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Beachfront Island Cottage On The Gulf! "Old" FL still exists...

Bedrooms 2
Space 726 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Fantastic Gulf Views From The Deck Of This 2 Bed/1 Bath Island Cottage.

Come and kick off your shoes & sink your toes in the sand or cast your line from the less-traveled, pristine beaches of Little Gasparilla Island at AfterDune Delight Cottage!

A true hidden treasure; Little Gasparilla Island is a bridge less, tropical barrier island just off the West Coast of Florida located midway between Tampa and Naples not far from the cities of Boca Grande and Englewood Florida. Unspoiled by seawalls and high rises, it has no roads and no car traffic, just white sand paths for exploring. Here you’ll find 7 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, fantastic fishing opportunities, an abundance of sea shells and prehistoric shark’s teeth to gather, dramatic sunsets and balmy tropical breezes.

You must take a water taxi to reach the cottage. There are no cars on the island but a car is recommended if you want to explore the mainland and visit local shops, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Your vehicle can be left at Eldred's Marina where the water taxi departs from daily for the island. Parking fee is $6 per day at Eldred's. Water taxi price is currently $20 for 2 persons each way and $10 for each additional person during daylight hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Water taxi is available outside of these hours with reservation but prices vary.

It is recommended that travelers rent a golf cart on the island for easy transport of luggage and supplies from the dock to the cottage (too far to walk) and also a fun way to explore the island! Cart rates are $50 per day with discounted rates for weekly rentals. Call ahead to reserve your cart and it will be waiting for you at the dock when you arrive. Another much less expensive option is to hire the Island Concierge, a young man that will transport you and your luggage/supplies on his golf cart and works for tips.

This rustic 2 bedroom has a cheerful vintage island style and has been nicely updated with granite counters in kitchen and bath and a new tiled shower. Cook your fresh catch of the day on the outdoor grill and dine with the double french doors to the deck open wide to catch the wonderful sea breezes inside, sip on your favorite beverage at the kitchen breakfast bar, read a book at the waters edge or hunt for fossils and shark's teeth, maybe soaking up some rays on the deck or viewing every sunset during your stay is in order? Whatever your choice, the cottage is the perfect place to spend your time.

This private and incredible beach location ensures you experience the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. At AfterDune Delight cottage you can relax and leave all your worries behind. Bring your groceries and drinks along or enjoy excellent restaurants on the mainland. For those that like to stay active you can travel to the mainland where you rent a kayak or paddleboard for the day or take various tours.

Modern amenities are present including AC/heat satellite TV and wifi should you choose to use them.

So cruise over to the cottage and enjoy one of the most beautiful islands on west coast of Florida!

Please Note: There is no dock associated with this rental.

More Details

Karl B Helbig
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 726 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests will be required to complete a brief info form after booking.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Granite counters, sink, toilet and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Beachfront Island Cottage On The Gulf! "Old" FL still exists...
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews
Cape Coral, FL

Perfect quiet getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was just as expected. It was very clean and nicely decorated and contained everything I needed. Kim was easy to work with and communicated well. As long as you plan ahead for meals and for your boat transportation and transportation to the cottage, it’s perfect for a quiet, relaxing getaway. The water view from the front deck and even from inside was stunning. My only problem was that the red tide was really bad during part of my stay, causing me to lose some of my beach time and swimming time. It’s not something the owners could do anything about, and they were very apologetic. Sunsets were gorgeous and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach were serene. I’ll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelley, thank you for taking the time to review our beachfront cottage. You were the perfect guest and we have sent you a private offer to return again when the water and beaches are clear and beautiful. It truly is a magical place. Thank you!
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The Best Cottage On The Island!

