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 kids 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!
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 expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We do require that two members of each group must be over 25 years of age. We apologize, but we can NOT rent to college groups as a courtesy to the homeowners and our island neighbors. Guests will be evicted if found not to meet age requirements upon check in. Additionally, we can not exceed capacity in island homes due to the fragile septic systems.