Staying in a vacation rental on an island is a getaway in every sense of the word. When the only sounds you hear are the waves and the breeze, you can’t help but to truly relax and forget the workaday worries.
There are four barrier islands in our area. Although three of them (Knight Island, Don Pedro Island, and Little Gasparilla Island) are technically one landmass. The channels that originally existed were slowly filled in over the years with the coming and going of tides — they’re still considered separate entities. Each has its own atmosphere, and each offers a variety of rentals to fit your budget. Whether you’re looking for an inland cottage with canal access or a large, luxurious beachfront home to accommodate a group, you’ll find something near silky sand, splendid sun, and soft surf.
You can reach Knight Island by car ferry, water taxi, or private boat. The beach is private, only accessible to residents and renters, so chances are you won’t see many people while enjoying your beachy activities. Rentals here sometimes include a golf cart for getting around the island and usually feature an unparalleled view.
For true peace and quiet, there’s no better place to stay than Don Pedro and Little Gasparilla Islands. Both are accessible by boat only. In addition to a variety of vacation rentals, Don Pedro is home to a large state park that features amenities ranging from nature trails and restrooms to a large, covered pavilion and a full mile of pristine white beach just bursting with fossilized shark teeth and gorgeous shells. No matter the locale, a vacation rental on Don Pedro Island will feature a peaceful atmosphere and plenty of wildlife, perfect for family bonding or romantic getaways.
Little Gasparilla is a paradise for stargazers, shell and fossilized shark tooth collectors, fisherpersons, and nature lovers alike. There are no roads on the island so the light pollution is low. If you want to literally get away from it all, a vacation rental on Little Gasparilla is just the ticket.
Gasparilla Island is easily accessible via the Boca Grande Causeway. You’ll find a variety of vacation rentals in Boca Grande but all of them will keep you close to the best tarpon fishing in the world (usually May–June), to heavenly beaches and wonderful water activities, and to a rich history.
Here’s to a gratifying getaway!