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Serenity Cottage: Privacy, Low Rates for Long Term Stays, Recently Remodeled!!

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Lots of Privacy on Little Gasparilla; accessible only by water taxi!

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!

Serenity Cottage is an oasis of peace and privacy located on one of Florida's most beautiful barrier islands. This lovely cottage is a respite from the hustle and bustle and is just a short walk to the beach or the dock. It offers the best of both worlds when it comes to island living.

QUIET AND SECLUDED. Serenity is tucked away behind a large fig tree, off the main road, for added peace and quiet. Easy walking distance to both the beach and bay. In the early morning, sunrise floods the porch with light. During the day, the south facing porch is always bathed in sunshine.

GOLF CART VOUCHER: This home also provides a $100 golf cart voucher toward the rental of a golf cart from LGI Carts to explore the island during your stay (valid for stays of a week or more only). You use this certificate just like cash and the renter is still responsible for any additional rental fees, security deposit and any damage fees. The voucher cannot be redeemed for cash should the guest elect not to rent a golf cart or if LGI carts has no availability. Please make golf cart reservations early!

CONCIERGE SERVICE. We include the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you. This is a FREE service so we encourage you to take advantage of it.

LOTS OF OUTDOOR LIVING AREA. Serenity Cottage offers both a spacious screened-in porch facing east for enjoying morning and an open-air outdoor porch facing south for warm sunshine all day long, even during chilly winter months.

ELECTRIC GRILL. The owners have provided an electric grill so you don't have to haul charcoal and lighter fluid to the island with you.

KAYAKS: We also offer the option to rent kayaks during your stay. You may rent tandem kayaks, single kayaks or stand up paddle boards for the duration of your stay. Please indicate on your response if you are interested in kayak rental. Rentals are not currently available on-island but are available through Hooked on SUP nearby in Englewood. They will deliver to the island free with a two-day minimum rental. They do sell out during busy timeframes so if kayaks are important, you will need to book quickly.

The home is well-equipped with everything you need for a beach vacation: linens and towels are provided, including beach towels, beach chairs, all pots and pans, toys and games and videos. We provide a beach cart for taking chairs and beach gear down to the beach. The home has a large flatscreen TV and DVD player and even has an open air outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach. There is no wi-fi in the home at the present time but you have the option to purchase data on our mobile hot-spot. (Or, you may use the mobile hotspot on your smartphone if you prefer.) If you would like to purchase wi-fi access, just let us know.

This home is perfect for a family who wants to enjoy fishing off the dock one day, and playing on the beach the next day. It is very handy for the avid fisherman who wants to be close to the dock. It is also perfect for a couple who wants to relax in a serene environment, in very comfortable surroundings and just get away from the outside world. Nature lovers, photo enthusiasts and bird watchers will appreciate the peace and quiet of the island's sandy pathways, the lush tropical environment and uncrowded beaches.

Little Gasparilla Island affords a perfect spot to escape from the traffic and stress of everyday life. Here, traffic jams consist of two golf carts stopped in the road for a friendly chat! The evening's nightlife is heading to the beach to watch the sunset with a group of friendly neighbors watching the stars twinkle overhead. You can catch your dinner off the dock, have your morning coffee on the deck in the tropical breezes and feel incredibly lucky to have discovered such a perfect little oasis on the island!

Come discover the true meaning of Serenity Cottage!


• 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. Serenity has an electric grill so no charcoal is necessary.

• 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.

• 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 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 AND YOU MUST REQUEST IT IN ADVANCE. 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 we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for 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. (It is especially helpful to remind kids and teenagers who are used to unlimited data!) We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE coming to the island.

PLEASE NOTE: We do require that two members of each group must be over 25 years of age. We apologize, but we can NOT rent to college groups as a courtesy to the homeowners and our island neighbors. Guests will be evicted if found not to meet age requirements upon check in. Additionally, we can not exceed capacity in island homes due to the fragile septic systems.

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About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

We have lived on the island for 30 years and we started renting our own home many years ago when we traveled. Then our neighbors asked us to handle rentals for them also -- and now we offer vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges and locations on the dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our vacation rental homes are painstakingly cared want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

This cottage is nestled in the palm trees, off the main road and has a lot more privacy than some of the other cottages we represent. It has both a screened porch and a sunny porch facing south that is wonderfully warm during chillier winter months. We love the big ficus tree in the yard and the gopher tortoises that burrow beneath its roots.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , The outdoor open air shower is the third "bathroom"...
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Serenity Cottage: Privacy, Low Rates for Long Term Stays, Recently Remodeled!!
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Quite and close to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay here at serenity! And that just what I got. Very quite and perfect for relaxation. Comfy and great for my small family. We walked right to the beach everyday. Very clean all around and I loved the kitchen. Every appliance worked and a great space to connect with your loved ones. Beds where very comfortable and bathroom shower was roomie. I loved the outside porch for breakfast and the enclosed Florida room for family game night! Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect beach getaway in a cozy beach home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our getaway at Serenity Cottage. This home lived up to her name! We enjoyed peaceful evenings on the screened in porch after a long day at the beach, which was just a few minutes stroll from the cottage!

