This is a major, major picture overload here, but I simply couldn’t resist. I just got back from an amazing family vacation on Gasparilla Island. My sister has been with friends a few summers, but this was my first time. We are now just in love with the island and I think we definitely have found a new tradition. We grew up driving seven hours north to Seaside or driving seven hours south to the Keys. Gasparilla Island is an easy two hour drive from Tampa so this was way more convenient and we really loved the whole vibe.
Isn’t this map cute? It was the placemat at The Inlet where we ate breakfast one day. I love how it shows how small and quaint the town of Boca Grande is. We stayed at The Gasparilla Inn
, right in the center of town. Everything is walkable, bikable, or accessible via golf cart.
It’s truly “how Florida was meant to be.” It’s like taking a step back into time.
The Inn is more than inviting. It feels like you’re being welcomed into someone’s home. There are rooms at the Inn and also villas and cottages. I booked us one of the three bedroom cottages, which was private and made us feel right at home. Everyone had their own space and it was easy to bop to and from the beach.
A few shots of the immaculately decorated inn. If I were to ever have a beach house, this would be the look I would go for. I love every fabric, every detail, every corner, every piece of furniture!
We had breakfast one morning at the Inn’s dining room. The pancakes were honestly the best I have ever had in my entire life. PERFECTION. (And I’m a tough critic of pancakes!)
The yellow striped umbrellas were a favorite of mine. So cheery!
The beach club is located right down the street from the Inn. After leisurely mornings of breakfasts, cappuccinos, and sunscreen application, we’d head down to the beach for a day of lounging. Honestly it’s just the most relaxing setting. I brought three books with me and only ended up reading about 50 pages. I mostly just sat there watching the gulf.
My mom and I biked around the island peeping at houses and taking picks on which one was our favorite. The one below was hands down my favorite house.
I feel like I have missed out only having just visited Boca Grande for the first time. I think I may have found my actual happy place. The place I’ll dream about visiting every day of the year I’m not there. The place I’ll make a priority to visit. The place I’ll vehemently encourage everyone I talk to to visit.