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Coconut Hideaway: Beachfront Bliss! Caribbean Style, Old-Florida Seaside Charm

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WCs1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Charming Old Florida Beachfront Home on Little Gasparilla's Private Beach

Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!

COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on Little Gasparilla Island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our home is eclectic and rustic and has been enjoyed by our family for nearly three decades.

OLD FLORIDA STYLE RIGHT ON THE BEACH

Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar walls, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from almost every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach!

FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE TRANSPORTS LUGGAGE AND GROCERIES FOR YOU

Our island concierge will meet you at the dock upon your arrival and help transport

your groceries and bags to the house AND carry them up the stairs for you! This service is free to you and he will also help you take everything back to the dock upon departure.

CHARMING DECOR AND MANY UNEXPECTED EXTRAS

Comfortable handmade hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area on the back porch. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. The open-air outdoor shower is also a favorite of many of our guests, with steamy hot water on brisk winter evenings! We have a piano, a library, movies and even craft supplies! We also provide floats and rafts, noodles, snorkeling gear, fishing gear and we even have kayaks you can rent! We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.

KING BEDS AND TWO LARGE BEDROOMS; (PLUS ONE SMALL BEDROOM)

Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a daybed with an additional trundle (two twins OR a king) and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy! Please note, however, this is a very small room, especially with the trundle pulled out.) We also offer a sofabed in the living room and we have an inflatable aerobed for additional flexibility. We feature 100% cotton linens and a variety of pillows and plenty of blankets and quilts for the winter months.

COUNTRY KITCHEN WITH FULLY STOCKED PANTRY

The kitchen features granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, Keurig coffee machine along with drip coffeemaker, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries….and if you don’t feel like leaving the island, you can almost always put together an impromptu meal from our pantry! From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland.

PET FRIENDLY

Coconut Hideaway is pet-friendly with some basic restrictions….we request that pets be on monthly flea control. We have oriental carpets so housebroken pets are required. And aggressive dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Yards on the island are not fenced so you must keep your pet under control.

PEACEFUL ISLAND AMBIANCE

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla Island has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.

The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.

Please note that most houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.

IMPORTANT:

• You must notify us if you wish to bring or rent a boat. New regulations enacted by the state of Florida limit boats to 21 ft. at our dock.

• Please note there is no smoking in the beach house.

We think you will find your vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays ever! And, at Coconut Hideaway, we try to make it as easy as possible to have a stress-free vacation.

'Just bring your groceries, your bathing suit and a tropical attitude™.'

*** FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS ***

*** LARGE SCREEN HDTV with DVR in living room and upstairs bedroom ***

*** BEACH UMBRELLA, BOOGIE BOARDS, FLOATS, RAFTS and BEACH TOYS PROVIDED***

*** ACCESS TO FULLY-STOCKED PANTRY ***

*** PETS OK (pet fee may be assessed) ***

*** TROPICAL GARDEN AND TIKI HUT ***

*** FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE (meets you at the dock and helps transport bags and groceries to the house***

Service 'extras' such as additional maid service or mid-week concierge service during your stay may be available by prior arrangement. Ask us about boat and jet ski rentals, golf cart rentals, guided fishing trips, sea turtle patrols, seaplane tours, etc. The house is to be occupied by no more than 6 persons without prior approval, and any party falsely representing the number of people in the home will be subject to immediate eviction without refund. In the event authorities order a mandatory evacuation from the island because of hurricane, you will receive a prorated refund.

LITTLE GASPARILLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...PLEASE READ!

• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.

• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.

• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock

• All homes come with a grill. We have a charcoal grill and an electric grill.

• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.

• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.

• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.

• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.

• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.

• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee.

INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we provide a free Verizon jetpack BUT you have to purchase data. You can either bring a Verizon card with you OR we can sell you one when we bring over the jetpack. You can buy as much data as you need, but it IS expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. and most people use about 2G of data per week which is $35. 5G is $60 and 10G is $100. (It is sort of like a cruise where you have to pay for the minutes you are on-line.) You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. If you bring a Verizon card with you, we can show you how to add the data. Or, we can pre-add data prior to your arrival but you have to let us know how much you think you will need. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland, and anything that uses up a lot of data will increase your costs. We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE arriving.

