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120 sandy footsteps from front door to shore!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Ocean Front View

Turtle's Nest is one of the best spots on Little Gasparilla Island for watching the sunset! This single level home rests at the edge of the sand dunes and has a west-facing screened deck that is a perfect gathering place for watching sunsets. Accommodations include three bedrooms and two baths on the main floor and an outdoor shower below. The master has a queen bed & private bathroom, while the guest room queen and the bunk room (with two sets of bunk beds) share a separate full bath. The home has recently been outfitted with all new appliances and has WiFi and satellite TV. We also offer services of a meet and greet and house cleaning at no additional fee. Our caretaker Paul can be contracted for additional a la carte concierge services should need arise during your stay that include options such as transportaton, grocery shopping, fishing outings and use of golf carts!

Turtle's Nest is perfect for families or couples to enjoy. Includes a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and living areas, screened deck, Satellite TV, WIFI, a VCR player, movie library, washer/dryer, new AC unit and all new stainless steel kitchen appliances.

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Little Gasparilla offers the peace and quiet that those busy islands used to have. Accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no paved roads, no cars, no high-rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins, ospreys and sea turtles instead!

There’s great fishing from the beach or the dock, and both children & adults will enjoy shelling, swimming, snorkeling or simply enjoying the sun. With an island priority of protecting the sea turtles from light pollution, you’ll see more stars than you might think possible. And while there’s daily water-taxi service between the island and the mainland, we bet you’ll want to stay put once you’ve arrived.

Golf carts can be rented, but most prefer walking the sandy paths that run the length of the island. There’s an excellent fresh-fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay, and many restaurants and gift shops in the nearby towns of Boca Grande and Placida –– a few reachable by water-taxi.

A vacation on Little Gasparilla will be one of your best holidays ever –– All you need are groceries & flip flops and you too will be ready to rest and be thankful!

More Details

Cole Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Cole Smith

I am a 'Florida Girl' by birth and heart. You can always find me in the sunshine. I was born and raised in Bartow, Florida. I have lived in Georgia and Western North Carolina but I have always considered Florida my home.

Cole Smith purchased this house in 1984

Why Cole Smith chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

LGI reminds me of the beach get-a-way weekends I used to enjoy as a child. After my own children were grown I sought out a little sunny piece of Florida to call my own. I have spent over seventeen years living on island time at LGI. I have loved both the solitude and the close-knit community of friends that are my neighbors. I love to gather people together and my dream of being able to share the natural beauty of Florida with my children and grandchildren became a reality with their many fun-in-the-sun visits. With the ocean view from the front porch, our deck became the most popular place for our island friends to meet up to watch the sunset. Turtle's Nest has been a perfect place to gather with friends and family and to rest and be thankful.

What makes this house unique

Turtle's Nest is ocean front and sits directly on an access path just footsteps away from the Gulf Shore. The screened-in west-facing porch is a real bonus and is especially nice for gathering to watch the sunset. A favorite feature is the hammock. There are four sleep pads if kids or adults would like to camp out on the screened-in deck. There is a small outdoor grill available as well as a badminton set, and of course beach chairs and an large shade umbrella for guests to use.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • Two full bathrooms with tub/shower combination and one outdoor shower on ground level. All systems on the island are on septic and we ask for gentle and responsible water use. The out door shower is a great option as it drains directly into the dunes rather than septic and showering there also keeps sand to a minimum in the home.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Child Bed , two bunk beds
  • 3 bedroom - Master with a queen, Guest with a full and Children's with two bunk beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Golf carts are available for rent on the island. Advance reservations are suggested. Rates are typically 300$ per week. Contact number for rental is 941-697-3820. Our care taker Paul often has a golf cart option to offer if you would like to contact him directly for those details his cell number is: 941-525-3980


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

120 sandy footsteps from front door to shore!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Amazing and perfect

  • 5 of 5

Almost don't want to leave the stellar review because I want this place all to myself;-)). I could not have found a more gorgeous lovely place. Private, peaceful and the aura of the house and island was full of warmth and friendliness. The caretaker Paul was incredibly accommodating and nice. Will definitely be coming back as often as I can.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I honestly can not say enough good things about the Turtle's Nest. The property was just as described in the listing and more. Paul went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything that we needed. We opted to have Paul do our shopping before we arrived on the island, which I highly recommend and would definitely do again. The island itself is the definition of rest and relaxation. We kicked off our shoes the moment we arrived and did not put them back on until it was time to leave to come home! Fishing is great either from the dock or beach. One day while fishing from the dock, a manatee emerged directly in front of us. It was literally right next to the dock to where we could bend down and touch it. The kids loved kayaking, and dolphins and sea turtles swam within 10 feet of them! The whole trip was amazing! We are already talking about wanting to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible experience and support

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible find!!!

