|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sea Star Beach House is a 3-bedroom home located directly on the beach. Enjoy days on the beautiful beach, swimming in warm gulf waters and evenings watching the sunset across sweeping views of the horizon.
The ground floor of the house features a deck, with a storage room with beach toys, snorkeling gear, and a surf board. Take advantage of the charcoal grill and table for outdoor dining.
Upstairs is an open concept kitchen, with island seating, and living room looking out sliding glass doors to the 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico and 7 miles of white sand beaches. Also on the first floor is the master bedroom; with a half-bath and sliding door access to the front deck facing the beach and ocean. You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves. There is also a second bedroom on this floor with a full size bed as well as the main bathroom. The home features tropical, beachy decor, a warm and inviting color scheme and the Gulf views are among the best on the island!
On the second floor of the home, accessed by a spiral staircase, there are two twins with a trundle perfect for kids or teenagers who want their privacy! NOTE: The photo shows a bunk bed but the bunks have been separated to make the upstairs more suitable for all ages! (The spiral stairs might be tricky for some to navigate, especially small children.)
The kitchen features a stove, trash compactor, and full size refrigerator. (NOTE: there is no dishwasher.) The kitchen is fully stocked for any type of food preparation you want to make. The home also has a full size washer and dryer.
There is a small dining table in the living area (seats 4) and there is also a 6-person dining table on the screened-in porch. The deck also features a hammock and comfortable chaise lounge from which to view the beach. The living room has satellite TV and a dvd player. We have a small selection of dvds and games for your entertainment. Extras with this rental include free use of a dock slip, beach chairs, beach umbrella, free wi-fi, boogie boards and beach toys...and 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 home features a private boardwalk to the beach and an outdoor shower at the base of the stairs for rinsing off before coming indoors.
ANSWERS TO 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
• This home comes with a grill.
• This home comes 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.
• This house has wi-fi but this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi is NOT for entertainment. No Netflix, no skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. Many people find the mobile hotspots on their smartphones are better alternatives. We suggest you download movies to your tablet or books to your e-reader BEFORE coming to the island.
Thank you Laurie and especially you Tracy for making our family vacation an absolute joy to remember for years to come. We arrived after a hurricane and a majority of the island was flooded, yet we still had no trouble getting to Seastar. It was close to the docks and the complimentary concierge service, Bret's golf cart taxi was superb and a real treat considering we were ready to relax and tired of lugging our belongings. Bret helped us out for several days while the golf cart rentals were closed due to the storm, getting family and friends around the island. We tipped him extremely well.
The Seastar house was beautiful and had everything we could want or need. Cooking utensils were well stocked and conveniently placed for indoor and outdoor cooking. When they say there are beach toys, they weren’t kidding. There were fishing poles, 5 boogie boards, sun umbrellas, beach chairs and numerous sand castle toys- the kids were in heaven! Considering we had two families in the home and children under the age of 5, the house had plenty of space. We didn't even use the third bedroom located upstairs, but it does seem like the perfect little getaway for older children.
I don’t know of a more relaxing setting. We woke up looking at the beach, played all day and eat dinner on the patio watching the sunset. And I must say for as calm as the beach was most of the week, a day or two of waves after the storm was quite fun and then the rest of the week was so calm that our toddler felt comfortable entering the water independently (supervised of course).
To management, I feel like we are friends- you were just so good to us. Thank you for going above and beyond, especially when it came to the storm and making sure we were safe, even if that meant modifying our travel dates. I knew at that very moment we were in good hands and your biggest concern was to make sure we had an amazing trip. Also, thank you for allowing us to venture over to your personal cottage and borrow things that we forgot to bring. Anytime we had a question, you were right there responding to texts within minutes and you never seemed to be bothered by it. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality.
We will undoubtedly be back next year, and every year thereafter.
