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2020 Florida trip Liz's Birthday Event

We visited the Gasparilla Island State Park and toured around. It cost 3dollars to enter. Good... read more

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Beach & Lighthouse

It’s all about the beach and lighthouse at this state park. I enjoy walking trails at state parks... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2019
AlohaSaraMarie
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Reviewed December 31, 2019 via mobile

It’s all about the beach and lighthouse at this state park. I enjoy walking trails at state parks, none of that here. Literally only beach access (which there is tons), parking (again tons), and the lighthouse. All of it is well done. A few bathrooms and a $3 parking fee. You can walk the stairs of this tiny lighthouse on Fridays only for $10.

Date of experience: December 2019
1  Thank AlohaSaraMarie
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Reviewed December 26, 2019

I'm not sure if something strange had happened before i visited but the beach was littered with dead fish down by the Boca Grande lighthouse. It had an off putting smell and made looking for shells a little gross. There were tons of shells here, but dead fish scattered among them. I feel like the state park runs almost the length of the island and i enjoyed the beaches near the Gasparilla lighthouse or north of the state park entrance. Hopefully the dead fish is not a regular thing.

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank TryppAdams
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Reviewed October 26, 2019

We came here two separate days. Getting here was pretty easy. We had a convertible and the roads here are perfect for cruising with the top down! The streets are tree lined on both sides and for the most part people don't seem to be in a hurry. The sand is clean. The beach does have shells and so there is a little rough patch to step through before you get out into the soft sand when entering the ocean. The first day the waves were very calm but the second day the ocean was rough and it was windy. We saw seahorses, dolphins, lots of fish. The island is quaint and quiet while we were visiting. The lighthouse was pretty cool. There is a fee to visit and also to get on the island but that didn't bother us. The scenery is beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank ReesaL
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Reviewed October 25, 2019

My wife loves to shelling and while the locals said shelling was not particularly good right now, we were not disappointed. The intact shells were all over the place so she had a great afternoon. I enjoyed the old lighthouse on the southern tip of the island that has been and continues to be renovated. It is a beautifully restored building with work continuing. It overlooks the "pass" and is where some of the best shells can be found particularly after a recent storm. There is a $3 daily parking fee unless you have a prepaid pass.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019

Beautiful beach with pristine white sand, crystal clear water and amazing sunsets! Here are a couple of things to consider:

Toll to get in the island is $6 per passenger car (cash or card are accepted)

Parking on Gasparilla Island State park is $3 for the entire day per car (cheap comparing to some islands where the cost if $5 per hour!)

Coolers and grills are allowed and encouraged as there are no vendors on the beach besides a couple of restaurants

Pets are not allowed on the park but are permitted in other areas of the beach

There are no gas stations on the island so make sure you fill up before arrival.

Do the speed limit, the island is small and do not tolerate speeders

Major mode of transportations are golf carts and anyone over the age of 14 is allowed to maneuver it, so be on the look out and be safe! 

Do not disturb turtle's nests, you could be fined a large sum of money if caught but mostly you do not want to damage any eggs.

Date of experience: September 2019
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