Bartoe Beach House is located on Little Gasparilla Island; a bridge-less barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico that is only accessible by boat or water taxi. This island is residential and does not have any grocery stores or restaurants. Guests must bring all food, beverage, clothes and personal items at time of arrival. Or a return boat ride to the mainland will be in order.
Pirate's Water Taxi is the main mode of transportation to and from the island if you do not have a personal watercraft. Normal business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm. There is a fee of $20 minimum one-way (this covers 2 people and luggage), with each additional person costing $10. The captain will run after hours if previously scheduled at an increased rate. This service runs out of Eldred's Marina where parking is available for $6/night.
This quaint cottage will comfortably accommodate 4 people in the two bedroom, 1 bathroom floor plan. The master bedroom offers a queen size bed and storage for your clothes while the second bedroom provides 2 twin beds. The full bathroom with a combination bath/shower. Additional enclosed shower downstairs is equipped with hot and cold water, to allow for removal of sand after your return from the beach.
The open kitchen is well appointed with all the cookware, dishes and utensils needed to whip up a home cooked meal or simply make a tasty snack. All minor appliances are available; drip coffee maker, blender, crock pot and toaster. Full sized fridge and stove top oven. This kitchen does not have a dishwasher, since you're on vacation consider bringing paper plates.
This property is conveniently located close to the bay side of the island and near the community dock (#65) where the water taxi will bring you to or where you will dock your personal watercraft. There is a luggage/garden cart under the house for assistance in transporting your luggage a short 200 feet from the dock to Bartoe Beach House.
Once you are settled in, put on your swimsuit and shorts for a day on the pristine white sandy shores of Little Gasparilla Island. 7+ miles of unspoiled shoreline provide seashells and sharks teeth galore for the beachcomber or the perfect location for the surf-fisherman in the group. If you're looking for more fishing action, there are many knowledgable and experienced fishing charters/guides in the area (ask for more information upon reservation).
If you're looking to explore the island and see the local wildlife, remember to pack some comfortable shoes for walking or contact LGIcarts to ensure a golf cart rental during your stay. There are no cars on the island! Unfinished paths wind their way through the interior of the island between fishing shacks and beautiful vacation homes. The native trees provide housing for many species of birds and look down to see a gopher tortoise meandering down the path.
Whether you're looking to catch up on reading that novel, experience water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing or simply working on your tan, LGI is the ideal vacation location to disconnect from the chaos and reconnect with family, friends and nature.