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RoseMary's BeachHouse: Elegant Oceanfront Vacation Cottage Right on the Beach!

Placida, FL, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay7 nights

2 BD Little Gasparilla cottage sitting directly on the sandy beach!

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! RoseMary's BeachHouse is truly a gem. This delightful beach cottage has been totally renovated and redecorated with an eye for detail. From the granite countertops to the elegant, upscale tropical furnishings, this home has been meticulously and lavishly appointed. The open plan living and dining area offers views of the Gulf from EVERY window and the kitchen is a dream! The home is fully equipped with everything you need for your beach vacation including wi-fi, a washer and dryer, dishwasher, trash compactor, brand new Weber electric grill (no lugging charcoal to the island!) and state-of-the art GE Advantium Microwave-Convection oven. (please note there is not a conventional oven.) You need only bring your bathing suit and groceries! The master bedroom offers views of the Gulf, and stained glass doors for added privacy. The second bedroom is tucked away in the back of the house for peace and serenity. This home has not been rented in the past....the owners designed it for their own personal taste and comfort. For that reason, it does not represent the typical beach rental property....it is truly an elegant beachfront home, not a 'rental unit'. it provides the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, for a small family or two couples. Maximum occupancy is 4 guests. Downstairs, lush tropical foliage surrounds the house and a ground-level deck allows you to sit in the shade, watch your children on the beach and still be just steps from the house. The beach, however, is everyone's main focus and it is superb...clean and pristine, rarely crowded, teeming with dolphins, shore birds, sea turtles and the occasional manatee. You can fish off the dock -- or off the beach right in front of the house. Beach chairs are provided for your comfort and your rental also includes use of a dock slip if you choose to rent a boat. Ask us about kayak rentals, golf cart rentals and stand up paddle boards...we can help you arrange the most active vacation -- or you can simply relax on the beach and do nothing. Your rental also includes the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you. RoseMary's Beach House combines both elegance and luxury with the rustic charm of a tropical beach vacation...sure to be a spot you will want to return to again and again! LITTLE GASPARILLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...PLEASE READ! • You cannot drive your car to 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 • All homes come with a grill. This home has an electric grill so no charcoal is needed. • 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 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 expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no 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.


Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

  • Member Since 2008
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within one hour
  • Speaks: english


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom has shower, glass block wall and vessel sink. There is also a downstairs outdoor shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Water View
          • Waterfront


              • Away From It All
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        Pay per use verizon jetpack available upon request only. Cell service is reliable for hotspotting wifi from your cellular provider. Please see the home description for more info on internet and costs.
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                            Advantium Microwave/Convection oven
                          • Oven
                            Oven is a GE Advantium oven which combines microwave technology and convection oven technology for extra fast results. There is NOT a conventional oven.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Stove-top only. No oven


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen TV with SurroundSound and blueray player
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                        Balcony overlooks the Gulf of Mexico
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        A Weber electric grill and utensils are provided. No need to haul charcoal to the island.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            Unfortunately, due to flood restrictions, most homes on the island are on pilings and up several stairs. There is no elevator.

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Concierge
                                              • Private Chef
                                              • Staff


                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • library
                                                  • marina
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • surf fishing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                26 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Best Vacation House!!

                                                                Our family loved Rosemary's Beach House from the views to the lovely lay out of the house. The house was everything and more!! We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay to make lasting family memories! We will for sure be back again!!
                                                                Aug 06, 2017
                                                                Jul 2017

                                                                Great location, nice beach.

                                                                Despite what this site says, there is no wifi at all (the website just warns you it will be slow.) when we called we were told they just hadn't updated the website or the notebook in the cottage. Phone hotspot worked well, though. Clean, nicely decorated. Could use a beach umbrella, working ice machine (or at least ice trays that aren't broken), hammock, and binoculars. We saw dolphins right outside the cabin multiple times. Also saw stingray and plenty of crabs!
                                                                Jul 16, 2017
                                                                Jul 2017

                                                                It was our 3rd time in this house and it will bring us back for time #4!

                                                                We have been to a lot of beaches but LGI is a true vacation!!
                                                                Jul 11, 2017
                                                                Jul 2017

                                                                Its great place

                                                                Be certain to have the Verizon jet pack charged and to pay on your own. Note, Verizon doesn't guarantee a connection because it's not a contract so bring your own connection and don't get mislead by advertisement it's available. Also, they have a huge list of things you have to do while there along with the fees. Plus, the a/c can't go below 75 degrees. It's a dirt road of heavy sand. The place and surrounding houses are not manicured. Be prepared to rough it!!! Be prepared the beach is tiny and full of shells that require shoes all the time. People are super super super NICE and Giving. It's safe, low key and remote. Have fun. It's great place
                                                                May 28, 2017
                                                                May 2017
                                                                Owner's Response:At present, there are no wired internet options available on Little Gasparilla Island. We provide a Verizon jetpack with data available on a pay-as-you-go data plan. This is self managing so that guests are completely in control of their usage and there are no “surprise charges” at the end of the stay. We understand that unfamiliarity with such devices can make them feel cumbersome. To clarify, internet IS available but requires the guest to purchase their own data. The cart paths on Little Gasparilla are indeed heavy sand. In fact, in 2008, the island community voted to have cart paths remain sand indefinitely to prevent the island from becoming a blacktop nation. The intention is to preserve the raw nature and old charm. While this might seem primitive to some, it is exactly what attracts others. Concerning our “list of things to do". This is known as our departure checklist and it includes the following: Turn off lights, ceiling fans, appliances. Pick up their pet’s waste in the yard, close windows, avoid leaving dirty dishes and check under beds for their personal belongings before they leave. I believe one would expect this checklist in any condo setting on the mainland. The air conditioning of course goes below 75. We recommend setting it at 75 or above to avoid having the system running continuously, especially when guests often leave sliding glass doors open for the breezes. It’s possible our guest had expected a resort atmosphere on Little Gasparilla Island. We acknowledge that the island is not for everyone. Our detailed account of the property and amenities are precise and do not mislead. We appreciate that the guest highlighted that she felt the people (management team on the ground) were super nice. They made several visits to the home throughout her stay to help resolve her concerns. We are confused that she felt the home only rated a three star review as it is one of the most popular on the beach. We are also confused that at the end of her review, she stated “it’s a great place”. We are never satisfied when someone has a less than perfect experience on the island, but disagree that this lovely gulf front home would be considered “roughing it”.

                                                                Perfect Get-away to Re--energize

                                                                We enjoyed so many things about RoseMary's BeachHouse. The location and view were fabulous, enhanced by the high-boy table and chairs on the deck. The beach and the water couldn't have been better. The furnishings were very comfortable and we had everything we needed. We will long remember the sound of the surf during the night and waking up to the most beautiful view of the Gulf. LGI is a wonderful departure from the commercial aspects of the other islands and everyone we met, whether visitors or residents, were very warm and friendly. We are already talking about when we can return for another visit.
                                                                May 31, 2017
                                                                May 2017

                                                                Beautiful house and view. Perfect setting, romantic, comfortable.

                                                                Thank you Rosemary staff for the opportunity to stay for the week.
                                                                Apr 29, 2017
                                                                Apr 2017


                                                                Placida, FL, USA
                                                                26 Reviews

                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5

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