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Hibiscus House - Beachfront Bliss on the Gulf!

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Hibiscus House is a sparkling clean cottage in one of the most superb locations in Florida. It features fresh, beachy decor, dramatic Gulf views, bright, sunshine-filled rooms, a nearly deserted beach and it includes everything to make your beach vacation memorable.... satellite TV, wi-fi access, use of a dock slip, beach chairs, comfortable beds, a relaxing hammock plus one of the best equipped kitchens on the beach. Please note that this house is on LITTLE GASPARILLA which is not accessible by bridge...the only access is by private boat or water taxi. You leave your car at the marina on the mainland, and the water taxi drops you right at our dock where our concierge will meet you with his golf cart and transport your luggage and your groceries to the house. While the island is relative...Hibiscus House is a sparkling clean cottage in one of the most superb locations in Florida. It features fresh, beachy decor, dramatic Gulf views, bright, sunshine-filled rooms, a nearly deserted beach and it includes everything to make your beach vacation memorable.... satellite TV, wi-fi access, use of a dock slip, beach chairs, comfortable beds, a relaxing hammock plus one of the best equipped kitchens on the beach. Please note that this house is on LITTLE GASPARILLA which is not accessible by bridge...the only access is by private boat or water taxi. You leave your car at the marina on the mainland, and the water taxi drops you right at our dock where our concierge will meet you with his golf cart and transport your luggage and your groceries to the house. While the island is relatively remote, access is easy via regular water taxi service and the beach is pristine and uncrowded. The home offers snorkeling gear, boogie boards, a beach umbrella, beach towels, toys and games. The master bedroom features a king size bed, the second bedroom offers a queen size bed and there is a sleeping loft with two twins and a double bed. There is also a downstairs outdoor shower and a spacious screened porch overlooking the Gulf. NOTE: We also offer concierge service to meet you at the dock and help transport your luggage and groceries to the house. Please note that FlipKey adds their own booking fee. Unlike other homes set back on the island, Hibiscus House is situated right on the beach, for the best views and no long walks to the beach across hot sand. No partial 'peek-a-boo' view from this home....you can eat dinner overlooking the Gulf and the sound of the waves lulls you to sleep at night. Little Gasparilla Island is very pet friendly and your canine companion is welcome! Our minimum rental period is one week; sorry, but we do not rent for weekends. Information on boat rentals and water taxi service is provided with your rental package. Be sure to check out our YouTube video: Hibiscus House on LIttle Gasparilla Island! PLEASE NOTE: We do require that two members of each group must be over 25 years of age. We apologize, but we can NOT rent to college groups as a courtesy to the homeowners and our island neighbors. Guests will be evicted if found not to meet age requirements upon check in. Additionally, we can not exceed capacity in island homes due to the fragile septic systems. INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we can provide a Verizon jetpack for a fee, BUT YOU MUST REQUEST IT IN ADVANCE. We urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. (It is especially helpful to remind kids and teenagers who are used to unlimited data!) We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE coming to the island.More
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laurie gaines g
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:May 2013
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Reviewed October 6, 2014

This home is well appointed with everything we needed. You must buy your groceries on the mainland and take a water taxi over unless you have your own boat. Arriving, we were met by a young man who took our luggage to the house. He...More

Date of stay: October 2014
1  Thank Stacey R
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Wow is all we can say! What a terrific island and a fabulous vacation! The house is great. We have rented vacations home over the years and this one takes the cake! I've never seen such a well stocked home. They have everything you could...More

Date of stay: August 2014
1  Thank SullivanFamily1
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hibiscus House was a wonderful vacation home for our family! The house is FULL of homey touches that make you feel just that....at home. There is no way I can explain how many details are taken care of in this home. From the FULLY equipped...More

Date of stay: July 2014
1  Thank Andrea R
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewed August 5, 2014

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Date of stay: July 2014
Mike
Minnesota
Reviewed April 3, 2014

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Date of stay: March 2014
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Paper Towels Provided
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Stove
Grill
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Dryer
Dishwasher
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Deck
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Does this vacation rental have a loft?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighborhood
Little Gasparilla Island is a nearly-deserted tropical island with no bridge, no roads and no commercial establishments. If peace and privacy are the hallmarks of a special beach vacation, you have found the right spot! Warm, shallow waters and balmy tropical breezes caress the island....sand pathways meander up and down the island for exploring by golf cart. (Golf cart rentals are available on the island) You park your car at the mainland marina and take a delightful 15-minute water taxi ride right to our dock. It is best to do all your grocery shopping prior to catching the water taxi....then you don't have to leave the island at all! You can even bring your pets on the water taxi with you! While on the island, in addition to swimming you can snorkel, fish from the dock or the bea...
How to get there
There is no bridge to the island. You must park your car at the marina ($6 per day). Your rental includes a complimentary dock slip if you would like to rent a boat during your stay. There is also a water taxi available. The water taxi runs by appointment only and it is $10 per person (each way) during regular daytime hours. They will run at any time, but rates are increased for early trips or passage after dark.
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