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Discover Boca Grande on the Southwest coast of Florida, and you’ll completely get lost in your vacation! Located on the barrier island of Gasparilla, midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, Boca Grande touts itself as “unplugged” Florida where privacy, pristine beaches, and Caribbean-like crystal clear waters are the main attractions. With no vacation throngs or high-rise developments, it’s a place where everything is local from the art galleries in the village of Boca Grande to the seafood restaurants dotting the island. Adding to the island’s endless charm is the historic Boca Grande Lighthouse Beacon and accompanying museum.

While lazing on the sugar-white beaches is a popular pastime, you can be as active as you’d like in Boca Grande where bike paths crisscross the seven-mile-long island. If sailing is your thing, then Boca Grande is your place — Sailing Magazine named it a top ten U.S. sailing destination. Kayaking is also top-notch here thanks to the calm waters of Charlotte Harbor and plenty of remote bayous under cover of mangroves. Fishing is a mainstay of island life on Gasparilla with a fleet of charter boats on standby for your excursion. Pack your clubs if an avid golfer, Boca Grande is home to one golf course on the island and several in nearby towns on the mainland.

Although there are no mega resorts here on Boca Grande, you will find plenty of rental accommodations on the island. It’s home to many luxurious beach homes and condominiums featuring with amenities galore. There are also several locally run resort hotels serving up old Florida charm to guests.

Get away from the crowds and spend your vacation in Boca Grande! From banyan-lined streets to spectacular beaches to world-class fishing, Boca Grande will take you miles from the typical vacation…to an island paradise!

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Boca Grande Florida Restaurants

Restaurants

Locally caught seafood is abundant at local restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining and casual fare. Boca Grande features many eateries right on the waterfront for a relaxing meal while others imbue the ambiance of the historic village.
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Boca Grande Florida Golf

Golf

Golf carts dot the island as the preferred method of transportation. If you prefer to use a golf cart on the course, you’re in luck! Boca Grande has one golf course on the island at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. You will enjoy the luxury of the club while being thoroughly challenged by its Pete Dye Signature 18-hole Championship Course. Avid golfers will also enjoy the multitude of nearby courses on the mainland too.
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Boca Grande Florida Fishing

Fishing

It will come as no surprise to anyone that fishing and boating are a way of life in Boca Grande. At the southern tip of Gasparilla Island lies Boca Grande Pass, a deep natural channel where the waters of Charlotte Harbor lead to the Gulf of Mexico creating a productive coastal ecosystem. Boca Grande is home to a fleet of charter boats available year-round for Pass, offshore, back-bay, eco-tours and sightseeing excursions. Those traveling with their own boat will find several marinas offering protected anchorage options as wells as dockage.
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Boca Grande Florida Shopping

Shopping

Well known for a community of artists who call Boca Grande home, the shopping in the historic village is as local as it gets! Ride your bike along the banyan-lined streets into the village and spend the afternoon in the unique shops and art galleries.
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