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Gulf Beach Cottage, Beach Front with 180* Gulf and Beach View

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


Florida South Central Gulf Coast Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

White Caps Cottage 8 is a unique 'Old Sanibel Cottage' situated directly on the beach and the Gulf of Mexico... steps, literally, to the beach and Gulf. Enjoy sunsets and evening breezes from the screened in porch or the cozy comfort of the open living / dinning room. One of a kind island experience with days of nothing but sand, shells, sun and an occasional dolphin in front of you and the gentle sound of the surf at night. Old Sanibel Paradise.

Keywords: relaxing

sunset views

shellers paradise


well appointed

  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Michael and Kathy Farley (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Michael and Kathy Farley

A long time Sanibel lover and White Caps Cottages owners. We enjoy sharing our cottage with those who are looking for a unique beach cottage experience.

Michael and Kathy Farley purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Michael and Kathy Farley chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We are beach people. The sand and shelling with family is our idea of Paradise.

White Caps 8 is our little piece of a Sanibel Heaven.

What makes this cottage unique

Respite from the daily push of life-

Sunsets from the porch and living / dining room-

A view of the Gulf interrupted only by sea oats, sea grapes, Mr. T, or resident gopher turtle, cabbage palms and, yes, sand, shells, and the lapping Gulf waves.

If that's not enough for you there are all kinds of activities from shelling to shopping to do.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Gulf Beach Cottage, Beach Front with 180* Gulf and Beach View
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage truly is perfect. First of all I was impressed by the cleanliness! It was the perfect size for the 2 uof s and our 4 legged pet. It was so close to the beach which only took seconds to get there to do shelling which was awesome. So many different shells every day. The kitchen was perfectly stocked so you could purchase food at the local grocery stores so you could fix a quick meal if you chose. The pictures online of the cottage are truly accurate. The washer and dryer was great knowing it was there so we packed less. Bathroom was awesome and even supplied a nice amount of towels. The walking and bike trails were endless. Sanibel truly is a great vacation spot and this cottage makes it perfect. We did have one issue, but all I can say is that the owners will do everything they can to make sure you want to come back and visit again which is what we plan on doing. I would like to thank Michael and Kathy Farley for sharing their piece of paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Donna, We are always thrilled with the fact that White Caps Cottage 8 is so well loved by our guests. Our effort is to provide a beach cottage experience where you feel like you have nothing by sand, surf and seashells in front of you and all of the rest of the world left behind. Even the paradise of Sanibel Island has bumps in the road sometimes , but we are committed to problem solving so that our guests know that they are being taken care of and appreciated. Thank you Donna, and we look forward to your return.
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Beach perfect

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is in the best location with an amazing view and only steps 2 the beautiful beach and water. So happy I chose this place. The owners have done a wonderful job with all the upgrades and remodeling. I was so impressed with the bright open layout and all the windows. The views are beautiful! The bedroom was spacious & had descent closet space. The bathroom is very nice with a spacious shower. The kitchen was well stocked & the washer & dryer the owners added worked perfectly and much appreciated. Such a great little cottage and we were very comfortable & happy with our choice. I want to thank the owners for sharing their perfect little slice of heaven on this beautiful island. We cannot wait until our next trip here. We are hooked now and will only want to stay in cottage # 8. The Alverson's.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Back to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were delightfully pleased when we arrived at the cottage and saw the results of the recent remodel. The kitchen with washer and dryer, new granite counter tops, new sink and new smooth cook top with new oven really really make the cottage pop. New bright tile floor through out the cottage and porch give you that beach feel and make clean up so easy. The remodeled bathroom with new shower tiles and clear glass enclosure and all new fixtures is so modern and has such a clean feel. But I think the best part of the new White Caps is the King size bed and new bedding; oh so comfortable! As the owner has said; this is a "New Old Sanibel Cottage"

The views from the kitchen, living room and screened in porch are to die for and the few steps to the beautiful Sanibel beach is so convenient when you need to grab a beverage or take that bathroom break.

Yes we are back to Paradise! We have stayed multiple times at White Caps over the past twelve years and it has become our favorite spot on the island and our definite number one choice. Before we left the island this year I called Michael the owner and asked to be considered as a tenant for our 2016 stay at Sanibel. He contacted Royal Shell Vacations and made the arrangements and within a short time Royal Shell contacted me and happy to say we'll be back next year! Thank You!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Truly White Caps #8 has become a "second" home to us. This past year has been our 4th year in this unit. The owners have continually updated the comforts. This year they completed a total remodel of the kitchen/bath and installing the ever useful washer and dryer. New tile floors are in along w a comfortable King bed.

The view of God's handiwork in this unit is unsurpassed. Sunrise and sunset can viewed from the sofa, the porch or a very short walk to the beach.

