Paradise Found Island Retreat

14195 W. Beachview Dr., , CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA 3

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  • Private island life rocks


    Our stay on this island was terrific. It was unlike any vacation we have ever taken before. We kayaked almost every day this week. My husband caught many red fish and he also got 24 doz blue point crabs, with just one trap, over the week we were there.
    Me and the kids loved seeing the dolphins go by. We sat and had s'mores at the bon fire several nights. It is so amazing to see the sky out away from the city. I normally dont do the comment thing but when I saw the old review here I thought everyone needs to know what to expect. We hope to retun next spring. That is if Don can get free from work to go.
    Jan and Don and Family

    Unique Quality: The fact that there is only 2 homes on this island make it very private. We only took one this time but next will bring more of the family and take both homes.
    Both were recently renovated and looked great. The fact that you get so much more for your dollar was what made it a great deal for us. We love to kayak and have our own but did not want to haul them with. So was great to have kayaks for all of us at one time. Even though we only saw about 6 boats a day go by we were only 15 min from Homosassa and or Crystal River to go out to eat and get supplies. We highly recomend this place and will tell all our familys and freinds what a great time we had.

    Directions: This island is in the Ozello Keys, It is mostly residetial area. But there is a small store short order resturant just down the road about 2 min. Also one of the best seafood resturants is just around the corner. After that is 15 min to town to fi

  • great place to stay


    i think this is a great place to stay!
    we stayed at this island and were more than pleased! we had a great time with no problems at all. the owner was close for anything we needed or questions that we had otherwise we really didnt see him. the pool was gorgeous! loved sitting on the deckside by the pool and just lounging and having a great time with friends.
    i was a little surprised when we got there, the homes were much nicer and more comfortable than what the photos show.
    the drive to town was not far at all although we mostly stayed at the island, we did do some shopping in Crystal River.
    ken, the owner, took us on a jet ski tour out to the gulf and we seen a ton of dolphins and some stingrays and even a couple sharks! great day!
    what can i say other than GREAT VACATION!!

    Unique Quality: the pool was great! clean and perfect temp. i personally LOVE the hot tubs! we enjoyed the fire ring having smore's one night and the jet ski tour was FANTASTIC!

    Directions: right in between Crystal River and Homosassa Florida

  • Great value, just as advertised, private island


    We stayed for week. We got to go out on the air boat see dolphins. Swam with the manatee. We thought having the owner around was great he new lots about the history of the area. Told great story's of the early days around the bonfire. Would much rather have a rental were some is around to help you if you need towels, or directions to a great hole in the wale to eat at. As he told us with 1 pool 2 spa and 24 zones of irrigation and 8 zones of low voltage lights . There were things to do to maintain the island every week.
    Was a great experience for our family. We found the homes to be small but clean. We had seen each room of each home on the web site before going so knew what to expect.

    Unique Quality: Was a private island with only 2 homes and the owner care taker. We paid about 40% of any other private island we could find. Our rental came with free use of 10 kayaks and 2 canes which would have cost us more to rent than our stay was.
    I guess some people come in wanting a castle for almost nothing. We did see the trailer and truck that the owner uses for his vacations and had no prob with a owner of a property having his own travel trailer were he lives. It is posted on the site that he has it there and that he lives and is there to help and service you. We did not see that as a neg thing.

    Directions: Is in the Ozello keys a area very similar to the Florida keys 30 years ago very undeveloped.

  • Dirty, expensive and not to be recommended


    We have stayed on this "island". First of all the island is not as secluded as advertised, the owner lives right next to the vacation home, including all his clutter (an RV, van, container) that is an eyesore. The homes the owner is speaking about on the website are two appartments. The lower unit is rather shack-like with two bedrooms just big enough to accommodate the beds. The common areas are very small and the kitchen does not even have cutlery nor china for 4 people (apart from plenty delivery plastic bowls). The spa and swimming pool are shared with the home owner, as they are at his house. The place is not really clean and not at all well kept. This also applies to his kayaks, boatplane and airboat. The upper unit is bigger and much better equipped, but still not worth the money we paid.
    In summary, we were quite annoyed about the trip, the highly overpriced accomodation and the standard of the appartments. The only things I was impressed with were the photography skills of the owner and his marketing capabilities.
    As we later heard from the locals, there had been complaints about this place before and we were offered help to find better accomodation next time.

    Unique Quality: This place is somewhat close to the manatee diving spots

    Directions: Out in the swamps


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