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Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse is located on Little Gasparilla Island, a tropical barrier island located just off the West Coast of Florida. Situated halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, it benefits from cool tropical breezes in the summer and warm sunshine in the winter. There used to be three separate islands, Knight Island, Don Pedro Island and Little Gasparilla Island. Following a storm in the 60s which closed the passes, the islands became one, with Little Gasparilla being the southernmost.

The most unique attribute of Little Gasparilla is its lack of a bridge…there used to be a bridge to the northernmost island but that also fell victim to the hurricane and residents have decided we like it better without a bridge! All access is by private boat or water taxi. There are no roads and no cars, and traffic and tourists are just a mainland memory.

The island offers 7 miles of beautiful pristine beach unspoiled by either seawalls or high-rises. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark’s teeth free for the collecting. The best time to go shelling is just before and at low tide and after a storm. Be sure to check the high tide lines where the surf often tosses the largest shells. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conch.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment — and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

Your hosts, Buddy and Laurie Gaines

Your hosts, Buddy and Laurie Gaines

 Little Gasparilla Island offers privacy, tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach for hours without seeing another soul. Yet island neighbors are friendly and always willing to offer a helping hand. There is a quaint island chapel which offers non-denominational services on Sunday mornings and holidays, and which has been the site of memorable island weddings.

Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse is our favorite spot to rest, recharge and take a moment to enjoy life, family and the beauty of nature. We hope you enjoy it — and Little Gasparilla Island — as much as we do!

We are now handling rentals for several of our neighbors on the island. In addition to Coconut Hideaway, we offer rentals at several other Gulf-front homes, homes overlooking the bay and inland homes that represent a tremendous value. For information about our other rental properties, visit Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals.