Why We Love Summertime in Boca Grande

Summertime in Boca Grande . . . though summer isn't the most popular time to visit Boca Grande in Southwest Florida, it is still one of our favorite times of the year! We're sharing some of the top reasons why locals and visitors love our area, even during the hot summer months.

Summertime in Boca Grande

Summertime in Boca Grande and why we love it. . .

While the winter season on the island is the busiest, full of cocktail parties, golf games, and wonderful social events, the warmer weather and exit of Florida's snowbirds signals a quieter and more easy going lifestyle where year-round residents and visitors enjoy an extremely laid back lifestyle. All one needs during a summer stay on the island is a pair of flip-flops, bathing suit, and t-shirt.

Ice cream doesn't hurt either!

Summertime in Boca Grande

Leisurely summer days consist of morning beach walks,  collecting shells and sharks teeth, and lunch at one of the quaint island restaurants via golf cart. You might choose to visit the historical society to bone up on local history, or swing by the library to grab a new novel or two. Errands are easy with crowds low at the post office and Hudson's Grocery. Fugates is a great place to grab a fun summer t-shirt, a gift for loved ones, or the perfect summer sundress. Many shops are located downtown within easy walk of each other for terrific afternoon shopping.

Unique Island Community

On a weekend, you'll enjoy art shows, tarpon parties, music and more  - especially during June and first weeks of July. Boca Grande is the Tarpon Capital of the World, home of the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. Throughout June, you'll find a variety of fishing tournaments and the island boasts top rated charter captains for both bait and fly fishing.

The island is within easy driving distance of Mote Marine Laboratories, Selby Gardens, and situated conveniently between Sarasota and Fort Myers. Summertime in Boca Grande presents a great opportunity to visit local attractions and take day trips while the crowds are low!

We have to agree with the 10 Reasons We Love Summer in Sarasota from the Michael Saunders blog as we have much in common.

Summertime in Boca Grande Boasts

  • Spectacular sunsets
  • Summer storms - powerful, beautiful, then they leave
  • Swimming the day away - beach, pool, beach, pool . . .
  • Shelling and collecting on the beaches
  • Tarpon season - Boca Grande is the Tarpon Capital of the World!
  • Fishing tournaments - great fun for locals and brings in new visitors
  • Street parties & golf cart parades - small town fun
  • Art shows - loads of local talent
  • Long days - the sun drips below the horizon after 8:30 pm.
Unique Island Community
  • Locals - relaxed atmosphere
  • Low golf cart traffic - never  bumper to bumper!
  • Smaller crowds - no line at the post office
  • Ice cream on a hot day - 'nuff said
  • Sea Turtle watching - keeping an eye out for new nests with turtle patrol
  • Day trips playing tourist - Florida has lots of hidden gems waiting to be discovered
  • Summer specials at local museums and restaurants
  • Island hopping (Cabbage Key and beyond)
  • Snorkeling in (usually) clear water
  • Reunion time! Summer brings friends and family traveling to the island
  • Summertime in Boca Grande and the living is easy! We s-l-o-w down for summer on the island

While many of our listed favorites can be experienced year-round on the island, the summertime in Boca Grande has it's own unique flavor. Learn more about visiting the island or purchasing your own vacation home.

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