|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Take the water taxi or bring your boat to this quiet retreat on a private island only accessible by boat. There are sandy paths and golf cart trails, but there are no cars, stores, or restaurants! Our home is located half way between the Gulf and the Bay on Seagrape Lane (Dock 51); you are only a short distance to the sunrise or sunset.
Enjoy 7 miles of beautiful, uncrowded white sandy beaches. Don Pedro State Park is located about 2 miles north of our beach access. There is a library on the island and a small selection of children and fiction/nonfiction books at the house. Board games and cards are supplied along with a DVD collection suitable for all ages. Or forget the electronics - relax, collect shells, build sandcastles, relax, hang out in the hammock, explore, eat, drink, laugh, read, relax, nap, swim, run, or just RELAX. It's the best place to do nothing!
Fish from the dock or the beach, and if you have a boat, you are surrounded by some of Florida's greatest fishing spots for tarpon, snook, redfish, shark, grouper and snapper just to name a few. If you fish from your boat, please purchase a Florida fishing license (good for 1 year).
Our home has two bedrooms upstairs. One has a queen-sized bed and half bath; while the other contains two twin beds. The futon becomes a comfortable double bed. Take time to enjoy dinner on the screened in porch or relax in the hammock. Watch our video on our Facebook page - Cabbage Palm Cottage!
Keywords: Private Home
Little Gasparilla Island has been part of our lives since we were kids. In 1990 during a vacation stay of beautiful days, wonderful fishing, quiet times with the kids (no TVs or electronic gadget demands!)we decided it was time to spend all our vacations here. We found the perfect lot on Seagrape Lane and built this retreat for our family. From the first time we stayed there in April 1991, it has been a respite from the craziness of our everyday lives. Laura's sister, Tish and her husband Phil, are now owners with Steve and Laura. We hope that sharing our little piece of paradise with you will bring a smile to your face as you remember your stay.
Laura purchased this cottage in 1991
Nestled among the cabbage palms, this comfortable home is minutes away from the Bay sunrises and the Gulf sunsets! It's time to leave the business of the world behind and unplug on this beautiful island.
Osprey, cardinals, gopher turtles and the 'slow' pace of the island is all you need. As one friend says, 'The worst day on the Island is better than the best day on the Mainland!'
My husband and I just spent 5 days at this home on the island. The first 3 days it rained but it was a blessing in disguise. It gave us time to really wind down and relax. It didn't rain hard so we ere still able to get out. One thing I say is a must is to rent a golf cart from Derek. He was super nice. We would have been lost with out our cart. It was so much fun exploring the island by golf cart. We saw turtles and armadillos while riding. On the sunny days we went to the beach and found many, many sharks teeth. We only left our stay a few days early so we could see more of the coast on our way home. I would say this was quite an adventure we had and we loved every minute. Especially the hammock on the porch!!
My wife and I recently stayed at the cabbage palm cottage and could not have had a better time. The cottage extremely comfortable and the owners, Steve and Laura, are friendly and responsive. The cottage has dock access. We brought our own boat but you don't have to have one. There is and island ferry. This is a fishing paradise. We Bull and Turtle bay as well as Boca Grande Pass as well as the many artificial reefs off shore. We can't wait to come Back!
This was our first visit to Little Gasparilla, and we loved it. The visit requires planning, since you have to bring all your provisions with you; no running out to the Publix for the dozen eggs you forgot. One vacation staple you don't have to carry with you is books: the house has a great collection of all kinds of books to read, including many children's books. You can read the books while lounging in the big rope hammock on the screened porch. The house is well-maintained and just a short walk to either the Gulf or the Sound. The entire island, not just the house, is dog-friendly. The year-round residents were welcoming; the whole island had a charming and friendly atmosphere. Because there are no cars on the island, the place is quiet. The occasional hum of a golf cart blends with the sounds of nature. We visited in late January when the ospreys are building their nests and their high-pitched calls fill the air. We saw kingfishers, great blue herons, black skimmers, royal terns, a frigate bird, red-shouldered hawk, dolphins, beautiful sunsets and lots of stars. Besides long walks on the beach, I loved meandering the roads down the center of the island, following signs that led me to the "library" and a resident artist's gallery. I have only one caveat, and it has nothing to do with the house. Red tide conditions had us coughing. There were no dead fish washing up on the shore, or other signs of the red tide, but there was enough of it out to sea in the area that, depending on the wind direction, we coughed and the dog sneezed. These coughing spells didn't last long, and it wasn't really a problem for us, but if you have asthma, it could be. So do your research on that. The Florida Fish & Game Department posts daily conditions. In summary, this was a wonderful house. You can feel the hospitality of the owners from the moment you arrive.
We were lucky enough to rent/enjoy this quaint little home. It was everything that we needed. The owners were very friendly, helpful and made available things we may have needed. I will say that if going make sure you have rented/available a golf cart if others in your party are in a different area as we had to walk in the heat or literally have the boat pick us up. On the positive side we found a young man who has a "golf cart taxi" which was very convenient, just wish we had known prior to the day of our departure.
We are a family of four with a 10 year-old daughter and an 8 year-old son and just returned from a marvelous week at Cabbage Palm Cottage on Little Gasparilla Island. All of us had a great time on our first visit to the area. The island is peaceful, the people are friendly, the beach is lovely, and the sense of calm and quiet is wonderful. There is a real "getting away from it all" feeling amplified by taking a boat there and having no cars around. Also facilitating the experience is the fact that the house itself is bright and beachy and thoughtfully stocked with everything we needed to relax and have fun. Laura and Steve are amazingly kind and considerate hosts. They called to check on us our first full day and later encouraged us to stay over an extra night since no one was coming right behind us. If you are looking to escape, want to stay put and enjoy a special place once you get there, don't need a lot of extraneous stimulation to enjoy yourself, and do want a beautiful environment to appreciate nature (wonderful sunsets!), this is an ideal place. We already look forward to returning.
We stayed at this beach house in early March and had a wonderful time. We loved the seclusion, the sunrises on the bay and the sunsets on the beach. We watched a man catch a 200 pound shark on the beach. We rented a boat and cruised the intercoastal waterway - saw so many beautiful birds and lots of dolphins!
Beautiful place, the owners were amazing. We had an issue with the hot water and the problem was immediately attended to by their caretaker who lives on the island.
We heartily recommend this place to anyone headed to Little Gasparilla. We'll be coming to LGI for years to come. Thanks for sharing your place with us!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Three (3) night minimum nightly rate applies. Weekly (6 nights) rate is for a Sunday afternoon arrival to Saturday by noon departure - additional nights are 150/night. 12% FL sales tax on rental fees. There is a maximum of 2 pets allowed.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.