Maybe it's because the cheerful coastal vibe reminds them that they've finally made their escape to the beach. Or because comfortable furnishings and sun-filled spaces make this rental truly feel like home. Or because arriving in Gulfport means entering a vibrant community with a be-who-you-are attitude.
No matter the reason, we love knowing guests can find peace at our 3BR/2BA rental in the heart of the Waterfront District. From its shaded yard to its beach chic entertaining areas, Dolphin House is the ideal landing pad for you, your closest friends or family, and even your pup. Come discover Gulfport's beaches, dining, and jam-packed lineup of events - from farmer's markets to full-fledged celebrations.
A DAY AT DOLPHIN HOUSE
In all three bedrooms, bright color schemes and tropical décor will fill you with Floridian spirit before your feet even hit the floor. Wake up lazily in the master's king-size bed or either of the guest room's queens.
Refresh in either of the two full bathrooms?one designated for the master, the other shared between the two guest rooms. If you need to check in with the real world, there's a spot for that in the office by the master.
Get the day started by whipping up something fresh. Our fully equipped galley kitchen has plenty of counter space for chopping and prepping, plus a large fridge for all your farmer's market finds.
Take your breakfast out to the shaded back patio and have a moment to yourself beneath the yard's tall oak tree, or settle in around the six-person dining table for coffee and conversation.
The kitchen and dining space serve as the heart of this split floor plan home - here, you'll find the perfect balance between privacy and time together.
Two living areas, one near the two guest bedrooms and another near the master, are chockfull of breezy charm. Opt for board games in the bamboo stalk green front living area or sink into cozy sofas for movie night in the back living area. Both have their own flat-screen TVs.
WHY WE LOVE DOLPHIN HOUSE
Fun, a little bit funky, and totally inviting, Dolphin House takes a cue from Gulfport itself. And it's no wonder: this rental is tucked in the heart of town, just a 5-minute walk from the Waterfront District.
"Bored" isn't in Gulfport's vocabulary. No matter when you make your way here, you'll find some way to immerse yourself in this unique community. Like GeckoFest, an annual end-of-summer celebration full of groovy jams, quirky street performers, and costume-clad revelers. Or bi-weekly art walks, weekly farmer's markets, and summer sock hops.
When you're ready to take a break from downtown's lively spirit for something a little quieter, pedal one of our complimentary bikes a half-mile to the Pinellas Bike Trail or walk a block to the dog park with your four-legged pal.
Free Wifi. Now with Netflix! Pets welcome with additional fee.
Ring video doorbell onsite.
Wonderful place to stay. They truly have thought of everything to make your stay more comfortable. The home is very spacious, clean, and a short walking distant to downtown shops and the gulf water area. This is not ocean area just so you know there is a difference. The management company is wonderful to work with. We would definitely stay again.- Anonymous from Titusville, Posted: 5/18/2022
Exactly as Described
We love visiting Gulfport, FL and we love this rental. The description and pictures are on point! The location is literally one block from “downtown” Gulfport and the Gulfport Beach is about a block and a half away. It’s an inlet beach with very small wave action which makes it perfect for our granddaughter, age 2, who was traveling with us. Take time to walk the beach and sit behind the recreation building & skate park if you want to see dolphins and manatees in the bay. And for those of you who are still playing Pokémon Go, this is a hot spot for poke stops! A short drive to many other beaches directly on the gulf. We found those to be more touristy. This location is perfect and there is plenty of beach gear at the house including a wagon to pack for a day in the sun and sand.
This house is designed as two living spaces with the kitchen connecting them. While baby was sleeping in the front of the house, grown ups could visit in the back of the house without worry of waking her. Same was true in the morning, grandma and grandpa slept in the back bedroom and didn’t even realize baby and her dad were awake.
We definitely plan to stay here for future family vacations.
Shout out to Beth and her team for recommending Pack Less, Play More for baby gear rental. We rented a crib, high chair and stroller. Made life so much easier.
Stay here to recharge and relax. Slow paced town with plenty of restaurants, coffee houses and souvenir shopping. There were two bikes available for us to use but we didn’t have time. We were too busy relaxing and enjoying the perfect weather of April in Florida.
We highly recommend going to the St Pete Farmers Market in Saturday morning and the Gulfport farmers market on Tuesday mornings.
- Anonymous from Marietta, Posted: 5/14/2022
A Great Home, a Great Time, in a Great Neighborhood
So close to the "happenin'" Waterfront District, you can smell the shrimp a boilin' and hear the music drifting out from the bayside restaurants. My wife and our labrador had a wonderful time exploring the neat shoppes and bistros along the way. The house (with a fenced in backyard) was just perfect for our pup. It is also very clean, with all the amenities you need for outdoors - bikes, grills, patio furniture, screen-in back porch - and indoors - multiple 4K TV's, King bed, small library.
Beth and her crew at Splashy Ventures were very helpful in getting us up-to-speed. (The electronic concierge directed us to all the home's amenities and area attractions with a touch of the screen!)
