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Sea Star Beach House: Charming Caribbean Style Cottage Right On The Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 7

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!

Sea Star Beach House is a 3-bedroom home located directly on the beach. Enjoy days on the beautiful beach, swimming in warm gulf waters and evenings watching the sunset across sweeping views of the horizon.

The ground floor of the house features a deck, with a storage room with beach toys, snorkeling gear, and a surf board. Take advantage of the charcoal grill and table for outdoor dining.

Upstairs is an open concept kitchen, with island seating, and living room looking out sliding glass doors to the 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico and 7 miles of white sand beaches. Also on the first floor is the master bedroom; with a half-bath and sliding door access to the front deck facing the beach and ocean. You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves. There is also a second bedroom on this floor with a full size bed as well as the main bathroom. The home features tropical, beachy decor, a warm and inviting color scheme and the Gulf views are among the best on the island!

On the second floor of the home, accessed by a spiral staircase, there are two twins with a trundle perfect for kids or teenagers who want their privacy! NOTE: The photo shows a bunk bed but the bunks have been separated to make the upstairs more suitable for all ages! (The spiral stairs might be tricky for some to navigate, especially small children.)

The kitchen features a stove, trash compactor, and full size refrigerator. (NOTE: there is no dishwasher.) The kitchen is fully stocked for any type of food preparation you want to make. The home also has a full size washer and dryer.

There is a small dining table in the living area (seats 4) and there is also a 6-person dining table on the screened-in porch. The deck also features a hammock and comfortable chaise lounge from which to view the beach. The living room has satellite TV and a dvd player. We have a small selection of dvds and games for your entertainment. Extras with this rental include free use of a dock slip, beach chairs, beach umbrella, free wi-fi, boogie boards and beach toys...and 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 home features a private boardwalk to the beach and an outdoor shower at the base of the stairs for rinsing off before coming indoors.


• 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

• This home comes with a grill.

• This home comes 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.

• This house has wi-fi but this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi is NOT for entertainment. No Netflix, no skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. Many people find the mobile hotspots on their smartphones are better alternatives. We suggest you download movies to your tablet or books to your e-reader BEFORE coming to the island.

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2017


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Off the master bedroom
  • Downstairs there is also an open air outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Sea Star Beach House: Charming Caribbean Style Cottage Right On The Beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

lovely cottage that feels like home

  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent cottage to rent, that had all the space and comforts of home. We loved the screened in porch, it had lots of room for us to enjoy in the evenings.

We had perfect weather that added to a great vacation.

I would definitely rent this cottage again, thanks for the wonderful accommodations.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Family Time

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Laurie and especially you Tracy for making our family vacation an absolute joy to remember for years to come. We arrived after a hurricane and a majority of the island was flooded, yet we still had no trouble getting to Seastar. It was close to the docks and the complimentary concierge service, Bret's golf cart taxi was superb and a real treat considering we were ready to relax and tired of lugging our belongings. Bret helped us out for several days while the golf cart rentals were closed due to the storm, getting family and friends around the island. We tipped him extremely well. 

The Seastar house was beautiful and had everything we could want or need. Cooking utensils were well stocked and conveniently placed for indoor and outdoor cooking. When they say there are beach toys, they weren’t kidding. There were fishing poles, 5 boogie boards, sun umbrellas, beach chairs and numerous sand castle toys- the kids were in heaven! Considering we had two families in the home and children under the age of 5, the house had plenty of space. We didn't even use the third bedroom located upstairs, but it does seem like the perfect little getaway for older children.

I don’t know of a more relaxing setting. We woke up looking at the beach, played all day and eat dinner on the patio watching the sunset. And I must say for as calm as the beach was most of the week, a day or two of waves after the storm was quite fun and then the rest of the week was so calm that our toddler felt comfortable entering the water independently (supervised of course).

To management, I feel like we are friends- you were just so good to us. Thank you for going above and beyond, especially when it came to the storm and making sure we were safe, even if that meant modifying our travel dates. I knew at that very moment we were in good hands and your biggest concern was to make sure we had an amazing trip. Also, thank you for allowing us to venture over to your personal cottage and borrow things that we forgot to bring. Anytime we had a question, you were right there responding to texts within minutes and you never seemed to be bothered by it. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality.

We will undoubtedly be back next year, and every year thereafter.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

Perfect location, nice house!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a practically last minute booking during Spring Break..... What a find!! Our party consisted of 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 small children (4 & 5). We had stayed on LGI twice before, once inland and once on the bay. This was our first ocean front rental. With 4 children - this was the way to go. We were able to spend as much time on the beach swimming, fishing, shelling, relaxing as we wanted - while knowing our children could walk back to the at house anytime. We did rent a golf cart for the week, as we like to explore at times. If you have never been to LGI it is a great way to tour the island. Every single time we have been we have met the most AMAZING people. What a wonderful get away to just get in touch with nature and yourself. We did have one issue - upon arrival we noticed the washing machine was full of water and not operational at all. One call to the property managers solved that within 24 hours. Pretty good for an island inaccessible by anything other than boats! Also - I love that concierge and trash removal is included with this particular property manager. Amazing experience. Do not hesitate to stay at Sea Star!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ft lauderdale, fl

The most beautiful beaches ever!!! Cute house, beautiful sunsets, we will be back again

  • 5 of 5

Little Gaspirella Island is quite the gem - we brought our flats boat saw lots of porpoise, stunning sunsets - Beach was beautiful , people super friendly - perfect for families and their dogs.

Loved our family vacation and we WILL be back-

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gastonia North Carolina

Perfect place to get away from the stressful lives we live!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I discovered Little Gasparilla about 9 years ago and we can't find anywhere that compares to its beauty and serenity We've stayed at a different home each time because that's part of the fun to us. I have to say that Sea Star is at the top of our list! It was so clean and the kitchen has EVERYTHING you need! We loved the little room at the top. Me and my grandchildren would lay there at night looking at the stars talking. You only have neighbors on one side of you but they were very nice and quiet. We ate all of our meals outside watching the incredible sunsets. The view from the Sea Star is beautiful. I found lots of sharks teeth too. If you can rent a boat it makes it so much easier since you have your own boat dock.

Make sure you visit Cayo Casta State Park if you enjoy shelling! The one thing that I would suggest to make the Sea Star even better would be ceiling fans on the screened porch. Laurie was great to work with and I have NO complaints. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central Florida

Sandy M.

  • 5 of 5

Dream vacation

I have to say, without a doubt, that our one week vacation on Little Gasparilla island was the best week I have ever spent. The Sea Star cottage was clean and comfortable. Spectacular gulf views greeted you every time you walked out the door or looked out a window. Laurie was amazing and so easy to work with! Brett was punctual and a great help.with getting us to and from the dock. It was difficult to leave paradise but we will return!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Placida Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Holiday surcharge of $500 may be assessed; 30-day cancellation notice required for stays of 1 week; 60-day cancellation for 2 weeks or more. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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