Visit Gasparilla Island!
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 NEW TripAdvisor Report
This past December, our family decided to "not do a traditional Christmas" and take a much needed family vacation to visit Gasparilla Island in Florida. We looked at several other areas in South West Florida such as Fort Myers, Captiva & Sanibel Islands but then decided on a secluded beach cottage located on Don Pedro Island which is just north of Gasparilla Island. The neat thing about it was the island could only be accessed by boat so we began searching the web for boat rentals and private boat charters and fortunately found Gulf Island Tours. It seemed the business was kind of a "one stop shop" for the adventurous trip we were planning. We were flying into Fort Myers from Raleigh Durham and had discussed renting a car until my son noticed Gulf Island Tours offered limousine service also. I called and spoke with Angie and she helped us plan our visit to Gasparilla Island from that point on.
We were treated like royalty from the moment we landed in Fort Myers! Upon arrival, it was easy to spot Gulf Island Tours gorgeous white stretch limousine. Our beach house came with a dock and Gulf Island Tours had all of our needs handled. On the way, we stopped at the grocery store to stock our beach cottage. We had my two sons, their girlfriends, my husband and I so we really loaded the limousine up with supplies for the week. We were definitely glad we hadn't tried to rent a car! The limo took us to Chadwick Cove in Englewood Florida where we boarded the double decker H2O Limo for our ride over Don Pedro Island. At that point, we also selected which of their rental boats we wanted to use for the week and my husband and son followed behind the pontoon boat to the dock right in front of the rental house. The beach house was great (rented through VRBO!) We loved the seclusion of Don Pedro Island and were glad we chose to visit Gasparilla Island over Captiva or Sanibel Island. We also rented a golf cart and explored the tropical paradise but the boat rental was the most fun we have had on a vacation in a long, long time!. The best way to visit Gasparilla Island is definitely by boat! The mangroves were full of exotic birds and we also got to see plenty of manatees and dolphins. My husband and Captain Stuart were instant buddies and the very next day, he took my husband and two sons out to show them the best fishing holes for no extra charge! We got the same great service on our return back to the "real world" (though we were all definitely sad we had to leave!)
We would definitely recommend Gulf Island Tours to our family and friends or to anyone looking for an extra special vacation in South West Florida. This was truly a "worry free" vacation and we can't wait to visit Gasparilla Island again!
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