Boca Grande is located on Gasparilla Island, which is located on Florida’s Southwest Coast, midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Seven miles of pristine white sand beaches stretch the entire Gulf side of the island, while protected waters weave in and around the natural mangrove shorelines along the bay side. The nucleus of Gasparilla Island is the unincorporated village of Boca Grande, about two blocks square, located midpoint on the island. The island is part of both Charlotte and Lee Counties.
Fishing remains an important part of the industry and culture of the island. Each spring thousands of tarpon school and roll through Boca Grande Pass, known as the “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.” A fleet of guide boats, captained by local experts, is available for charter through the year for offshore, back-bay, transportation and sightseeing charters.
There are a variety of airports close by including: Charlotte County Airport which is serviced by Direct Air and Allegiant Air, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport just north, Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers and Tampa International Airport in Tampa.
Boca Grande is also easy to find if you are driving. We are accessible from the following exits:
- Exit 193 Jacaranda Boulevard to S.R. 776 to C.R. 775
- Exit 191 River Road to C.R. 775 (Pine Street)
- Exit 179 Toledo Blade to S.R. 776, to C.R. 771
- Exit 170 Kings Highway to Veterans Blvd., to S.R. 776, to C.R. 771
If traveling by boat, call the Chamber office for up to date information about local marinas. Click here to view a nautical map of the island.