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Luxurious Island Home - quiet, private with tropical garden, oak hardwood floors

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 full baths w/ large screened porch close to beach and bay

Little Gasparilla Island Vacation Rental, Casa Contenta, is a relaxing key west style island home ideally situated 500 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and 300 feet from Lemon Bay. Its garden overflows with tropical foliage including palms, hibiscus, bird of paradise, sea grapes, and bougainvillea.

The main floor is perfect for relaxing. The open floor plan connects the kitchen, dining area, living room, and large screened in porch. The wall of sliding glass doors easily glide open to provide seamless access between indoors and the private porch situated in tropical splendor. New oak hardwoods, tile, HVAC, ceiling fans in every room and 2 ceiling fans on the porch and a fully equipped kitchen are provided for your comfort.

The living room is furnished with comfortable leather sofas and recliner. A new 40' Samsung TV, dvd player, small and growing dvd collection, in house library, board games and puzzles provide beach vacation entertainment.

The main-level master suite (with comfortable queen bed and 400 count linens) also opens to the porch with sliding glass doors to let the outdoors in. Lay in bed and listen to the wind rustle the palms, with sounds from the Gulf. A full bath is on the main floor.

Upstairs the master suite enjoys double decks with expansive island wide views east to the bay and west to the gulf. You can open the doors for a cross breeze; watch the sun rise over the bay; sunbathe through the day in privacy and star gaze at night. This bedroom features a comfortable queen bed and full bath nestled under a cathedral ceiling, with beautiful wooden beams.

KITCHEN

Fully equipped kitchen with stove, refrigerator, new Bosch dishwasher and indoor new LG washer and dryer. As cooks ourselves, we have stocked the kitchen with everything you need for meal preparation and entertaining: good knives, coffee maker, Capresso burr coffee grinder, stovetop espresso maker, blender, crock pot, tea kettle, cuisinart ice cream maker, new super-quiet bosch dishwasher, plenty of dishes, utensils, glasses, pots and pans. We also supply basic pantry items such as salt/pepper, olive oil, etc.

OUTDOOR AMENITIES

Downstairs is a new gas grill, table and chairs for easy outdoors meal preparation. Our private outdoor shower with hot and cold water makes after-beach cleanup convenient and comfortable. For outdoor fun we offer a sea eagle 330 2-person inflatable kayak (with paddles and life vests), 2 adult bicycles, 4 comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers.

COMMUNITY DOCK

Shared community dock access means you can dock your own or rental boat for your fishing and boating pleasures.

CARTS AVAILABLE

A large cart is available for transporting your things to and from the dock (300' away). For our monthly renters we can make our 4-person golf cart available for your island touring.

UNIQUE ISLAND BENEFITS

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach without seeing more than a handful of others. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

TRANSPORTATION DETAILS

There is water taxi service to and from the island available by appointment between 8:30 to 5 PM (other hours available for an extra fee). .You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

SELF-CATERING

You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There are no stores or restaurants on the Island. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande. Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicapped accessible. Small children will require supervision on the stairs.

Please note there is no smoking in the island house.

Come Ready to Relax.

Ready. Set. Slow.

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Property Manager
Paris Cousins - Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Paris Cousins - Property Manager

I currently divide my time between Atlanta, GA and Little Gasparilla Island, Fl. As a professor of engineering i am blessed to enjoy time off between semesters so I head to Casa Contenta for peace, privacy and total relaxation! As soon as i arrive at the marina to catch the water taxi i can feel my cares and stress melt away!

Paris Cousins - Property Manager purchased this house in 2014

Why Paris Cousins - Property Manager chose Florida South West

This is a GREAT island home! The double-sized lot is private behind its garden of tropical splendor foliage and perfectly situated between the gulf and the bay.

The house is comfortably furnished with its open floor plan and connection to the outdoors for al fresco dining. And the ocean breezes are a true tonic. It is amazing how doing little to nothing except walking on the beach, reading, enjoying nature and napping can revive and invigorate me. This fall I plan on installing a garden for herbs and veggies so me and my guests can enjoy the bounty!

I vacationed on LGI for many years with my family. When this unique house became available I jumped at the opportunity to purchase.

I look forward to hosting you in my favorite Casa Contenta soon! I know you will fall in the love with the island and the house!

