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"Knee Deep" Beach House: Bird's Eye View Upstairs, Beachfront Deck Downstairs!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-8

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!

This family-friendly beach house is located in one of the best spots on Little Gasparilla Island. Now pet friendly as well! It is now under new ownership so if you were worried about the home being sold, worry no longer! No trudging over hot sand or dragging your beach chairs down a long boardwalk....the beach is literally your front yard at KneeDeep!

NOTE: Little Gasparilla Island is a bridge-less barrier island accessible only by water taxi. You park your car at Eldred's Marina on the mainland, and bring all groceries to the island with you because there are no commercial establishments on the island.

A spacious downstairs deck overlooking the beach is your launching pad for family fun. A comfortable hammock offers a relaxing spot to nap while enjoying ocean breezes. Comfortable chairs provide a shady spot to sit and watch the little ones at the beach just steps away. You can grill your fresh catch without missing out on any of the fun. The deck is a perfect spot for gathering to enjoy the sunset and search for the elusive "green flash" with friends and family....a Little Gasparilla ritual. And, you are literally "knee deep" in the beach front lifestyle when you vacation at KneeDeep Beach House!

Upstairs, the home is comfortable and well appointed, with an open kitchen, dining and living area so everyone can enjoy each other's company after a day at the beach. The breakfast bar seats 4 and the dining table overlooking the ocean seats another four. Even the kitchen has dramatic ocean every day is not so bad when you have views of the Gulf of Mexico!

From the front porch and the living room, you feel as though you are on the deck of an ocean liner, as your only views are of the Gulf of Mexico.....beautiful azure water. Some days the water is turquoise, other days a deep, brilliant dark blue....every day it is ever-changing, and on display for you to enjoy!

The master bedroom has beautiful ocean views as well, with sliding doors that open to the front porch. The master bath has twin sinks, a large linen closet, a shower and a soaking tub.

The second and third bedrooms have two twins each. The second bathroom also has double sinks and it has a shower that can be accessed when you return from the beach so you can rinse off without tracking sand into the house. A large utility room has a full-size washer and dryer. There is also a sleeper sofa in the living room to accommodate up to 8 guests during your stay.

The house is well stocked with all pots and pans, basic pantry items, and all linens include beach towels. Our game closet will provide hours of entertainment for the rare rainy day. And now the home has a brand new 60" Smart TV as well! We can also help you book golf cart rentals, kayak rentals, an island massage or paddle board rentals. Just call our Guest Services Manager who is standing by to make your vacation on Little Gasparilla memorable and trouble-free!

Wi-fi via satellite is provided, but please understand that wi-fi is not for should download movies and books to your i-pad or tablet before arriving. (There is no wired internet on the island.) We do offer the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock upon arrival and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you!

The island:

A true hidden treasure, Little Gasparilla Island is a bridge less, tropical barrier island just off the West Coast of Florida located midway between Tampa and Naples, not far from the cities of Boca Grande and Englewood Florida. Unspoiled by seawalls and high rises, it has no roads and no car traffic, just white sand paths for exploring. Here you'll find 7 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, fantastic fishing opportunities, an abundance of sea shells and prehistoric shark's teeth to gather, dramatic sunsets and balmy tropical breezes.

Nature lovers will also enjoy Don Pedro State Park which is only about 300 feet up the beach from Knee Deep. The park boasts a large pavilion and two miles of private beach and is a wonderful place to just get out in nature. The park is only accessible by boat or kayak ensuring minimal visitors. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered species such as the West Indian manatee, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and American oystercatchers.

The twisting sand trails on LGI add to the charm and appeal of the island. They are fantastic for early morning or late evening walks and general exploring. Some guests opt to rent a golf cart for more access or longer excursions. Golf carts can be rented on the island from LGI Carts: 941-697-3820.

A rental car will be required to get from the airport to the marina where guests park their car and catch the water taxi to the island. Reservations for the water taxi must be made at least 1 week in advance of arrival.