Would gladly return to this vacation getaway and certainly recommend to a friend.- Anonymous from Normal, Posted: 4/2/2022
Great Gulfport Getaway
We love Gulfport. Love this house. Love the location. Cant wait to go back!! Management is very helpful and responsive. Excellent experience.- Anonymous from Saint Louis, Posted: 4/1/2022
Dolphin House is Wonderful
We love staying at Dolphin House! It’s a lovely, spacious home with a wonderful screened porch and fenced back yard! The kitchen is really well stocked with everything you need! It’s in the perfect location..... we walk to all of the restaurants, shops, and waterfront bars to watch the sunset. We can’t wait to stay here again next year!- Anonymous , Posted: 11/30/2021
This house is actually better than advertised! Very well decorated with all the amenities of a five star hotel. The in-home concierge-kiosk was a nice touch. Property description is accurate regarding the location and layout etc. Property was clean and well-maintained. Totally would stay again.- Anonymous , Posted: 11/22/2021
This house exceeded expectations. we came dogs and they enjoyed the yard and the house was dog-friendly. The kitchen has ever toy you need and better quality on some things than we use at home. ( I have to get new pans now). beds are comfortable, AC great, washer/dryer great and location perfect for walking to town or pier & park.- Anonymous from Palm Coast, Posted: 9/18/2021Thank you Mark.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Strobel Family Vacation 2021
The best. Love the house. Everything was perfect but the ac. Beth went above and beyond to keep us comfortable with the ac problems. Beth is the best.- Anonymous from Havana, Posted: 7/27/2021
We really enjoyed the house and it was nicer than then the pictures showed. Everything was within a short drive including grocery’s, restaurants and a neat town of Gulfport. A couple minor things. We were a bit under the impression there was a swimming beach within walking distance, that is not the case. There is a cool little walking area but if you intend to walk to a swimming beach it isn’t right there. Nothing to do with the property but traffic is so slow there :). We would 100% stay in this exact same house.- Anonymous from Holmen, Posted: 6/27/2021
Great Dolphin House Experience!
Clean, comfortable, quiet; and within easy walking distance to the town and the beach were the main highlights of our stay at this great vacation rental.- Anonymous , Posted: 6/15/2021
Relaxing respite in Dolphin House!
Two couples shared this house for two weeks in wonderful Gulfport. This house is very well located -- close to everything yet very quiet. It is a lovely home. It has a split floor plan that allows some privacy, which is a nice thing. It is comfortably furnished and very pretty. The kitchen is very attractive, well-appointed, and has everything needed to cook meals, and there is a nice gas grill outside as well. We had all of our meals outside at the table provided there, and really enjoyed that. There is a nice library of books to read, televisions with Roku provided, and really every convenience for a vacation. I highly recommend Dolphin House; this is the second time we have rented it, and we are likely to do so again. Beth, the property manager, is very nice to work with as well. And Gulfport is a fabulous town with great restaurants, a pretty beach, and a nice arts scene.- Anonymous from Huntington, Posted: 5/24/2021
really great place, location, and communication!- Anonymous , Posted: 5/11/2021
A true charmer
A well maintained ,clean and beautifully decorated home. Walking distance to city beach, shopping , restaurant and nightlife.
All our needs were met . Will definitely return- Anonymous from Atlanta, Posted: 4/13/2021
Lovely and clean home in great location
Our stay (family of 4) at the Dolphin House was wonderful. The house was very clean and laid out well. Walking in the front of the home, you enter a nice living room and to the right is a small hallway with linen closet (well stocked with extra linens and quilt). Off this hallway was 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. All nice sized and ample lighting/storage. Back thru the first living room is the walk thru kitchen (recently updated nicely) with everything you could need, ample counter space and multiple coffee makers. Then you walk into a dining and living room combination that was very comfortable. To the right was a small hallway with large master bedroom, bathroom and separate room for laundry and cleaning tools. We appreciated the collapsible wagon for the beach. The outdoor space was beautiful and very private. Completely fenced in for our dogs. Dolphin House was all one level and in great condition. We’ve rented many homes in the past and this was the cleanest and best layout. We also appreciated the easy walk into the cute downtown, only a couple of blocks away. We discovered Tutto Bene down the street and only a 1 minute walk. It was the BEST Italian restaurant outside of Italy (and we lived in Italy twice)! We ate there 4 nights out of our 4 night stay. It was reasonably priced and absolutely delish with a large outdoor space and great ambiance and service. The Tuesday morning art market in town was lovely too. We bought some handmade jewelry and tea. It was an easy drive to St Pete’s downtown and beach area, but there was also a cute little beach a few blocks away from the house. We also loved that restaurants/park in Gulfport were dog friendly. Completely enjoyed our stay at Dolphin House and will definitely stay there again if/when we visit Gulfport. Also, Beth with Splashy was great to work with. Thank you!- Anonymous from Glen Ellyn, Posted: 4/2/2021
Dolhin House - Gulfport Florida
Very relaxing, excellent amenities, very clean house.
Loved the Dolphin House- Anonymous , Posted: 3/31/2021
Dolphin House was even better than described. It is located one block-off Beach Blvd and all that Gulfport has to offer.
Beds and furnishing are comfortable and the fenced backyard was inviting and relaxing.
The home was spotlessly clean and well equipped. We have already booked another stay!- Anonymous from Clayton, Posted: 12/28/2020Thanks so much Marc and you are welcome back anytime!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
This is a great house. Well equipped kitchen. Walking distance to places to eat. Very spacious.- Anonymous from Havana, Posted: 7/30/2020Thank you!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Highly Recommend Dolphin House
We loved our stay at the Dolphin house. The house was perfect for our group of two couples + two toddlers. It was clean, beautiful, and looked as described. Beth and Splashy Ventures were so helpful in making the arrangements to easy. They helped us figure out renting kid equipment, bikes, finding good local spots to eat and visit. Gulfport is a cute, quiet beach side town, with easy access to other areas and beaches, or plenty to entertain you in Gulfport for a relaxing few days.- Anonymous , Posted: 3/4/2020Thank you so much.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
The home was the most fully equipped AIRBNB I've ever experienced. It was perfect. Lovely patio for outdoor dining. The location could not be beat- Anonymous , Posted: 3/1/2020Thank you.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We loved our stay at Dolphin House. The accommodations are spacious. This was our second year to rent it, so that kind of says it all!- Anonymous from Xenia, Posted: 2/26/2020Thank you!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Relaxing, perfect Dolphin House!