We loved cooking our own meals at this home , which had a bright and spacious kitchen that allowed our two family chefs to comfortably cook!

The island itself was beautiful! Everything was in bloom and we had fun just walking around looking at the wildlife and plants.

Serenity Cottage was conveniently located on the island so it was easy to get to the beach, the dock, golf cart shop and the charming gift shop. My husband appreciated how the home was tucked away off the sandy trail and enveloped by lush green trees and bushes, providing us privacy and quiet.

It truly was a perfect home! Great location, very clean and spacious and met all our needs!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not impressed

  • 2 of 5

The people that helped get us to the island and get settled we’re very nice.The water taxi “Pirate Taxi Service” were awesome. No issues there at all. The rental was just ok. Smoke alarms were apparently non operational, ceilings were peeling. Upkeep was desperately needed for inside and out.Our expectations were much more based off the description. A lot of debris laying around underside area. Location was good but views for serenity were not impressive at all,golf place next door was like a used car lot .Island was very restrictive for just plain site seeing via golf cart “a lot of no trespassing signs and chained off roadways”. I understand that property’s are private but there were only a couple of walkways available to the beach. If you did not have a golf cart you definatley would not see both ends of the island.We were looking to get off the island for the day and were told by mistake that there was another taxi service located in the yellow condo area in the center of the island,Very unfriendly and asked an older gentleman for taxi times and he asked where we were staying and we told him and he said if we tried using the taxi or leaving our golf cart we would be issued a summons.Did not leave a good impression at all of the area and also smelled of raw sewage. Overall I would not recommend this island.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you did not have a good experience on the island....but it sounds like some misinformation contributed to your negative experience. First, there is only one water taxi on and off the island and we state that clearly in our information sent to you when you book....there is a ferry that services the condos but it is only for owners and guests of the condos...had you contacted us, we could have clarified that for you. We really have no control over your experience or interaction with other folks at the condos...or the smell of sewage there! Second, there are many, MANY walkways to the beach....every community dock has a walkway to the beach! (Walking across private property is generally discouraged but there are beach easements up and down the island for anyone to use and enjoy!) There are two easements within very easy walking distance of Serenity. Again, if you had trouble locating beach access you could have contacted our on-island Guest Services Manager. As for the cottage itself, we have stated that it offers a lot of privacy but its location off the beach means that it has virtually no views except of foliage. However, the golf cart shop next door is really not visible from anyplace in the house except perhaps one bedroom window. Smoke detectors had batteries replaced in February, so I am not sure why they were not operational. As for the condition of the home, it was recently renovated. There is one wooden ceiling panel (which offers access to the attic) that had some chipped paint...perhaps that is what you noticed. (When the AC system in the attic is serviced, that board is removed which sometimes causes the paint to chip on it.) Other than that, the entire home was repainted, new kitchen counters and cabinets installed, all new flooring, new vanities and fixtures in the bathroooms were installed....but perhaps you were expecting something a bit more luxurious? Our photos accurately portray the home and the island. All in all, I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay....the rustic island lifestyle is not for everyone.
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Has everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Clean and the staff is wonderful ! Convenient location to beach and dock.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Out of this world!!

  • 5 of 5

We rent from Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals ( Laurie and Bud Gaines)

two years in the row, and both time the experience was outstanding!

The whole team is just there for you, responsive and helpful and very friendly!!

The island itself is just a paradise!!

And I was very happy we had a golf cart so much fun!!!

We will be back next year!

Thank you for everything.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway from daily live

  • 5 of 5

We loved it there, the two weeks we spent on the island were very relaxing, and calming. It is an island, with no cars, shops, restaurants. Ideal island living.

Having own boat was very helpful, and renting the golf cart is also very much fun.

There are some imperfections in the house, but this is an island, and I'm sure it is hard to keep up with every little detail.

We would definitely come back again, and the only thing we could wish for is nicer weather, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. We stayed in the house first two weeks of February 2016.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £124.36
Pet Fee £75.37
Damage Deposit £226.11

Holiday surcharges are applied for reservations for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas/New Years timeframes. Guests responsible for 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.

Manager'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.