Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gasparilla Island,Boca Grande, & The Lighthouse Museum

MQTlogoa A MY QUALITY TIME ADVENTURE TO GASPARILLA ISLAND,BOCA GRANDE,BOCA,GRANDE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM & MORE…………………..

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All Aboard

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and our intrepid adventurers::

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Boca Grande is known for its charming authentic downtown, sugar sand beaches, blue water and world class fishing. READ MORE

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Almost there…

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club features a magnificent Pete Dye Signature 18-hole Championship Course located on scenic Charlotte Harbor Read More (which I didn’t play)

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We made it to Gasparilla Island State Park with it’s beautiful beach. (to walk on)

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Just $3.00 gets you in and free all day parking. Beautiful beach with great view of the pass and ocean. Water was nice and clear and the beach is really clean. (We rented a golf cart for the day and used it to get around the island)

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Great shelling on this beach and there is the lighthouse in the distance.

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“In 1888, the U.S. Congress allocated $35,000 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service to build a lighthouse on Boca Grande Pass, the deepest natural port in the state. The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse was lit December 31, 1890. The light was used to mark Boca Grande Pass, the entrance to Charlotte Harbor. A museum was built inside the lighthouse and opened in 1999 (Trip Through Time). It is one of only six lighthouses in Florida to be open to the public, and the only one on the west coast.” READ MORE

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During WWII, the lighthouse was used to watch for German U-boats. I wonder what Linda is looking for.

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You know, there is always someplace “off limits”

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The museum is well done and gives information about early life on the island. Apparently, a truly integrated society!

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You will just have to visit the museum to read the fine print…

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Time to leave the island

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Boaters: Observe all manatee speed zones; and don't tear up the grass flats – these are prime feeding zones for this unique marine mammal. Boca Grande ...

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Boca Grande's serene beauty also makes it a destination for high profile weddings and residences for the elite seeking privacy. The Bushs' and Audrey Hepburn have called it home seasonally.

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captainWill Captain Will (retired from the Coast Guard) of the Calusa Queen  gave us a quick eco-tour showing us manatee and dolphins as we returned to Burnt Store Marina.

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Getting ready to dock::

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100_8661 That’s all folks..Thanks for stopping by. Oh, one last item food info..

Boca Grande Restaurant Lingo:: “As is generally the case with locally known dining areas, the best places generally get shortened to a one word, one syllable phrase that shows you know how good it really is. These are four of the places you need to know about, and how to tell people where to go in Boca Grande: The Temp is the Temptation Bar and Restaurant; The Pink is the Pink Elephant Restaurant; The Loose is The Loose Caboose Restaurant and gift shop.”

For our visit “The Loose” was the place for a great lunch…


This photo of The Loose Caboose is courtesy of TripAdvisor

MQTlogoa How do lighthouse keepers communicate?  Answer:: Shine Language.

8 comments:

Buster said...

Nice post, Joe. Have been to that neck of the woods, and it's beautiful. Been too long.

Mama Zen said...

What a neat place!

carol l mckenna said...

What an inviting trip ~ great post and wonderful photos ~ perfect for OWT ~

artmusedog and carol

Andrea Priebe said...

Magnificent pictures of a fairy tale destination ... who wouldn't love to spend time on those beaches (and walking on them is fine with me because I wouldn't be caught dead in a swimsuit at my age :). I am sure the food is wonddrful as well ... I was not familier with this Bocca Grand ... you have tweaked my interest. Lovely post ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You've done stuff in our neighborhood that we haven't done after five seasons here! Great tour. Thanx for taking us along. Must do this Someday soon!

Fun60 said...

What a wonderful trip. I would love to have seen manatees.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

looks like great fun, my daughter went to Mexico for 6 month.

Linda said...

Beautiful place! Shine on!