Chapter & Verse


---  BOCA GRANDE  ---


The historic Village of Boca Grande, on the Island of Gasparilla, is located on Florida's southwest coast midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers.  
Boca Grande is unique.  The character, pace and feel of the village is "small old Florida".  Here "Main Street" still exists with no stop-lights, rare stop signs, controlled retail signage and no fast food chains.  Buildings over three stories high are against the law.  The same law - plus an active land conservancy - assures some 800 summer resident (4,200 in high season) ample green space under sparkling bright blue skies.  Change comes slowly and with grace Boca Grande; a place which seeks to protect its unique atmosphere and quality of life.

Though quiet and quite laid back, the village has attracted a sizable collection of business and community leaders, artists and actors, fishermen, golfers, boaters, walkers and readers.  Many residents are retired, but others are active in business and other activities and commute from northern homes.  Residential ownership is common.  Our community is well-educated and gracious, involved and active.  

While there are many ways to be active, everything on Gasparilla is relaxed and moves at an Island pace including the preferred methods of travel about the Island - walking, golf carts or bicycles. The bike/golf cart path and the accompanying walk/jogging path are part of Florida's Rails-to-Trails project, using the old railroad right-of-way that carried phosphate to the southern tip of Gasparilla Island a century ago. 

Many Island visitors stay at the world famous Gasparilla Inn or at other public locations or private residences.  Quality restaurants, shops and clubs flourish, public-access beaches are magnificent, and boaters enjoy ample ramps and marinas.  

The most impressive ecumenical event of year is the Good Friday afternoon walk of Stations of the Cross, a public event - involving Episcopal, Catholic, Methodist and Baptist Churches - that meanders thoughtfully through downtown, beach and old-village areas.  We preserve traditions carefully in this very special place.

Boca Grande is blessed with many amenities including a Community Center with active programming, a K-5 Charter School, two libraries and a modern Health Clinic with a physician on call 24/7.   There is, however, still so much more available... 

Some of the many things that Boca Grande has to offer include:
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Royal Palm Players - community theater        

Woman's Club
Men's Club
Barbershop - Bocapella
Lighthouse Museum
World class fishing
Duplicate Bridge
Reading/book clubs
Workout centers
Boating - sailing - kayaking
Golf - tennis
Bike - walk - jogging path
Shelling - swimming - relaxing
For additional information, please visit The Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce.