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Gasparilla Island State Park

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Address: via the Boca Grande Causeway at C.R. 775, Boca Grande, FL
Phone Number: 941-964-0375

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Bring your bathing suit or not

This is a magnificently beautiful and quite historically unique and interesting place. There is literally no place like Boca Grande pass, which is the scenic wonder of this small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a magnificently beautiful and quite historically unique and interesting place. There is literally no place like Boca Grande pass, which is the scenic wonder of this small park. But the surprisingly engaging museum in the quaint lighthouse is worth the trip to the southern tip of the island. If you are dressed for it, swimming and fishing from... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the day here on Independence Day! Lovely beach with very calm waves. Not a very sandy beach...lots of crushed shells. The section of the beach we were on was very quiet. The beach where the lighthouse is located was pretty crowded, so we came on down the island to the next parking area. No facilities here other than a... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got married on this beach...if we could stay forever, we would. We visit as often as possible...planning a trip tomorrow! Aside from the occasional seaweed after a big storm, the beach is always so clean, so quiet, and the fishing is great! The grills are a huge plus - we get there early in the morning and stay all... More 

Thank LeahJ0923
Clermont, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

.....unless of course you don't like gorgeous, clear, warm, blue water or shell-laden beaches and tranquility. But, if you do, this park is it! Up until about 11:30, my husband and I were the only ones around and even after, the beach was never crowded....and this is summer in Florida! The beach is primitive and has a $3.00 parking fee,... More 

Thank Loper051
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I live close to Sanibel Island, so when I say this beach is beautiful, I know what I'm talking about! The water is the clearest that I have ever come across on a gulf coast beach! The temperature was warm and inviting, and the shelling was plentiful. It didn't get overcrowded, and the historic lighthouses make for a scenic backdrop.... More 

Thank Jackie R
Venice, Florida
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76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

The Lighthouse at the end of Gasparilla Island is maintained and staffed by The Barrier Island Parks Society. The museum takes us back to the early Indians that lived on the island and brings us up through the people that made their living fishing and later the Phosphate Mining Era. We had a wonderful discussion with the Store Manager, Jennifer... More 

Thank RobertJon55
Arcadia, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Three bucks to park all day. Covered picnic tables, bathrooms, and showers to rinse off. The beach area is very clean, and the water was perfect for swimming. There are I think at least four different access points and different parking areas in the park surrounded by vacation rentals. A great place to visit. It does also cost $6.00 on... More 

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Fort Myers, FL
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77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Beautiful, clean beaches. Azure waters. Not too many sunbathers...and oh the fishing!! Piers, rocks.....love this beach!

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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352 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Quiet, peaceful beach with crystal clear turquoise water. Sand, shark teeth, shells, dolphins.......what more could one ask for? We had the additional privilege of swimming and having a manatee very close to us! Talk about an exciting moment. Truly a magnificent spot!

1 Thank Margaret A
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I spent the afternoon on vacation walking and enjoying the beach and wildlife. The sunsets are absolutely beautiful. Outside of the park, tourists do not seem to be welcome by the locals. Bring everything you need to spend the day. Come early there is limited parking.

Thank Deb G

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