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

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.

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
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:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 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 -- 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 Placida

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

great place very warm and felt at home. great memories.

  • 5 of 5

wonderful time

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, privacy and living space

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is just wonderful. The appointments were excellent. View of the beach and the walk to the beach were just great. The only criticism I have is that you could use a new mattress in the master bedroom. The foam overlay just didn't cut it. Other than that I can only rave about the unit and intend to return, hopefully for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place! Awesome location with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Very charming house with amazing view. The house was clean, very well stocked and in great condition. We would definitely go again. Loved how quiet the beach was. The property manager was so sweet and the hospitality was wonderful. Five stars for the whole experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us to spend a few days on the water and the beach. So convenient having a dock, golf cart and house right on the beach. The golf cart is a little tricky to get going, but it was only needed to carry our stuff from the dock to the house, which is not very far at all. Very comfortable with everything we needed to relax and enjoy the sun, waters of the beach and the bay, and the beautiful, almost private beach with the best sunsets ever! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great island getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Great island getaway on the south end of Don Pedro Island. We brought our boat and the directions provided made getting to the property very easy. Very secluded beachfront house stocked with all of the essentials for a relaxing week at the beach and on the sandbar. The only con was the mosquitoes around the house. We didn't notice them much while out on the beach. The golf cart made hauling stuff to and from the dock much easier. We lost running water one of the days we were there but the property manager contacted the water company who informed us they were repairing a broken water main on the island. All in all, we would revisit this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125 + Tax
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. 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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