Delightful and charming 3 bedroom/2 bath Florida-style cottage in the heart of historic and quaint Boca Grande village on Gasparilla Island. You can lazily drift away on the island's white sand uncluttered beach that is walking distance several blocks way, enjoy the island's boutique shopping or fine dining casual restaurants that are also walking distance just a few blocks way in the village or take advantage of all of the other amenities of the island described below . You can even cook at home in the fully equiped kitchen or grill out and dine on the home's garden patio secluded by the home's tropical landscaping. The home has a master bedroom with a queen bed and 2 guestrooms- one with twin beds that are together but can be separated and one with separate twin beds. There are also 2 sleeper sofas if you have a larger group. There are hardwood floors throughout the home. The decor reflects a beachy "Southern-living" type charm. The home has an open airy great room for family gathering and dining. Breakfast nook area. The home is child-friendly and babyproofed for a toddler.
Boca Grande is an historic village (no stoplights here or are necessary!) located on Gasparilla Island which is one of a string of barrier islands on the Gulf Coast of Florida between Fort Myers and Tampa, Florida (2 hours from Tampa). Boca Grande is 1 hour from Sarasota which has many cultural institutions to explore such as the Ringling Museum, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in addition to many other "city" activities if you desire to leave the island. Sarasota is also the home of fabulous shopping on St. Armand's Key. On Boca Grande island, you have many choices for various ages- ranging from enjoying the white sand azure water Gulf of Mexico beach- well-known for beautiful shelling, bike-riding on the bike paths that were once railroad tracks, fishing- either in-shore, off-shore or tarpon fish in the Boca Grande Pass, shopping in the island's boutique stores, indulging in the island's restaurants or exploring the island and its lush landscaping in the home's golf cart which is provided (the island's preferred method of transportation). The island is seven miles long with Boca Grande historic lighthouse and Gasparilla Island State Park at its southern point which is a birder's paradise. The island is the second home of many from the northeast but is also a treasured home or second home of many local Floridians such as ourselves with an island community center with internet access and playgrounds, community tennis courts, island library, island churches and island grocery market and hardware store. The home has beach umbrellas, chairs, bikes, boogies boards, etc. available and there are also easy options to rent additonal equipment such as a kayak, paddleboard, etc., if desired. The home exchange includes the home's golf cart. It is easy to rent a second golf cart or rent or charter a boat or fishing guide. The island is accessible by car through a small toll-bridge.
The home is used as a seasonal residence by its Florida owners and a weekend /summer residence by extended family. We are flexible on exchange options and timing and can plan around an exchange. We have varying interests including travel, art, skiing, diving, fishing. Depending on the time of year and what is offered,the exchange party could range in size from 2 to 6 and could include a child and teenagers.