This charming "old Florida" cottage offers a glimpse of what a vacation at the beach used to mean before theme parks, high rises and bars took over most of Florida's beaches. Stroll the sandy pathways to the private beach, enjoy relaxing evening meals watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, and head down to your private dock for some evening fishing after dark. This home includes a FREE golf cart and is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway!
This family-friendly cottage is cozy and rustic with knotty pine paneling that is both warm and welcoming. The kitchen is simple yet fully stocked with everything you need for your beach meals...all the spices you would ever want, and all the pots and pans you need! There are two comfortable bedrooms, one with a queen bed and a second with two twin beds so the home sleeps four comfortably. It is also pet friendly so all family members can enjoy a beach getaway! There is one bath upstairs with tub and shower and there are two outdoor showers downstairs, one enclosed for privacy and one open for rinsing off. There is another bathroom downstairs as well. This cottage is equipped with a high chair and pack and play and the tub makes it easy to bathe small children with ease. The porch has a locking gate to secure small children.
The living room has a comfortable seating area and flat screen TV with DirecTV and there is a wi-fi hotspot available if you need to stay connected. But the real living area is the front porch with its outdoor dining, comfortable seating area, rocking chairs and outstanding view of the Gulf of Mexico. You will want to spend all your time on the front porch just drinking in the view.
There is also an open air porch on the south side of the house, perfect for grilling and relaxing in the sunshine during cooler winter months.
A large downstairs porch we call the "dance floor" is also available if you wish to entertain or host a BBQ and we have a craft table downstairs under the house for assembling shell creations, and sorting the numerous shark's teeth you will find every day on the beach.
A golf cart is also included free of charge so you can explore the island, but please note that the cart is included as a courtesy only; the owners will not be responsible for procuring a replacement cart should you break their cart during your stay or if a previous guest has damaged the cart and it is unavailable during your visit. (Repairs can take weeks on the island). If a golf cart is of paramount importance to you, be sure to check with us prior to your arrival and we can let you know if it is in working order. And the cart is to be driven by adults only. Absolutely no children or teenagers are allowed to drive the golf cart.
You will find the Sand Dollar Cottage a simple and unpretentious cottage for an absolutely perfect beach vacation!
Interaction with guests
We have a home on the island, and another home on the mainland 10 minutes away. We value your privacy so we will not bother you or be intrusive, but we can get to the home quickly if you have issues. Our housekeeper lives on the island 10 minutes away and we have a local handyman that we can send out if there are maintenance issues. Please note, however, that the handyman is subject to the same problems getting to the island that you were. If something breaks after 4 PM chances are almost 100% that it will not be repaired until the following day. This is a remote barrier island and our mantra is "go with the flow".
A golf cart is also included free of charge so you can explore the island, but please note that the cart is included as a courtesy only; the owners will not be responsible for procuring a replacement cart should you break their cart during your stay or if a previous guest has damaged the cart and it is unavailable during your visit. (Repairs can take weeks on the island). If a golf cart is of paramount importance to you, be sure to check with us prior to your arrival and we can let you know if it is in working order. And the cart is to be driven by adults only. ABSOLUTELY NO CHILDREN OR TEENAGERS are allowed to drive the golf cart.
Each booking guest agrees to provide list of all occupants and other contact info, and agrees not to exceed the number of occupants listed on the booking request submitted.
Pets are welcome with the payment of a $100 pet fee per pet; pets must be current on their vaccinations and must be on preventative flea and tick control. Pets are not allowed on the beds or furniture. Please rinse sand of your pet before allowing him/her back into the house and police the yard and beach of pet waste. You must notify us upon booking if you plan to bring a pet.
Prior to departure you are required to wash your dishes and launder any beach towels you have used. Laundry facilities are provided. No smoking anywhere inside the house.
No parties allowed; only the people in the reservation may be at the house without prior permission. You will be required to sign our rental contract listing these terms.
Please note cleaning fees will be increased for stays of 14 nights or longer.
At least two members of your group must be age 25 or older.
Please don't take these rules to mean you are not welcome. To the contrary, they are how we help ensure that the beach house stays lovely and clean so all our guests can have the best vacation of their lives!
From Dec 23 - 31, 2017 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
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My husband Buddy and I have lived on Little Gasparilla Island for over 30 years and we love to introduce guests to the joys of tropical island living. We love the pristine beauty of the beach, the friendly atmosphere of the island and the "old Florida" laid back ambiance. The peace and quiet and relaxation that you experience while on the island make it unlike any other vacation!
We have another home on the mainland, so when you stay on the island, we give you lots of space and privacy...but if you need anything, we are nearby and our housekeeper lives on island if you have any maintenance issues. We want you to relax and embrace the island lifestyle.
No roads, no cars, no stress...long, lazy days spent reading a book on the beach, snorkeling off the sandbar, collecting shells from the beach and enjoying a fabulous sunset from the front porch....THIS is what makes a vacation on Little Gasparilla different from other Florida vacations! Tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory!
We can tell you where to find the best shells or shark's teeth, help you rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards, and tell you where the freshest seafood can be found (other than what you catch off the dock!)
Just bring your groceries, flip flops and a tropical attitude!