by The Editors | May 28, 2018

Insider’s Guide to Boca Grande

Eat, drink, sleep and shop like a “beachfronter” at these beloved haunts

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Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

THE GASPARILLA INN

A Historic Hotel of America Landmark Inn, this Queen Anne–style resort boasts a golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, a spa and a beach club. Cheerful wallpaper and an abundance of tropical plants capture a breezy “Old Florida” ambience. the-gasparilla-inn.com


Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

THE PINK ELEPHANT

Once a dance hall catering to fishermen wanting to cut loose after a long day on the water, “The Pink,” now owned by The Gasparilla Inn, serves seafood, steaks, gourmet pub fare and a promising signature drink, The Pink Elephant Hummer. the-gasparilla-inn.com


Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

THE TEMPTATION RESTAURANT

Native islanders and visitors (notably, football-coaching frenemies Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney) adore “The Temp” for its fresh seafood and rich heritage. Inside the restaurant, established in 1947, are murals depicting the town’s maritime culture. thetempbg.com


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THE LOOSE CABOOSE

Housed in the town’s historic train depot, this casual family-friendly eatery is known for frying up fresh local seafood, as well as fresh salads, sandwiches, Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, and homemade ice cream. loosecaboose.biz


 

Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

FUGATE’S

The tiny department store, an island staple since 1916, sells an array of men’s and women’s fashion lines, from Gretchen Scott to Southern Tide, as well as accessories and hats, island-themed housewares and gifts. facebook.com/fugates


Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

PORT BOCA GRANDE LIGHTHOUSE

Since 1890, the lighthouse has guided mariners through the inlet into port. It’s the oldest structure on Gasparilla Island and houses a museum that covers the area’s cultural and social history, starting from 12,000 B.C. barrierislandparkssociety.org

Read the full story about Gasparilla Island and the village of Boca Grande in “The Elephant, The Temp & The Tarpon