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Island Breeze: Free Paddle Boards and Beach Bikes! Just Steps to the Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 BD, 2 BA family-friendly home close to Little Gasparilla's beautiful 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!

Island Breeze is a beach house designed to allow your family to enjoy all that Little Gasparilla has to offer. It is situated just a 2 minute walk from the beach and a 5 minute walk to the bay -- so the best of both worlds are close at hand. The owners have purchased beach bikes for their guest's use so you can explore the pathways of the island and ride up and down the beach. They have also outfitted the home with two stand up paddle boards perfect for exploring the bay or cruising up the sand bar with the dolphins. These boards are easy to enjoy standing up or sitting down and enhance your enjoyment of Little Gasparilla's lovely beach! (To rent them from the mainland normally costs in excess of $250 for a weekend.)

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!

This 3 bedroom home sleeps 7 comfortably. The master bedroom upstairs has Gulf views from the king bed and a bathroom with tub and shower. The second upstairs bedroom has another twin. Downstairs, the third bedroom has bunk beds and an additional twin plus another bathroom with a shower. The home has been updated with brand new appliances, all new furnishings, new linens, a brand new gas grill, new flat screen TV -- even new landscaping!

The large living room has bamboo flooring, a spacious open plan and sliding doors that open to a breezy screened porch. Dramatic high ceilings add to the spacious feel. A breakfast bar seats 3 and the dining table seats an additional six people. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher. All linens, including beach towels, are supplied as are beach chairs. You'll also find beach toys, movies and games to entertain you during your stay. Small pets are now welcome with a non-refundable $100 pet deposit per pet.

This family friendly home is ready for you to enjoy all that Little Gasparilla has to offer...balmy tropical breezes, the beautiful beaches, great fishing right off the dock and the relaxing island lifestyle! And, with all these toys available for your family to enjoy, Island Breeze offers a great value for a week's vacation or a weekend getaway. (3-day minimum rental.)

Island Breeze is located on Rum Runner Road near the south end of the island....Dock 75. There is free docking for guests a bit farther to the south. Fishing is excellent here at the south end of the island and you can fish right off the dock for mangrove snapper, snook and redfish! As you walk from the dock, you pass through a lush tropical paradise of air plants and bromeliads, thick mangroves, ferns and cabbage palms. This is a unique part of Little Gasparilla and one that never ceases to amaze with its tropical beauty.


• 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 a brand new gas 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.

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• If you wish to use our mobile hotspot keep in mind this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi should NOT be used for entertainment. No Netflix, no skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. or you will find that data will be very expensive. We suggest you download movies or books 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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 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 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 Placida

This home is in a great location just a few short steps from the beach on a beautiful tropical pathway. It has gulf views from the master bedroom, a beautiful breezy porch (which gives the home its name) and a very comfortable open floorplan. The owners have done a great job renovating this home with all new furnishings, paddle boards and beach bikes!


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs bath off the master has a tub/shower. Downstairs bath has a shower only,
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge


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Island Breeze: Free Paddle Boards and Beach Bikes! Just Steps to the Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful place - conveniently located

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our mom's 70th birthday on the island, with 5 of us staying in the house. It was wonderful. So many helpful items were provided so we didn't have to bring them - the beach chairs and umbrellas being the most frequently used. The house is lovely - well-decorated, well-appointed and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the screened porch on breezy evenings. Everyone we dealt with, from start to finish, was so kind and helpful. What a beautiful vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a WONDERFUL time at Island Breeze! We have stayed at private vacation rentals both in the United States and Europe... and could not believe all of the special touches that come with this special place! A beautifully decorated and fully furnished house... complete with even the things that one might forget, like laundry detergent... along with beach toys galore. We immediately felt at home and welcomed. We loved learning to paddle board, with paddle boards provided by the owners... and the adventure of exploring the natural beauty of the island on the bicycles... which were also provided. The view of the ocean from the master bedroom was a magical way to begin each day. The gorgeous beach, complete with an abundance of shells and sand dollars is just steps from the front door..and the sunsets are breathtaking. We definitely look forward to returning to the beauty and wonder of Island Breeze and this amazing island!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Enchanting!

  • 5 of 5

If you like the pictures of Island Breeze, wait until you step inside this charming cottage, you'll be blown away. The interior is delightful, the kitchen stocked with all the cooking tools you need, and the furniture clean and comfy! It was the perfect spot to relax after a wonderful beach day, throw in the floaties, beach chairs, and umbrella - very difficult to come home.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We spent Memorial Day weekend at Island Breeze with four generations of family, and it was perfect for all ages. A great time was had sunning and swimming at the gulf side beach, or fishing and boating on the bay side.

The home, decor and furnishings exceeded our expectations. The property is nicely decorated, well cared for and very clean. The appliances and furnishings seemed brand new. The kitchen was well equipped for family dinners and the breezy screened porch was spacious and comfortably furnished with seating for all.

The location on the island was very convenient for us, with a short walk to the beach, and also to the bay side where we were able to dock our boat.

There was a complete set of quality beach gear - bicycles, paddle boards, chairs, umbrellas, and inflatables.

We look forward to staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic! It was very comfortable and fulfilled all our needs! Quiet and peaceful!! A 4 minute walk to the beach!! We saw an osprey nest with the baby osprey and mother osprey as well as 7 manatees!!! I was able to walk out about 20 feet from the shoreline and actually pet a manatee!!! Weather was perfect!!!! We stayed on the island our entire stay!!! Will definitely be back!!! Possibly bring friends to share this wonderful paradise!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

One of the first rentals I've stayed in where the photos were as nice as the reality. Island Breeze was gorgeous and had quick access to both the beach and bay sides. We enjoyed the paddle boards and the beach cruisers and wished we were staying about two weeks longer.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $150 + Tax
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. 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. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Small pets permitted with $100 pet fee per pet applied. 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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