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Casual Island getaway

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 to 6

Easy access to Bay Dock

Washer and Dryer

Excellent fishing, shelling, snorkeling.

Island Getaway: The cottage is a few feet from the bay dock. Unloading and settling in is easy.

Once settled in, there is fishing, exploring the island, walks on the Gulf beach, shelling, and any aquatic adventure you’d care to initiate.

The lack of a bridge means that traffic is by foot, or golf cart (rentals are available). If you want a change of pace, this is definitely one place you should check out.

Randy Long
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2017


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Casual Island getaway
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Just call it Gilligans Island-

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely love LGI ( Little Gasparilla Island ). This is our 2nd visit to the island and to Long Haul Cottage. Randy is very nice, the cottage has everything we need for our stay (except baking sheets) & is kept very clean. No frills, just basic and clean. We bring our 3 dogs & 2 children and there is plenty of room. This year, we left the kiddos with grandparents so we could have some adult time. We did bring our dogs. This cottage is less than 3 minutes from the dock and about 5 minutes to the beach. Makes unloading very easy. Suggestion -you do have to prepare your own meals...all of we bring enough food for Saturday night, Sunday & Monday and take the water taxi back to the mainland on Tuesday and purchase for the rest of the week at Winn Dixie in Port Charlotte. We also do any other shopping and/or eat a meal out that day. We find it's much easier to manage all your luggage, food, dogs, kids, supplies etc if we don't bring so much food the first trip. Plus we gauge how much we actually eat. Water makes us hungrier. We also have coolers and use cold bags from grocery store to keep milk etc cold during trip from grocery store to cottage. Of course, you do pay water taxi an extra trip. Also, you have to take your garbage with you so we take whatever we have up to Tuesday. Marina charges $2.50 per bag to put in dumpster. We bring a couple 50 gallon ones to put all our smaller ones inside. Also, I promise you will spend the majority of your time in your bathing suit or pj's. You truly only need your suit, pj's and 1 or 2 pairs of shorts & tshirts. That's it. There is a washer and dryer in the shed. Bring your toiletries, charcoal & a flashlight, minimal clothing, food and your relaxation mode. It's very peaceful, beautiful and fun. The ocean is often as calm as a lake and warmer than bathwater. We see beautiful birds, dolphins, manatees, manterays & wildlife on this island. Keep your dogs leashed...lots of places to lose them in the tropical areas if they see something. We do let ours run free near the ocean. Just have your leash handy in case others have dogs. Remember, there is not a store, not a restaurant, not shopping, not anything here except friendly people and thousands of seashells. So, call or email Randy and reserve your version of Gilligans Island vacation today. If you can disconnect from "the city", you'll love it here. We're already trying to figure out when we can come back next year. Same island, same cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely adorable!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was so adorable and cozy! We absolutely loved it! The outside shower was our favorite! The beach was a short walk away and everyone on the island was super friendly. It was such a relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We are in love!

  • 5 of 5

Randy was so kind and inviting. Alice and Rob, who take care of the place, were amazingly helpful and kind to our kids. They even brought them a coconut to each and some shark's teeth to take home. The house was very well kept and clean. We were able to BBQ each night and sit out on the now screened in deck to read at night. They also have installed an ethernet cable for internet access. It was a great stay, we are already looking at booking our next vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time of our lives!!!! The house was absolutely adorable!!! Pictures do not do it justice. The place was spotless and had everything you could want or need!!! Randy was a dream to work with and Linda was an amazing help on so many things from luggage to bug spray that we forgot:( We plan to come back in October for a end of the year vacation!!! Can't wait love the Island and this home!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Long Haul cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, very close to the beach. Randy was so nice as well as the caretakers Alice and Rod. Cottage very clean, decorated well and stocked with sheets, towels, kitchen untensils, dishes, etc. Looking forward to going again very soon. This island is a remote retreat with no cars, great way to relax and just enjoy beach walking, bird watching, swimming and meeting great people.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect escape

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I arrived without complication with our three little dogs to Randy's cottage for a very peaceful weekend of rest and relaxation. It is so easy to get to and to walk from the house to the bay or the gulf. Alice and her husband, the local caretakers, were so friendly and helpful as well - truly decent people. We enjoyed walking our dogs to the beach each day and letting them explore and play in the water. The beach was beautiful with very minimal guests, so very relaxing. The water was even warm enough by my standards to go in. Everyone we did meet on the island (which is not many as the place is small and not crowded thankfully) was very nice and welcoming to us. The house was perfect for a weekend escape and very pet friendly being on one level without a lot of stairs and not far from the dock or beach. We definitely will consider coming back.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
100 Metres

Little Gasparilla is an Island getaway. There are no bridges to the island, so, if you won't have a boat, a water taxi can be used.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

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Pet Fee $25
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Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Pets allowed with $25 per pet fee and a $100 refundable deposit per pet No Smoking

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