Boca Grande Beach
Boca Grande Beach
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  • DeanR1963
    Fort Wayne, Indiana166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best kept secrets of the area...
    This little town and the beach are a well kept secret! The beach is amazing. Had some of the best shelling yet! Went at high tide and still got some nice shells. The 2 lighthouses on the island are really nice if you like that sort of thing. The one at the tip of the island is operated by a non-profit and has a 31 step walk up to the lens. You can go through the crawl hole and go out on the walkway at the top. Only 4 people at a time and the cost is $10 to climb to the top. We felt it was worth it for the view! The taller, metal lighthouse is privately owned and you can climb it on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Not sure the charge. It was an all around great day!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • George B
    Raleigh, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great occasion on Florida's west coast.
    Saphire blue water, beautiful beach, quaint restaurants and the Gasparilla Inn made for a fantastic wedding scene. Spend time at the beach, play golf, tennis, bocce or swim in the pool. It's like a step into the past with great southern hospitalty and visit to this htel that is a beautifully preserved relic of the past.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Debbellemare
    Lewiston, Maine5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach on a beautiful island
    It was our first time visiting Gasparilla island and Boca Grande Beach ,which we enjoyed and are both beautiful places to visit! We visited the two lighthouses on the island , the historical library where we walked the garden path and viewed the largest shell collection and ate lunch at the Pink Elephant restaurant! The beach was beautiful with clean changing and restrooms , parking was limited but we were there fairly early to getaparking spot! Swimming the day we were there was restricted due to windy conditions and strong rip tides! A great place to visit we wished we would of rented a golf cart for cruising around the island which we will do next time!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 27, 2024
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Deborah B
Liverpool, NY20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nicole T
North Port, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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sharpeibaby
Clermont, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The beach has plenty of room, for the amount of people there. Some were swimming in the beautiful waters, some were fishing. The beach is part of a state park, and as others have noted, $3 to enter and $6 to get onto the island itself. There are bathroom and outdoor shower facilities. No chair rentals or food/beverages available for sale. Bring everything you need. Nice for shelling and watching boats come and go. Lighthouses in the area as well.
Written July 29, 2022
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Debbellemare
Lewiston, ME5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was our first time visiting Gasparilla island and Boca Grande Beach ,which we enjoyed and are both beautiful places to visit! We visited the two lighthouses on the island , the historical library where we walked the garden path and viewed the largest shell collection and ate lunch at the Pink Elephant restaurant! The beach was beautiful with clean changing and restrooms , parking was limited but we were there fairly early to getaparking spot! Swimming the day we were there was restricted due to windy conditions and strong rip tides! A great place to visit we wished we would of rented a golf cart for cruising around the island which we will do next time!
Written May 27, 2024
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DeanR1963
Fort Wayne, IN166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This little town and the beach are a well kept secret! The beach is amazing. Had some of the best shelling yet! Went at high tide and still got some nice shells.
The 2 lighthouses on the island are really nice if you like that sort of thing. The one at the tip of the island is operated by a non-profit and has a 31 step walk up to the lens. You can go through the crawl hole and go out on the walkway at the top. Only 4 people at a time and the cost is $10 to climb to the top. We felt it was worth it for the view! The taller, metal lighthouse is privately owned and you can climb it on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Not sure the charge.
It was an all around great day!
Written February 5, 2024
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Tom T
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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George B
Raleigh, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Saphire blue water, beautiful beach, quaint restaurants and the Gasparilla Inn made for a fantastic wedding scene.
Spend time at the beach, play golf, tennis, bocce or swim in the pool. It's like a step into the past with great southern hospitalty and visit to this htel that is a beautifully preserved relic of the past.
Written February 17, 2024
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Lisa
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is my new favorite (1 of many) beaches! Only 30 minute scenic drive from Port Charlotte. Amazing ocean colors. Oodles of seashells to enjoy. Friendly bird's😉 Parking was good while we were there today. Absolutely am going bac.
Written March 22, 2023
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