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Sand Dollar Cottage: "Old Florida" Oceanfront Retreat; Private Dock, Golf Cart!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

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 charming "old Florida" cottage offers a glimpse of what a vacation at the beach used to mean before theme parks, high rises and bars took over most of Florida's beaches....Strolling the sandy pathways to the private beach for early morning shell seeking, floating on a raft in the gentle waves, reading or afternoon naps on the front porch overlooking the beach while the men are fishing, cooking your fresh catch on the grill, relaxing evening meals watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico and heading down to your private dock for some evening fishing after dark. Sand Dollar Cottage offers all of that and more. This family-friendly cottage is cozy and rustic with knotty pine paneling that is both warm and welcoming. The kitchen is simple yet fully stocked with everything you need for your beach meals...all the spices you would ever want, and all the pots and pans you need! There are two comfortable bedrooms, one with a queen bed and a second with two twin beds so the home sleeps four comfortably. It is also pet friendly so all family members can enjoy a beach getaway! There is one bath upstairs with tub and shower and there are two outdoor showers downstairs, one enclosed for privacy and one open for rinsing off. There is another bathroom downstairs as well. This cottage is equipped with a high chair and pack and play and the tub makes it easy to bathe small children with ease. The porch has a locking gate to secure small children.

The living room has a comfortable seating area and flat screen TV with DirecTV and there is a wi-fi hotspot available if you need to stay connected. But the real living area is the front porch with its outdoor dining, comfortable seating area, rocking chairs and outstanding view of the Gulf of Mexico. You will want to spend all your time on the front porch just drinking in the view.

There is also an open air porch on the south side of the house, perfect for grilling and relaxing in the sunshine during cooler winter months.

A large downstairs porch we call the "dance floor" is also available if you wish to entertain or host a BBQ and we have a craft table downstairs under the house for assembling shell creations, and sorting the numerous shark's teeth you will find every day on the beach.

A golf cart is also included free of charge so you can explore the island, but please note that the cart is included as a courtesy only; the owners will not be responsible for procuring a replacement cart should you break their cart during your stay or if a previous guest has damaged the cart and it is unavailable during your visit. (Repairs can take weeks on the island). If a golf cart is of paramount importance to you, be sure to check with us prior to your arrival and we can let you know if it is in working order. And the cart is to be driven by adults only. Absolutely no children or teenagers are allowed to drive the golf cart.

You will find the Sand Dollar Cottage a simple and unpretentious cottage for an absolutely perfect beach vacation!

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 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 -- and now we offer several vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges and locations on the island...from dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our homes are painstakingly cared for, and very comfortable. We want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle! "Just bring your groceries, flip flops and a tropical attitude!"™

-Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals-

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Florida South West

This cottage is simple and rustic and makes you feel at home immediately. It is not sleek or modern, but is perfect for a small family or two couples that want to relax and feel at home in a cozy and welcoming environment.

What makes this cottage unique

This home is not only right on the beach, but also has its own private dock with excellent fishing right off the dock. It is located near the southern end of the island, is pet-friendly, and has simply outstanding views of the Gulf!


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bathroom upstairs plus two outdoor showers downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Second bathroom downstairs off the outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • 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
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Sand Dollar Cottage: "Old Florida" Oceanfront Retreat; Private Dock, Golf Cart!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The house was very nice and had everything we needed.


  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Carolina

Quiet end of the island, rustic, easy beach living. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great house, would definitely bring the kids here again! Was well-stocked with kitchen/bath/linens, good selection of used beach toys for little kids, some fishing gear/nets, and we left a couple boogie boards for the next crew. We spent most of our time on the beach or in the screened porch, but we were lucky with Perfect April weather and no bugs. Seemed like the less-busy end of the island so fewer lights and got some great starry nights and a couple full moons. It's a quick stroll to the beach and was easy to get from the dock to the house (2-300 yds?) with the golf cart (could've easily carried our luggage/groceries, is pretty close to the bayside). The kids saw ospreys carrying a fish and a snake, we caught a wayward crab in the surf, had a land turtle neighbor, and some coconuts falling from the trees! Awesome!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gaylord ,Mi

Just what we were looking for.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great little house on the beach!

We were looking for a stand alone cottage on the beach away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded high rise condos and we found this to be the perfect spot. The house is well equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer and a lot of the staples you need. The only thing I can think of that would have been nice is an ice maker. But hey your on an island roughing it. The house has a great screened in porch looking over the gulf and is a short walk to the private dock. We had no trouble finding the house with the dock well numbered and a sign on the house. We decided we didn't need the concierge as we had enough people to carry our bags and the golf cart for the big stuff. We rented a boat for the week so the dock was great. We were able to explore the area and took a trip to Cabbage Key for lunch.

The rental managers were great to work with and quickly answered all the questions we had.

We had a great time and plan on returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous location and lovely beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We always love visiting LGI. This home provided everything we needed to make our vacation a great one! Very clean, well equipped and charming. Laurie and her team were so helpful. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and cozy

  • 4 of 5

The property was everything advertised, directly on a beach, on an island only reachable by boat. The house was clean, spacious enough for four and had everything necessary for a comfortable stay. The kitchen was fully stocked with every cooking implement imaginable and there were beach chairs, fishing poles and even a golf cart for exploring. Only complaint, on the day we were delivered by water taxi, the concierge declined to pick us up at the dock. It took nearly 45 minutes of walking around with all of our things to finally find the house, which was unmarked. That was weird and a little frustrating, but the owner called us right away and straightened everthing out. The rest of the stay was a relaxing, cozy pleasure. This trip was our honeymoon and we hope to return on our anniversary!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that our concierge was unable to pick you up. Because this cottage is actually at the very end of the road, he was concerned about driving on private property and did not want to alienate or upset the neighbors. We have since clarified that he IS able to drive to the house and there is an easement to the dock -- so future guests should not encounter this problem. But we apologize profusely that you were inconvenienced. I understand that it was made worse because the water taxi dropped you at the wrong dock (due to wind and high water conditions) so while the house would normally have been much easier to find, in this instance it was a bit more difficult. Please accept our apologies. PS: We also just got signage for the house, which was on order during your stay.
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peaceful and comfortable beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect, beach cottage is perfect for a peaceful getaway. Well appointed, has all the furnishings, laundry and kitchen appliances, pots and pans etc needed. Comfortable to lounge around inside, on the screened porch with a beautiful view of the ocean and sounds of the waves and ospreys, or down stairs in the hammock to enjoy the cool shade.

Loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are SO glad that you enjoyed your stay at Sand Dollar Cottage! The owners have tried to make sure that the cottage is as comfortable as possible and they are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves. We hope you return again another sunny day!
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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 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 28 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2019 - Apr 29 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Please note that our security deposit is higher to cover damage or repairs to the golf cart. if you wish to use the golf cart you will be required to sign a damage/liability waiver; absolutely no children or teenagers are allowed to drive the golf cart.

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.
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