Gasparilla Villa

  I have to do a bit of a family promotion here.  I stayed at Gasparilla Villa over some of the Thanksgiving break to visit with my grandparents on my mothers side.  The house is owned by my parents and they rent it out during the year.  Gasparilla Villa is located on an island in the Gulf of Mexico called Little Gasparilla Island.  This island is only accessible by boat, is mainly populated by folks that live on the island year around, along with some other rental houses.

The island is part of the Gulf Island chain that includes Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande.  Little Gasparilla Island offers something those islands don’t….privacy and seclusion. This island is bridgeless, but is just 10 minutes by boat from the mainland and just north of Boca Grande.  The island also has no roads and no traffic, except for the occasional golf cart, used on the white sand paths for exploring, transporting groceries and visiting neighbors.  When you visit you’ll be surrounded by nature, the way Florida used to be before condos, high rises and vastly populated areas.  The island has 7 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, home to a multitude of wildlife.

  

  Walking or jogging the beaches, looking for sharks teeth and shells, fishing off the dock in the bay, bird watching  kayaking to one of the many mangrove islands, taking nature walks and exploring the island or just relaxing with a good book, you’ll find a vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and pleasurable ones imaginable!

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Life on the Island

  I came down to Little Gasparilla Island where my family has a house, that we happen to rent if you’re interested.  Gasparilla Villa .  I always forget what life is like down here, it is much slower.  I love it. 
  If you’ve never been to islands or spent much time around a beach you’re in for a treat.  When you get to your destination you enter something called “island time.”  Island time is when you have a destination, but you get there whenever you get there.  Clocks become relatively unimportant.
  Island life is fantastic.  We put our phones and tablets away for awhile and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  Don’t get me wrong, as you can see we still have internet and TV, but we step away from it all for a bit and enjoy each other.  With island life comes a relaxation that you don’t feel in the city. 
  As luck would have it my grandparents and one of my aunts and uncles lives right next door to our house, which means there’s always good eatin’ as southerners would say.  We celebrated my grandparents’ 60th anniversary yesterday.  Sadly, that is a rare thing to celebrate these days, but we had a fantastic time. 
  While walking the beach at sunset yesterday I was able to find some shark’s teeth and honored the island gods at my aunts house by giving one to the pirate treasure at her house.  I’m going to have a ton of photos to go through after this weekend, but that’s always fun.
  Speaking of photos, I got to look at a bunch that my mom and aunt had from growing up, talk about a different time era.  These photos were awesome!  Among other amazing things, I saw times square from the 60s and how different does it look today…wow.
  More to come soon.