Things to Do in Boca Grande

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Boca Grande Beach is a Florida classic beach located in Boca Grande.

The beach itself has the finest and the whitest sand beach.

The beach has a leading surfing destination along the Florida coast.

Activities like sunbathing, swimming, bird watching, walking, or even sunset gazing are popular here.

Don't forget to try the best seafood dishes at nearby restaurants such as South Beach Bar & Grille and Eagle Grille and Miller's Dockside.

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ONE DAY TRIP IDEA

A day trip to Siesta Key Beach can be enough for you, though it is too beautiful to leave it too soon. Amazing Caribbean turquoise, blue water. Awesome views of the gulf. The first thing before doing activities is breakfast in 3rd Street Bistro. The menu is limit for Sunday breakfast but the food is good, not excellent, just good. Then, you can also visit Gasparilla Island, State Park. By far the best State Park on the West Coast of FL. Beach is beautiful! Visit the gorgeous beaches for free or a very small fee, eat at any one of the fantastic restaurants offered on the Island and even stay for one of the most beautiful sunsets in America. Nice wider beach area for swimming, also the fishing area on the south side of the island.

Gasparilla Island State Park

Pleasant beach with great views, a lighthouse, and museum.

Fish are fun and the water is so clear.

Short walk from parking area to beach, clean bathrooms.

Address : 880 Belcher Rd, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

3rd Street Bistro

Cute place with an interesting menu.

The food there is amazing and the breakfast is phenomenal.

They have the most friendly group of people working there.

Address : 310 E Railroad Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

THINGS TO DO FOR FREE

Banyon Street, Boca Grande is a beautiful historical landmark. What a beautiful street to visit. This has to be one of the coolest roads in the world. The trees are incredible. Street can get busy with a lot of foot traffic, bicycles, and cars driving through. Moreover, Gasparilla Island Lighthouse is another place must-visit. You must visit the lighthouse. It's a great part of history. Look around for Iguanas because they are all over the island. Absolutely beautiful weather, very nicely maintained park around the lighthouse and the volunteers working the table were super friendly!

Banyon Street, Boca Grande

What a beautiful street to visit.

The trees are incredible.

Street can get busy with a lot of foot traffic, bicycles and cars driving through.

Address : 225 Banyan St, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

Gasparilla Island Lighthouse

Gasparilla Island Lighthouse beach is very clean and beautiful.

Absolutely beautiful weather, very nicely maintained park around the lighthouse.

And the volunteers working the table are super friendly.

Address : 220 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

HEALTH ADVISORY

For you who plan to do swimming, please check the condition with the lifeguards. Make sure it is safe for your planned activities. During, the pandemic you should prepare to keep your health with bring hand sanitizer and washing your hand.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to plan a trip to Boca Grande Beach is from January through May. These periods are known for their crowds that’s less, pleasant temperatures, and the prices are manageable.

BEST WATER SPORTS

When visiting Glass Bottom Rentals- Boca Grande, it's a must for you to try fun water sport activities. This is a wonderful gift idea or a friendly outing. Very accommodating and such a great experience! You are able to choose which kayak or paddle board you want. The area is absolutely breathtaking. Hooked on SUP is another place water sports equipment rental service. Definitely recommend taking little ones on this trip, see ship head swimming in the water, see dolphins up close, saw birds and numerous birds and tons, and tons of fish jumping out of the water. The guided tour is so amazing you add this as a must-do every time you have friends come to visit. Very friendly & professional staff, that prides themselves on safe, fun, and educational eco-tours & rentals. The equipment is always super clean & quite new. You can even take a dip in their pool or hot tub after your paddle.

Glass Bottom Rentals- Boca Grande

By far the best place to rent a kayak and enjoy your day.

They have excellent selection of kayaks, paddle boards, etc. to rent.

The staff is accommodating and strive to make your time in their care fun and memorable.

Glass bottom rentals values your experience far more.

Address : 5810 Gasparilla Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA

Hooked on SUP

The most awesome water adventures the area.

This is such a fun way to see the mangrove tunnels and cross the Intercoastal.

The equipment is always super clean & quite new.

The tour company is easy to work with and everything is provided, including a light lunch.

Address : 8450 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA

BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS

One of the best things about Boca Grande Beach is its convenient location. Many hotels are located nearby including Gasparilla Inn & Club. This hotel is ready to serve you with vintage-style rooms and suites feature TVs and free Wi-Fi. It comes with private cottages and villas that add screened-in porches, kitchenettes, and/or separate living areas. Located just a 5-minute walk from the Boca Grande Fishing Pier, The Boca Grande Resort & Hotel is also a good recommendation for you to stay. They offer complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and DVD players, plus balconies, mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers.

Gasparilla Inn & Club

Gasparilla Inn & Club is lovely place for pleasant stay with stunning views.

The hotel provides excellent amenities like fantastic pool,dining room, and beautiful rooms with cute decor, and many more.

Their rooms are perfect to get the most comfortable stay with efficient service.

The hotel also provides complete menu for breakfast, or dinner.

All staff are accomodating and helpful.

Address : 500 Palm Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

The Boca Grande Resort & Hotel

Another comfortable place to stay is The Boca Grande Resort & Hotel.

The rooms are large and very clean, the beds are very comfortable and there are plenty of towels.

The service and accommodations are fantastic.

Address : 5800 Gasparilla Rd, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

BEST RESTAURANTS

Feeling hungry? We picked two restaurants you must visit while you’re around Bathtub Beach! South Beach Bar & Grille. Fun beach side eatery - the service and the food are delicious and the lunch menu very reasonable for the beach side views! Amazing spot on the beach with views of the sunset. Another restaurant in Boca Grande Beach is Eagle Grille and Miller's Dockside. This place is just great! Great view even better food and the service is on point too. Small menu with very exotic flavors. The hanger steak and small eagle platter so good! The service and food are very good plus the view is great overlooking the dock and watching boats go by.

South Beach Bar & Grille

Amazing spot on the beach with views of the sunset.

The fish and the salads are delicious with ample portions.

They have most awesome grouper sandwich

The owner and staff are absolutely kind.

Address : 760 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

Eagle Grille and Miller's Dockside

Fantastic place for brunch with beautiful views.

Small menu with very exotic flavors.

The menu has good selections of seafood options, the food portions are generous, and fresh.

Address : 220 Harbor Dr, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

There is nothing better than ending your beach life with good drinks. Pink Elephant is that place for you. The Pink Elephant is fabulous! The name alone is reason enough to go. The interior decor and ambiance are the very best of Boca. Nice bar seating area indoors and outdoors. Boca Grande Club Tiki Bar is a lovely club bar in a poolside setting. The bar is lively in the season especially for happy hour with sunset views over the water. It is a fine outdoor tropical setting with exceptional staff that is helpful but not hovering.

Pink Elephant

Excellent food at such a nostalgic restaurant on the island.

Presentation is important here and always impressive.

The prices are reasonable, the decor fitting of the theme, overall a great dinning experience.

Address : 491 Bayou Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA

Boca Grande Club Tiki Bar

It is a fine outdoor tropical setting with exceptional bartender and drinks.

There are umbrellas with lounge chairs provided and towels as well.

The food and drinks are superb.

Address : 5000 Gasparilla Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA