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Neighborhood Spotlight

Back to Nature in Boca Grande & on the Outer Islands

Find ultimate relaxation in the quiet seclusion of Boca Grande and the Outer Islands — where the warmth of the sun and the sand is enhanced by the warmth of the locals. Choose to stay in one spot to soak up everything local life has to offer, or hop from island to island to experience every delight of the Outer Islands.

Family at Hudson Grocery
Hudson Grocery Hudson Grocery

Spread across the widest part of Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande has a long history as a fishing village and is known for the mighty and elusive tarpon found in the surrounding waters. A historical railroad line put Boca Grande on the map and drew crowds of affluent vacationers. Today it continues to exude the allure of an Old Florida beach retreat.

Gasparilla Inn Club Golf Cart Children Palm Trees Street

For the ultimate in barefoot elegance, visit The Gasparilla Inn & Club with its island-inspired décor and indulgent dining. Ride a bicycle or drive a golf cart to reach Boca Grande’s uncrowded beaches, where the surrounding waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking or a leisurely charter cruise.

Shell Water Beach
North Captiva North Captiva

Scattered offshore are more than 100 coastal islands that make you feel like you’re worlds away. North Captiva Island may only be separated from Captiva Island by a narrow channel, but it offers a completely unique experience. At only 4 miles long and half a mile wide, this outer island is sparsely populated but full of natural beauty. Come for a day of cycling, paddling and seashell collecting, or choose a beachy vacation rental to extend your relaxation.

The legendary island of Cabbage Key is just a boat ride away from most docks in the Fort Myers area. Stop by Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant, set within 100 acres of tropical surroundings and built on an ancient Calusa shell mound, to experience unparalleled waterfront views, pristine nature and maritime cuisine. With no cars — and no roads — Cabbage Key offers you a place to truly unplug and let go.

Nearby Useppa Island is only accessible by exclusive ferry and houses a private island club. While the island residences are exclusive to members and their guests, you’re invited to arrive by chartered boat on a lunchtime cruise. When you’re not dining and enjoying a cool drink at Tarpon Bar Restaurant, take time to admire tropical flowers on the botanic garden trail and pay a visit to the Barbara Sumwalt Museum, where exhibits trace the island’s history from the Paleolithic period to modern times.

When you travel to Boca Grande and the Outer Islands, you’ll discover Old Florida charm, secluded beauty and a warm welcome from locals who can’t wait to share their favorite spots and traditions with you.