About the property
- House1325 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Sand, sun, and water during the day....lazy, tropical breezes at night
Cracker Landing is aptly named for the Florida owner's affinity for the Florida Crackers who settled this land.The owner is descended from many early settlers to southwest Florida. The name reflects a respect for the beauty of the coastal island and for the lovely, interesting life the waters provide. The home is situated in the middle of the island, requiring about a two minute walk to the
beach....approximately 500 feet to the boardwalk. Gentle breezes blow most of the time. There are community boat ramps for those who wish to bring their own boat. There is also a water taxi available for hire at minimal rates. You will need to pay for parking on the mainland at Eldred's marina, which is currently $6.00 per day.The house is fully air conditioned, has two flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi, and all linens, dishes, and appliances are furnished It is a two-story house with two open decks to sit on. You can relax with your
coffee on either deck as you enjoy the tropical flowers, coconut trees , and watch the ospreys and seagulls as they fly the azure skies.
The inside of the house is mostly paneled with cedar . The upstairs loft-room is also pecky cedar with numerous windows to provide an open feeling. The house has an outdoor shower for showering off the sand from the beach.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About linda bailey
I am a third generation Floridian who has a great respect for the ;Old Florida; style of living. That connotation implies a closeness with the land, with honor, and with a more simplistic approach to life. Little Gasparilla provides a peaceful sojourn for me as I watch the Ospreys fly about and as I often watch the incredibly lovely, yet changing colors of the daily sunsets.
Why linda bailey chose Placida
My husband and I loved the natural beauty Little Gasparilla Island provides. We built our house in 1984 . It has an abundance of natural cedar wood on the walls; has provided many happy, family times over the years. The appliances are modern, the house well-maintained and is designed with numerous windows for those who like the open feeling.
What makes this House unique
All comforts of a home setting while being also close to the bay and 7 miles of gorgeous gulf beach. Extra lot next to the house provides for privacy and room for children to play. If you are looking for absolutely gorgeous beach and outstanding fishing...then welcome home, traveler. You have arrived at the right spot.
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Awesome place. Everything we needed and nothing we didn't.
We were only there for 4 days but it was beautiful. If we were staying longer we would be sure to rent a boat.
Such a fun property with lots of character and close to everything that's needed.
Linda is so very sweet and wonderful to work with and she made our vacation smooth and enjoyable!
Hi Jennifer and family,
Thank you for your really kind words and for letting me know how much you enjoyed your stay, The weather was perfect for you and the beach was gorgeous.
You left my home in really great shape and that is muchly appreciated.
I hope to see you again soon.
Wonderful and peaceful stay at LGI
We enjoyed our stay at Linda's so much! The walk to the beach and the dock is manageable (not so with suitcases - - there is a wagon for use to bring luggage back and forth when arriving and leaving). Plan ahead regarding groceries, I recommend stopping at Publix on the way to the dock for arrival to eliminate the need for multiple trips. We used the water taxi once more in the middle of our stay (~1 week) to re-stock on groceries. Cash only, but there's an ATM at the little shop at Eldred's Marina. Cost for taxi is $40 round trip with 2 people, $60 round trip with 3.
The home was surrounded by lush foliage, and at times, it felt like we were the only people there! The sharks' teeth at the water's edge were fun to find, there was an osprey nest on a pole on the way to the beach (when we were there, they sounded the alarms and flew around to protect the nest - I think there were young ones in there). Sunset was a good time to look for dolphins in the horizon. Once you get past the mild surf at the shoreline, it was calming and pleasant to "bob" in the water, once you submerge to your neck, you will be used to it. Wear watershoes or flip flops if you plan to walk the beach. In many places, there are more shells than sand.
Further advice - - I took a walk the first night we were there, without bug spray on my legs and feet. Bad idea! I was ravaged with little red dots, and think they were sand flies. They didn't itch, but they really stood out! After that, I went full DEET on my legs and feet when going out, especially around dusk. Should have been common sense, but I never thought of it.
All in all, the house is stocked VERY well, we even made a cake. The grill was convenient, and we cooked everything, except for a dinner at Leverocks. They had great food and very reasonable prices, but it is crowded, even at "off" times. In February, it was extremely loud outside, and we opted to dine inside. Many snowbirds frequent the place. If you're going to get a specialty cocktail, be sure to ask for the price in order to avoid a surprise on the bill.
Walking around on the island, I saw a gopher turtle, such a cool animal. The birds are phenomenal, especially the soaring large birds (eagle, osprey), and the snowy egrets, adorable sand pipers, and pelicans galore!
Linda answered all of our questions and was a fabulous host to us. She checked in on our during our stay, but we had everything we needed! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Hi Julie, Dave nd Erin,
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I am so very happy that you had a super vacation and that the island was just what you wanted it to be.
Thank you again for staying at my home and for treating it so kindly.
Hopefully, you will choose to return someday and we can meet again.
Feb. 2018 Overall we had a great time. Linda was very hospitable and available to make us comfortable. The property is a bit older but like a cute rustic cottage set amongst lovely tropical foliage. We loved sitting on the deck listening to the surf and birds. The beach, sunsets and shelling were fantastic. We will be back! J & J from Ontario
Hi Jan and Jim,
Somehow, I thought that I had already responded to your comments.
I am so happy that you had a wonderful time going to the beach and enjoying the sound of the surf and the coconuts blowing in the breeze.
You two were really a pleassure to work with and I appreciate the fact that you treated my home with respect.
I look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Another Great Vacation
This was our second year staying at this location...once again it did not disappoint....look forward to many more visits in the future!
Love Cracker Landing
My kids and I enjoy staying here, Linda is great.
This is a barrier island with no commercialization except for golf cart rental. All restaurants and commercial tours will need to be accessed on the mainland which can be with your private boat or by taking a water taxi. Call 941-697-3820 for golf cart rental....Deric or Connor Flom
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
There is a $200.00 reservation/damage fee payable at the time of reservation. There is also a $75.00 cleaning fee; a $50.00 pet fee, if applicable which is non-refundable