Boca Grande Sandbar

Boca Grande, FL

Boca Grande Sandbar is one of the nicest sandbars in Florida and is located on the West Coast of Florida just off the island’s causeway.  It’s a spectacular place because of the calm, crystal-clear, water, the hard-packed, shallow, sandbar and the iconic backdrop of the famous railroad trestle.

GASPARILLA ISLAND & BOCA GRANDE

Boca Grande is my favorite place in Florida.  It’s an upscale, fishing town located on Gasparilla Island; south of Sarasota and north of Ft. Myers.  The island is a throwback in time and feels like you’re visiting Florida 50 years ago (minus the numerous, huge mansions).  In addition, the town has two hotels (The Gasparilla Inn and The Innlet) as well as many, great restaurants.  I highly recommend staying at The Innlet or renting a house on, nearby, Palm Island or Little Gasparilla Island.   All three spots also offer boat dockage!

THESE WATER FLOATS ARE A MUST FOR THE SANDBAR

THE RAILROAD TRESTLE

The iconic railroad trestle was built in 1907 and used for 50 years to transport phosphates to ships docked in the pass.  The railroad was abandoned in 1981 and, today, the weathered trestle has become an iconic feature and familiar backdrop to all the boats that enter Charlotte Harbor from the north.

VISIT BOCA GRANDE BY BIKE

NEARBY BOAT RAMPS

When trailering to the area, the most convenient boat ramps to use are the ramps at Placida Park and Eldred’s Marina.  Detailed information can be found in a previous post (click on the link below).

THESE TWO BOAT RAMPS OFFER THE MOST CONVENIENT ACCESS TO BOCA GRANDE

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BOATING INFO

LAT/LONG:
26.81’55”N 82.27’14”W

SETTING:
Sandbar

SAND:
White, Hard Packed

BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
Anywhere

NEARBY RAMP:

Placida Park Boat Ramp

Eldred’s Marina

CURRENT:
Stronger near the railroad trestle channel

DEPTH:
Shallow sandbar tapering to deeper water at the edges

WAVES/WAKES:
Calm

FAMILY FRIENDLY:
Yes

WATER CLARITY:
Very Clear (Especially, in the Spring)

BOAT RENTALS:
Gasparilla Marina

RESTAURANTS NEARBY:
Boca Grande Marina, Cabbage Key, Stump Pass, Leverock’s

NEARBY HOTELS:

Palm Island Resort

The Innlet (Boca Grande)

Numerous home rentals on Little Gasparilla, Palm Island, Cape Haze

 

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