New stuffed cushions chairs on the porch are perfect for the early morning read of a good book while listening to birds, surf and slapping palms in the wind. There is a back door entrance complete w shower and hose to wash off the sand.

The location is quiet, scenic and truly a respite for life weary workers.

If that is not enough, remember you can bring your "fur" kids so you don't worry about them being left behind.

Book a week yourself - fall into the allure of Sanibel from the comforts of #8 White Caps, restore your soul -- you'll be back!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Freda and Peter, We thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtful comments about our cottage! We love Sanibel and our special beach cottage. We also love sharing our cottage with guests who appreciate the unique character and location the cottage provides. We are thrilled to hear that the "head to toe" refurbishing of the cottage feels like the "Old Sanibel" cottage we have always loved. Although we still have one more project to go to complete our vision of a perfect Cottage on the beach experience.... next August we are putting in the sliding French Doors between the bedroom and the porch ! We welcome your return in the future and always appreciate your gracious comments about the cottage. Cheers, Michael and Kathy
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage was exactly as described, the interior and exterior is just like the picture shows. The cottage is large enough to accomadate three adults. We spent most of our time on the beach, which is just a few steps from the Gulf. We stayed on the island the whole time we were there. Shopped on the island. Baileys seems to have the best selection and prices on food. The daily beach strolls were very relaxting, and my regret is that I didn't bring my watercolor pencils with me, it is a great place for creativity also. We did have a small problem, but Royal Shell was on it right away, and they took care of it. I want to thank you Michael and Kathy for the gift card. We had dinner at Traditions, the views, food and service were outstanding. Thanks again and we would like to come back for a return visit. Hope your remodeling goes well and can't wait to see it. Also the local vet is great, we had to take our small dog there to get one of those prickly burs out of his paw. Thanks again for having us.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review. We have always appreciated our relationship with Royal Shell and our guests are well taken care of when they are on-island. It was unfortunate that... a cable company that will go un-named ... provided us with poor service, and we are pleased that we could show our appreciation for you patience with a special treat at' Traditions of the Beach' at Island Inn. We always enjoy the nights they have live music and dancing. The restaurant is a wonderful way to see the history of Sanibel from it's earliest days though the pictures and other mementos. Hope to see you back again soon! Michael and Kathy
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The best place for relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We had stayed at another cottage in 2013 and met Kathy and Michael during that trip. We had such a pleasant trip that year we knew we would be back and wanted to stay in #8...right on the beach. What could be better than that? We stay in June 2015 and I could go back tomorrow. If you are looking for simplicity, quiet, and peace this is the place to stay. All day and evening views of the ocean and beach. Thunderstorms at night were also nice to watch from the couch. Every day the first thing we did was pull up all the shades. The unit is well stocked and very clean. We really only left the cottage and beach a few times. Groceries and dinner out a few times. You don't want to leave! Every day we saw dolphins and manatees. One morning walking to the beach I saw a bobcat sitting on the path. It's just a wonderful place to stay and if you are looking for a real "get away" you will find it here. I am looking forward to another trip in the near future. I also need to add that check-in was awesome! Royal Shell did a wonderful job and I think we were in and out in less than 5 minutes. The staff was very pleasant and as an added bonus...was handing out cookies and bottles of water. Both were appreciated after a long drive :)

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Fort Myers RSW international airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sand Bar and Island Inn Traditions
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sanibel Island Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
22 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sand Bar and Island Inn Traditions Restaurants
Car: recommended

Sanibel is world renown for sea shell collecting with a Sea Shell Museum right only minutes away from the cottage.

Tarpon fishing right off the beach, with Dolphins playing and the occasional Manatee swimming down the shore line to.

Wonderful restaurants for every taste, and fresh sea food available to take home to cook on the BBQ.

Aside from the Gulf with boating, swimming, shelling, and relaxing on the beach, there are Golf courses, biking, hiking and local theater to attend.

Or, Dine and Dance at Traditions Restaurant and Inn only a short walk up the beach from the cottage, or have meet up with everyone after a day on the beach at the Sand Bar for drinks and dinner.

If you want to go off Island to explore you can check out Ft. Myers for Edison's Home and Museum and historic downtown Ft. Myers... or, go over to Pine Island to see the famous Tarpon Lodge and go across the street from the lodge to see ancient native Calusa Indian Shell Mounds and the Randall Research Center.

and so much more....


Rates & Availability

Sanibel Island Cottage Rental Rates


  • 1,200.00-3,000.00/wk
  • US Dollars
  • $1200.00 to 3000.00 per Week, one week rental required. 10% discount for 4 weeks
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Florida South Central Gulf Coast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Coin operated Washer and Dryer in complex utility building Guest Parking Outdoor shower for after-beach rinsing

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