Gasparilla Island - Gasparilla Island State Park
Gasparilla Island & Gasparilla Island State Park

Beautiful Gasparilla Island is a barrier Florida Gulf Coast Island located in southwest Florida. Known for its beauty and abundant, preserved Florida Gulf Coast Beaches, Gasparilla Island is a favored place to visit during your Florida Island Vacation. Locals and Spanish historians usually debate how the island received its name. It is believed  that the island was named for legendary pirate captain Jose Gaspar (1756-1821), who made the island his base during the 18th century. As local lore tells, Gaspar obtained a substantial amount of treasure from his pillaging and it is believed he hid most of the treasures on the island. Others argue that “Gasparilla” appeared on maps that predated Gaspar the pirate and that the island was named for a Spanish missionary named Gaspar or Gasparillo.

Gasparilla Island is unspoiled and beautiful; a place where you to getaway and relax, and a place beautiful enough to host an elegant Wedding on Gasparilla Island. Home to several great beaches that are perfect for shelling, fishing, swimming and picnicking, Gasparilla Island Florida provides families with plenty to do. Spend the day exploring Gasparilla Island State Park, located in the island’s largest city, Boca Grande, or check out the Gasparilla Maritime Museum at Whidden’s Marina. Bordered by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, Gasparilla Island State Park is a wonderful place to visit and see the native wildlife. Here visitors can go snorkeling and see the many different marine animals such as West Indian manatees, tortoises, oystercatchers, and several varieties of native birds. The maritime museum is located on the National Register of Historic Places and is housed in Whidden’s Marina. The museum pays tribute to the fishing community that thrived on the island more than a century ago and is a great place to find more information on Boca Grande Fishing and the history of their area.

There is a $2.00 per vehicle charge to Gasparilla Island State Park and its many amenities. The park includes two large picnic areas, many different beaches and trails that lead to unspoiled areas of the island. View the Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, a lighthouse museum and gift shop located at the southern end of the island. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown year around. The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is open for viewing from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Stay with Palm Island Vacation Rentals on Palm Island, the sister island to Gasparilla Island, sometimes called Little Gasparilla Island. Palm Island or Little Gasparilla Island has remained the undiscovered, hidden treasure among Florida Gulf Coast Islands. We offer charming and unique Little Gasparilla Island Florida Vacation Rentals, so browse our many Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Home Rentals and plan your trip today. Here on Little Gasparilla Island, the weather is perfect year around and life is always easy. Come and stay with us on your next Florida Island Vacation.
Gasparilla Island State Park  //  Boca Grande, FL 33921  //  941-964-0375
Whidden’s Marina & Maritime Museum  //  Boca Grande, FL 33921  //  941-964-4466


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