Our vacation rental was excellent from beginning to end! Splashy Ventures made everything easy and Beth, the agent for Gulfport, was very accessible and very helpful. We loved the house--it worked exceptionally well for two couples, as it has two fully functioning living spaces connected by a kitchen. It is airy, perfectly furnished and clean and very pretty. A nice place to be! Location is excellent--a block from Beach Boulevard and the waterfront, but somehow still very quiet. IT also has a lovely backyard area and a covered back porch where it is delightful to sit and read or relax. I highly recommend this property!- Anonymous from Huntington, Posted: 1/17/2020
Everything you need.
We loved this vacation rental. Very nicely decorated, super well stocked, roomy and very comfortable beds.- Anonymous , Posted: 12/16/2019
We loved dolphin house ! From the location, to the house, it’s clean, tasteful furnished, convenient, and spacious. It has everything you need in the kitchen, clearly labeled. I can say I am stealing ideas from what I see here for my own house ! It is clearly well maintained and that the host makes a special effort to make us guests feel at home ! Highly recommended.- Anonymous , Posted: 11/14/2019
Great location and accomodations
When you walk in the front door you just feel at home. The decor and bright interior welcomes you to relax. The bedrooms were large and comfortable. The kitchen had everything you might need if you chose to need it. Nice dining area and two seating areas gave you separation if you need it. A great backyard with subtle night lighting along with a grill and plenty of seating to relax and eat outside if you choose. The yard is completely fenced to keep your dog safe if you have one with you. Gulfport is very dog friendly as are the people you’ll meet. You’re about a block from the water, restaurants, bars, shops, and beach. Lots to do right there as well as just a short drive to the gulf beaches, museums. downtown St. Petersburg, and the airports. A great location and a roomy home to stay in.- Anonymous , Posted: 10/23/2019
Fantastic Gulfport Stay
We absolutely loved the Dolphin House, it was perfect for us. Wonderful outdoor and indoor living spaces, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, great bathrooms. Very uplifting colors and lots of light. Positive vibes, bicycles and coolers were a bonus since the beach is a must. Fantastic walking distance to town. Great stay.- Anonymous from North Myrtle Beach, Posted: 10/10/2019
Dolphin House is a gem
Perfect house in a perfect location. Walking distance to some of the best restaurants in the St. Pete's area. Clean, comfortable house with all the amenities that you could want.- Anonymous from Victoria, Posted: 5/25/2019We will see you in 2020!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Beautiful house in a perfect location. We loved Dolphin House. It was very comfortable for 3 couples and waling distance to the water and all the great restaurants in Gulfport. Only 10 minutes to downtown St Pete. Host was very nice and communicative. Will be back next year.- Anonymous from Lexington, Posted: 5/1/2019Thanks for coming back in 2019. I hope the book fair went well.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Great weekend away in paradise!
We had a fabulous weekend at the Dolphin House this weekend with my sister and brother in law. The house was beautifully decorated, well stocked and comfortable. We loved sitting outside in the landscaped yard with festive lights, very relaxing. The house is well situated only a block from the shops and restaurants and a short drive to St Pete and the beaches. We especially liked our beach day at Ft Desota State Park, gorgeous water! Gulfport has a Key West vibe from forty years ago- eclectic, chill and the people are wonderful. We will be back...- Anonymous from Davie, Posted: 4/9/2019Thank you ladies!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Another great stay at the Dolphin House
This was our third week long stay. We love the house and location. Short walk to the restaurants, shops, beach, playground, cafes. The house is clean. We plan to return.- Anonymous from Madison, Posted: 2/10/2019It was great to have you guys again!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We have already rented the Dolphin House for next year, so I think that speaks volumes as to our experience! We loved the location, it was decorated perfectly, it was clean, and it was quiet!
The kitchen was well appointed with anything needed, and the bathrooms were quite nice. It was also very spacious and a great set up for two couples or two families.- Anonymous from Xenia, Posted: 2/10/2019Yes, see you guys next year!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Beautiful House / Great Locarion
We were so impressed with the house. It was spotless and very visitor friendly. There wete e en fresh flowers waiting for us. This was our first visit to Gulfport so we were pleased to find we were walking distance from the bay and so many awesome restaurants and nightlife. The landscaping in great in the back as well.
