BOCA GRANDE - OUR SPRINGBOARD TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND THE GULF ISLANDS


REKINDLING AN OLD FLAME IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR - Part 2


We left Fort Myers airport (below) and were chauffeured to our first destination, Boca Grande. Boca Grande is a town on Gasparilla Island, a Florida Gulf Coast
barrier island that's only seven miles long and a mile wide at its broadest.  This would be our home base as we explored more of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands.

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Photo by Jim Schafer

Our ride there was mainly over the I-75. It was pretty easy and pleasant. The traffic was light, and in under two hours of mainly flat, straight roads we were on a bridge heading to Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island.

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Before arriving, I tried to read up on Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands. I'd never heard of the area, even though a few years back I spent a holiday exploring the Florida Gulf Coast, between Tampa and Sarasota. Apparently, I just missed it, as it sits just a bit further south, between Sarasota and Fort Myers. And there wasn’t much information in Fodor’s, Frommer’s, or the Lonely Planet. I was going on testimonials from tourist boards and a blogger who thought it was great for eco and soft adventures.

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When I arrived at Boca Grande Resort Inn, where four travel writers and I would be staying, first impression was the inn seemed a good place for multi-generational vacations, a new trend in holiday travel. It’s where grandparents, parents and children vacation together. There were people of all ages there. And the inn was situated on a small island of 1,705 people at last count. Apparently, Boca Grande Resort Inn is also popular for destination weddings.

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Later, we toured the entire property. The common theme was its tropical décor.

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And it was great to see the tropical theme continued in our bedroom suites, with Tommy Bahama ceiling fans and wicker and rattan inspired furniture.


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It must be noted that this inn is not on a beach. But you are on a tiny island, with a sandy coastline and a few beaches just minutes away. The inn, though, does have a nice pool for a dip, which my fellow travel writers, Karla Aguilar and Kim Cool photographed.
Photo by J.C.V.

Join us next week for more on our adventures in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, Florida.


RELATED INFORMATION

AIRPORT:

Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers)

Friendly and helpful airport staff

Free WI-FI

First 20 minutes parking at airport parking garage are free

www.flylcpa.com


ISLAND ACCOMMODATION: 

www.thebocagranderesort.com

Good room rates