PLEASE NOTE: We do require that two members of each group must be over 25 ye

More Details

Owner
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

Buddy was a motion picture director in LA -- but originally from Florida -- and Laurie was a marketing executive in Chicago. We moved back to Florida in 1985 when we finished Coconut Hideaway! When we retired, we became antique dealers and traveled the world collecting unique and eclectic mementos for our beach house. The house is filled with antiques and artwork and things we love. Now we enjoy sharing this very special island with our friends, family and guests!

Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals purchased this house in 1980

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

As a native Floridian, I found Little Gasparilla Island most closely resembled the Florida I grew up in years ago.....no high-rises on the beach, no traffic-clogged roads and few tourists. Many days you can walk on the beach without seeing another soul....we also love the natural environment, the beautiful clean beaches and the lack of unsightly seawalls. We love being able to bring our dogs to the beach with us and watching them enjoy the water as much as we do. Island neighbors are friendly and welcoming and always willing to help out! Little Gasparilla is a mystical island for us and we never tire of spending time here with family and friends.

What makes this house unique

Buddy's parents met in a beach house on Indian Rocks Beach back in the 1920s. Coconut Hideaway represents our attempt to create that classic Old-Florida beach environment. It was designed and built by us based on the things we love to live with....antique cupboards rather than typical kitchen cupboards, antique light fixtures, hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of ceiling fans and large, open rooms. (It is far from new and modern!) Our home is warm and comfortable and totally unique, fully stocked with virtually everything you need for a fun family vacation...including sunscreen, bug spray, beach umbrella, boogie boards and rafts. Our palm-thatched tiki hut offers a sheltered spot when winter's breezes are a bit chilly and a cool respite from the midday sun. The home is spacious enough for a large family, but cozy and romantic for a couple. Our colorful handmade hammocks from Central America allow you to fully enjoy the tropical breezes and -- best of all -- we have spectacular views of the Gulf from nearly every room in the house. You can listen to the waves every night when your head hits the pillow! Extras include wireless internet access, a piano, a library, a large HDTV with satellite and TIVO, access to our fully stocked pantry, movies and CD's and lots of beach toys. We have central air conditioning for those still summer nights, but we often prefer to turn off the AC, open the doors and let the balmy tropical breezes flow through the house! When we feel those breezes, we know that we are truly in heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am a prop and set stylist and live in NYC. Above all, the architecture and interior of anywhere I vacation is vital. I spend jillions of hours obsessively checking photographs of places I intend to stay. The Gaines home is an example of what happens to a vacation rental when people with impeccable taste, sensitivity to the tiniest details and impressive creativity create a space. On my vacation in May, I wanted to do absolutely nothing, so I needed a house that was as satisfying to be in as the beach was satisfying to be on. I intended to stay in. My husband and I ended up logging more hours in the house than on the rest of the island. If you're looking to be in the middle of a Coastal Living editorial, this is the right place. The island itself is a given -- sugar sand, clear seagreen water, relentless brilliant sun -- but this place is ALL about the house. Wide plank wood floors, an amazing rug collection, farmhouse case pieces, enamelware, woven hammocks, salvaged doors, victorian hardware everywhere and all of it really cleverly and carefully curated -- like the enamelware collection on the kitchen wall -- all of it in the colors of the sea out back. Smart, smart, smart! All of the time I didn't spend sleeping, swimming, taking outdoor showers and cooking in a kitchen I didn't want to leave, I spent being jealous of all of the perfect objects in this perfect beachouse. And the Gainses are seriously gracious hosts. Once you're there, anything you need, you'll get. Great job!
May 2010
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Placida in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Main floor has one large bathroom with 6 ft tub, shower, bidet, sink, toilet and linen closet. Downstairs has an open-air outdoor shower and another toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - Trundle makes a king; bedroom is quite small.
  • King size beds (2) Two bedrooms -- the master and the loft bedroom -- offer a king size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Sleeping porch offers two twins (daybed and a trundle) with a private entrance perfect for teenagers., Child Beds (1) Each bedroom also offers a daybed perfect for ages 2 to 8., Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib (pack and play) is also available for your use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa-bed in the living room is queen-size. We also offer an aero-bed for more flexibility.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Home offers a piano, a downstairs outdoor open-air shower, two spacious porches front and back, and handmade cotton hammocks for relaxing. There are also movies, a small in-home library, lots of games and puzzles, coloring books and a glue gun for craft projects.

