Little Gasparilla Island

Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse is located on Little Gasparilla island, part of the Gulf Island chain that includes Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande.

Our very special island offers something those islands cannot…privacy and seclusion. This bridgeless barrier island – just 10 minutes from the mainland and just north of Boca Grande – has no roads and no traffic, just white sand paths for exploring. You’ll find yourself surrounded by nature, the way Florida used to be before condos and high rises. In addition to our 7 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, you’ll find:

  • many species of birds including bald eagles
  • PLUS great white herons, egret, rare white pelicans, osprey and numerous small shorebirds
  • balmy tropical breezes
  • an abundance of shells and sand dollars
  • dramatic sunsets
  • the BEST snook and tarpon fishing and schools of dolphin that swim by the house every morning
  • long lazy days of brilliant blue skies and warm waves


Whether you choose to walk or jog the beaches, fish for snook off the dock, go birdwatching, kayak to one of the many mangrove islands, take nature walks and explore the island — or simply read a good book while swaying in a hammock, you’ll find a vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and pleasureable imaginable! For more information about a vacation rental on Little Gasparilla Island, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Little Gasparilla Island is a barrier island located midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers on Florida’s tropical southwest coast. It is about a 1 hour drive from the Sarasota Airport , roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes from Ft. Myers and 2 hours south of Tampa International. Boca Grande, with its world-famous tarpon fishing is the next island south. Gasparilla Marina is located on SR 771; Eldred’s Marina is about one mile beyond, just off the Boca Grande Causeway.

Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse sits directly on the Gulf of Mexico . Our dock is #51 and the water taxi will drop you off right at our dock. The usual fare is $8-$10 per person (higher after dark, $20 minimum) and the taxi runs on request during daylight hours; reservations should be made in advance. (For reservations and information call Pirate’s Water Taxi: 941-697-5777). From our dock, it is just a short walk across the island to the house. We are roughly 1-1/2 miles from the southern tip of the island, just north of The Preserve and the island chapel.

From Sarasota:

Take I-75 to Exit 191 (River Road). Take River Road south, cross 41 and continue to Winchester. Turn left on Winchester and continue to 776 (McCall Road). Cross McCall Road and continue on Winchester to Placida Road. Turn left on Placida Road, and head south. You will pass the Publix in Cape Haze which is the last grocery store before the marina. Turn right at the stoplight on the Boca Grande Causeway, and look for Eldred’s Marina on the right, just before the toll bridge. The marina address is 6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Rotonda West, FL.

From Ft. Myers:

Take I-75 north to Exit 170. Exit left to first light, then right onto Veteran’s Boulevard. Continue several miles on Veteran’s Blvd. to 41. CROSS 41, you are now on 776. Continue on 776, go through the village of El Jobean and cross the Myakka River Bridge, then turn left on 771 (Gasparilla Road).  Gasparilla Marina is approximately 7 miles on your left. For Eldred’s Marina, continue on 771 to the Boca Grande Causeway and turn left.