We were a short drive from the beach, the mall, Walmart and the best dog beach park I've ever been to! No surprises with our rental, easy in and out. Highly recommended!- Anonymous from Gulf Shores, Posted: 2/2/2019We are happy that you enjoyed your stay!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
As we have come to expect from splashyventures.. clean, quite and most of all relaxing! Looking forward to another vacation soon!!- Anonymous from belleview, Posted: 11/20/2018Thank you Matthew!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Perfect Home and an Awesome Location
We have spent the last two 4th of July holidays in this home. I am not sure we will be making the drive from Richmond next year, so I am here to tell you to SNATCH THIS HOUSE UP. The town and the fireworks alone make it a steal. Each year, we walk 2 blocks to the waterfront about 10 minutes before the show and are treated to a great show and simply walk back after. Beyond that, the house is adorable, the town is fun, and there are multiple beaches a short easy drive away. The property managers are super friendly and helpful too!- Anonymous from Henrico, Posted: 7/31/2018Richmond is a bit of a trek, but hopefully you will return one day!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Absolutely Wonderful Stay
Let me start by saying that this house is in a perfect location; walking distance (couple blocks) from entertainment (O'Maddy's) and shopping. The house has EVERYTHING you would need to have in order to be comfortable. The kitchen is stocked and the beds (my pet peeve) were great. They even provided nice, thick towels; not the cheesy ones a lot of properties provide. It was extremely clean and my wife and I are already discussing planning another visit. Thank you for thinking of the little things that made my family and I have a great getaway.- Anonymous from Grovetown, Posted: 5/30/2018Thank you so much!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Another wonderful visit at the Dolphin House
This is our fourth year at the Dolphin House. As always, everything was perfect. Just as advertised, the house was immaculate upon arrival and there were nice upgrades to the living and bedrooms. The best restaurants and shops in the area are literally a stone's throw from the house. We'll be back for sure.- Anonymous from Victoria, Posted: 5/26/2018Actually it was your 6th year!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
A dear little Gulfport retreat
This house has everything we needNice kitchen ware and pots and pans and Lovely towels for both bathrooms and very comfortable furniture. It is centrally located with attractive yards in the front and back- Anonymous from Harwich, Posted: 3/17/2018See you next year for your big milestone!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We love the Dolphin House in Gulfport, Florida
We've stayed at this property six times during January over the years. It is spacious, well-located, well-appointed, and dog friendly. Good restaurants and a nice beach (Boca Ciega Bay) two blocks away.- Anonymous from Washington, Posted: 1/30/2018We looking forward to hosting the two of you and your new baby, Justice, next year. He's the poster child for "lucky dog"! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Great place! Great location! Just a short walk to O'Maddy's and the Waterfront, 5 minutes or so. Beth was great to work with as well!- Anonymous from Pueblo, Posted: 1/17/2018I am pleased you and your friends enjoyed your stay!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Had a great time with family in this spacious villa. Was a perfect place to cookout, walk down to the beach, and just enjoy my family.- Anonymous from Portland, Posted: 1/8/2018Thanks so much!!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
This rental property was beautiful!!! Extremely clean, kitchen fully stocked with everything you need (and more) to cook! The open floor plan was set up perfectly for relaxing, entertaining and vacationing. 2 bedrooms and living room in the front of the house and 1 bedroom and open concept living/dining area in the back. 2 bathrooms - I loved that the 2nd bathroom wasn't part of the back bedroom (altho it was right next to it) so it was always available for use. We had 6 adults + addl guests some nights and we were VERY comfie! Property Mgrs were very accommodating with top quality blow up beds for our guests that decided to stay overnight. It was 3 blocks from excellent restaurants, bars (with great bands) and shops so there was no need to drive! I live in town but staycationed with my out of state friends as we celebrated all of our 50th Bdays - we had a ball!- Anonymous from Gulfport, Posted: 11/7/2017You guys were a great group - thank you!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
It was a great experience for me and my family.
Fantastic- Anonymous from NA, Posted: 8/16/2017Thank you!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Dolphin House Stay
The house was even better than expected. Very close to water and shops/restaurants. Very clean and maintained. Ample parking and great landscaping. They thought of everything when it comes to the comforts of home. Nicely loaded kitchen, comfy beds/couches, lots of dinning seating and outside sitting. Great property- Anonymous , Posted: 8/13/2017Thank you so much!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Like Home Away from Home
Everything was perfect for our 3 day stay. The home was fully furnished and equipped with everything we would need. The decor was tasteful and charming and the location for dining was superb. Check in was a breeze as well as check out. Responsive to any questions or concerns. Will definitely consider again!- Anonymous from Hilliard, Posted: 7/11/2017We're so pleased to hear it! Thank you so much.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Everything was just right!
The house is adorable and in a PRIME location. Gulfport is charming and the people so nice. All of the beaches are just minutes away, so we went to St. Pete, Madeira, and Pass-a-Grille--each different, but still awesome. Day trip to Sarasota and a Rays game at night. Finally, St. Petersburg is really fun and hip and urban! Lots of good food and breweries! It was a pleasant surprise.- Anonymous from Henrico, Posted: 7/10/2017The central location is one of the amazing things about Gulfport. Dining, beaches, shopping and sports! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Return Visit Just as Amazing
This is our 2nd visit to this great property. It's roomy, neat, has everything we needed and more. We pulled the shades during the day and boy, when we got home the temperature was PERFECT and just dark enough for a good afternoon nap! We will be back!- Anonymous from Decatur, Posted: 6/20/2017She also had a brand new central heat and AC this time around! Woo hoo!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Dolphin cottage was a perfect rental for my boyfriend, my daughter, her husband and myself while we were in the area for my son's wedding last weekend.The cottage was clean, comfortable, and roomy. We were only one block from the fun waterfront area of Gulfport with its wonderful restaurants and artsy shops. I definitely recommend Dolphin Cottage and would love to stay here again on my next trip. I also recommend dining at Isabellas and Pia's Trattoria.- Anonymous , Posted: 6/9/2017We love Pia's too. Too much!!!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
A family weekend getaway
The perfect location for our family of 6 to gather to celebrate my sisters wedding. The property is very well kept and had everything that we needed and more. Management was very helpful and accommodating. The location is convenient to everything and just a quick walk to some great bars, restaurants and coffee shops. We hope to visit again!- Anonymous from Cumberland, Posted: 5/16/2017Thank you so much!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Exactly like the pictures
The pictures on line were real and did not over state the home! Very clean, spacious and in a GREAT location. We had a group of 4 and the separate locations of bedrooms and bathrooms worked out well! Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your home!- Anonymous from Delaware, Posted: 4/24/2017You are welcome!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We spent 4 nights over Easter in this precious home. The rental was immaculate and so conveniently located. We were a short walk to 2 parks, a beach, and multiple shops and restaurants. Gulfport is a charming town! During our stay, there was an Easter egg hunt on the waterfront for children, a spring festival, sunrise Easter service on the beach, and an art walk. We enjoyed a visit to nearby Weedon Island and Fort DeSoto park. Such great memories from our trip!- Anonymous from Johns Island, Posted: 4/19/2017Gulfport is a wonderful place for activities and events! And lots of unique events that you won't find elsewhere.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Lovely House:Great Location
We stayed in the Dolphin House for a month and enjoyed every single day. The house is spacious, comfortable and very well stocked with china, linens, etc. It is also immaculate with upscale furniture- pets are allowed, but you would never know any had been in the house. The location is wonderful- an easy walk to the waterfront and all of the fabulous restaurants in Gulfport. My highest praise goes to Beth, property manager. She responds quickly to questions and if there are any issues ( I left some clothes in the closet on departure day) she readily facilitates a resolution. This property is an outstanding rental in the heart of a fun, cozy community.- Anonymous from Orleans, Posted: 4/16/2017Thank you so much Ann!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
The Dolphin House is ideally situated 2 blocks from the beach and main action of pubs and shops. The house is just like the pictures. Beautiful side and backyard, filled with Palm tress and other trees. Very private indeed. The house itself is very spacious, neat and clean. You don't need to buy anything for cooking, it's all there.