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5

Great home, perfect location! Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 6 days at Coconut Hideaway and it was by far the best trip of our 20 years together. Booking and planning was easy thanks fo our friendly and efficient hosts! The house was spacious, clean and really beautifully decorated. We loved using the golf cart to explore the island and also enjoyed the included kayaks.

The beach was just a 30 second walk away and we had a perfect view from the screened in porch. You can't beat an ocean view and those sunsets.

The whole experience was perfect and we will definitely choose this home again. Thanks for a wonderful vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix
5

Perfect beach home with perfect beach access

  • 5 of 5

Coconut Hideaway is truly a beautiful place to vacation! We spent a week with three friends and it was amazing. The home had everything we needed and was extremely clean and well decorated. We enjoyed looking through their large library and works of art and unique antiques.

The screened in porch have us a beautiful view of the beach, which was just steps away! We enjoyed dinners on the porch and breath taking sunsets.

This home was centrally located, allowing us to explore all the island has to offer with ease. We had access to a golf cart, kayaks, snorkel gear and more.

What I really appreciated about this home was how helpful and welcomed the owners and booking manager made us feel. They left plenty of info on what to do and left us a cute welcome gift.

It was a stress and hassle free experience. They were more than accommodating and answered all our questions.

Thank you for allowing us to stay in our gorgeous home on this special island! The weather was perfect, the home was perfect and we couldn’t recommend Coconut Hideaway enough!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Unlike any other

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time, the house was well equipped we had everything we could possible need. We have stayed at many home on the Island which were all very nice, this one was special. I think I could have stayed there a month and not seem all the "stuff". We will be staying here next year as well. Can't tell you how much we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely FABULOUS!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn’t be happier with our stay on little Gasparilla and in Coconut Hideaway. The home had everything we needed and more. The screened in porch is our favorite part of the house. Watching the sunset and seeing the kids on the beach from your very own deck is such a luxury. The kitchen is well-equipped and the pantry has the staples that you’ll need for cooking. You don’t need to bring any ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, spices, etc...There are plenty of pots and pans for cooking in the kitchen. Everything one would expect including wine glasses and coffee mugs. There are plenty of beach towels, bath towels, chairs, umbrellas, beach toys. Pack light I can’t emphasize this enough - we always overpack. We change from swimsuits and coverups into pajamas and back again. A quick load of laundry and you’re ready to repeat. It was a fabulous getaway from the real world. We also rent a boat when we go to the island and then park it at their private dock. This allows us to travel through the intercoastal highway and head out to lunch ( in our swimsuits and coverups) where we dock the boat and enjoy tying up at local restaurants right on the water. So fun! Watching the dolphins jump in the wake is a special memory.You will enjoy all the treasures inside the home from the Gaine’s has travels around the world. One of my favorite pieces is a solid wood coffee table on the screened in porch that seems to me was an old steam boat hatch! Our hosts Laurie and Buddy were wonderful and we will definitely be back! Love! Love! Love!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Malvern, Ohio
5

A truly unique home! If you are seeking an escape from the masses, LGI is the place to be.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home. Have never been to a property quite like Coconut Hideaway previously. Can not wait to get back.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ponte Vedra Beach
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing stay! We loved this home, every decoration has a story behind it. Very well appointed. The front porch was straight out of heaven. There are not enough good things I can say. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Punta Gorda

Little Gasparilla Island is located just off the coast of SW Florida...just north of Sanibel and Captiva. There are several golf courses on the mainland, kayak and jet ski rentals nearby and charming Boca Grande and Old Englewood nearby with shops and galleries and fine dining. Please note the island has NO BRIDGE...you can only get there by boat or water taxi....you cannot drive your car to the island! It's an adventure to get here!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Placida, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Holiday
18 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,266
for 7 nights
£2,266
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,011
for 7 nights
£2,011
£6,943
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £125.27 + Tax
Pet Fee £75.92 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £227.76

Holiday surcharges are applied for Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day reservations. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100 per pet may be assessed depending on size/breed. Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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