Little Gasparilla Island occupies the southernmost 2.5 miles of the Palm Island/Don Pedro/Little Gasparilla island chain. It overlooks Boca Grande to the south. This island is a water-based community. The only way to get here is by private boat or water taxi. If you have access to a boat, even a kayak, you can visit the beaches because they are public. But the rest of the island is private.
There are plenty of vacation rentals on the island, but no hotels, no stores, and no restaurants. Little Gasparilla is even more remote than Palm Island or Don Pedro. The beaches are not pure white because the sand has some minerals mixed in with the quartz crystals. As with most beaches, there is no shade on the beach.
Many of the owners on Little Gasparilla live in Miami or Lakeland. They buy here rather than buying on Marco Island because they are looking for something quieter. Some of the homes are weekend retreats and many are available for seasonal rental.
Although Little Gasparilla Island is connected to Don Pedro Island because the inlet that separated the two islands closed in the 1950's, there is no motorized access from one island to the other. There are no paved roads on Little Gasparilla--only sand trails.
You can walk on the beach from the southern tip of Little Gasparilla Island to the northern tip of Knight Island (Palm Island) at Stump Pass. It is a walk of about 7.5 miles.