Beth was excellent. I talked to her on the phone and communicated by e-mails and Beth is very responsive.
I certainly recommend The Dolphin House as we would certainly book it again..... and we had excellent weather :)- Anonymous from Kanata, Posted: 3/2/2017Thank you Don. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay on hopefully your first of many winter vacations to come! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Had a great time. We loved the house and it's in a perfect location. Just a few blocks to the beach along with the restaurants and bars downtown.- Anonymous from Madison Heights, Posted: 2/26/2017Thank you Derek!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We love Dolphin House in Gulfport, Florida
We've stayed at this house five times over recent years. It is so pleasant, comfortable, roomy and well-located near restaurants and the beach at Boca Ciega Bay. Owner-manager Beth deserves great credit for designing and maintaining this and her other properties. They are not fussy or pretentious--just done with great style and attention to detail, such as: lighting, HD cable tv package, decor, comfortable furniture and landscaping. And--Dolphin House is pet friendly, with a lovely enclosed yard and patio, perfect for our golden retriever. The split design means that you can have friends or relatives stay with you, with their own bedrooms (2), bathroom and living room, with the kitchen and dining area in between the two split areas.- Anonymous from Washington, Posted: 2/17/2017Thank you Joe and Jody!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We'll be back!
Great house, great location.- Anonymous from Madison, Posted: 11/22/2016Thank you! I think this was your third stay! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Five star! First time I have worked with HomeAwayand everything was perfect. 6 women, a 4 month old baby, and a dog. Plenty of room. Location was excellent. You can walk everywhere.The small town of Gulfport is lovely!- Anonymous from Louisville, Posted: 11/17/2016Thank you Paula. I'm pleased you guys enjoyed yourselves and found everything you were looking for! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
As soon as you walk in you relax.
spacious, well laid out, clean, everything you need to cook or make a special drink.
a block away from restaurants and shops in downtown Gulfport. Nice back yard area to grill and relax. Would definitely stay there again.- Anonymous from Tampa, Posted: 11/3/2016You are welcome to return! This was Mary's third stay at our homes, including The Sand Dollar and Tyn & Marty's. She is a great guest.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Dolphin House Review
We had a lovely time at Dolphin House and found the accommodations, especially the split floor plan, perfect for 6 adults and an infant so there was separation during the baby's fussy period during the night. We had no complaints, other than the noisiness of the AC compressor outside the master bedroom that was a little distracting when I went to read for a while in the beautiful back yard. The location was also perfect for attending a family wedding at the Gulfport Casino.- Anonymous from Lenoir, Posted: 9/28/2016Thank you Doris and we are so sorry about the compressor. The problem with the AC noise has been fixed, hopefully at least for the next 10 years or so as we put in an entirely new Trane heat pump system 3 days ago. It was a little touch and go during your stay! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Wonderful, roomy, and clean!
My family of 4 came to GulfPort for a short, 2-day getaway to visit a friend. We were thrilled with the layout of the home and how roomy it was. Our teens practically had half of the house to themselves and my husband and I had the other half! The home, however, is very open and flows well. It was easy to move about and move in and out. We already want to come back and will absolutely want to book this particular property. On the last night we had an issue and the management was SUPER responsive. We ended up not needing their solution but appreciated their attention and solution. We absolutely love Gulf Port! We walked to the tennis courts at the park there, walked to restaurants, enjoyed the Tuesday Market, walked to the pier, rode our bikes and explored the neighborhood (and stopped for ice cream), and had a short drive to the beaches. Fantastic location. Very cool neighborhood. We would never get a hotel after this vacation!- Anonymous from Decatur, Posted: 9/19/2016Thank you Susan. You are welcome back anytime! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Good location and space but needs a bit of a freshen up
Arrived the day after a Hurricane so unsure about what to expect but the house was very impressive and had plenty of room.
Kitchen was a little dated but had everything that was needed.
Local to the town and the beach ( unfortunately that was shut to the effects of the Hurricane )and easy enough to travel around to get to the sights.
