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I gave in to the wife and we are heading to Florida in February for a couple of weeks. Friends here in California recommended Sanibel Island area. I'd be happy with anywhere between Ft Meyers and Naples. I don't know anything about the area and could use some advice on vacation rentals in the area and anything else that would be helpful.
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I use HomeAway.com and vrbo.com, mainly for renting a house but they also have condos.
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The above two sites are great but also check out Air BnB.
Old 12-02-2016, 05:59 PM
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I live on Sanibel but have never had to rent anything so I can't help you there. The above advice is good. We have an awesome boating environment with lots of places to explore. Don't wait to long to make your choice as we are in prime time in February. Here is a map I created of all the restaurants you can boat to.We might even be able to take you for a cruise depending on when you are here. Boat to Restaurants
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Naples and Ft. Myers are my favorite places to go for Florida winters. Anywhere from Sarasota south would be fine.

Checkout Phillip Babcock who's a realtor in Ft. Myers for rental properties. He's been a close friend for 45 years and can be reached @ 239-994-4972.
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Thanks everyone, sounds like we are on the right track. Any "don't miss" places we should see? Good charters in the area?
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What Bamaman said.....take a day and book a back country trip out of Chkoloskee. Still primitive and great fishing.
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What is it you want to do and see in Florida? It's a big place, kind of like CA.

Rentals - expect top dollar during that time of year. It is basically peak season and especially in Ft Myers Beach area for spring break. What's your budget?
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Check out Boca Grande, Placida if your into Fishing. If your into beaches without the crowds Check out Englewood FL .
Way more laid back with out all of the crowds and the fishing is better.
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SanCap1 - actually heading down to Captiva this weekend 12/10- 12-15 for a mini vacation with the wife. Usually do some surf fishing and would like to rent a boat to do some inshore as well. I know it's not the best time of the season but what could I expect fishing on the inside? Any particular lures I should be using? Any advice would be appreciated. We're staying on the beach in one of the Jensen properties and they usually give me a good deal on the boat rental. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Gary.
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Originally Posted by garo 22 View Post
SanCap1 - actually heading down to Captiva this weekend 12/10- 12-15 for a mini vacation with the wife. Usually do some surf fishing and would like to rent a boat to do some inshore as well. I know it's not the best time of the season but what could I expect fishing on the inside? Any particular lures I should be using? Any advice would be appreciated. We're staying on the beach in one of the Jensen properties and they usually give me a good deal on the boat rental. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Gary.
I am not much of a fisherman, when we want fish we boat over to the Tricos fish market near Ft Myers beach! The guys at Jensons will give you better advice then I can.
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Originally Posted by garo 22 View Post
SanCap1 - actually heading down to Captiva this weekend 12/10- 12-15 for a mini vacation with the wife. Usually do some surf fishing and would like to rent a boat to do some inshore as well. I know it's not the best time of the season but what could I expect fishing on the inside? Any particular lures I should be using? Any advice would be appreciated. We're staying on the beach in one of the Jensen properties and they usually give me a good deal on the boat rental. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Gary.
Inshore lures I've had (some) luck with:
White grubs
chartreuse & brown paddle tail
gold spoons (get the weedless kind)
topwaters if the water is flat

Your best bet is to use live shrimp. You can use them on a jig head or a circle hook or use a popping cork on grass flats, float them across the open areas (sand holes) for trout.

At blind pass you'll need some heavy lead most of the time, throw it near the pilings. Go at night time for a chance at some bigger snook.

That's about all the advice I have.
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I spent 2 months on Sanibel from mid Sept to mid Nov and fell in love with it. Caught a variety of fish including a bunch of snook up to 35" pompano,permit, trout,redfish. As mentioned Jensons on Captiva for boat rental or a guide. Their place is like stepping back in time. I would think speckled trout in the sound would be your best bet. Witneys bait and tackle on Sanibel for great advice and guides. They were most helpful to me. If you find a place on Sanibel you will love it.
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A little far from Sanibel, but a legendary joint in Marco.
http://www.snookinn.com/
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Yeah, Jensens is a step back in time for sure but I really enjoy it as compared to the craziness of Cape Cod in the summer! Been to Captiva a few times, absolutely love the lack of any serious commercialism. I will be looking at potential rental/retirement places this time down. Again, thanks for the replies I will hunt down a few lures recommended and will check out Whitneys as well. Gary.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Yeah, Jensens is a step back in time for sure but I really enjoy it as compared to the craziness of Cape Cod in the summer! Been to Captiva a few times, absolutely love the lack of any serious commercialism. I will be looking at potential rental/retirement places this time down. Again, thanks for the replies I will hunt down a few lures recommended and will check out Whitneys as well. Gary.
Not sure what kind of rental you're looking at, but if you're looking at weekly vacation rentals, then make sure based on either history or solid comps that you can pay all your expenses including commissions with 16 weeks of rentals per year, maybe less, unless you're okay with floating the loss.
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Thanks Crazybeard. Your advice is appreciated. Between the listing prices, taxes, HOA fees and commissions there is a lot to cover. Thus far the few places I am looking at have documented 80-90k of gross rental revenue per year (so I'm told as I have yet to see hard data) Still have much due diligence to do. Thanks.
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Thanks Crazybeard. Your advice is appreciated. Between the listing prices, taxes, HOA fees and commissions there is a lot to cover. Thus far the few places I am looking at have documented 80-90k of gross rental revenue per year (so I'm told as I have yet to see hard data) Still have much due diligence to do. Thanks.
Don't forget insurance. That can be a killer. Some of the houses in the 500k range I dealt with were 12-15k a year in just taxes and insurance before anything else. I'd expect you're north of that fairly decently with that gross. I'm happy to share what little I still know although I was on Ft Myers Beach. If it is helpful feel free to PM.
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CB, insurance, how could I forget! That could be the deal breaker. I have no interest in taking a loss going forward just for a place to stay a few months of the year. This may be a long shot due to the associated high costs (taxes are in the 6k range and HOA is about 7k which seems outrageous but may be the norm there) but I'll have a look anyway. Thanks for the offer to contact you further, once I receive more detailed data I may take you up on it. Thanks again. Gary
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Florida is 447 miles long and has everything from 1 star to 5 star accommodations. Please be a little more specific about what you're looking for.

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