy J.P. Igloo Ice Rink Golf courses - over 60 in the area Pirate Spring training Bike or walk to the Manatee River, downtown Palmetto and to two nearby restaurants on the water. Riverhouse Reef and Grill is part of the Riverside Marina on the Manatee River. It has a full service bar, beautiful interior dining, and outdoor seating on the water. The food is A+ although the atmosphere is casual. In front of this restaurant is a Greek place with great food in a very casual setting. The gyros are terrific!

Getting around

Uber is available 24/7.



  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Wheelchair users


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Bikes
  • Boat available
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (20)

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20 reviews

“Caribbean Oasis Meets Old Florida Charm”

Reviewed 20 Feb 2017

Two days after we arrived, we booked for 2018! Capt Julie and Pamela have made an enchanted, whimsical oasis where you can find a mermaid sitting on a bench in the garden, a charming metal tortoise lounging by the pool and an open, flowing old Florida-style home with a kitchen that chefs dream about. There is every activity that any teenage (and adult) can imagine....we know, we had three who did...kayaks, swimming in the pool and the river, boating, rafting, pool, table tennis, basketball, biking, fishing, board games and sunbathing. And then there are the sunsets....best watched sitting on the waterside deck with a glass of wine or two. Unbelievable! It is much more than a home, it is a destination and we will be back for many years to come! Ginny and Robb

“Southern hospitality at its best....”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2016

We stayed with Capt. Julie this past week with friends and family. I love that the house has plenty of spread out room where everyone can be together and no one feels on top of each other. The house is located in a very quiet area and on the prettiest street in the neighborhood. Love all the trees and landscaping and the pool area is fantastic and private. Also a bonus that she is pet friendly! At the end of the day, you can rent a home anywhere in this area. But, what makes this one special is the owner and how friendly and accommodating she is! She was in tune with our needs and went above and beyond making sure we were comfortable during our stay. Because we were there for my husband and his friend's pro Redfish Tour tourney, Capt. Julie was even nice enough to come to the weigh in at the marina to cheer our guys on! All us wives were really touched by that gesture. And, apparently she is quite a rock star in town and we could go to several restaurants as her "guests" and were treated wonderfully. Could the house use a few updates in new furniture? Sure, but you quickly forget about it because Capt. Julie is so great to work with!

“Home away from home”

Reviewed 14 Jun 2016

What a lovely home and surrounding area. We had a wonderful holiday in this amazing slice of paradise. Everything you need is there at the home. We had a few little issues which Julie quickly addessed. Wow, let us just say Julie is an amazing host, it's the little things that she did for us. Thank you again for making our holiday one that we will always remember.

Owner's reply: We do everything we can to make sure things are perfect and if something does need attention we get right on it. These guests were so easy going. If it Rained , it's like they are "singing in the rain". Such pleasant personalities and fun loving people. We hope they come back again and again because they are the kind of folks would love to have around. How about the next anniversary folks?

“Had a great time with family”

Reviewed 7 Jun 2016

We had a great time here. The house is beautiful with a quiet private beach, where we can swim, fish, and kayak without going out. The kitchen is large and we cook a lot of good food there. The pool is awesome too. Captain Julie is very nice and have the patience to teach me boating so we could have great time on the water even though I didn't have much experience before. She also called rescue quickly one day that our boat run out of gas. We caught a lot of fish on the boat so every one was very happy. Overall we are very satisfied and will recommend it for sure.

“Uh oh”

Reviewed 20 Jan 2016

I'm afraid to write this review and reveal this secret paradise! But I will because the owners deserve it ;). Best place EVER. Unique old Florida/Carribbean style getaway. Amazing waterfront with views of birds and wildlife and perfect sunsets. Lush landscaped yard with various areas for entertaining and enjoying, from the heated lagoon pool to the tiki bar to the beach. The house is large and sprawling with a gourmet kitchen open to the family room. Separate living room with fireplace for cool nights. Dining room with room for everyone. We also rented the pontoon boat for the week which was great for exploring. Capt Julie is friendly, responsive, informative and nice! After a 3 day drive to get here, I think our dog thought she died and went to heaven. It was certainly heaven for me! Can't wait to go back.

Owner's reply: I love it when our guests are such a perfect match for Casa. I'm sure we will be seeing other soon. Get those weeks for next year's visit picked out. Can't wait to see you again. Your friend Captain Julie

“Great Place, very relaxing.”

Reviewed 7 Mar 2014

Had a great time at Casa. So busy relaxing, boating, watching wildlife, kayaking and cycling, we didn't get time to read a book! Well looked after by Julie, a good laugh had by all. Thank you.

Owner's reply: We love our guests

“Comfy, cosy place that is hard to beat”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2014

Rented Casa for a XMAS family get-together 21 - 27 December. It was a wonderful, peaceful, secluded property located at the end of the street and situated on the Manatee River. Everything was exactly as advertised on VRBO. Owners take great pride insuring the comfort of their guests. We experienced a couple of maintenance issues discovered upon arrival, but quickly dealt with by Capt Julie - even with Christmas two days away. The home has a great pool, cabana, and just a nice place to sit back and enjoy the surroundings and glorious sunsets.

“Great family vacation”

Reviewed 26 Jun 2013

Had a wonderful stay at Casa. The location was ideal for us, on Hooker Bay with beautiful sunsets. The pool was lovely, just the right size with a seated section under an umbrella. There was also plenty of seating by the pool with shade. Renting the pontoon boat was also a highlight, we were able to travel to Anna Maria island several times, seeing numerous dolphins along the way. We had several Manatees in our backyard and watching them feed was fun. Caught a nice Redfish that I cooked up on Father's Day, making it the best Father's Day ever. My wife prepared excellent gourmet meals every evening in the fabulous kitchen and the dining room table was large enough to seat everyone and some guests. Downtown Bradenton was just over a mile away and they had a block party one night that was a lot of fun. Great house for family gatherings, especially if you just want to sit outside, enjoy the beautiful breeze, and watch the boats come and go. Dan Stillman


Reviewed 20 Jun 2013

Rented this house for my girlfriends college graduation and family vacation. Captain Julie is wonderful, she was great every step of the way. I'm bummed that we didn't get to spend more time with Capt Julie. But this home has everything you need!!! everyone in your family including dogs will enjoy this home! We can't wait to go back again!!!

Owner's reply: I feel lucky to have such great guests. I hope to spend more time with Tang when he and his fiance visit Casa Encantada again.

“a home away from home”

Reviewed 9 Apr 2013

WE really enjoyed our week at Casa. The home was very comfortable, the views incredible. The pool area is especially nice with plenty of seating. Its very private too. We used the kayaks, ping pong and bikes. Its nice to have the extra options for the kids. We really liked the large dining room table also. With 9 of us, it was easy to fit all at the large table where we dined almost every night.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

This is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. Casa Encantada is perfectly furnished with beautiful artwork and furnishings. The view is amazing, the sunsets one of a kind. The water is just outside your door. Sitting under the banyan tree is amazing. All this privacy and yet within minutes of dining, shopping, all kinds of fun! I will definitely make a return visit to this one of a kind vacation rental. You must experience it to believe it!