Overall happy- Anonymous from LEICESTER, Posted: 9/18/2016Thanks Tim! The kitchen is halfway through a remodel, with one side completely new (new cabinets, new counters, new refrigerator) and the other half with the original cabinets but all updated appliances. Stay tuned for the full reveal!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Would absolutely stay at this house again! It was great! Very spacious with private back patio and grill. We had 7 people total and there was more than enough room. Location was great, very quiet neighborhood. House was very clean, fully stocked kitchen (not including food) and shower towels were provided. If you have more than 6 people I would recommend bringing a few extra shower towels. Beach towels were provided along with chairs.- Anonymous from Slatington, Posted: 8/15/2016Thank you Ashley! We do provide twelve bath towels which should enable everyone to change towels once without laundering if there are 6 people. But we do have a washing machine in the home!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
This home was a little further away from the waves than we originally planned, but it turned out to be perfect.- Anonymous from Orlando, Posted: 6/23/2016Thanks so much Cece. Best wishes to you and your extended family. And continued luck and success with your performing career! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
The house was clean and close to restaurants. The management staff was very helpful and easy to work with.- Anonymous from West Palm Beach/Singer Island, Posted: 6/16/2016Thank you Melissa.- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Great Home - Great Town
The house had everything we needed and then some! It was perfectly suited to us (2 couples)plus had an extra bedroom. The owner was very helpful and the Town of Gulfport was unique with plenty of restaurants, shops, beach area and all of it kept very clean. We had a wonderful time!- Anonymous from Ducktown, Posted: 4/10/2016Please come back! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Review for Dolphin House
Our experience was very good overall. Unfortunately, the slider door from the bedroom to the outside had a latch that didn't work so we could not latch or lock it while we were gone. Also anyone wearing light color socks ended up with black bottoms to their socks.- Anonymous from East Lansing, Posted: 3/10/2016I checked with the guests who stayed both before and after this guest and neither had any difficulties with the slider door locking. I also checked it myself shortly thereafter and was able to lock it normally. It is possible that she wasn't shutting it completely. If she had contacted me (through any avenue) when she first encountered this problem I would have been happy to send someone to check it out and show her how to operate it if necessary. Regarding the light colored socks and black bottoms, the floor is light colored tile that is very easy to see whether it is clean or not and it is thoroughly mopped as the very last thing as the cleaners are departing. If guests leave doors and windows open during their stay, which is common during beautiful March weather, it is very easy for dust/dirt from the yard to blow in, or if they walk out onto the back patio their socks can also get dirty. We clean our floors!!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Wonderful vacation at Dolphin House, Gulfport, FL
We love this place, We have been back four times in January. The house is well-located, close to the beach, good restaurants. The main thing--it is dog friendly. Our golden retriever loves it there. We will be back next year!- Anonymous from Washington, Posted: 2/17/2016Thank you Joe, Jodi and Junior! And thank you for coming back! FYI, Don and Laura will be back at The Sand Dollar in 2017!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Great house for a stay in Gulfport
Excellent! Extremely well organized and tastefully furnished home in a very quiet neighborhood just a couple blocks walk from the main street. Highly recommended.- Anonymous from Carlisle`, Posted: 1/12/2016Thank you Marilyn! This was Marilyn's first time to stay in one of our homes and we would welcome her back anytime. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Very tranquil completely furnished comfortable home
Two blocks from beach and local restaurants. Lovely tropicsl yard and fully loaded furnished home. Communcation with rental company was easy and always right there to answer questuons and send information. Great stay for myself, mother and four young adults- Anonymous from Silvis, Posted: 10/17/2015We're happy that Aimee and her group were pleased with their stay. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
OUR WONDERFUL FLORIDA VACATION
We had a wonderful time. The Dolphin House was much more than we had expected. A beautiful home in a quiet, safe and friendly neighborhood. The locals were great. Ms. Sexworth, the manager, and the staff took care of our every need. The only thing that will make the photos of the Dolphin House look better, will be your family standing in them. Hope you have a wonderful stay. We most certainly did.- Anonymous from Sweetwater, Posted: 8/28/2015We were happy to welcome Shelby and Florence and their extended family on their vacation. They took very good care of our home and were very understanding when an unexpected problem arose at the home during their stay. We highly recommend them for their patience and graciousness and would certainly welcome them again. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Loved staying at the Dolphin house! We had 3 small kids and 3 adults but had plenty of room for us all to be comfortable. It is around a few restaurants (we didn't get to try due to other plans) and walking distance from the bay. I would certainly go back and stay here.- Anonymous , Posted: 8/5/2015Thank you Crystal. Do come back and try the local restaurants. They're very good and becoming quite a draw to the area. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We enjoyed our stay very much. Beth has thought of absolutely everything to include in the home, from a completely stocked kitchen, to laundry detergent, to beach chairs. The home was very clean and had a "homey" feel. Thank you Beth for a wonderful vacation!- Anonymous from Opelika, Posted: 8/1/2015Thank you Kelly. We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip and our home! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We enjoyed another delightful stay at the Dolphin House. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the upgrades to the house. The charming house, literally a block away from some of the best restaurants in the St. Pete's area, was even brighter, more inviting and comfortable this year than last.- Anonymous from Victoria, Posted: 6/6/2015Thank you Jim! We look forward to hosting you again in 2016! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
The Dolohin visit with FL family
The Dolphin House was wonderful! The minute we stepped in we all felt like we were at home. It was clean had everything we needed and the furnishings gave one a warm fuzzy feeling. As we were leaving we all agreed that it was first vacation we had ever been on when we hated to leave the house.- Anonymous from Murray, Posted: 5/29/2015Hi Wynema, we hope it works out for you to come back soon. Thanks so much for staying with us and your kind words! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Nice, easy house, nice area
First of all, the pictures do not do this rental justice. It was a nice surprise to enter the home and find it so charming. I'll list the pro/cons.
