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Sandy Toes & Ocean View- a Quaint Cottage near the beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom gem has recently been remodeled with a fresh coat of paint and tile throughout. With 1520 living sq feet and a total of 3276 sq feet, this spacious vacation home offers enough space to relax indoors or lounge on the wrap around porch. Between the house and beach is a vacant lot for an unspoiled view of the Gulf of Mexico. A brief walk and you are sinking your toes in the white sand with just a few more steps to wading in the crystal clear water.

Little Gasparilla Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico that is only accessible by boat or water taxi. This serene spot offers approximately 7 miles of pristine natural shoreline, the perfect spot for rest and relaxation. LGI is residential and does not have any commercial businesses (i.e. restaurants or grocery stores) with the exception of golf cart rental/repair.

Pirate's Water Taxi 941.697.5777 is the main mode of transportation to and from the island if you do not have a personal watercraft. Normal business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm. There is a fee of $20 minimum one-way (this covers 2 people and luggage), with each additional person costing $10. The captain will run after hours if previously scheduled at an increased rate. This service runs out of Eldred's Marina where parking is available for $6/night.

More Details

Paris Cousins
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Paris Cousins

My wife and I (both 5th generation Floridians) have been coming here since 1975. We just love the area and the unique nature of Little Gasparilla Island. Our daughter grew up here on family vacations and now our twin grandaughters are discovering all the wonders of LGI.

Paris Cousins purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Paris Cousins chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

This is a wonderful location for beachcombing and catching up on your vacation novel. A brief walk and you are on the pristine white sandy beaches of Little Gasparilla Island.

Spacious screened-in porch surrounding three sides of the home. Open floor plan allowing company to enjoy each other from most rooms and still having the privacy of bedrooms.

What makes this cottage unique

An ocean view while doing the mundane of washing dishes seems like much less of a chore. The openess of this home with natural lighting from two sky-lights is peaceful and relaxing the moment you step inside.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Sandy Toes & Ocean View- a Quaint Cottage near the beach
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
United States

Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing family holiday!! The house is just lovely, with more than ample room for our family of seven. We quickly found a favorite spot on the wraparound screen porch for our morning coffee-and the smaller "sun deck" on one side of the house became our "stargazing deck" in the evenings! The home was clean and well-maintained...and the owner, John, even came around to check on us in person the day after we arrived. He kindly offered a tour of the Island...and we love it so much, we plan on this being our annual Christmas getaway!! As you may or may not know at this point, the Island is only accessible by water taxi, so plan ahead; we were on the Island for a week, without ever needing to leave, but if you crave a social scene that doesn't involve watching the glorious nightly sunsets, walking on the beach and finding a gazillon sand dollars, or meeting your neighbors, this is NOT the place for you! It was PERFECT for US...Love You, Little Gasparilla Island and Sandy Toes!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled to hear of your wonderful experience at Sandy Toes on Little Gasparilla Island. From your review it sounds as though you were able to truly relax and enjoy all the island has to offer. May these memories stay with your family for years to come and hopefully this location will become an annual tradition!
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I haven't seen this many shells since I was a kid!

  • 5 of 5

Clean and spacious property. About a hundred yard walk to the beach. The property is great for a larger family. The owners are very helpful and willing to lend a helping hand. The beach is practically your own. Shells everywhere. My kids had a great time searching for treasures. The owners really try to accommodate you in anyway they can. Hope to get back to this island some day.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay on the island! Shells have been plentiful this year and they do make fantastic souvenirs. We look forward to hearing from you for your next island vacation.
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One of the Best Houses on the Island!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six just got home from LGI yesterday and hated to leave Sandy Toes! It truly is one of the best houses to stay in on the island. We have stayed at many other places and it's location on the south end, with a lawn for the kids and dog to play on, so close to the beach access is ideal. The huge screened porch is a great place for family games and/or cocktail hour. The fact that inside the home there are many places to sit and eat is great for our large family...we are able to have a puzzle going at all times! The beds are comfortable, the rooms all offer lots of privacy and the outside shower is large and bright. John and Cindy are fantastic owners and take such great care of their home, as well as, the people who rent from them! They are very accommodating and are on island often in case you need anything. Thanks again, Tillis family! We had a great time!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your recent stay at Sandy Toes & Ocean View! Our goal is to provide a comfortable and well appointed home for your family to enjoy during vacation. Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to accommodating your family on your next island vacation.
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Beautiful piece of paradise !!

  • 4 of 5

Highly recommend this property to anyone with a large group or family.

Loved the easy access to the beach and the view from wrap around porch

was awesome.

Thank you to Paris Cousins for the experience and great communication

during our stay. We will definitely Return !!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect accommodations!!!

  • 5 of 5

Love the house and its location! Perfect place to stay and the John and Paris are wonderful:)

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your recent stay at Sandy Toes & Ocean View! Also, Thank You for the accolades...we aim to please and ensure our guests are comfortable and accommodated.
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Very well kept

  • 5 of 5

My family and a family friends of ours stayed at the property and we had a great time. The house was well equipped and everyone was comfortable. The ocean is walking distance and when we were there, the beach was just fantastic! Our kids had lots of fun picking up shells and diving to find dollar shells!

The Valladares Family

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Sandy Toes & Ocean View. Ensuring that our guests are comfortable is our main goal!
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Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Fort Myers airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
WaterSide Grill at Gasparilla Marina (by boat)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fishery (by boat)
Car: not necessary

Beautiful white sandy beaches perfect for spending the day with your family and taking leisurely strolls while collecting shells and sharks teeth.


Rates & Availability

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Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1520 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor showewr - shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper Sofa - Queen size in living room
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sleep sofa
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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