Little Gasparilla Island is a wonderful hidden paradise off the beaten path accessable only by private boat or water taxi. There are no bridges or paved roads on the island, just charming romantic sand paths where the local residents travel by foot or by golf cart. Little Gasparilla Island is one of the barrier islands along Florida's southeast coast located just north of Boca Grande and about 20 miles north of Sanibel Island off Ft. Myers. It is less than 40 miles south of Sarasota.There are over 7 miles of pristine beach accessible along the Gulf of Mexico available for your pleasure, starting just a few hundred feet from the house. This provides wonderful romantic getaway walks for many couples and endless shelling opportunities for others.
Being a Florida native and having grown up on the water fishing and boating my entire life this seemed like the perfect getaway to entertain family and friends.
A friend of mine in Chicago recommended I look for a nice warm weather place to get away to for some much needed peace and quiet after a long year of intense political madness helping support a politician friend of mine.
After some careful searching I came across, “Jena se qua kismet.” This is the most charming little cottage I have ever been too and it has made all the difference in my life; like nothing ever before and perhaps like nothing ever again. It is located on a small barrier island just north of the famous Boca Grande, (who’s little artsy town is within easy reach by boat.) Little Gasparilla Island is slightly remote in that there is no access to it by road, thus no cars or traffic. But it is easily accessible by a small ferry boat that runs to the island on a regular basis; and the ride over is about 10-15 minutes.
There wasn’t a day that I didn’t lay on the white sandy gulf beach, often falling asleep listening to the gentle waves creeping up on me. I never tired of the incredible sunsets or the variety of beach birds. I even walked the length of the island three times examining the beautiful shells and unique drift wood, (many made of uprooted Australian Pines). I rented the owner's golf cart and toured the island. I even attended the little church on Sunday morning, and it was a moving experience. Such nice friendly people. This world is so different than anything in Chicago! What a treat; and what a way to reset the mind and reexamine one’s future. Thank you Jena se qua kismet for an incredible new set of memories that will haunt me pleasantly for the rest of my life…
“The peace and serenity found on this barrier island is unsurpassed. The tranquility of walking and/or shelling on an often deserted beach, listening to the surf and enjoying beautiful sunsets is beyond description. The private lighted dock makes it easy to check on your boat at all hours. The fishing in this area is unsurpassed. Reported to be 'The World's Greatest Tarpon Fishing' for over a century.”
Fishing, Golf, Boating, Photography, Island hopping, Shelling, Fine food, Adventure hikes and swims, Scuba, Historic museums, Romantic getaway, Sport Fishing is very big in the area and many professional guides are available. For those that like to get out, fine dining can be easily found by boat at several nearby places at locations on nearby Boca Grande and many marina access points. Also, night life, shopping, sightseeing. Endless events and activities are readily available in Boca Grande. Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Tarpon and many other species of fish abound and dolphins and manatees often frolic nearby.
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Nov 2 2014 - Jul 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Nightly Rate: $150
Weekly Rate: $1050
Monthly Rate: $4550
$160/ night for 2-night stays. Stays of 3-nights or more will be $150/ night. Stays run Sat to Sat in peak season but can be customized to meet mutual needs based on availability and booking. Longer stays of several weeks or months may be discounted higher.
Peak season is Nov 1 to Jul 1 - off season is Jul 2 to Oct 28
“This is a wonderfully peaceful and serene island with no commercialism whatsoever. A true gem away from honking horns and sirens. Often you will find yourself listening to the Osprey and watching dolphins and manatees swimming past the dock. Birdwatching is a highlight as well.”