Pros: Sweet little blue house, a summer Floridian home, set up for renters.
There are three good tvs though the house, so everyone could watch what they wanted. Located one short block from the main Beach st where many restaurants and shops are located. The neighborhood is quiet and we all slept well. It is also a short distance to walk (5 min) down to the 'beach front'; not this isn't really a swimming beach, but has a long pier where folks fish; there is also a small park on the shore. There are a few spots like OMalleys where you can sit outside and almost be on the beach. Pretty area, safe, too. Its a small, relaxed town.
Cons: Its a tiny bit dated, although, you can tell they've put a lot of work into keeping it fresh. The master bedroom is huge and has a patio. The middle bedroom is 'girlish' but pretty, ok for adults, but no good makeup area. The small bedroom is blue/boyish and more child like; but it has a dresser mirror that has the best lighting. And my last con is the early checkout time; 10am seemed so early, especially when the body is on a different time zone; plus they ask you to clean up some things; its not like a maid service where you can just walk out. We spent about an hour cleaning up.
But all in all, we really enjoyed the property and would easily stay again! "Beth", the rental manager, was easy to deal with and 'put up' with my numerous requests and such. She was excellent assisting me.
We loved the convenience of this property and felt safe and comfortable.- Anonymous from Gardnerville, Posted: 5/12/2015Hi Vanessa, we're so glad it worked well for you and your crew! Regarding the checkout time, if it's much later than 10 am it just isn't possible to get a house of that size cleaned and restocked in time for another check-in the same day. If no one else is checking in that same day (and in your case there was) we can often do a noon checkout. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
we had a great stay. A few minor problems. The knobs are worn out on the gas grill, I had to use plyers that I luckily had in my car. And the if nighters on the grill is shot. Also the hand held fire starter stopped working after night one. But other than that the place was clean warm and inviting.- Anonymous from Tampa, Posted: 4/28/2015Thanks Kyle! We'll check out the knobs and make sure we have extra handheld firestarters on hand! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Can't wait to book again!
My friends and I came from Philadelphia, PA. for a friends wedding that was held at St. Pete's Beach (only 15-20 min drive). When we first arrived, we were very pleased with the home. It was perfect for the six of us (all couples). Just a block or two away there are several restaurants, If you love seafood I recommend going to Maddies. Their food is AMAZING!
We only had one slight issue (that was caused by the previous tenant) with maintenance but, Beth was right on it and accommodated our needs and the issue was fixed within a reasonable timeframe. We all said we'd love to come back some time and stay here again.- Anonymous from Philadelphia, Posted: 4/17/2015Hi Elisa, I'm so glad that Dolphin House worked well for you and we do hope you return! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
We had a fabulous time. The house was very comfortable and the location was great.- Anonymous from Germantown, Posted: 4/14/2015Thank you Jennifer, we're so glad that you enjoyed it! Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
The Dolphin House was wonderful and just as described. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation home to accommodate two families traveling together. We each had our own space as well as a shared space for cooking and eating.Everything we needed was so easy to find as the kitchen was so well organized with labels in all the cupboards and drawers as to their contents. Gulfport is such an artsy and eclectic town and we were within walking distance to everything. We were also an easy drive to Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and other tourist locations. We highly recommend the Dolphin House to anyone wanting a great vacation home.- Anonymous from Warren, Posted: 2/28/2015Thank you Barb and John. We love the location too. Beth- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Delightful Stay in Gulfport, Florida
This was our third visit to Dolphin House in Gulfport, FL. We love Gulfport and we love Dolphin House. Gulfport is like old-time Florida, quiet and peaceful, easy to park and drive, good restaurants, art walks, and right on Boca Ciega Bay. Dolphin House is spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, including three flat-screen TVs and wi-fi.
Most of all, it is dog-friendly, with a charming fenced-in backyard and patio. The owner continuously makes improvements and upgrades to the property. It is only a short walk to the beach and to the nice restaurants. We will definitely be back again.(The only suggestion I would have is that the larger sofa in the main living room seems to be getting uncomfortable, without enough back support.) Otherwise, everything else is just great!- Anonymous from Washington, Posted: 2/5/2015Thank you Joe, Jodi and Junior!- Splashy Ventures staff, Posted:
Delightful vacation home
My family stayed for one week. We found the house to be exactly as described. It was very clean and equipped with everything we needed- Anonymous from Kailua Kona, Posted: 12/9/2014
This house has plenty of room for up to 8 people and is larger than it may seem. It is stocked and furnished as described, and the outdoor/patio setting is very pleasant. It is in a great location for walking into the little town of Gulfport, which we loved, as well as being easy driving distance of St. Petersburg Beach, downtown St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. The surrounding neighborhood is very modest, but safe.- Anonymous from Jacksonville, Posted: 11/18/2014
There's no place like home
We were satisfied when we walked in the door exceptionally clean with no fear
Of bed bugs. Fit all our needs with a great restaurant and bar a block away not
To mention the beach. Close to all desires or needs. Beth handled all our questions and concerns promptly and to our satisfaction. Just a pleasant experience well worth the cost- Anonymous from Bakersfield, Posted: 10/10/2014
DOLPHIN HOUSE REVIEW
Had a great stay in Gulf Port. Dophin House was a lovely property with lots of space. Deceiving from the outside but very spacious on the inside.
All equipment in the house worked and was very easy to operate.
