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Island Home Retreat Private Dock Kayaks Wi-Fi THE BEST ISLAND IVING

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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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More Details

Duffy Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

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 Placida

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The perfect place for an island getaway! We had an absolute blast and enjoyed every minute of this beautiful house on Gasparilla Island. Great docks, clean house, and steps to the beach.
Feb 2017
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Placida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Full size roomy tile shower, not a plastic fake shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Very spacious, very private enclosed hot and cold water
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , full size tub and shower, not a molded plastic
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed with adjoining private bathroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size pull out sleeper sofa in living room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , New Queen size pillow top
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 baby crib , 2 double/full size beds, 2 inch memory foam toppers
  • 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 ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • 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
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • 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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 61 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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home base- Duluth, MN

Two weeks of Florida’s great weather while staying in a great rental!

  • 5 of 5

Property is close to the bay for easy unloading and less than two blocks from the Gulf. The house is excellently decorated and spotless. The owners are tremendous! Our second stay here and it will not be our last. Part of our attraction to the island is the community. Everyone we meet, residents or other renters are just great and very friendly. The boat guys at Pirates are very helpful also, just keep them informed if your schedule changes.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asheville, NC


  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful experience staying here for our family vacation! We couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable home away from home to spend a week playing on the beach, watching the beautiful sunsets, relaxing, fishing from the boat dock, and more relaxing! Duffy was very helpful with anything we needed before, during and even after our stay! (She even mailed some clothing that my husband forgetfully left behind!) My 8, 5 and 2 year olds enjoyed everything the home had to offer, fishing nets for the dock, the kayaks for the beach, and we all LOVED the outside shower! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 8 (6 adults, two children) stayed in this house for about a week, and it was just perfect! It's beautiful, comfortable, and thoroughly equipped. We've had great experiences with rental homes/apartments all over the world, but this was one of the few where we really felt that we had all the comforts of home. The décor is lovely, the kitchen is fully stocked with equipment you feel very happy to use, everything is spotless and well organized. The kayaks and canoe are in good shape, the beach is beautiful, the island is close enough from mainland that you're just a short trip away from anything you might need, but far enough to really feel like vacation. The owners were easy to communicate with, helpful and really friendly . . . I can't recommend this rental highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fishers, IN

Ultimate in relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic rental! Our family stayed over the holidays and loved every minute. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need for meal preparation. Front porch is great for dining, games and relaxing! Kayaks were great for up close viewing of the dolphins. Hosts are so communicative and amazing. Could not have asked for a better place to unwind for the holidays!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best house on the island.

  • 5 of 5

Fully furnished, private and comfortable. I recommend this island home to anyone looking to drift away for a few days.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Venice Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Villa Capri
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Villa Capri
Nearest Beach
Out the front door
Nearest Point of Interest
Island House Rereat

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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.