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Redfish Retreat: dock slip, beautiful beach, free jon boat with trolling motor

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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 newly built island home is situated on Little Gasparilla Island which is one island north of Boca Grande. Little Gasparilla Island is a "boat access only" barrier island, 10 minutes from the mainland with no high-rise or commercial development. This home is perfect for two couples or a family. Each couple has their own master suite, with lots of privacy, their own bathroom and access to the sundeck for sunset views of the Gulf of Mexico!

This double master suite home offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and an open floor plan with a wrap around balcony. Each bedroom upstairs features a king size bed, its own flatscreen TV and a private bathroom. Downstairs, a third bedroom has a twin bed with a trundle and the living area has an additional sofa bed for extra guests. A third full bath is located on the main floor.

The home boasts all first class finishes and features travertine floors, upgraded granite throughout, luxury wood custom cabinetry, high end fixtures/ceiling fans and views from the spacious top sundeck of island sunsets and the Gulf of Mexico. This island retreat includes a deep water dock with power and water for any size vessel. It features a large screened in patio, downstairs outdoor shower, golf cart garage with ample storage, fish cleaning station and 2 extra capacity filtered cisterns. This unique island community property includes a ‘gulf to bay’ access for renters with private beach access spanning the entire width of the island. This exclusive island with white sandy beaches is never crowded and is known for its flats fishing for redfish, snook & trout. This home is located perfectly for outdoor enthusiasts with Don Pedro Island State Park steps away to the north and world famous Boca Grande tarpon fishing directly to the south.

There is a jon boat with a trolling motor available for exploring the mangroves in the bay or the sandbar.

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!

There is also a fire pit which is perfect for roasting hot dogs or making s'mores! Redfish Retreat comes with free use of the aluminum boat and trolling motor that's behind the house. This is great for kids and adults to fish the docks and mangroves behind the house which are loaded with Snook, Southern Sheeps Head, Red Fish and many more species of fish."

The private dock is shared with others in the community, so only one boat per home is allowed.

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 option...and 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
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 22, 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!

Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals purchased this house in 2016

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

The owner of this property chose it because of its great location close to both the bay and the beach. The property is spacious enough to accommodate friends and family and the home is well maintained and in perfect condition, ready to enjoy everything that Little Gasparilla can fish off the dock early in the morning, and then head to the beach in the afternoon. Everything is just a short stroll away!


Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 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
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Each master features a combination tub/shower. The downstairs bath has an additional shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin plus trundle
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Redfish Retreat: dock slip, beautiful beach, free jon boat with trolling motor
average rating of 4.75 based on 24 reviews
Overland Park, KS

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  • 1 of 5

Horrible management; very stressful and very expensive

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that your experience was stressful....most people come to Little Gasparilla Island for a relaxing getaway. However, when disrespectful teenagers destroy private property, use obscene language, leave the house filthy with half-eaten donuts left on the furniture, leave trash on the dock, tear out screens, break doors, and dispose of their trash on someone else's property -- and their parent refuses to take responsibility -- we tend to find it very stressful also! These guests were extremely disrespectful of the house, the neighbors and the island in general. When they snuck out in the middle of the night a day early (after the teenagers "borrowed" a golf cart, crashed it into a tree and then abandoned it) that was the last straw! Yet when management confronted them about it, this negative review was their response. I am pleased to be able to offer these comments and assure anyone else who comes to the island and allows out-of-control teenagers to run amok and damage other's people's property that their stay may be "stressful" as well -- because this kind of behavior is just not acceptable.
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Auburn, Alabama

Beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

I liked the boat dock being away from the main waterways. The water was calm and that made it easier getting on and off the boat. The house was great and dealing with the booking was easy.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two minutes to the dock, five to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious house with a fair amount of privacy. Little Gasparilla Island is a little paradise. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not exactly like the pictures make you believe, but all in all, a nice place.

  • 4 of 5

A very nice floor plan with having 2 masters with bathrooms. Kitchen is very nice and the living room area is very comfortable. A little more communication about the water taxi, schedule, cost etc would be helpful. Also, communication about trash pickup etc and what to expect would have been nice. Didn’t realize the grill was charcoal. Glad I called Terry before we got over to the island so we could buy some.

The golf cart was not available, and the Jon boat that was supposedly available with the property was not to be found.

All in all, it was a fun experience and I would do it again, especially now that we understand what is needed to spend time on a remote island.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry the owner's golf cart was not available during your stay; it was in the shop for repairs that were not completed by the time you arrived. We unfortunately do not have any control over the timing of repairs by the island cart shop. (When the golf cart undergoes repairs, however, we DO provide guests with a free voucher which allows guests to rent a golf cart from the cart shop.) We also provide detailed information about the water taxi in the letter that accompanies your contract, and we provide it again with your Arrival Letter, sent out roughly 2 weeks prior to arrival. The Arrival Letter also contained information about the grill. (Perhaps it went into your spam file?) And, we also provide detailed instructions about trash pickup, timing, etc. in your welcome package which is left in the house for you. The jon boat is stored behind the house, turned upside down to keep rain water out. I confirmed that it was there during your stay....I am sorry you were unable to find it. (Had you contacted us, we could have told you where it was!) We are sorry if there were any lapses in communication; we are always available by phone or email prior to your arrival and once you arrive if you have questions or concerns.
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Relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

  • 5 of 5

Please take me back! What a wonderful and relaxing stay! We visited October 7-11th, 2017 on a girls trip. The house is beautiful and has plenty of room! It almost felt like we had an entire island to ourselves. Short walk to the beach and we felt like it was our own private beach. Great way to get away from it all and spend some time relaxing, would recommend and can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was very clean and maintained. The house was very welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

I totally enjoyed my stay. The island was very quiet and relaxing. I would love to return. We had all we needed fully finished and stocked house, games, hammock, the golf cart, pots and pans to cook with. The cleanliness of the home was perfect. Plenty of room for a large family. The owners did a fantastic job.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 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 $400

We reserve the right to restrict bookings of 2-4 nights to non-peak season. 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. 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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