This was a practically last minute booking during Spring Break..... What a find!! Our party consisted of 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 small children (4 & 5). We had stayed on LGI twice before, once inland and once on the bay. This was our first ocean front rental. With 4 children - this was the way to go. We were able to spend as much time on the beach swimming, fishing, shelling, relaxing as we wanted - while knowing our children could walk back to the at house anytime. We did rent a golf cart for the week, as we like to explore at times. If you have never been to LGI it is a great way to tour the island. Every single time we have been we have met the most AMAZING people. What a wonderful get away to just get in touch with nature and yourself. We did have one issue - upon arrival we noticed the washing machine was full of water and not operational at all. One call to the property managers solved that within 24 hours. Pretty good for an island inaccessible by anything other than boats! Also - I love that concierge and trash removal is included with this particular property manager. Amazing experience. Do not hesitate to stay at Sea Star!
Little Gaspirella Island is quite the gem - we brought our flats boat saw lots of porpoise, stunning sunsets - Beach was beautiful , people super friendly - perfect for families and their dogs.
Loved our family vacation and we WILL be back-
My family and I discovered Little Gasparilla about 9 years ago and we can't find anywhere that compares to its beauty and serenity We've stayed at a different home each time because that's part of the fun to us. I have to say that Sea Star is at the top of our list! It was so clean and the kitchen has EVERYTHING you need! We loved the little room at the top. Me and my grandchildren would lay there at night looking at the stars talking. You only have neighbors on one side of you but they were very nice and quiet. We ate all of our meals outside watching the incredible sunsets. The view from the Sea Star is beautiful. I found lots of sharks teeth too. If you can rent a boat it makes it so much easier since you have your own boat dock.
Make sure you visit Cayo Casta State Park if you enjoy shelling! The one thing that I would suggest to make the Sea Star even better would be ceiling fans on the screened porch. Laurie was great to work with and I have NO complaints. We will be back!
I have to say, without a doubt, that our one week vacation on Little Gasparilla island was the best week I have ever spent. The Sea Star cottage was clean and comfortable. Spectacular gulf views greeted you every time you walked out the door or looked out a window. Laurie was amazing and so easy to work with! Brett was punctual and a great help.with getting us to and from the dock. It was difficult to leave paradise but we will return!
We stayed here, my husband and I and 3 children. The owners were very accommodating, as far as adding on additional time to our stay, etc. The location was great. Let me say that a map, when arriving, would have been extremely helpful. We got off the water taxi and had absolutely no clue how to walk to the house, but luckily there was a friendly man who owned a place near the dock and was able to help us determine where we needed to go. If it wasn't for him, we would have been lost!
We rented a boat while we were there and the owners were very helpful with lots of information to help us get that all set before our stay. It was great to have the boat so that we weren't trapped there or forced to pay the water taxi whenever we needed to go somewhere for food or toilet paper even! There is absolutely nothing on the island to buy other than ice, from what I could tell!
There was a shipwrecked sailboat right in front of the unit. I'm not sure how long it had been there. It was kind of cool that it was there and was kind of neat to be able to take pictures of, etc. It was quite a tourist attraction. I think if it wasn't for the shipwrecked sailboat that we wouldn't have had nearly as many people in front of the house as we did.
Additionally, it was nice that people did leave some canned goods, etc., in the pantry. That helped from time to time in a pinch.
One thing that wasn't so wonderful is that the furniture on the deck, the hammock and the cushions for the lounge chairs, etc., were extremely dirty. We actually washed them and, thanks to us, whoever came after us didn't have to worry about it. I think that could use a lot more attention.
When they say that you'll be responsible for your own garbage, wow, that's for sure! As I said, luckily we had the boat we rented to take our garbage away ourselves, but it was something like $15 a big bag full just to have someone else take our garbage for us. We were able to avoid that expense.
The kayak that was there my daughter was excited to use and then once she got out into the water the makeshift fix to the hole gave way and luckily a neighbor and my husband ran out to save her from dying. I think there could be a little more caution with that.
All that having been said, you will either hate it on the island or love it. I personally loved being secluded, while my husband kind of didn't like that part about it a whole lot. Be ready when you get there!!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
Holiday surcharge of $500 may be assessed; 30-day cancellation notice required for stays of 1 week; 60-day cancellation for 2 weeks or more. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.