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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Boca Grande - Gasparilla Island - Florida


If tropical secluded beaches where you can swim, snorkel, fish, and find tons of beautiful shells sounds good to you, then Boca Grande is the perfect place.



Boca Grande was recommended to us by an older couple that spend the winter in Florida every year. They told us that is was absolutely beautiful. Well, they were right! The area is amazingly beautiful and the beaches are loaded with shells. I have found tons of shells every time that I have been there.



 Boca Grande is a small residential area located on the southern end of Gasparilla Island. To get onto Gasparilla Island, you will cross the Boca Grande Causeway where you will stop at a toll both.  There is a toll fee of $6 to get onto the island.



The island is small and has no traffic lights. Bicycles and golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation on the island.



The drive to the beach is simply beautiful!  Most of the homes are surrounded by tropical foliage and flowers.



Just north of Sanibel and Cayo Costa, both know for the great shelling, Gasparilla Island beaches are usually loaded with shells. And the best part is that there are no crowds, so you can look all day and find good ones.



There is a public beach access with parking on the right 2 miles before you get the the lighthouse beach.


This is a great place for swimming. This beach usually does not have many shells.




The Boca Grande Rear Range Lighthouse is located on the beach at this access point.




Around the jetty is a good place for finding shells and fishing.  It is located behind the South Beach restaurant, but you will have to park at the public access just a short distance on the right before you reach the restaurant. 



The main road ends at Gasparilla Island State Park.



 This is the best beach to finding shells. It is also home to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and museum.





In addition to tons of large shells, we saw hundreds of starfish and sand dollars this particular day.




My mother is almost as crazy about shells as I am! 😊



Address:

880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921



The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Lighthouse Museum Hours:

November through May
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

June through October
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Museum Closed all of August



Admission Fee:

$3.00 per vehicle using  the honor box method



Happy Travels! 















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