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Island Home Retreat Private Dock FREE Kayaks FREE Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6

View of The Bay from the front porch.. 1200 square foot living area. Creatively decorated very comfortable. All the conveniences of home yet surrounded by the pristine natural elements of a remote island community. Spacious kitchen, dining and living room, cathedral ceilings, french doors open to a 450 square foot screened front porch with ceiling fans outdoor lighting and music. FREE Wi-Fi

Steps away from the dock on the bay, and a short walk to the beach.

Private dock and boardwalk.

Master bedroom has king-size bed with adjoining bath, TV/Satellite Second bedroom with double bed, third bedroom with set of twin beds, TV/Satellite.

Pack-n-Play, high chair.

GREAT WATER - Fresh water, safe to drink.

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Keywords: Family Home

More Details

Duffy Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Duffy Smith

Mike is born and raised in Florida, Duffy was transplanted at an early age and has 'sand between her toes'. Both of us have loved and enjoyed the Florida coastal waters all of our lives, whether it is fishing, scuba diving, boating, or relaxing on the beach, we truly love the coastal life together along with our children and grandchildren. We have long time friends that fished this area and built and/or bought their own homes here, so when we were invited 20 years ago it was love at first sight. We bought this little piece of salty land 15 years ago, we designed it our selves and a local custom home builder built it 5 years ago. We put many hours of our own sweat & tears into completing our dream ... our island home retreat. This is the only home we have on the island. We do not own or manage any other homes. We hope to retire here some day, in the meantime, we are very happy to share our little slice of paradise with guests who also favor the coastal waters of Florida.

Duffy Smith purchased this house in 2004

Why Duffy Smith chose Florida South West

Bayside dock access

private dock for your boat

and community dock for great fishing

close easy walk to the beach

Best kept cleanest house on the island

What makes this house unique

We find the most unique benefit of our house is the location on the island. We have a nice view of the Bay, magnificent sunrises over the water. We have a private dock and fish cleaning station for boating and fishing, then we have the luxury of the beach only steps away from the house. We have the best of both worlds!


Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Outdoor Showe - outdoor shower , Very spacious, very private fully enclosed hot and cold wate
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed with adjoining private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , full size/double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , folding pack-n-play in closet when not in use
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size pull out sleeper sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1) King EXTRA pillow top with memory foam, king pillows, extra comforters,Full size Bed (1) Foam mattress cover for extra comfort, Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds mattress covers for extra comfort extra blankets and pillows, Child Beds (1) pack-n-play with pad, Sleep Sofa Queen size sofa bed, foam mattress cover for extra comfort extra pillows and blankets comforter
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fully enclosed outdoor shower with hot and cold running water. Large shell wash, custom made for easy rinsing and sorting for your shells and beach treasures.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews
Provo, UT

Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most amazing vacations I've ever had-- traveling by boat to a beautiful island, a shell-filled, picturesque beach just a hop down the path, and an amazing house to top it all off made this trip absolutely perfect. The house was not only clean and cute, the owners have thought of EVERYTHING you could possible need, especially if you have children. This is the most family friendly vacation ever, and it made things that much more enjoyable. There is a pack-and-play for babies, plenty of children's movies to choose from, a toy chest, a high chair, and the best part was the screened in porch for the little ones to play on safely and independently.

The kitchen was another part of the house that wowed me-- again, it had everything I could have possibly thought of, it was like cooking in my own home. I have to say, tho, that by far my favorite amenity was the outdoor shower. It is a huge, secluded, warm water shower that is perfect for hosing down all the kids after the beach, or for a late night romantic rendezvous.

Aside from the house, this island was amazing. The water is warm, the beach is filled with shells, and you can watch the sun set into the ocean every evening. There are turtles, cute little lizards, dolphins, manatees, fiddler crabs; and if you rent yourself a golf cart you can cruise all over the island in search of these critters. The house also has a private dock with a dock light for fishing at night. My husband and I caught at least ten or twelve ocean trout, and kept two for grilling.

I could not have had a better vacation, and it is in large part due to the thoughtfulness and care the owners have put into this home. If you want a stress-free, wonderful vacation for the whole family, this is where you want to be.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miss Em, We are so blessed to have families like yours stay at our island home. We are so happy to be able to share our place with people that so much appreciate and enjoy it. Your comments clearly let us know how much you liked the house and enjoyed your total experience. Thank You! And please come again soon. Mike&Duffy
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Amazing time on the island!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I can't wait to come back! I have a 5 & 1 year old and they had a great time. We love the island!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great "Little Gasparilla Island" Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

House is great. The "screened in" porch was our main living room and dining room for the week. It has comfortable furniture, with ceiling fans, BBQ grill, extra fridge, outside music speakers and the gulf breeze. Kitchen is well equipped for cooking most anything. Nice wide open layout inside the kitchen/living room. Comfy beds. A very well maintained home.

Beach chairs and umbrella, (5 minutes walk to the beach) kayaks and canoe from the private back dock. Water taxi drops and picks you up at the private dock. Same for fishing guides. Right up to your back door.

The owners are all about you having a great experience at their home. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolutely amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Our family has booked this beach home for the past 10 years. It has everything you need to make your island stay one of the most memorable vacations you'll ever have. Bay side private dock for your vessel, carts to transport your clothing and groceries, fish cleaning station on the dock for filleting some of the best catches in Charlotte Harbor, a "turn key" home fully furnished with every essential item to make your stay enjoyable, a wrap around deck sets the stage to watch the morning sunrise and be marveled at the glistening stars dancing across the bay at night, the beautiful Gulf beach is only a 2 minute walk away where all of life's worries melt away into the pristine sands below; all of this and much more make this vacation home one of the best on the island. That is what keeps our family coming back to this home away from home.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing vacation on Little Gasparilla Island over Spring Break with my family. The home was well equipped, very clean, nicely decorated, right on the bay and walking distance to the Gulf beaches. Although a water taxi can pick you up on the private dock, we rented a small boat to allow adventure and fishing. My son and his friend loved the kayaks. Word of caution, there are no stores on the island, so bring what you need. The owner, Duffy, was great to work with and very responsive. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your stay at our home Mike. We are always pleased to hear what a great experience our guests have had. We are so fortunate to have such a kind and thoughtful family like yours stay and enjoy our home and the island. I try to emphasize the fact that this is a very pristine, layed back island with no paved roads and no grocery, but I guess it is hard to believe a place like this really exists....until you get here.
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Wonderful time with family!

  • 5 of 5

This home is warm and inviting with plenty of room for the family. We rented a second home for the kids just down the street, and this home adequately hosted all of us for meals, boating and fun. We loved the dock and spent hours on the front porch. Quiet and comfortable, we will hopefully be back next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Venice Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Villa Capri
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Valla Capri
Nearest Beach
Out the front door
Nearest Point of Interest
Island House Rereat

Little Gasparilla Island is a private barrier island. There is not a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Our private secluded island is located between Boca Grande and Palm Island. The surrounding islands have additional amenities and attractions which can be reached by boat.

Other Activities: Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.