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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 gulf-front cottage on private tropical 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!

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.) Please note that while there are beds for 7, the upstairs room has virtually no floor space at all with the trundle pulled out, so it would be quite crowded if planning sleeping space upstairs for adults. (The upstairs is more suitable for 2 adults or children only.)

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, 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 charcoal grill and there is also an electric 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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • 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
  • 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 4.75 based on 12 reviews
Alden, New York

Perfect Location for a Peaceful Getaway

  • 3 of 5

You couldn’t ask for a better location for a perfect beach location. We especially loved the screened in porch. However it seems that the owners don’t spend any money to spruce up the place regularly. It definitely needs new carpets and floors, paint, bedding and decorations from this century. It would not take a lot to make this place more fresh and appealing to renters. We did of course have a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the island. We appreciate your constructive comments. However, the owners DO spend money on their home, but perhaps not in ways that might be easily evident. The entire home was repainted last Fall....there are new bed linens and new curtains in the master bedroom...there is a new flat screen TV, there is a brand new fully enclosed outdoor shower that was just completed, there is a new trash compactor, they have made repairs to the downstairs deck and -- following Hurricane Irma last fall -- they spent several THOUSAND of dollars making repairs to the siding. New bedroom flooring and new furniture is next on their list, but the maintenance on the island is continual and you can always find SOMETHING that is not perfect if you try hard enough! The owners are prioritizing the maintenance items and the upgrades and are making improvements in between rentals. We are glad that you had a wonderful time!
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Great place, upstairs only good for younger people.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage on the beach. House needed touch up cleaning but overall very nice.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

With beach front property you can't go wrong! Lovely porch with a hammock. Lots of meals eaten out on the porch with the ocean as our backdrop. The kids loved the spiral stair case.

Just feet from the beach.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We only stayed one night at the Seastar beach house.

  • 5 of 5

We were scheduled to spend five nights at the Seastar Beachhouse. However the master shower was not working. So Mr. and Mrs. Gaines offered us the hibiscus house. This house was amazing. The stay on the island was everything we hoped it would be. Everyone was so friendly and the beach was beautiful. The seashells were amazing. We actually saw a group of manatee. I would like to thank Mr and Mrs. Gaines for being so hospitable and seeing to out every need.

The hibiscus beach house was so clean and comfortable. It was so well-stocked.

If you truly want to get away from it all and feel like you're the only people on the island then I suggest you visit here. I only hope the island does not sustain damage from the hurricane Irma that is approaching. And I hope the people that are electing to stay there with the hurricane approaching remain safe. We had beautiful weather the entire time.

Phillip and Susan from Roanoke Virginia

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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DAyton, oh

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We sought a place of beauty and quiet to celebrate our 30th anniversary and were very excited to find LGI. We planned meals carefully with the thought that we might not want to return to the mainland until we had to depart, which turned out to be the case. There are only two things to do on LGI: relax and watch sunset - and that's exactly what we did for the entire week.

We saw dolphins, a small ray, and about 85 billion shells; a manatee swam close enough to touch...about 15 feet from shore! The darkness is stunning as are the stars that seek to break it.

The Sea Star house was perfect for us - the decor was charming, the beds comfortable, and the kitchen well-equipped. It would have been great to kayak had the house still had it, but there are ways to rent. If we could offer one suggestion it would be that the porch would be a perfect place for a couple of ceiling fans.

In the end, we were disappointed only that we did have to return to real life from this magical place. We find ourselves slightly torn - we want to urge friends and family to experience the island, but it also feels like something to keep secret.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: February 2017
  • 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 golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/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.

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