What makes this house unique

Ideally situated 500' to the gulf and 300' to the bay. Casa Contenta is a landmark on the island and most folks know it as 'Abbey Road' its unofficial street sign name. Aside from its awesome stilt home architecture and amenity filled furnishing I think you will enjoy the huge, screened and shade protected back porch. My guests find reading, eating and napping out there to be habit forming. The setting is truly beautiful and relaxing. I look forward to sharing my home with guests from around the world.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a nice place. We really enjoyed our stay. Relaxing house is the perfect name for this home. All the conveniences of home but on a beautiful island setting. Just a sort walk to the beach where I spent many mornings walking and relaxing. Everything you need is already there no need to bring anything but food. Kitchen was set up very well. The beds were very comfortable with plenty of linens and pillows. We travel to this area every year to Tarpon fish and we will be staying here from now on. Its just a short boat ride to the main land and to the marina most guides fish from.
May 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Luxurious Island Home - quiet, private with tropical garden, oak hardwood floors
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
5

Authentic Florida

  • 5 of 5

This is an wonderful vacation spot and a great house. Both bedrooms are excellent and the beds very good quality. The screened in porch on the main floor is spectacular because the entire floor opens out on to it...this means the downstairs bedroom opens on to it as well. I fell asleep to the sound of the ocean and crickets each night. The upstairs bedroom reminds me of a treehouse and has two sliding doors for excellent cross ventilation. The kitchen is VERY well equipped and can accommodate four adults cooking at once (this is rare in vacation homes). The beach is beautiful and allows for very long walks (it abuts a national park--so very large) and excellent swimming. We saw dolphins in the gulf and manatees feeding in the bay!! We loved the outdoor shower (we didn't use the ones inside). One of the best selling points of this spot for vacationing is the lack of cars and stores. Only quiet electric golf carts, walking and jogging are the modes of transportation. We LOVED this. We will return again to this spot year after year!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Who needs the Carribean!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for some of the Winter Break. I had one night with myself and my two kids (13,almost 15). The rest of the nights were with adults. The master bedroom is a dream with two decks. I was always able to find sun even if I wasn't at the beach. The outdoor shower is great. I never even used the inside ones. The bedroom on the main floor also open onto the beautiful screened in porch. It has separate doors to the porch so you can close it off if needed. There are kayaks and toys. One of my children loved looking for shark teeth for hours on end. The beaches are gorgeous and I am a former Floridian so I am a beach snob. Everything you need is in the kitchen. The living room is comfortable. The owners are very responsive and the house is a great space. The walk to the beach or the dock is about 2 minutes. My kids would go back and forth with out an adult. There are a ton of books and some games. We say sunrises and sunsets each day. The house is well kept and we are already planning our next trip. It is easy to park at the Ferry and get a boat over. We were even able to change our reservation. The Placida Fish market has the best Key Lime Pie Evah!! It was really hard to leave. We will be back! Actually we probably wouldn't have left except there were other guests coming.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home, beautiful island.

  • 5 of 5

The house is just as described. Everything you need is there except food. The beach is close and very nice. We loved our time here and will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we hoped for and more!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to find a place to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. We went back and forth about heading to the Islands and finding a resort when we stumbled on to this home. If you truly want to experience a place without anyone around this it! Everyday consisted of a short stroll to the beach with long walks finding shark teeth and shells. Afternoons were spent at the house with all the doors open reading and listening to the ocean. The evening we were off on the golf cart finding different spots to watch the sunset. In the morning at the house you can watch the sunrise as well if you don't feel like walking to the bay side. The house is extremely comfortable including the sofa and the beds. It has everything you need from kayaks, beach chairs and every pot and pan you could imagine. The house even has two book shelves stocked with awesome books, movies and plenty of board games. Yes, you have to bring all food with you but if you enjoy cooking which my husband does then you have it made! Hit the Fish Market before you come. We had Stone Crab Claws, Surf & Turf, and fresh fish on the grill. We found the library that works on the honor system and the Gone Fishing art gallery. Both were worth exploring. Don Pedro State Park has a great nature walk just be sure to have water and be prepared for a long stroll. The wide life is fantastic! We saw gopher turtles, black racer snakes, & even a small owl. Of course the ghost crabs and the shore birds were some of my favorite to watch. This place is 100% peaceful and you will walk away feeling extremely relaxed.

