Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vacation: Boca Grande, FL

I just got back from vacationing in beautiful Boca Grande, Florida. I have grown up going to this cute little island summer after summer. This was the first trip back in several years and the island is just as pretty as I remembered and not much has changed.







The sunsets there are beautiful!









The town is really small with only a few shops, restaurants, two ice cream parlors and one very quaint little grocery store.















Lots of fishing happens here...especially Tarpon fishing.








The little grocery store.






The Loose Caboose serves homemade ice cream. I had coffee, as usual and it was good!











This is The Depot. In the old days it was a train station, now it houses a few shops and The Loose Caboose.








Banyan trees are all around the island. This photo is of Banyan Street where the whole street is lined with these huge trees








We rented a boat one day and ate lunch at Cabbage Key restaurant (which you can only get to by boat.) This supposedly is where Jimmy Buffet wrote the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" about.


The tradition here is obviously to put a dollar on the wall. We asked and they estimate that there is currently around $70,000 on their walls.


We got there early to beat the lunch crowd and I was able to take a few good pictures. We sat out on this screened porch that was soon packed with people.














The last day we were there we went Tarpon fishing. It was so much fun!! I caught a 60 pound Tarpon and really did not think I was going to be able to reel it in.


Yep, that's the marina. Whidden's Marina has been around for 91 years and is now on the historic register.












Boca Grande Lighthouse






This is my brothers 110 pound Tarpon...






Here we all are with Captain Wayne (in the green), he was great.








Last but not least, this is the church on the island and it is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could have taken an inside picture as well.



2 comments:

  1. charlotte- love yalls blog 1st of all!
    2nd- i have about 75% of those exact came pictures from our family trip there several years ago! definitely a small island and we loved the trip and riding golf carts everywhere!

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  2. Thanks Erin!! It is such a great place. Hope you and Ben are well!

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