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First Trip to Boca Grande, FL

12 Jul

We stopped for a look at the historic Boca Grande Lighthouse

Boca Grande is located about 50 miles south of our home on Siesta Key. Today was Saturday and we felt like exploring a part of the Sunshine State we had never experienced before. Our first stop was a public beach pull-off for a cooling dip in the surf. The water was extremely calm (as the Gulf normally is) but the salt water soon had us in an island state of mind.

This is a look down Banyan Street — a shady avenue in Boca Grande

Boca Grande, which translates to Big Mouth, is a pretty secluded area known as a getaway for the rich and famous. It is also a popular destination for sport fishermen. The island is just north of the more well-known Captiva and Sanibel Island. 

The Historic Gasparilla Inn (circa 1912) was closed for summer season

I couldn’t resist peeking in the front window. Classic looking front porch and lobby area. In fact, I thought for a minute that Jack Nicholson might open up the front door and scream, “Here’s Johnny!!!!”

We enjoyed lunch at The Loose Caboose in the town’s old train station

Eileen and I enjoyed the fresh Grouper Finger Basket – good eatin’!

The food was good and the atmosphere was comfortable. I love old train stations. The grouper tasted super fresh and the homemade tartar sauce was really a nice touch. PJ’s Seagrille, another interesting looking eatery along Park Avenue, was closed for the summer. The Temptation, a combo bar, restaurant, and liquor store, was open and offered more adult surroundings. We went the family route, but I would like to go back and try the Temp sometime. Take a closer look at www.temptationbocagrande.com.

A/C, Cold Beer, and “Olde Florida Charm” — what more could you ask for???

The mighty tarpon (seen in wall mural) helped put Boca Grande on the map

A look at a quaint street in the heart of Boca Grande’s downtown

Boca Grande Outfitters is one of the shopping highlights along Park Ave.

The golf cart is the vehicle of choice on this scenic Florida island

This was one of the more tricked out carts we saw. It had a custom island paint job and, better yet, faux alligator seats — seriously! Golf carts have their own roads on Boca Grande, so you don’t have to worry about them slowing your Harley or El Camino down as you cruise around the island.