Gasparilla Island State Park

880 Belcher Road
941-964-0375

Separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. The centerpiece of Gasparilla is the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and nature study are popular activities which can be accessed at any of our five parking lots. Shelling is particularly good in the winter months along the Gulf. Two picnic areas (located at the Range Light and the Boca Grande Lighthouse parking lots) offer pavilions for shade and scenic views of the surrounding water. The Port Boca Grande lighthouse is open to the public 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and on Sundays noon - 4:00 p.m. from November through May. From June through October it is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sundays noon - 4:00 p.m. The lighthouse will be closed during the month of August. It is closed on these major holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King´s Birthday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.


Reviews

Jason Ritchie

Rating:
Monday, June 11, 2018
This is a very beautiful place to visit and the park had bathrooms/changing rooms and a spacious parking area. There is also a small shower at the end of the walkway to wash the salt off after a nice swim. The only thing I didn't like too much was that the water turned from turquoise to green then brown as the tide went out. I'm not sure if the happens often as it was my first visit.

Rick Vincent

Rating:
Friday, March 9, 2018
Great location. Feels like the Keys / Caribbean. Clean, spectacular vista's. Great Beach's. Clean and we'll managed. Did not want to leave. Will always remember that sound of the surf and sea life. A gem of a place.

Antonio L. Rivera

Rating:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Beautiful place. I was not allowed to fly my Karma Drone due to new National Parks regulations. I was not amused by it...Almost nobody was at the beach and currents was really strong due to Hurricane Alberto. Lots of dead fishing that washed ashore due to red tides.

D Brito

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
The beach is a beach. (Not over run with people) however, the jaw rattling drive in, over what I'd call swimming pool sized ruts, the limited space and park size was hardly worth the trip or the $11 toll...... I also dont think it qualified as a "state park". The squirrel sized lizards were nice though. 😊

Mom Woods

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Always a terrific day @Gasparilla Island SP. We love surf fishing there & always catch fish. Beach is clean, great for shelling, & it only costs $3 to bring your carload in for a whole day. Park guys are helpful& lighthouse tour is great. I enjoyed shopping in gift shop inside the lighthouse too! Great postcards, tshirts etc. Wear good sunscreen cuz sun is bright & UV Index varies between 6-10!

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