Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum(880 Belcher Road): Located at the southernmost tip of the island, the lighthouse has a beautiful view and shoreline to walk along. Tons of wildlife (dolphins, stingrays, fish) can be spotted swimming offshore here. Also, the beach here is a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise! Built in 1890, the lighthouse has a historical museum inside.
Gasparilla Island Light(220 Gulf Blvd.): The island's second lighthouse sits directly on the beach. A local organization holds monthly lighthouse climbs.
Places to Eat
The Outlet at the Innlet (1251 12th Street): Delicious breakfast essentials like pancakes, omelets, and great muffins.
The Bakery (380 E Railroad Ave): Pastries, sandwiches, and coffee and espresso selections.
Lunch and Dinner
Newlin's (446 4th Street East): A very good lobster roll, but only open around lunch.
Loose Caboose (433 4th Street West): Located in an old railroad station, and serves American classics (burgers, fries) and local dishes (fried green tomatoes, grouper fingers). The homemade ice cream is the best part!
The Pink Elephant (584 E 5th Street): A local favorite owned by the Inn, "The Pink" has a main dining room upstairs and a more casual pub area and outside patio downstairs. They have a great grouper sandwich.
Note: To dine upstairs, we’d recommend a reservation and remind you that the Gasparilla Inn dress code is required.
South Beach (777 Gulf Boulevard): Located on the beach and has the best view in town. Great selection of seafood dishes and Scotty's parents say the conch fritters are the best they've had in years (outside of Key West, of course)! Also, the coconut-crusted chicken is one of the best non-seafood dishes around.
Temptation Restaurant (350 Park Avenue): An amazing selection of fresh seafood and steaks. Local favorites include the grouper fingers, almandine fish specials, and the strawberry balsamic salad.