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!
This family-friendly beach house is located in one of the best spots on Little Gasparilla Island. Now pet friendly as well! No trudging over hot sand or dragging your beach chairs down a long boardwalk....the beach is literally your front yard at KneeDeep!
NOTE: Little Gasparilla Island is a bridge-less barrier island accessible only by water taxi. You park your car at Eldred's Marina on the mainland, and bring all groceries to the island with you because there are no commercial establishments on the island.
A spacious downstairs deck overlooking the beach is your launching pad for family fun. A comfortable hammock offers a relaxing spot to nap while enjoying ocean breezes. Comfortable chairs provide a shady spot to sit and watch the little ones at the beach just steps away. You can grill your fresh catch without missing out on any of the fun. The deck is a perfect spot for gathering to enjoy the sunset and search for the elusive "green flash" with friends and family....a Little Gasparilla ritual. And, you are literally "knee deep" in the beach front lifestyle when you vacation at KneeDeep Beach House!
Upstairs, the home is comfortable and well appointed, with an open kitchen, dining and living area so everyone can enjoy each other's company after a day at the beach. The breakfast bar seats 4 and the dining table overlooking the ocean seats another four. Even the kitchen has dramatic ocean views....cooking every day is not so bad when you have views of the Gulf of Mexico!
From the front porch and the living room, you feel as though you are on the deck of an ocean liner, as your only views are of the Gulf of Mexico.....beautiful azure water. Some days the water is turquoise, other days a deep, brilliant dark blue....every day it is ever-changing, and on display for you to enjoy!
The master bedroom has beautiful ocean views as well, with sliding doors that open to the front porch. It has a king bed. The master bath has twin sinks, a large linen closet, a shower and a soaking tub.
The second bedroom is adjacent to the master and has two twins. The third bedroom is on the opposite side of the house with a queen size bed. So you effectively have two master suites if coming with two couples. The second bathroom also has double sinks and it has a shower that can be accessed when you return from the beach so you can rinse off without tracking sand into the house. A large utility room has a full-size washer and dryer. There is also a sleeper sofa in the living room to accommodate up to 8 guests during your stay.
The house is well stocked with all pots and pans, basic pantry items, and all linens including beach towels. Our game closet will provide hours of entertainment for the rare rainy day. And now the home has a brand new 60" Smart TV as well! We can also help you book golf cart rentals, kayak rentals, an island massage or paddle board rentals. Just call our Guest Services Manager who is standing by to make your vacation on Little Gasparilla memorable and trouble-free!
Wi-fi via satellite is provided, but please understand that wi-fi is not for entertainment...you should download movies and books to your i-pad or tablet before arriving. (There is no wired internet on the island.) We do offer the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock upon arrival and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you!
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.
Nature lovers will also enjoy Don Pedro State Park which is only about 300 feet up the beach from Knee Deep. The park boasts a large pavilion and two miles of private beach and is a wonderful place to just get out in nature. The park is only accessible by boat or kayak ensuring minimal visitors. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered species such as the West Indian manatee, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and American oystercatchers.
The twisting sand trails on LGI add to the charm and appeal of the island. They are fantastic for early morning or late evening walks and general exploring. Some guests opt to rent a golf cart for more access or longer excursions. Golf carts can be rented on the island from LGI Carts: 941-697-3820.
A rental car will be required to get from the airport to the marina where guests park their car and catch the water taxi to the island, unless you prefer to take a shuttle and have them wait while you buy groceries. Shuttle information is provided when you book. Reservations for the water taxi must be made at least 1 week in advance of arrival.
* WiFi - Included. Speeds adequate for web-browsing, emails, social media, but not games or streaming.
*Pet Policy - pet-friendly with $100 non-refundable fee per pet
* Minimum Renter Age - 25
*Boat Slip - included on dock number 26 (this is also where the water taxi will drop you off)
*Complimentary concierge- will meet you at the dock with a golf cart to assist with transporting your luggage and groceries to the home.
*Satellite TV - yes
*Grill Type - charcoal
*Parking - $6/night ($8/night if you have a boat trailer) at Eldred's Marina where you meet the boat taxi
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.
• We must be notified if you are bringing a pet and a $100 pet fee (per pet) will be applied to your rental.
• All homes come with a grill. Knee Deep has a charcoal 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.
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.