One issue with a few insects but I think expected in this climate. Bug sprays were available in the house so were used.
Location was good but as with most places in Florida a car is needed to get around.
Would recommend this location for a quiet and relaxing holiday.- Anonymous from Enfield, Posted: 9/5/2014
Nice house. All new appliances inside, tile floors, spacious family room and master bedroom. Nice covered patio with large gas grill. Paver walkway around back and side of house with lighted landscape and six foot privacy fence. House is very pet friendly.- Anonymous from Florissant, Posted: 7/15/2014
We had a wonderful time and everything could not have gone better! The house was perfect, spacious for our family stay and to prep for a wedding on the beach. We also loved the court yard in the back- Anonymous from Ambler, Posted: 6/15/2014
Great location, friendly people
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin House. The house was clean and comfortable with good wireless. A half block walk to great pubs and restaurants. Downtown Gulfport is hopping with funky art, music and friendly folks.- Anonymous from Victoria, Posted: 6/7/2014
Home away from home
Dolphin house was comfy and room to stretch and relax. Had a great time and the restaurants, especially O'Maddys were close by. A great time.- Anonymous from Pueblo west, Posted: 6/4/2014
Perfect retreat for all ages
This was the ideal place for our family which ranges in age from 7 months to 90 years. The house is divided in such a way that we could used one half for little ones and the other half for those who preferred quiet. Gulfport is a quaint village that lends itself to rest and easy access to fishing, eating, hanging out, partying, walking and jogging. We would definitely consider returning.- Anonymous from Durham, Posted: 5/18/2014
The house is in a great location where it's away from the craziness of St. Pete but you can walk to nice restaurants in Gulfport. The condition of the house was fine but there was an unpleasant musty/cat litter like smell that seemed to permeate everything. That being said the kitchen was amazingly well stocked with equipment we don't even have at home (ice cream maker!) and it was the perfect size for our family.- Anonymous from Reston, Posted: 5/5/2014
Three happy travelers
We were three single women. The house is roomy with a sitting area and two bedrooms & bath in the front and then after the kitchen/dining area, a larger family room, master bath and laundry. Back porch is nice. The front bathroom could be updated, but its acceptable.
Gulfport is a cute little town with one street of shops and restaurants ending at the bay. Good restaurants, easy walking around, close to St. Petersburg and other interesting places. All in all a wonderful week.- Anonymous from Flourtown, Posted: 5/2/2014
Great home & location
Great new improvements to kitchen and largest bedroom. Easily can sleep six with plenty of area for private space. Also very pleasant for 3 or 4 people. Brand new refrigerator with lots of room.- Anonymous from Naubinway, Posted: 4/16/2014
This was a great location for our sailing regatta held at St Pete sailing center.- Anonymous from Hockessin, Posted: 3/16/2014
Charmed in Gulfport
We just returned to snowy PA after a wonderful 28 day stay at the Dolphin House in Gulfport. The place was very clean, surprisingly large and well laid out, had a kitchen with everything you could possibly need (with all the good restaurants in Gulfport, I only cooked 6 times), and beautiful landscaping. It was the perfect place to have guests as there are two living areas and three flat screen tvs. It is a block away from all the action, but the street is very quiet. The management (Beth) was extremely helpful. Any problem was dealt with immediately (ex: plumber). The only negative things were a dog odor on the sofa and the neighboring houses are fairly rundown. The Dolphin House is the most charming on the street. We loved our stay and we loved Gulfport!- Anonymous from Maple Glen, Posted: 3/1/2014
Lovely home in a great location
Loved Gulfport. Dolphin house is close to everything and a great property- Anonymous from Loveland, Posted: 2/16/2014
Spacious, Walk Everywhere!
We had a pre-Christmas vacation in the Dolphin House with our 2 Afghan Hounds. The house is spacious and has all high-end electronics. The backyard is completely fenced (6') and beautifully landscaped. With a beautiful park just blocks away to the water, and the Arts District one block away -- you couldn't find a more perfect location in Gulfport!- Anonymous from Dunedin, Posted: 12/27/2013
Dolphin House in Gulfport a Delight
Our family members came to Gulfport, Florida from 5 states to attend a nephew's wedding in Bradenton. We were all flying into Tampa. Gulfport is a charming waterfront area of St. Petersburg just 30 miles south of the airport and 30 miles north of Bradenton. Most of the rentals here are one or two bedrooms. We were delighted with the spacious, 3-bedroom Dolphin House. The layout includes the initial historic cottage with two bedrooms, a bath down the hall and a cozy living room. Then you walk through the updated kitchen into a great room with a dining table that seats 8, a large sitting area with TV, an upscale bathroom with walk-in shower, a laundry/computer room, and a spacious master bedroom. The fenced-in yard is well-maintained with a back patio area for grilling and outdoor dining. Dolphin House was perfect for the six of us. One morning, one person slept in late while two practiced Tai Chi with a DVD in the back living room, two were in the kitchen and another was reading a book in the front living room. We love to cook, and found everything we needed in the kitchen, including electric mixers, muffin tins, and both a drip and a French press coffee maker. We are looking for an excuse to stay in Dolphin House again!- Anonymous from New Berlin, Posted: 11/27/2013
Gulfport is a really cute little town and we rarely used our car.
The house was plenty big for 4 and could easily accommodate a few more. We ran out of toilet paper, so some extra rolls in a closet would be very helpful in the future.- Anonymous from North Port, Posted: 11/5/2013
We had a great time.Thanks Andy
We had a great time and everything was good in the unit.
Andy- Anonymous from Collinsville, Posted: 10/27/2013