  • 5 of 5

The island is an unbelievable experience... that old Florida still exist. Our daughter spent hours just collecting shells! The cottage is just as described and adorable. It is literally steps out the door into the water! You can sleep listening to the waves. Kim is very helpful... even checking on us during our stay. We would go back tomorrow!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Amanda for taking the time to leave a review of the beachfront cottage. We are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your time there. We truly hope you come back to spend some time here again!
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  • 5 of 5

Great home, outstanding support from Kim, would surely rent again

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review of our beachfront cottage. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time here on the island. It was a pleasure hosting you and we really hope you return to stay again. Thank you!
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A slice of heaven on Little Gasparilla

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent a glorious week at AfterDune Delight! The location could not have been more perfect. Open the front door and enjoy coffee overlooking the ocean! A few more steps to have your toes in the water. The property was as advertised and certainly met our needs. Would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, we are very happy that you and your husband enjoyed our beachfront island cottage. It truly is a special place and we certainly enjoyed having you as guests. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope you will come back to stay with us again in the future.
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Bowling Green Ky

This was the perfect get away my wife & I were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

House & accommodations were spot on. Had everything we needed. Just had to bring clothes & food. No oven, but the toaster worked as a good substitute. Sitting on the patio just 20 or so steps to the water. Tropical views & scenery. Kim the property manager was so helpful with everything. Can not wait to get back.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Brent for taking the time to write a review of the beachfront cottage. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Yes the toaster oven comes in handy and a lot of people with use propane grill or the 4 burner cook top stove for prepping meals. Glad you enjoyed the patio (definitely the preferred space for relaxing and enjoying the beach and gulf views) and we welcome you back to stay with us again!
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Best location ever!

  • 4 of 5

My family just stayed a week here. Where the property is situated on the island is one of the best spots you could ask for. I think the house is just about 35 steps to the ocean! You have the best view of the ocean from your dining room table, not to mention the table on the outdoor deck. Drinking coffee out there each morning was so tranquil. The cottage is well stocked with kitchen items (including tons of spices and condiments), floats, 4 beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, (we left a boogie board), lots of beach towels, kite, fishing stuff, linens, etc. We definitely overpacked. You literally only need swimsuits, cover ups and comfy clothes- no beach items and no dressy clothes. There's no where to go out, and no one will see you (unless you leave the island, of course). Other than the house next to you, which is a ways away from your beach area- no one is around. We rented a golf cart, but I would say it's not needed for all 7 days. There's only so much riding around and exploring you can do. The state park is within walking distance (golf carts aren't allowed on those paths). We also rented kayaks for 4 days. My suggestion is rent those tops 2 days and be prepared, it was a chore getting them (doubles) to the house!! But, Bret (the island concierge) is a lifesaver and he will help you with whatever! Seashell hunting will be your biggest pastime- they're everywhere and great ones too! Island is dog friendly- ours had the best time.

As for the cottage, it's just that. It's small, but can easily fit a family of 4. It's older, but cute. My only suggestions are that it could use a good deep cleaning and maybe a DVD player (there's only VHS), and another chair or two in the living area. The washer and dryer was easily accessible and very helpful.

Kim, the property manager was more than helpful and returned my emails/texts right away.

What an adventure in every aspect, from other beaches. This island is so laid back- you will certainly leave relaxed. It's such a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the mainland!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Misty, thank you for taking the time to post a detailed review of our property. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time and that you really took advantage of all the simple pleasures that nature has to offer on the island. It was truly our pleasure to host you and your family at the beach cottage. You were a delight to deal with and we will work on accommodating your suggestions. We hope you will decide to come back and visit us again and if so we promise to have a DVD player there for you. Thanks again!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton Intl Airport
Car: recommended

Although no commercial establishments are located on the island, just a short boat ride away you will find several waterfront restaurants with grocery stores, shopping, entertainment, banking and other services just a short distance from the island.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Placida, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Jun - Jul 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Aug - Dec 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan - Apr 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May 2019 special
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Aug - Dec 2019
1 Aug 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.41
Cleaning Fee £96.04
Refundable Damage Deposit £115.24

50% of Quote due as Rental Deposit upon booking (Non-refundable). Balance due must be received 14 days prior to check in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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