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Island Home Retreat Private Dock FREE Kayaks FREE Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

3 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6

View of The Bay from the front porch.. 1200 square foot living area. Creatively decorated very comfortable. All the conveniences of home yet surrounded by the pristine natural elements of a remote island community. Spacious kitchen, dining and living room, cathedral ceilings, french doors open to a 450 square foot screened front porch with ceiling fans outdoor lighting and music. FREE Wi-Fi

Steps away from the dock on the bay, and a short walk to the beach.

Private dock and boardwalk.

Master bedroom has king-size bed with adjoining bath, TV/Satellite Second bedroom with double bed, third bedroom with set of twin beds, TV/Satellite.

Pack-n-Play, high chair.

GREAT WATER - Fresh water, safe to drink.

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Keywords: Family Home

More Details

Duffy Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Duffy Smith

Mike is born and raised in Florida, Duffy was transplanted at an early age and has 'sand between her toes'. Both of us have loved and enjoyed the Florida coastal waters all of our lives, whether it is fishing, scuba diving, boating, or relaxing on the beach, we truly love the coastal life together along with our children and grandchildren. We have long time friends that fished this area and built and/or bought their own homes here, so when we were invited 20 years ago it was love at first sight. We bought this little piece of salty land 15 years ago, we designed it our selves and a local custom home builder built it 5 years ago. We put many hours of our own sweat & tears into completing our dream ... our island home retreat. This is the only home we have on the island. We do not own or manage any other homes. We hope to retire here some day, in the meantime, we are very happy to share our little slice of paradise with guests who also favor the coastal waters of Florida.

Duffy Smith purchased this house in 2004

Why Duffy Smith chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Bayside dock access

private dock for your boat

and community dock for great fishing

close easy walk to the beach

Best kept cleanest house on the island

What makes this house unique

We find the most unique benefit of our house is the location on the island. We have a nice view of the Bay, magnificent sunrises over the water. We have a private dock and fish cleaning station for boating and fishing, then we have the luxury of the beach only steps away from the house. We have the best of both worlds!


Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Outdoor Showe - outdoor shower , Very spacious, very private fully enclosed hot and cold wate
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed with adjoining private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , full size/double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , folding pack-n-play in closet when not in use
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size pull out sleeper sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1) King EXTRA pillow top with memory foam, king pillows, extra comforters,Full size Bed (1) Foam mattress cover for extra comfort, Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds mattress covers for extra comfort extra blankets and pillows, Child Beds (1) pack-n-play with pad, Sleep Sofa Queen size sofa bed, foam mattress cover for extra comfort extra pillows and blankets comforter
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Fully enclosed outdoor shower with hot and cold running water. Large shell wash, custom made for easy rinsing and sorting for your shells and beach treasures.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Island Home Retreat Private Dock FREE Kayaks FREE Wi-Fi
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews
Provo, UT

Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most amazing vacations I've ever had-- traveling by boat to a beautiful island, a shell-filled, picturesque beach just a hop down the path, and an amazing house to top it all off made this trip absolutely perfect. The house was not only clean and cute, the owners have thought of EVERYTHING you could possible need, especially if you have children. This is the most family friendly vacation ever, and it made things that much more enjoyable. There is a pack-and-play for babies, plenty of children's movies to choose from, a toy chest, a high chair, and the best part was the screened in porch for the little ones to play on safely and independently.

The kitchen was another part of the house that wowed me-- again, it had everything I could have possibly thought of, it was like cooking in my own home. I have to say, tho, that by far my favorite amenity was the outdoor shower. It is a huge, secluded, warm water shower that is perfect for hosing down all the kids after the beach, or for a late night romantic rendezvous.

Aside from the house, this island was amazing. The water is warm, the beach is filled with shells, and you can watch the sun set into the ocean every evening. There are turtles, cute little lizards, dolphins, manatees, fiddler crabs; and if you rent yourself a golf cart you can cruise all over the island in search of these critters. The house also has a private dock with a dock light for fishing at night. My husband and I caught at least ten or twelve ocean trout, and kept two for grilling.

I could not have had a better vacation, and it is in large part due to the thoughtfulness and care the owners have put into this home. If you want a stress-free, wonderful vacation for the whole family, this is where you want to be.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miss Em, We are so blessed to have families like yours stay at our island home. We are so happy to be able to share our place with people that so much appreciate and enjoy it. Your comments clearly let us know how much you liked the house and enjoyed your total experience. Thank You! And please come again soon. Mike&Duffy
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Great spot! Beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Great spot! Beautiful location!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Simply put, it's a beautiful home on a beautiful island. Perfect spot for fishing, swimming, board games on the porch, and long walks on the beach. The dock on the intercostal bay was a great spot for breakfast/lunch. I couldn't have been more relaxed when I stayed here.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was a great vacation, the house was perfect, very clean and comfortable! The beach was a short walk down the sandy path and if you are not into crowded beaches, this is the place for you! A perfect getaway for our whole family! Would love to return again!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plant City, Fl

Perfect getaway for any occasion, any time of the year!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I have visited the Island Home Retreat on Little Gaspirilla Island on multiple occasions, throughout all seasons of the year, and have created some of our most favorite memories! Super clean, spacious, and perfect views from the porch! This is the perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys a beautiful view, and a relaxing time! Just a few minute walk to the beach for searching for shells and watching sunsets! Whether you're laid back or a busy body, there's always things to do on the island!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tiffany for your kind words and feedback for other guests who may be considering our place to stay. We are so happy to have guests like you guys able to stay frequently. Maybe your next stay will be as Mr. & Mrs. Best wishes,... Mike and Duffy
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Awesome getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Great house to stay at on the island! Duffy made everything so easy for my friends and family. I'm an avid boater and fisherman and the dock setup is top notch. I'd recommend this house to everyone!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dustin! We appreciate your feedback, it will be helpful to other fishing families. We being a fishing/boating family ourselves have set up the dock, deck, fish cleaning station, water & lighting to accommodate others like us. Hope you can come back soon!! Take care, Duff
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Little Gasparilla Island is a private barrier island. There is not a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Our private secluded island is located between Boca Grande and Palm Island. The surrounding islands have additional amenities and attractions which can be reached by boat.

Other Activities: Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Kayaking


Rates & Availability

Placida House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 5 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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