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Waterfront Superb Hidden Romantic Get-A-Way

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 2 bath on the bay with private dock

Little Gasparilla Island is a wonderful hidden paradise off the beaten path accessible only by private boat or water taxi. There are no bridges or formal paved roads on the island, just charming romantic sand paths where the local residents travel by foot or by golf cart. Little Gasparilla Island is one of the barrier islands along Florida's southeast coast located just north of Boca Grande and about 20 miles north of Sanibel Island off Ft. Myers. It is less than 40 miles south of Sarasota. There are over 7 miles of pristine beach accessible along the Gulf of Mexico available for your pleasure, starting just a few hundred feet from the house. This provides wonderful romantic getaway walks for many couples and endless shelling opportunities for others.

Lisa Driscoll
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Lisa Driscoll

I was born, raised and educated in Florida but I've traveled the world extensively. My dream home is on Little Gasparilla Island and I want to share this dream with others.

Lisa Driscoll purchased this house in 2000

Why Lisa Driscoll chose Florida South West

It's easily one of the most charming places I've ever been and I want to share this with others by renting it to like minded people. I have traveled the world extensively but I find Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the best places I've ever been to. I continue to cherish it as I would an old friend. My renters thus far seem to agree.

What makes this house unique

The location is incredible and for real estate that is what it is usually all about. The property is on the Bay for safety but only a few yards from the beautiful Gulf. Fantastic fishing abounds here as does the beautiful white Gulf sands. Boca Grande, Sarasota, Ft. Myers

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful week at Jena se qua Kismet but it was not the incredible fishing or superb beautiful beaches or the boating to exotic nearby locations that we enjoyed...Because it rained 6 out of the 7 days we were there!!! Yet, it was nevertheless wonderful and relaxing with our whole family due to the Giant HD Flat screen in the living room, (and a TV in every bedroom), that saved us!!! We overdosed on CD's, Movies and Shows to our hearts content. We cooked too much in the fully equipped modern kitchen - but that we wrote off as a side effect to the rain. Our family laughed together and ate together and enjoyed each other as never before! Thank you Jena se qua!
Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Ft. Myers or Sarasota
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many on nearby islands and the mainland
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Eldred's Marina with Dock to Dock service
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Boca Grande
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
State Road 776 and I75
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rum Bay and many others
Nearest Ski
Waterskiing bring your own boat
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Little Gasparilla Island
Car: recommended

Marina's available by boat on mainland and other islands nearby as are many restaurants including nearby Boca Grande. Cayo Costa State Park and Don Pedro State Park are nearby significant attractions.


Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • Full bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 Twins
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Golf cart and/or kayak(s) available upon request to owner.


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(15 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Cozy little place with all the luxuries-for home, only a short walk from the beach.we enjoyed the view of the bay from the back porch. Great private dock for our boat only a few steps away from the house. The owner is great and very responsive. Simple Pefect!!! We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little cottage.. roomy, fresh and clean and right and close to the beach.. loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Roomy, clean fresh with own private dock.. stocked with more than what we needed. thank you for sharing this lovely home!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Apopka, FL 32712


  • 5 of 5

Loved it. Owner was very responsive despite my last minute booking. House is nicely furnished, beautiful redone bathroom with dual heads in the shower. Boat right behind the house. Dock has power and water and the underwater lights hold hundreds of snook on them at night. Everything was exactly as I was expecting, have visited the island for the last 25 years, but the simplicity and ease of this last minute rental makes it an absolute winner. And you cannot beat the cost. Thanks and will be back many more times if I do not end up buying something for myself.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Julie & friends

  • 5 of 5

Great place! I highly recommend this place! Owner will help you out with anything you need in a timely fashion. Everything you practically need is here. Nice, cozy place, with all of the accommodations.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA, USA

Our kind of place...and then some!!!

  • 5 of 5

We can't think of enough good words to describe this adorable romantic get-a-way place with a sexy french name...

It's a boater's dream and a fisherman's dream for sure, or a beach comber's dream and quiet place to listen to the surf; it's all of those things! For me and my husband, it was a fantastic place for a romantic interlude! We rediscovered each other as never before and set aside the crazy world for a wonderful week away from our busy lives...

We can't say enough good about the place or the thoughtful and delightful owner!

We discovered Jena se qua quite by accident but it will now and forever be our special place. It has it all!

Paula & John

Danville, CA

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boise, Idaho, USA

Incredbible value in Paradise waits...

  • 5 of 5

I have seldom done a review but I feel compelled this time to pass on the good word to others that might be struggling with their decision to rent an unknown property for the first time far from home. Jena se qua kismet on Little Gasparilla Island, a thin, beautiful, barrier island is everything as advertised and more…! You can’t go wrong.

The Owner was fantastic and eager to help at every turn. She was very responsive to every question we had as well as very knowledgeable about the area. I feel that I’ve made a lifelong friend.

We found the home very clean, well-organized and functionally complete with TV, Music, a fully equipped kitchen, coffee maker, pots & pans, etc.

The fire pit off the dock/deck with its comfortable lounge chairs was a big hit for our entire family and we dined every night at the end of the dock in the picnic table provided for us there.

My husband loved the fish cleaning table and we caught fish every day in the bountiful waters.

The home was charming and fully lived up to its name as a “Romantic Get-a-way.”

If we had to do it over again we would have rented a golf cart to tour the entire island, but this is not needed to make the short walk across to white sandy beach on the Gulf side.

The only issues we had which were minor and quickly taken care of by the owner during our stay, were that the snook lights were not working at the end of the dock, and the air in the tires for the boat dock-to-cottage baggage cart were too soft to use at arrival time, but the owner had new tires on for our departure. We love Jena se qua kismet and for sure…

We will be back!!!

Troy & Edith

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.