• 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.

• We must be notified if you are bringing a pet and a $100 pet fee (per pet) will be applied to your rental.

• All homes come with a grill. Knee Deep has a charcoal grill.

• 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

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 through our small family business Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals. We offer cottages in a variety of price ranges and locations on the island...from striking beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our homes are painstakingly cared for, we try to keep them well-stocked, and we try to give each of our homes a very personal touch...we want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". We love the island and want you to have the best experience possible so you will love it as much as we do. So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Florida South West

This home has an ideal location right on the beach with a fabulous shaded deck area beneath the home. You can sit on the deck in the shade and keep an eye on the kids in the water at the same time. And the view from the front porch is like being on the deck of a cruise ship -- simply spectacular views!


Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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"Knee Deep" Beach House: Bird's Eye View Upstairs, Beachfront Deck Downstairs!
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful location and great house for large family

  • 5 of 5

We just had our 3 grandchildren and their parents staying with us for 9 days and it was a wonderful vacation. What really makes this house stand out from most of the others around is the deck underneath. Provides shade (and a hammock!) as well as a place to keep all your beach gear, sea shells (there are TONS), etc. without having to lug everything in and out of the house every day. There are several stairs to climb to get up to the main level. Plenty of room inside with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths along with a family room and very nice big screen TV (65 inches?). Nice size kitchen and some newer appliances (washer/dryer/microwave). They do a good job of setting your expectations low with regard to the condition of the house and equipment, but we had zero issues. House was very clean and everything worked great.

If you want a vacation away from everything, this is a great spot. You have to trade the convenience of being able to run to the store or out to eat, but if this is the type of vacation you want, this is a great place to do it. You probably already know if you are looking at south Florida, but it is extremely humid in the summer.

We rented kayaks and stand up paddle boards and everyone enjoyed them.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was our first time staying on Little Gasparilla Island. We loved it!! We stayed at Knee Deep. The house was great. The beach was awesome. The sunrises and sunsets were amazing. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

House exceeded my expectations. House is very comfortable inside and out. Can't beat the view from the porch. House is also very well equipped - all you need to bring is your food. Only negative is the blinds - they are in terrible shape - bedroom blinds missing at least 3 slats allowing too much light in the morning which we fixed by hanging a sheet. That being said I would gladly still return to this house. If you want to relax, I can't think of a better place.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We just arrived home from our stay at the Knee Deep House and are already planning our next trip back! What a pleasure it was to stay in this home and on the island. Everyone welcomed us with open arms and a big smile. The beach was absolutely breathtaking with plenty of shells and we even found some shark teeth!

The house has everything you need, and they really aren't kidding when they say just bring groceries, flip-flops and a bathing suit. We felt so comfortable and at ease and the house was very clean which makes it even more inviting in my book.

I can't wait to return and bask in the warm sun with my toes in the sand. A big thank you to everyone who helped us especially Brett who was a big help in hauling our stuff back and forth. We had the time of our life!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GORGEOUS Roomy.. LOVE the bottom deck! A+

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our kids and grand babies last June and LOVED IT!! It was clean and comfortable. NO problems at all.. PLENTY of room. We spent most of our days in the water, on the sand and on the spacious deck on the bottom level. Plenty of games, floats and a hammock! BEAUTIFUL place, highly recommended. We are planning another trip, to stay HERE! We've stayed in about 5 other houses and one condo... THIS is the BEST by far.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip love this place

  • 4 of 5

The house is great. Need some beach chairs and umbrella to use on beach. But over all a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Ft. Myers
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
10 courses
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fishery


Rates & Availability

Placida House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2018 - May 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

At least two members of any group must be age 25 or older; sorry but we cannot rent to college students during Spring Break. Maximum occupancy of home is 6; if groups of more than 6 wish to rent the home we reserve the right to charge $100 more per person per week. We also reserve the right to limit 3-night bookings to bookings within 30 days of arrival date at our sole discretion. 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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