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

Placida, FL, USA
  • Cottage950 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

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 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.

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Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

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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!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single


        • 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

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Beachfront
            • Ocean View
            • Oceanfront
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          Pay per use verizon jetpack available upon request only. Cell service is reliable for hotspotting wifi from your cellular provider. Please see the home description for more info on internet and costs.
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Basic spices provided
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Dining table seats four; bar area seats three
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Games
                                      Some board games provided
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                      Flatscreen TV


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Gas 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

                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              17 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Really cozy and beautiful view

                                                              Jennifer M.

                                                              We loved this property! The dock was really close to the house so great for loading and unloading luggage and supplies. We saw a turtle the very first day there in the yard. Every day was perfect weather. Well equipped the place had everything you could need. We brought beach chairs of our own. The golf cart was great too!

                                                              Perfect for our needs.

                                                              Kathy K.

                                                              We had a wonderful stay. Love the island and especially enjoyed being on the south end of the island this time, very quiet and peaceful. The cottage was just perfect for our needs. The screen porch was great for reading, naps, meals and toasting the sunset. The view is amazing. We hope to be back again next year. Thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise.

                                                              Views of Paradise and the comfort of home.

                                                              Steve R.

                                                              We stayed at the Sand Dollar in March 2017 and had a fantastic week of relaxation.

                                                              My wife and 2 young daughters all disconnected from their phones and reconnected with each other. We fished from the beach every day and watched the pods of dolphins play just off shore. The sunsets are unparalleled and can be watched right from the screened in porch.

                                                              Sand Dollar had plenty of room for the four of us and all the amenities needed to feel at home. Don't bring a lot of clothes as you won't need them and they have a great washer dryer.

                                                              The dock was great for fishing with an Osprey's nest near by to watch these magnificent birds.

                                                              The beach has more shells than any other beach we have been on and we have at least 100 shark teeth... an addictive hobby.

                                                              We hope to be back in the future.

                                                              Cute Little Hideaway

                                                              Donna L.42206

                                                              What a great little “old Florida” getaway. Beautiful views and and beautiful water! Well appointed inside , beds and bedding comfy!

                                                              First impression was not welcoming, but nothing a little TLC and picking up would take care off😉�. A few new welcome mats and a few new beach chairs would have made it perfect. We felt like Goldilocks when they broke as we were sitting in them on the beach😂�. Loved the folks at Eldreds and everyone we met, Thanks for a great week on your beautiful island !

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Sorry that the beach chairs broke on you.....the salt spray and salt water cause the metal beach chairs to deterioriate very quickly. But people seem to prefer the metal ones because they fold up and are easier to take down to the beach. They have been replaced with brand new ones. We have purchased new door mats also.....

                                                              Quaint, Charming beach house - a great memory maker.

                                                              James B.

                                                              Sand dollar cottage is a perfect ‘old Florida’ Beach home - pine walls and ceilings lend it a vintage charm lacking in newer homes. The screened porch was perfect for enjoying the gulf winds, and a great space for a candlelit dinner. The mattresses are all very firm, so be prepared for that! The coffee maker should be full sized for multiple adults in the morning. The location on the island is perfect - sometimes you feel like you have the island all to yourself!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your positive comments! The mattresses are brand new, so that is why they might seem firmer than usual! That is a good point about the coffee maker...we usually put the smaller size (6 cup) coffee makers in the smaller homes that sleep 4 -- and get larger ones for the homes that sleep 6 or more. Our guest services manager always has spare coffee makers, so next time just give her a call if you want to brew up a full morning's worth of coffee!

                                                              “Beautiful home, gorgeous natural surroundings

                                                              Jane B.

                                                              Sand Dollar Cottage on Little Gasparilla Island is a gem on the gulf coast of Florida. The cottage is warm and comfortable, all the comforts of home. The screened in front porch is divine with a comfortable seating and gulf views. We loved having access to the bay side with a dock. Very private and quiet on the south end of the island. We spent a lot of relaxing time on the charming screened in porch with comfortable furniture, so nice! Property managers Laurie and Bud, and the on site concierge Terry were kind and entirely helpful with every detail. It's truly a getaway, offering peace and relaxation. We are returning next year for a longer stay.


                                                              Placida, FL, USA

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Damage Deposit
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                                                              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.

                                                              17 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.6/5
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