Boca Grande Beach

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Boca Grande Beach
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BrendaTRealtor
Port Charlotte, FL33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Even though it costs $6 per car to cross the bridge it is worth every penny! Beautiful little town. Gorgeous beaches. Trillions of shells. If you can load up your bicycles; do so. Nice bike paths all over the island. Several pay parking lots $3 per day as well as free street parking with beach access only.
The lighthouse parking area at the south end has real bathrooms and outside shower. The Lighthouse is interesting with museum and gift shop. The South Beach Grill has good food and drinks. So convenient Right on the beach.
Written February 15, 2020
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LABDRB
589 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Not much narrative needed about this magical island. But to add color, Boca Grande was put on the map by way of Phosphate and Tarpon. Boca Grande Pass is one of the deepest natural inlets in Florida. Renting a golf cart makes parking and getting around on the island super easy! You can rent a deluxe one for about 80 bucks for a half-day. Be sure to stop at the lighthouses, and the Pink Pony for some ice cream and smoothies. The gulf water is so blue and the sand is powdery white on this island, it is almost like the Caribbean... everyone seems to be smiling here. The south end beaches are wide and less populated.
Written February 28, 2021
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Nicole T
North Port, FL4 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. White, sugary sand and gorgeous blue and turquoise water. It does cost a toll, I believe it’s $6.00, to drive on the bridge to the island, but it is worth it. Check out the lighthouse and how beautiful the homes are.
Written June 26, 2021
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Deborah B
Liverpool, NY20 contributions
Mar 2021
What a gorgeous beach! We didn’t realize how close this is to Punta Gorda where we live in the winter months. It is an easy drive to boca grande and the bridge fee is $6 on entry. Parking on the honor system is $3 at the lighthouse area beach which has restrooms. If yiu get there by about 10, there is generally no line and plenty of parking. It is just beautiful with amazing water color and nice shells and plenty of beach walking l. Try lunch in town and don’t forget to go to the bakery on your way out l.
Written April 16, 2021
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Sharon U
Georgetown, DE47 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Best beach by far. Used to go to Englewood Beach but too many young, Spring breakers there, plus smokers!
Now we go to Boca Grande, well worth the $6 for bridge. Not overly crowded. Beautiful water. You can sunbath & fish! Pretty white sand.
There is a restaurant on the beach with chairs and a few tables; always crowded..
We take our Bloody Mary's and just chill out.
Don't miss this beach. You will love it.
Written March 6, 2020
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Tom T
30 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you’re on boca grande you absolutely have to allow a half day or more to explore the beaches. The sand is soft and powdery and it’s not crowded. The water is that beautiful turquoise blue (at least when we were there) and we had a great time collecting sand dollars.
Written March 1, 2020
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Joan B
Venice, FL282 contributions
Sep 2020
After coming in from the gulf you can go near the old railroad bridge and there is a big sandbar. We parked the boat and waded in the shallow water, sat and talked with others. Wonderful, wonderful day.
Written September 20, 2020
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Venture659648
Port Charlotte, FL26 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
My daughter and friend was visiting from Tennessee. They wanted to see the lighthouses. Very crowded, beautiful drive along the coast. Very nice gift shop inside the light house and a small museum.
Written February 24, 2020
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NaplesFLMaria
Naples, FL36 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
There is free parking on the beach access roads and dogs can swim and have fun. This section of Florida is truly dog friendly!
Written January 17, 2014
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VACanuck
Ottawa, Canada556 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We visited Boca Grande and FELL IN LOVE! This place is magical and beautiful; so unlike the rest of Florida.

The beach is beautiful. We did go up to the point where the lighthouse is situated; just where the bay meets the gulf. We actually saw two manatees in the water playing...it was amazing! The sand is white; the water is azure-colored and like the Caribbean. We collected sea-shells that I haven't seen anywhere else in SW Florida.

We spent some time at a beach just down the road; yes, you need to prepay for your parking; just bring three dollars and put it into the envelope. Your receipt hangs in your car and you can park anywhere else on the island that day....that's NOT expensive considering where you are. We paid five dollars for less than two hours in Naples and the beach was overcrowded; murky water and not that enjoyable at all. Come on, folks....three dollars to support such a beautiful place?? Why would anyone complain about that....? The alternative is an expensive ticket.

OK....marine 'life'. We spoke to a diver that was just leaving. We asked him about what he sees. "Bull sharks and hammerheads" was his reply. Apparently they go after the tarpons, and especially at the point at the lighthouse. Bull sharks are man-eaters and are among the most aggressive sharks in the world. Be cautious and don't swim near the point or alone. Avoid early mornings and dusk; this is when sharks are most active. Especially avoid any murky water...bulls hunt in murky waters. Despite this, we thoroughly enjoyed the beach and floated close to shore with other swimmers.

We read in a local paper that stingrays are also in the water and are buried in the sand, so if you're going in, do the shuffle and keep your two feet in the sand as opposed to stepping. This will disturb the rays (which are shy and don't want to be bothered) and they will move away from you without harming you.

This place is idyllic and we will definitely be going back. We ate at the South Beach grill and enjoyed the great food and amazing views! We also enjoyed coffee at the Inn Bakery in town. Amazing coffee!

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Written July 24, 2016
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