Boca Grande is a small residential community located on Gasparilla Island in Southwest Florida midway between Sarasota and Fort Myers and 10 miles North of the Sanibel and Captiva Barrier Islands. Boca Grande is known for its charming and historic downtown village, sugar sand beaches, turquoise water and world class fishing.
“Low key luxury”, or “Old Florida”, it is rich in history and known for fantastic fishing and brimming social calendar during “season”. That said, it is a very unique place! Some have called it “the best kept secret” and “forgotten Florida”.
The island itself is 7 miles long and less than ½ mile wide at the widest point (picture a drip of paint). You access the island by way of a vintage swing bridge. As you drive “onisland’ the azure color of the calm water captures your attention. The moment you cross over to the Island, it feels as if you are leaving all of your “troubles” behind on the mainland.
Once “on-island” you can park your car and opt for other modes of transportation. Golf carts and bicycles are the preferred way to travel. There are no fast food chains, no high-rises, and street lights don’t exist to distract you from life at the beach.
Rather than news headlines, island chatter is focused on such topics as; “if the fish are biting”, family and social happenings, what’s new at the dog park, the weather, and the latest bridge tournament results. Island casual is the dress code, men should pack a jacket and slacks during the months of November through Easter especially if you are staying or dining at the Gasparilla Inn.
Our little island offers all the comforts of home including, a classic grocery store with an awesome butcher, a bakery, a first-class medical center, a theatre, a school, 4 churches, a library, a post office, a resident sheriff, a first-class fire department top notch restaurants, fitness facilities and a golf course.
If you are here to relax you can “set up shop” on the beach and just relax with a book. More “active types” who want to stay busy can spend your days fishing and kayaking, where you will see dolphin and manatee as well as osprey, white pelicans, bald eagles, egrets, and other various birds, riding bikes on the bike path which spans the entire length of the island, walking/jogging, or golfing.
We are bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the West and Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla sound to the East. Boca Grande which means “big mouth” is describing the Boca Grande Pass which is where Charlotte Harbor meets the Gulf of Mexico. It is the 2nd largest port in Florida, next to the Port Tampa.
Boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders can explore 750,000 acres of estuary. We are known for our fabulous fishing including our famous “Tarpon Season” which is in the Spring, but other great catches include grouper, snapper, mackerel and kingfish, snook and redfish.
Finally, if you are a fan of the “arts” you can check out the various shows around town, sponsored by local artists such as the art alliance, the Royal Palm Players, the theatre group on the Island, as well as the various events and 1st class talent that frequent the village during the year. If you want to bask in the natural beauty of the Island, don’t forget to stop by Banyan street, which is located on 2nd street. The majestic banyan trees provide beautiful vistas for your photos or sketch pad.
Relax here, shop, dine, fish, and unwind. Once you’ve discovered this hidden paradise, you will want to return again to experience the different seasons with us. Whether you choose to make Boca Grande, Florida your part-time residence or family home you can’t go wrong. Come experience what many have been keep a “secret” for decades.