Visit Gasparilla Island
We took a great trip out to visit Gasparilla Island Florida today from Punta Gorda! We took a couple from Canada with us on this beautiful journey through Charlotte Harbor. During the hour long journey, we passed Pine Island and Bokellia on the port side. The wildlife along the way was amazing! Pelicans were everywhere and large fish were jumping from the harbor just inches from our boat! The couple plans to rent that boat for the weekend and wanted Captain Stuart to show them around and let them get familiar with the waterways and navigational equipment. After about 45 minutes, we were passing Cayo Costa on the port side and we then came to our destination for the day - Boca Grande.
Gasparilla Island is one of many barrier islands in southwest Florida. It straddles the border of Charlotte and Lee Counties. Boca Grande is it's largest town and is also the location of the Gasparilla Island State Park. This island has been a very interesting part of Florida folklore because of a pirate named José Gaspar. Gasparilla Island has been a popular tourist destination since the early 20th century. If you look to the west, you see the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and to the south and east is Charlotte Harbor which is the second largest harbor in the state of Florida. To the north is Gasparilla Sound and also another great destination in it's own right is Little Gasparilla Island.
Until the 19th century, Gasparilla Island was mostly uninhabited. In fact, the only permanent residents were local fishing families. According to pirate folklore, Jose Gaspar had his base on the island and stowed away a lot of his treasures there. Supposedly, the treasure is still hidden somewhere on the island having never been found. So book a trip to visit Gasparilla Island and be sure to remember Gulf Island Tours! Let us take you on a treasure hunt in paradise on your next vacation. Bookmark www.GulfislandTours.com for quick access to our website!