COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on the island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad.
Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar siding, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning.
Comfortable hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area, decorated with antique wicker, on the back porch. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.
Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a single daybed with an additional trundle and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy!) We feature 100% cotton linens which are included with your rental as are all kitchen utensils, beach towels, chairs, beach umbrella and a use of a free dock slip for your boat. The kitchen features new granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries. From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland for a shopping trip.
As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.
The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient.
We include our golf cart with your rental but we DO limit its use...no children are allowed to drive it without adult supervision. There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.
Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.
Please note there is no smoking in the beach house. Our personal website has many additional photos and more information about the house and the island. (See the link for more information below the calendar.) Please note that for your protection and ours, we do not always update the availability calendar but you may e-mail us to double-check availability.
We think you will find your vacation on Little Gasparilla to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays ever! And, at Coconut Hideaway, we try to make it as easy as possible to have a stress-free vacation.
'Just bring your groceries, your bathing suit and a tropical attitude™.'
*** FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS ***
*** LARGE SCREEN HDTV with DVR ***
*** BEACH UMBRELLA, BOOGIE BOARDS, FLOATS, RAFTS and BEACH TOYS PROVIDED***
*** ACCESS TO FULLY-STOCKED PANTRY ***
*** PETS OK ***
*** TROPICAL GARDEN AND TIKI HUT ***
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Buddy was a motion picture director and Laurie was a marketing executive in Chicago. We moved back to Florida in 1985. When we retired, we became antique dealers and traveled the world collecting unique mementos for our beachhouse. Now we enjoy sharing our very special island with our friends, family and guests.
As a native Floridian, I found Little Gasparilla Island most closely resembled the Florida I grew up in years ago.....no high-rises on the beach, no traffic-clogged roads and few tourists. Many days you can walk on the beach without seeing another soul....we also love the natural environment, the beautiful clean beaches and the lack of unsightly seawalls. Little Gasparilla is a mystical island for us and we never tire of spending time here with family and friends.
Our home is comfortable and unique, fully stocked with virtually everything you need for a fun family vacation...including sunscreen and beach toys. Our shady tiki hut offers a protected spot when winter's breezes are a bit chilly and a cool respite from midday sun. Our hammocks allow you to fully enjoy the tropical breezes and -- best of all, we have views of the Gulf from nearly every room in the house! Extras include free wireless internet access, a piano, a library, a large HDTV with satellite and TIVO, access to fully stocked pantry, movies and CD's,use of our golf cart and all beach toys.