From the minute I arrived in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, I loved the “Old Florida” feel and charm. It is a very special town with great hotel options, lovely shops, excellent restaurants and beautiful beaches and sites to explore. You can easily drive and park downtown, but many opt for using golf carts to get around. Golf cart rentals are available. I highly recommend spending two or more nights in town as a destination.
The island is an easy one hour drive south of Sarasota, FL. The town of Venice, FL is a great spot to stop for lunch on the drive down. Boca Grande is an hour north of Ft. Meyers.