Summer Morning on Boca Grande, Florida

Boca Nut Found in Boca Grande Condo, Florida
Boca Nut Found on Boca Grande, Florida

A refreshing breeze wafted over the Southwest Florida barrier island of Boca Grande this morning as I toured condo properties managed by Grande Island Vacations. The sky was slightly overcast and coupled with the breeze, kept this August day comfortable.

Katrina Salokar with Paradise Advertising & Design, which has the Grande Island Vacations account, was our guide as we toured five condo properties on Boca Grande and on the mainland in Cape Haze and Placida. Although they varied when built, all condo units were spacious and equipped with the comforts of home. Some were built as recently as within the past couple of years (located in Placida and Cape Haze) while others were built probably a few decades ago.

Condos on Boca Grande, Florida - Some Managed by Grande Island Vacations
Grande Island Vacations Offers Condo Rentals on Boca Grande, Florida

The condo beach units are individually owned so each reflects the personality of its owner. Some are located on Boca Grande’s beach offering fantastic views and quick access to the Gulf of Mexico. Others offer boat docks for those either boating into the destination or trailering a boat with them. After all, Boca Grande is the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.

Boca Grande, Florida Condo Managed by Grande Island Vacations
Grande Island Vacations Offers Condo Rentals on Boca Grande, Florida

The morning was capped with a trip to downtown Boca Grande – cute! Despite the $4 toll to enter the island, I’ll be going back soon to capture all those Kodak, err, Nikon moments. Boca Grande has personality with its mix of huge banyan trees and mission style architecture blended with old Florida flavor. Beaches are powdery white and pathways are designed for bicyclists and golf carts. Yup. Golf carts. And can’t forget the Boca Grande lighthouse. Yeah, an interesting mix going on here.

Loose Caboose Restaurant, Boca Grande, Florida
Lunch at Loose Caboose Restaurant, Boca Grande, Florida

Lunch was enjoyed at the Loose Caboose Restaurant (433 West 4th St.; Tel: (941) 964-0440) in the center of downtown and located in a refurbished train depot. This restaurant is A-DOR-A-BLE and I’ll be returning to try more of their tempting dishes. I enjoyed one of the day’s specials: citrus-grilled pompano (fish) atop a house salad with mango citrus dressing. Yum!

The restaurant also owns an ice cream shop with homemade creamy goodness around the corner. In addition to ice cream, they sell fossilized shark’s teeth (yeah, an odd combination but it works – it’s Florida!) and display all the animals the owners rescue. Yes, in addition to serving up delicious meals for lunch (during the summer; dinner is served Nov. 20 – Dec. 2 and Dec. 18 to April) the owners, Jacques and Blanche Boudreau, rescue injured or abandoned Florida wildlife and work with the Wildlife Center of Venice.

Boca Grande. It’s in my backyard yet I confess to not visiting the island enough but I can guarantee, I’ll be visiting again soon and often.

Boca Grande Things To Do



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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