Boca Grande Beaches

Nature has blessed the lush barrier island of Gasparilla, with seven miles of powdery white beaches stretching the entire Gulf side and surrounded it with cerulean waters, the kind one usually finds only in the Caribbean. Boca Grande is truly a special place.

Gasparilla Island State Park Beaches

The four main public beach access points on Gasparilla Island are part of Gasparilla Island State Park system. They require a $3 parking fee.

Sandspur Beach (Range Light)- 220 Gulf Blvd. Pay parking, restrooms & picnic shelters. Features the Historic Gasparilla Range Light, originally built in 1888. It is one of the few remaining original rear range light structures in the state.

Seagrape Beach (has port-o-potty).

Seawall Beach (has port-o-potty and is next to South Beach Grille).

Gasparilla State Park- 880 Belcher Lighthouse with museum. The centerpiece of Gasparilla Island is the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. Fishing, and nature study are popular activities which can be accessed at any of the five parking lots. Shelling is particularly good in the winter months along the Gulf. The Port Boca Grande lighthouse is open to the public 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and on Sundays noon - 4:00 p.m. from November through May. From June through October it is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sundays noon - 4:00 p.m. The lighthouse will be closed during the month of August. It is closed on major holidays.

Street Beaches

There are 14 end of street access points starting at 19th St. and going south to 1st street. These beach areas are primitive and have no restrooms. Parking is limited to the street, but no parking fees. Popular with the locals as these areas tend to be less crowded.

Beach Safety

Our beaches on Gasparilla Island have NO lifeguards, swim at your own risk. Please be aware of rip currents along the shoreline. During certain times of the year you should be aware of certain marine life such as stingrays, jellyfish and red tide. There are no open fires allowed on the beach. Use designated foot paths or boardwalks to access the beach. All the dunes and vegetation help to protect wildlife and the beach itself. Be aware of sun exposure the Florida sun is hot, even on an overcast day. Wear sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.

It is advised not to swim near the Pass, at the southern tip of the island due to strong currents.