Boca Grande, Florida
Boca Grande is a village located on the west coast of Florida named for the pirate Hose Gaspar. You wont find gold, but you will find "tranquility base" for your family whether your 80 yrs old or 8 months.
A day at Boca begins by walking a few steps past Sea Oats, and Sea Grapes that separate us from the beach. As you tred across 400' of white sand, a look to the north reflects endless white sand, and the same to the south,empty for a while of humans. Wade in the water. It's cool, not cold. Jump in and watch small fish swim thru your legs.Then, journey the 20 minute walk to the village to the small shops, or Hudson's 4 aisled grocery, where my son once helped Katherine Hepburn carry her bags home. Boutiques abound for clothes, jewelery, art, and most anything else. In the afternoon walk along the beach picking up shells, watch a sailboat slip by on the horizon, Dolphin play in the water, and slow Manatee idle by.
Dusk brings the main act. We call it paintings by God. What a canvas. The sun turns gold across the Gulf, bathing the white sand and waters in its hue. As it drops over the horizon a backsplash of light radiates across clouds creating a multitude of colors. Have a drink on the beach. It's ok
Nightime brings dinner at the Temptation or the Pink Elephant. Whethe Blue crab, Pompano, Grouper, seafood abounds. In January Stone crabs are in season. Dipped in butter laced with key lime juice, nothing is better.
Can't sleep. Wander out front at 2 am. The moon shines across the sand. Watch out for the Sandcrabs, they wont hurt. You may witness what no one you know has or will ever see. A slight movement of sand. 30 or 40 small turtles running for the sea. If they get turned around by light help them to the water, and wish them a safe trip until they return in the fall to lay eggs.
Our Lighthouse unit is built upon wooden pillars. No structure in Boca is more than 3 stories. It's been our second home for 30 yrs.Original art and sculptures decorate the walls along with a couple of 100 lb Tarpon. Designer bedspreads add color. Upstairs a bedroom faces the Gulf. Crack the window an inch or two at night to hear the lapping waves so close by. Down stairs open glass sliding doors to feel the breeze and smell the sea. Waves bobble on the gulf as far as the eye can see---and it's yours. Sit on the porch and read a book. Watch an Iguana sun on a Sea Grape branch, Pelicans dive into the sea, a red bird in the bush, lapping waves against the sand as they have for a 1000 yrs.
Townhome with 2 levels
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1450 square feet
King, King, and 2x Twin
6 guests maximum
Tampa or Sarasota
one hour to one and one half
Gulf of Mexico across 400' of white sand
Activities of Interest
- Fishing from flats boat in bay and Mangroves
- St Armands Circle, and Selby Gardens in Sarasota
- Thomas Edison home, Ft Myers
Places of Interest
- White sandy beach, and swimming in warm water
- Boca Grande village, 8 min by golf cart
- Calusa Indian museum and lighthouse
- Calusa Heritage Trail – Visitors to the Randal research centre can walk the trail which has informative signposts about the Calusa Natives who once inhabited the area.
- Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Located in Fort Myers the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are open as is the Edison Ford Museum which houses a number of inventions and exhibits.
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- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- High Speed Internet
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer