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Serenity Cottage: Privacy, Low Rates for Long Term Stays, Recently Remodeled!!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lots of Privacy on Little Gasparilla; accessible only by water taxi!

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!

Serenity Cottage is an oasis of peace and privacy located on one of Florida's most beautiful barrier islands. This lovely cottage is a respite from the hustle and bustle and is just a short walk to the beach or the dock. It offers the best of both worlds when it comes to island living.

QUIET AND SECLUDED. Serenity is tucked away behind a large fig tree, off the main road, for added peace and quiet. Easy walking distance to both the beach and bay. In the early morning, sunrise floods the porch with light. During the day, the south facing porch is always bathed in sunshine.

GOLF CART VOUCHER: This home also provides a $100 golf cart voucher toward the rental of a golf cart from LGI Carts to explore the island during your stay. You use this certificate just like cash and the renter is still responsible for any additional rental fees, security deposit and any damage fees. The voucher cannot be redeemed for cash should the guest elect not to rent a golf cart or if LGI carts has no availability. Please make golf cart reservations early!

CONCIERGE SERVICE. We include the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you. This is a FREE service so we encourage you to take advantage of it.

LOTS OF OUTDOOR LIVING AREA. Serenity Cottage offers both a spacious screened-in porch facing east for enjoying morning and an open-air outdoor porch facing south for warm sunshine all day long, even during chilly winter months.

ELECTRIC GRILL. The owners have provided an electric grill so you don't have to haul charcoal and lighter fluid to the island with you.

KAYAKS: We also offer the option to rent kayaks during your stay. You may rent tandem kayaks, single kayaks or stand up paddle boards for the duration of your stay. Please indicate on your response if you are interested in kayak rental. Rentals are not currently available on-island but are available through Hooked on SUP nearby in Englewood. They will deliver to the island free with a two-day minimum rental. They do sell out during busy timeframes so if kayaks are important, you will need to book quickly.

The home is well-equipped with everything you need for a beach vacation: linens and towels are provided, including beach towels, beach chairs, all pots and pans, toys and games and videos. We provide a beach cart for taking chairs and beach gear down to the beach. The home has a large flatscreen TV and DVD player and even has an open air outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach. There is no wi-fi in the home at the present time but you have the option to purchase data on our mobile hot-spot. (Or, you may use the mobile hotspot on your smartphone if you prefer.) If you would like to purchase wi-fi access, just let us know.

This home is perfect for a family who wants to enjoy fishing off the dock one day, and playing on the beach the next day. It is very handy for the avid fisherman who wants to be close to the dock. It is also perfect for a couple who wants to relax in a serene environment, in very comfortable surroundings and just get away from the outside world. Nature lovers, photo enthusiasts and bird watchers will appreciate the peace and quiet of the island's sandy pathways, the lush tropical environment and uncrowded beaches.

Little Gasparilla Island affords a perfect spot to escape from the traffic and stress of everyday life. Here, traffic jams consist of two golf carts stopped in the road for a friendly chat! The evening's nightlife is heading to the beach to watch the sunset with a group of friendly neighbors watching the stars twinkle overhead. You can catch your dinner off the dock, have your morning coffee on the deck in the tropical breezes and feel incredibly lucky to have discovered such a perfect little oasis on the island!

Come discover the true meaning of Serenity Cottage!


• 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. Serenity has an electric grill so no charcoal is necessary.

• 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.

• 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 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 we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

We have lived on the island for 30 years and we started renting our own home many years ago when we traveled. Then our neighbors asked us to handle rentals for them also -- and now we offer vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges and locations on the dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our vacation rental homes are painstakingly cared want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

This cottage is nestled in the palm trees, off the main road and has a lot more privacy than some of the other cottages we represent. It has both a screened porch and a sunny porch facing south that is wonderfully warm during chillier winter months. We love the big ficus tree in the yard and the gopher tortoises that burrow beneath its roots.


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - shower , outdoor shower , The outdoor open air shower is the third "bathroom"...
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Serenity Cottage: Privacy, Low Rates for Long Term Stays, Recently Remodeled!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Has everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Clean and the staff is wonderful ! Convenient location to beach and dock.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Out of this world!!

  • 5 of 5

We rent from Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals ( Laurie and Bud Gaines)

two years in the row, and both time the experience was outstanding!

The whole team is just there for you, responsive and helpful and very friendly!!

The island itself is just a paradise!!

And I was very happy we had a golf cart so much fun!!!

We will be back next year!

Thank you for everything.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway from daily live

  • 5 of 5

We loved it there, the two weeks we spent on the island were very relaxing, and calming. It is an island, with no cars, shops, restaurants. Ideal island living.

Having own boat was very helpful, and renting the golf cart is also very much fun.

There are some imperfections in the house, but this is an island, and I'm sure it is hard to keep up with every little detail.

We would definitely come back again, and the only thing we could wish for is nicer weather, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. We stayed in the house first two weeks of February 2016.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Gasparilla Island, FLorida

Island Escape

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a true escape from crowded beaches and bars, look no farther. Serenity Cottage on Gasparilla Island provides everything you need for a romantic or family getaway. The property is literally a 3 minute walk from the beach and the bay and it's tree-top level second-floor deck provides a sheltered vantage point to enjoy the sunset or a lazy lunch.

Property managers Laurie and Buddy Gaines are a fantastic source of information and assistance if you should need anything. They live on the island, just minutes away, and are full of suggestions on how to enjoy your visit to the full.

Be aware there are no restaurants, bars, nightlife or grocery stores on Gasparilla. If nightlife is your thing, than this island is not for you. As far as I was concerned, the lack of commerce was one of the main reasons I chose to stay here. Being just a little off the grid suits me fine.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing vacation home! Perfectly located between beach and dock. Not a far walk to either. House had everything that you would need. Would highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Name Says it All!

  • 5 of 5

We found the cottage very peaceful and quiet....even on a busy Saturday, when the beach was full of people, the neighborhood was very quiet and tranquil. The house was very close to the dock -- just a one minute walk -- and it was also just a minute to the beach. Perfect location! We found everything we needed....even a crock pot, blender and waffle iron! We loved the fact that our dog was welcome on the island....having a pet-friendly rental is very important to us and the owners even provided dog towels for us! Beds were comfortable, the house was clean and we loved sitting on the outdoor porch late at night watching the full moon duck behind the clouds. Truly a lovely, peaceful spot on a magic island!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Holiday surcharges are applied for reservations for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas/New Years timeframes. Guests responsible for mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100 per pet may be assessed depending on size/breed. Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.