Last the property manager Paris is fantastic! If you have any questions she is extremely prompt and helpful. Paris even took it a step further to make sure we had everything we needed and were happy after arrival.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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A place to make your own fun

  • 5 of 5

We arrived from New England where the temperature was -20 degrees. On LGI, it was mid-70s and cloudless, and it stayed that way ALL week. Because of that, we could be outside every minute we weren't sleeping. We walked and collected shells; we ran miles up and down the beach; we bicycled to the northern tip of the island; we kayaked in the bay. When we felt brave, we dipped in the chilly water. We watched movies, read books, played games, and visited with each other. We were two adult couples, and the house was made for us.

Because you have to bring all your food with you, and because I enjoy cooking, I was pleased to have a really nice kitchen with good pots and pans and sharp knives. We dutifully separated recycling only to have it all tossed in the trash at the marina...

This is an ideal vacation spot for quiet people who can make their own fun.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

Unplug, relax and recharge

  • 5 of 5

LGI is where I come when I want to get off the grid (or mostly), enjoy peace and quiet, and reconnect with my family. Casa Contenta of LGI is a perfect house to use as a home base. My family starts our day by enjoying our coffee on dock 21 (a 3 minute walk away) and watching the sun rise over the bay. We usually do some fishing or go explore the island in a golf cart with extra points for spotting gopher tortoises. Midmorning is time for hunting for shells or sharks' teeth on the beach following by a short swim in the gulf. Lunch and games, videos or naptimes are our favorite ways to relax after lunch. The house is comfortable with a large screened in porch perfect for meals and hanging out. Upper deck facing the gulf is great for sunbathing. Beds are comfortable. Outdoor shower is a treat. All is well cared for, comfortable, relaxing and HEAVEN. Do yourself and your family a favor and book a trip today.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I am very glad to hear you enjoyed the island and the house during your stay. The back porch is one of my favorite sports anywhere! You were such a wonderful guest to host. Please come back and visit us again soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Sarasota (53 miles) or Ft. Myers (68 miles)
Nearest Ferry
92 Metres
300 feet
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Several Golf Courses Nearby
Nearest Beach
153 Metres
500 feet
Car: necessary

Little Gasparilla Island is a tropical barrier island located just off the Southwest Coast of Florida. Situated halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, it benefits from cool tropical breezes in the summer and warm sunshine in the winter. It is just north of Gasparilla Island, separated by Gasparilla Pass. It lies west of the town of Placida, separated by Placida Harbor. It is connected with Don Pedro Island to the north by a thin strip of beach. It borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west.

The most unique attribute of Little Gasparilla is its lack of a bridge…All access is by private boat or water taxi. There are no roads and no cars, and traffic and tourists are just a mainland memory.

The island offers 7 miles of beautiful pristine beach unspoiled by either seawalls or high-rises. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The best time to go shelling is just before and at low tide and after a storm. Be sure to check the high tide lines where the surf often tosses the largest shells. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

Mostly, Little Gasparilla offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach for hours without seeing another soul. Yet island neighbors are friendly and always willing to offer a helping hand. There is a quaint island chapel which offers non-denominational services from time to time and which has been the site of memorable island weddings. Golf cart rentals are available on the island for scenic tours but many people prefer to walk the sandy pathways.

A water taxi services the island regularly. You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and there are also many fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are no hotels, motels or restaurants on Little Gasparilla Island.

Bird watchers will spot egret and osprey, rare white pelicans, blue herons, and even the occasional bald eagle. The waters are rich with manatees and dolphins and the waves are gentle and calming and perfect for floating on a raft. The bottom is mostly white sand, so there is little to see while snorkeling...though you can often find sand dollars off the sand bar.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

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Rates & Availability

Placida House Rental Rates

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2016 Rates
Jan 1 2016 - Feb 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,150
$3,600
 
 
2017 Pricing
Feb 6 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
$3,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,150
$3,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Amenities

Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold Outdoor Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Suite on Main with doors opening to screened porch
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master loft Suite with 2 lounging decks facing east and west
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
2-person Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak with oars and PFDs. 2 Adult beach multi-speed bikes. Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, boogie boards, and coolers. Large cart for transporting your things to and from the dock.

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