Located on Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande is one of the most beautiful Barrier Islands on Florida’s Gulf coast. An affluent residential community recognized for its excellent fishing, a visit to Boca Grande will have you feeling like you stepped back in time and there are no high-rise condominium developments to spoil its “Old Florida” charm.
Resting midway between Fort Myers and Sarasota on the Southwest coast of Florida, Boca Grande is a quiet community which seeks to protect its unique atmosphere and quality of life – the intangibles that make Boca Grande a very special place and which recently earned it a place in the Top 10 of America’s Best Beach Towns by AOL Travel.
The review stated that it defines laidback lifestyle: “Think Hemingway’s Key West before the neon, noise and nonstop partying”.
Boca Grande lack traffic lights and chain stores, but it does have a century-old lighthouse, banyan tree-lined streets, and a converted railway station shopping complex showcasing local art.
Land-based activities include hiking and biking along the former train tracks. Or if you’d prefer to hit the water, bordered by Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound on the east, boaters can explore 750,000 acres of estuary – where freshwater and saltwater blend to provide nurseries for the oceans fish species. Recreational boating and sailing are popular pastimes, whether on your own, by tour or charter.
Dolphins, white pelicans, osprey, and manatees are only some of the unusual species you will encounter.island-hop from Captiva to Cabbage Key (one of America’s top-ranked sailing destinations) or kayak through anatee-filled mangrove swamps. Other popular local boating destinations include and the Gulf of Mexico, Cayo Costa, Punta Gorda’s Fisherman’s village, the Intracoastal Waterway, Sanibel Island, Englewood Beach, and Venice Beach.
Whether you’re looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to vacation, packed with charm, tradition and activity, or looking for a place to lay your hat and live, Boca Grande should be high on your list of places to check out.
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