Along the Charlotte and southern Sarasota County coastlines, a
string of barrier islands sit just offshore the mainland.
Many of the islands are accessible by bridge and are
profiled separately on our website. - This page focuses on
the "bridgeless" barrier islands off of the Cape Haze
Peninsula: Little Gasparilla, Don Pedro, and Palm
While these were originally separate islands, over
time, wind and weather have closed the passes between
them. Today, barrier island residents have access to
seven miles of beautiful, quiet beachfront along the Gulf of
Mexico. Many claim
that the variety and quantity of shells on the island
beaches are comparable to the famous shelling on Sanibel
Little Gasparilla Island
Traveling north from Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande, the first
you reach is Little Gasparilla. There are two
condominium communities on the island, Hideaway Bay Beach
Club and Placida Beach. The remainder of the island is
single family homes and lots.
The "Placida Freeway", running down the middle of the
island, is a sand trail traveled primarily by golf carts and
used by island residents to visit others in the community.
While many properties are second homes, there are a growing
number of full-time residents. Little Gasparilla is
accessible only by private boat, by private ferries run by the
two condominium communities, or by water taxi.
Don Pedro Island
Immediately north of Little Gasparilla is Don Pedro Island,
home to Don Pedro State Park and single family homes and
lots. Various small communities on Don Pedro each have
their own unique designs and "feel", but the residents all
share their love of the water and the adventure of living on
a secluded, bridgeless island.
Palm Island and Knight Island
Although "bridgeless", Palm Island is serviced by the Palm
Island ferry, allowing residents to travel by car to and
from the mainland. Palm Island offers beachfront and
bay front condominiums and homes.
There is an active
rental program for visitors who come to the Palm Island
vacation. The Palm Island restaurant, Rum Bay, is open
to residents and visitors, and is accessible by car or boat.
For additional information, please give me a call.