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- Entire rental unit
- Boca Grande
A great 2 bedroom one bath flat in the heart of historic Boca Grande on the gorgeous Gasparilla Island. Located across the street from The Temp Restaurant, down the block from Hudson's Market and around the corner from Sister's Pizza. Going to the beach, no worries, it is just down the road. Rent our place through Airbnb and receive a 10% discount on golf cart and bike rentals. You’ll love my place because of the location, the people, and the neighborhood.
- Entire loft
- Boca Grande
A unique loft in the heart of Boca Grande. Grab dinner and drinks and simply walk home. The loft apartment has great views of the main drag in Boca Grande. The timber framed interior and high end appliances assure you will have a comfortable stay. This is a great place to park your car-grab a golf cart- and enjoy the Boca Grande lifestyle.
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Your guide to Gasparilla Island
All About Gasparilla Island
Aquamarine waters, endless stretches of white-sand beaches, and palm-lined walking paths adorn this barrier island in the waters of southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Gasparilla Island functioned as a fishing village for much of its history, and today is also a popular wintering destination among a certain celebrity set. Along Gasparilla Island’s waterfront, golf carts zip up and down the coast, and you’ll find bohemian cafes, fresh seafood restaurants, and a shopping complex inside a converted 20th-century train station.
A gateway to Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor, Gasparilla Island is renowned for its world-class tarpon fishing, easy access to surrounding nature reserves, and a continuous seven-mile stretch of pristine beach. Swimming, kayaking, and hiking through the region’s mangrove forests are some of the region’s more popular activities. Visiting the area’s historic lighthouses and enjoying sunset picnics on the beach are among the many memorable experiences you can enjoy here.
How do I get around Gasparilla Island?
Gasparilla Island’s nearest major airport is the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) outside Fort Myers, about 90 minutes away. However, several airlines maintain connecting air routes to the closer Charlotte County Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda, just under an hour away. If you’re arriving in southwest Florida by air, using a shuttle service for transport from the airport onto the island is the easiest way to complete the final leg of the journey. Gasparilla Island is sparse when it comes to the variety of amenities and attractions available — its largest community, Boca Grande, spans only a few blocks. For these reasons, it is recommended to get around on foot once you’re on the island, or do as the locals do and travel to Gasparilla Island’s farther reaches via golf cart.
Opt to charter a boat and stay on Little Gasparilla Island for an even more subdued beach experience. Sprawling sandy coastlines span the entire Gulf side of the island, making walking between your Little Gasparilla Island rental and the beach a snap.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Gasparilla Island?
Gasparilla Island’s sunny Gulf Coast climate bestows it with pleasant year-round conditions — sunlit days, clear blue skies, and breezy afternoons among the miles of palm-lined beaches. Temperatures vary between the summer and winter months somewhat, but they tend not to drop below uncomfortable levels for swimming or other ocean-bound recreation. Rainfall tends to increase towards the latter half of summer with the arrival of hurricane season, though visitors can still be found in the area during this time. The shoulder season’s warmer temperatures, lack of accompanying rainfall, and myriad events in the surrounding communities make this an excellent time to look for vacation rentals on Gasparilla Island. One of the more prominent events in the region is a large sand sculpting festival that takes place every November in Fort Myers. This 10-day competition welcomes sand sculptors from around the world.
What are the top things to do in Gasparilla Island?
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum
Beginning operation in 1890, this lighthouse is the oldest structure on Gasparilla Island and the only beacon on Florida’s west coast open to the public. Located in the Gasparilla Island State Park, the lighthouse formerly housed a private residence on its ground level, now transformed into a museum detailing the region’s cultural history, ranging from indigenous cultures that date back more than 12,000 years to the now-famous fishing the area is known for.
Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve
This collection of protected mangrove islands and seagrass ecologies is home to more than 200 species of fish and several species of migratory birds. Bordered by the Gasparilla Sound to the west and Charlotte Harbor to the south, Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve is a popular snorkeling spot. You can also rent a kayak to explore the winding mangrove forests along the waterfront.
Little Gasparilla Island
The smaller cousin of Gasparilla Island, this rural retreat is cut off from the mainland and is only accessible to private boats or water taxis. Along the wide sandy paths, you’ll find golf carts — the only form of motorized transport allowed on the island — cruising up and down the coast amid a picturesque backdrop of pristine beaches.