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Driftwood Cottage: Classic Old Florida Beachfront Bungalow Newly Renovated!

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Two bedroom One Bath Old Florida Beachfront Bungalow on Little Gasparilla Island

Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!

Driftwood Cottage is one of Little Gasparilla's most enduring landmarks. It has been perched on the dunes for nearly 50 years and has seen many storms and many families come and go, yet it endures as a testament to the strength of a well-built Old Florida cottage. The inside features Florida heart pine walls and ceilings and some of the best views you will find on Little Gasparilla's beach. A brand new kitchen with a stunning hammered copper sink is a pleasure to cook in. New granite counter tops echo the color of the sand right outside the kitchen window and the kitchen offers views of the driftwood dotting the beach after which the cottage is named.

The cottage has been newly painted in bright blue hues to match the sea with sunny yellow accents. It has a spacious outdoor deck under the sea grapes perfect for relaxing in the cooling sea breezes and enjoying the fresh air.

Two cozy bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two twins, are perfect for a couple or small family. The house has one bathroom which could be considered either quite rustic or "urban chic" depending on your viewpoint. It is lined in galvanized tin with a simple shower and small sink. There is a spacious open-air outdoor shower which most prefer because showering outdoors is the way we do it on LGI!

There is a large screened porch with a dining table for outdoor dining. The porch has great views of the beach and delightful breezes day in and out. It functions as another living room and you will most likely spend most of your time on the porch reading, relaxing with a good book, and enjoying the cooling breezes.

The beach is just 15 steps from the front of the cottage, so you can meander down to the beach for a swim, come home easily for lunch and a nap, keep an eye on the kids from the front porch and run home in an instant if you have forgotten something -- or grab a quick snack. No more trudging 10 minutes over hot sand pathways with umbrellas and beach chairs and towels and coolers and the diaper bag -- everything you need is literally 15 steps away. This cottage is the height of convenience: cozy and comfortable, warm and welcoming and a unique and unusual place from which to enjoy the best of Little Gasparilla Island.

Please note that this cottage does have another house that sits RIGHT in front of it. (How they ever got a permit to build it is a mystery to us.) The plus is that it blocks the hot summer sun and the worst of the wind and the rain in a storm. But, you do not have unobstructed views directly west. There are great views to the southwest and north west. But there may be people on the beach right in front of you at times.


• You cannot drive your car to the house or the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.

• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.

• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock. Normal ferry hours are approximately 8-5 every day.

• All homes come with a grill; this home has both a charcoal grill AND an electric grill.

• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.

• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.

• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.

• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.

• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.

• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee of $100 per pet.

INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we provide a free Verizon jetpack BUT you have to purchase data AND YOU MUST REQUEST IT IN ADVANCE. You can either bring a Verizon card with you OR we can sell you one when we bring over the jetpack. You can buy as much data as you need, but it IS we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. and most people use about 2G of data per week which is $35. 5G is $60 and 10G is $100. (It is sort of like a cruise where you have to pay for the minutes you are on-line.) You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. If you bring a Verizon card with you, we can show you how to add the data. Or, we can pre-add data prior to your arrival but you have to let us know how much you think you will need. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland, and anything that uses up a lot of data will increase your costs. (It is especially helpful to remind kids and teenagers who are used to unlimited data!) We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE coming to the island.

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
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This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

We have lived on the island for 30 years and we started renting our own home many years ago when we traveled. Then our neighbors asked us to handle rentals for them -- and now we offer several vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges and locations on the dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our homes are painstakingly cared for, and very comfortable. We want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle! "Just bring your groceries, flip flops and a tropical attitude!"™

-Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals-

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

The owners chose this property because of its rustic charm and its location right ON the beach. Renovating it is a labor of love and they hope to retain the charm of the original cottage while making it as comfortable as possible for their guests. The breezy screened porch and views of the beach from almost every room in the cottage made it irresistible!


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom is rustic, with galvanized tin walls, shower stall, and small sink. There is also an outdoor, open-air shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Driftwood Cottage: Classic Old Florida Beachfront Bungalow Newly Renovated!
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews
Memphis, TN

Charming, Clean and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We quickly fell in love with the Driftwood Cottage and the quiet charm of Little Gasparilla. The water taxi can be a challenge, so I won’t sugar coat that for first timers. The lady at the dock made a scene about our 4 minute late arrival, but didn’t acknowledge that I was inside paying for parking. No harm, no foul. But arrive in time and prepared with groceries because the taxi ain’t cheap kids.

The Driftwood Cottage is nicely situated just steps from the Gulf. You will hear waves crashing or gently lapping. The screened porch is a prime gathering spot for meals, chats and looking at your beach treasures.

You’ll find everything you need inside for a week (or more) of fun with a small family. Would be perfect for a honeymoon.

Preparation is key. Don’t ruin your bank account with multiple water taxi trips. And, don’t go crazy on the wardrobe either; unless you are trying to impress the dolphins, manatees and shorebirds.

Relax and love this place for what it is— a great escape.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint John IN

LGI is the most peaceful place to vacation!

  • 5 of 5

LGI is a wonderful peaceful place to unwind and enjoy all of creation.

Steps from beach and dock makes it easy to bring your things and start relaxing.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

This Cottage was perfect for us. The area was beautiful and the people who worked for the management company were very accommodating and friendly. I'd book again, no question!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This is an adorable little bungalow and very relaxing. We enjoyed our few days walking on the beach and watching the waves.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beach paradise. Most laid back vacation ever.

  • 5 of 5

You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves hitting the beach outside your window. Nice shady deck and porch to hang out in too. We had high 80's and sunny in February every day, so it was perfect. We rented a boat, which was really a nice addition too.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chillicothe, missouri

Loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Adorable cottage. Cozy. Perfect for couple with small child or two. Would definitely recommend it. Right on the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Punta Gorda
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

At least two members of any group must be age 25 or older; sorry but we cannot rent to college students during Spring Break. Holiday surcharges are applied for reservations for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas/New Years timeframes. Guests responsible for mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pets permitted with $100 pet fee per pet applied. Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.