Boca Grande’s name – Spanish for “Big Mouth” – comes from the mouth of the waterway, called Boca Grande Pass, at the southern tip of the island. The pass was used as a busy shipping port for many years as the waters in the pass are naturally deep.
There are no gas stations in the village of Boca Grande, so many local residents use a golf cart as their main mode of transportation. On any given day in Boca Grande, you will see golf carts, as well as automobiles, making their way throughout downtown.
Boca Grande provided the backdrop for Denzel Washington’s movie, Out of Time, where the quiet village was renamed “Banyan Key” in reference to the banyan trees that populate the island. Scenes for the 2006 film based on Carl Hiaasen‘s book Hoot were also filmed on the island, which was again renamed for the filming. This time it became “Coconut Cove”.
Boca Grande’s serene beauty also makes it a destination for high-profile weddings and residences for the elite seeking privacy. Sara Blakely (Spanx founder and owner) and Jesse Itzler were married on Boca Grande in 2008, while the Bush family and Audrey Hepburn have called it home seasonally.
Boca Grande is very popular with affluent seasonal residents, many of whom keep a second home on the island.
Boca Grande Historical Lighthouse
Separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. The centerpiece of Gasparilla is the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and nature study are popular activities which can be accessed at any of our five parking lots. Shelling is particularly good in the winter months along the Gulf. Two picnic areas (located at the Range Light and the Boca Grande Lighthouse parking lots) offer pavilions for shade and scenic views of the surrounding water.
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921
About: Captain Chris Slattery is a Southwest Florida charter fishing guide who brings his expertise to Boca Grande Tarpon and Inshore fishing in Boca Grande, Englewood Florida and surrounding areas. Captain Chris has been fishing for over 25 years in SW Florida and has placed in the top five of many tournaments, including the 1st place in the 2011 Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge, a 1st place win in the Flatsmasters 2012 Elite Redfish Series, 1st place 2012 Flatsmasters Redfish series and a 1st place 2013 Flatsmasters Redfish Series. His fishing experience in Boca Grande and Englewood is unparalleled and since he has two children of his own, he welcomes a kid friendly fishing enviroment. He is also ready to share his knowledge with any potential fishermen on his guided fishing charters.
Address: 5800 Gasparilla Rd, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone Number: +1 941-468-1618
For eighteen years, Boca Boat Cruises has been providing access to the beautiful waters of Boca Grande with their tour boat. If you want to be out on the water while visiting Boca Grande, a Boca Boat Cruise is the way to go. Watch for dolphins, manatees and the many species of waterbirds. From mid-October through mid-March, we’ll visit the white pelican refuge to observe these beautiful migratory birds. While traveling the Intracoastal waters, you’ll look for dolphins jumping in the wake of the boat.
Address: 5800 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone Number: 888-416-2628
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Phone Number 1-941-964-0711
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