Boca Grande Beaches

Known as the tarpon fishing capital of the world, Boca Grande is a picturesque mix of tropical Florida and New England charm. The town itself is a blend of mansions and modest homes. Its residents are a mixture of locals and affluent homeowners who spend their time soaking up the sun and living the Boca Grande lifestyle. 

Five beaches line the western part of the island and a grand inn graces the outskirts of “town.” Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, along with their family members are frequent visitors to the Island during the winter months. Many people enjoy spending their stay at the historic Gasparilla Inn.

Visitors delight in the barefoot elegance, fine outfitters and the miles of bike paths that traverse the island. Boca Grande is a good jumping off spot for visits to nearby islands accessible only by boat. Cabbage Key is rumored to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. Right across the channel from Cabbage Key is the private and exclusive Useppa Island which you can visit with a day tour. Cayo Costa, another barrier island, is a short boat ride across Boca Grande Pass and has, perhaps, the best shelling anywhere in Lee County. 

On the southern end of the island, there are 14 walking paths from Gulf Blvd. to the beach. These are not marked, primitive and without parking.

Boca Grande Pass

Is one of the premier tarpon fishing spots in the United States. Each spring and summer schools of massive tarpon, weighing as much as 200 pounds, move through the narrow Boca Grande Pass. Anglers in high-powered boats jockey for position as they try to hook these silver kings. When the fish are hooked, they jump so high you can clearly see them from the shore. Tarpon are a protected fish and must be released, unharmed, back to the water. Local guides are available to get you out on the water and catching some of these beautiful fish. 

Gasparilla Island