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Best Little Beach Towns - Boca Grande, FL

For travelers seeking casual retreats for sand and surf, this uncrowded and unpretentious spot in Florida makes an ideal and affordable trip.

The cult-fave town of Boca Grande is a throwback, an Old Florida time warp with such whimsically named streets as Damnificare and no chain stores or ye-olde theme restaurants. This idyllic and Edenic escape on the Gulf of Mexica features a much-photographed lighthouse watching over Gasparilla Island State Park and long, quiet beaches touched by gentle surf. Boca Grande is a wonderland, a place that defies the clich├ęs of Florida beach towns - all the sloppy, party-hearty aspects - while embodying the best of what the state has to offer.

Gasparilla Lighthouse in Boca Grande Florida.jpg

In the free and easy days of summer, the quest for a great American beach town like Boca Grande is a national passion. Beach towns are a mainstay of the hot months, a beacon for countless citizens looking for a reprieve from the daily grind.

Travel + Leisure recommends staying at The Gasparilla Inn, a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Gasparilla Inn is the classic resort and comes complete with a golf course. 

Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande Florida.jpgOf note, however, is the the Inn is closed during the hottest months so the best alternative is its sister property, the Innlet, which features a waterside restaurant and a relaxed vibe.
The Innlet Hotel Boca Grande Florida.jpgWhen eating in Boca Grande, Travel + Leisure featured Temptation Restaurant, a funky Florida spot with character - think murals of leaping tarpon and a neon martini sign. The Temptation serves local grouper, pompano, and soft-shell crabs.

Temptation Restaurant in Boca Grande Florida.jpgFor more information on places to stay, where to eat and what to do, visit the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce website.

Posted by Amanda, in Travel.

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