I was a little apprehensive about staying at an island with no cars and only boat access.


First of all the support from Paul, who upkeeps the house, and is your #1 problem solver. He is an incredible asset to this property. He was extremely polite and professional and HELPFUL!!! It's a short ride to the docks and then a short walk/golf cart ride to the house.

The house: Very well maintained, updated inside with everything you'll need, full kitchen, new appliances, full washer and dryer and two fridges + a freezer downstairs also - the COLDEST A/C EVER and the HOTTEST Hot water EVER!!!

We packed groceries for the week, but you'll probably need a lift onto shore for a few resupplies and maybe a dinner out.

If you forgot all of your leisure equipment, this house comes fully loaded with beach chairs, umbrellas, inner tubes, noodles, boogie boards, etc. Oh, also a BBQ, Charcoal & Lighter fluid (we ended up buying charcoal and leaving a bag and 1/2 there...kind of a pay it forward.)

The beach: is exquisite and of course, those sunsets are more beautiful every night. Warm water, soft sand, and clear. You can and will spend hours there floating and tanning.

At the end of it, Paul will be there to help get you back to the marina and is just as courteous and professional as he was the day you arrived. He really made the difference and helped explain the island and things to do. I recommend not only LGI, but staying at this property, because Paul makes the difference.

You won't be disappointed and you'll leave refreshed, relaxed, and renewed.

I give it 3 thumbs up, 6 our of 5 stars, and 11 out of 10.

I'm very happy we were able to find this unspoiled and beautiful island.

I would not only recommend it, I plan on returning again!!!


  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love Little Gasparilla Island!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying here and we love it! We've been coming to LGI for over ten years and always look forward to coming back!

Tim & Stephanie Amiero

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shell of a good time!!

  • 4 of 5

This vacation week was an adults only sibling reunion. My wife and I, joined my sister and her Beau, along with my brother, his wife and little dog Kitty. The 3 bedroom/2 bath ocean view property suited our needs very well. The rustic interior was The rental has Directv and Sat Wi-Fi. You might want to bring some DVD's to watch.

The 120 steps to the ocean was accurate. If you are into shelling, you will love this place. It rivals it's sister island @ Sanibel for quantity and selection of shells. I good storm passed through our area resulting in an abundance of treasures. My back can attest for the large box of shells my Mrs. packed up for our trip home. I must admit I never saw three adult women become so engrossed with shell collecting.

The property was supplied with most essentials like toilet paper, beach towels, general bath towels, dish clothes, paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent, and nice washer and dryer.

Nice Nautica beach chairs (6 new ), plus an assortment of older chairs were stored in the bottom storage area. There is also an assortment of beach toys, umbrellas, and fishing gear. I brought my own and caught several Whiting, Sand Perch, and Saltwater Catfish.

Remember, there are no eateries on the island other than your own. Make sure you have enough to last all week. There is an old charcoal grill I used to cook burger's on. I wished that it was a modern gas grill. The appliances in the home were fairly new. You should expect to see a brand spanking new dishwasher on your trip.

We had a great adventure on LGI and would consider staying again with our grandchildren. Two thumbs up!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property has a great location with gulf view. The shelling immediatley out front is great.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great weeks stay, and my 3 adult children said they would do it again. The island feels very removed from the hassles and hustles of other ocean-side locations. We even got to swim with the dolphins one day, or they swam around us for a little while. The beaches are great for walking and not crowded. The house was very comfortable and felt very homey. Paul the caretaker was very friendly and accommodative. I highly recommended this place if you want to slow down and relax.


  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Parking at Eldred's Marina is available for 6$ per day and accepts cash only. The water taxi 'Pirate Taxi' can be booked for transport to and from the island. If you have your own boat, we have a dock slot available on the Marina side of LGI. It is important to bring all food and necessary items as there is no store on Little Gasparilla Island. It is important to bring a good supply of drinking water. There is a golf cart rental service on the island and advance reservations are suggested. Our home is located at about the mid point of the island and borders the Gulf side shore.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Placida, Florida

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15 May 2016 - 15 Oct 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
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6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £242
Pet Fee £40
Cleaning £101
meet and greet £0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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