COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on the island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad.
Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar siding, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning.
Comfortable hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area, decorated with antique wicker, on the back porch. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.
Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a single daybed with an additional trundle and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy!) We feature 100% cotton linens which are included with your rental as are all kitchen utensils, beach towels, chairs, beach umbrella and a use of a free dock slip for your boat. The kitchen features new granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries. From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland for a shopping trip.
As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.
The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient.
There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.
Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.
Please note there is no smoking in the beach house. Our personal website has many additional photos and more information about the house and the island. Please note that for your protection and ours, we do not always update the availability calendar but you may e-mail us to double-check availability.
|Nearest Airport||Ft. Myers - RSW||60 miles|
Little Gasparilla Island is a bridgeless barrier island just off Florida's tropical SW coast. The island is accessible only by boat or water taxi and offers a quiet and peaceful respite from the world. Tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory! The island offers beautiful, clean white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, sand pathways and a few friendly neighbors.
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Staying in Buddy and Laurie's gorgeous home on Little Gasparilla Island has been one of my favorite vacations of all time. It's really impossible to express just how wonderful a vacation here really is. The first time we visited we stayed only one week. When we decided to go again, there was no question that two weeks would be even better! Everything truly is perfect. The home is decorated impeccably, the beach location is gorgeous and private, and the sense of relaxation a vistor gets is really complete. If I could choose anywhere in the world to be at a given moment, Coconut Hideaway would be my choice, time and time again!
-Lauren, Noblesville, IN
This is my favorite vacation spot! Typically spent with my entire family, I can always find a place to be alone and relax. In the summer, the water is like bath water and is shallow enough for even the nervous of swimmers! Our last visit around Christmastime proved very memorable! We had bonfires on the beach, dug through mountains of beautiful shells each morning, caught a few fish off the dock with our Barbie fishing poles and had many relaxing naps in the hammock! What a wonderful break from the Utah snow! I can't wait to go back!
-Emily & Ty, Orem, Utah
The owners thought of everything to make our stay perfect at Coconut Hideaway. From the beautiful boat ride over to this private (non-commercial) Island, (we knew this was going to be a most special place) to every ammenity they provided, it could not have been more wonderful.
The views are magnificent, and can't hardly describe the breath-taking sunsets that became the evening ritual to watch.
There are no cars or stores on the Island (Only a small chapel) making this the most special place we could have found.
If you want to "get away from it all" and relax...look no further!
The vegetation, palm trees and interior decor were just perfect! (Better than you can imagine!)
We highly recommend this lovely and unusual home to anyone who is looking for a peaceful and quiet vacation and the ability to walk for several miles on a white sandy beach.
-Laura & Robert, Red Rock,New York
Although, I would love to keep this place a secret so I could profit from having the opportunity to go as often as I'd like, this does not help the owners of this ASTONISHING home. This beach house is the ultimate place to stay, we have looked at many places on the Island and throughout Florida and Coconut Hideaway is truly the most comfortable, laid back home you could rent. A true collector with a sense of style has put all the furnishing together, you feel that you are at home in this spacious, beachfront home. Collections of shells, Persian rugs, pottery, funky antiques, etc. It is not even worth to stay elsewhere (or buy a place or your own) as it would takes years to collect all these wonderful objects. The best part is that the house is right on the beach and we enjoyed the sunsets everyday from the comfort of the screened porch. We took advantage of morning and evening walks on the beach that sometimes felt that we had all to ourselves. There is a sense of peacefulness throughout the Island.
Truly a best-kept secret that is worth protecting! We will definitely return :) *****FIVE STAR ACCOMODATION*****
-Kim, quebec, canada