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!