I had heard about Boca Grande 32 years ago and finally made it there to check it out. When we walked into the Redfish Suite at the Palmetto Inn our immediate reaction was a pleasant surprise how nice, clean, and accommodating it was and to wish our reservations had extended more nights. A fantastic bargain at $150 per night too for this time of year in southwest Florida.
The Florida travel guides all leave out one important fact about the traffic being an unrelenting nightmare among roads, lights, and freeways designed to handle nowhere near the volume they get but that mess is left behind right at the bridge onto Gasparilla Island and if you can be blessed with staying on this island or in Boca Grande for a few days by all means do so. Everything in the village is an easy walk and there are plenty of places to eat and shop.
Bev, the owner, treats everyone as a good innkeeper would and that sets the Palmetto apart from other places we noticed. Our suite, the Redfish, had a full kitchen with small living room and the bedroom and bathroom were separated by a door. It was amazingly quiet both nights. The rooms and public places in the house are squeaky clean.
Some things you need to know:
A toll is collected every time you cross the bridge onto the island, $6
Rent a bicycle or a golf cart, there is a well marked, paved, non motorized pathway running north to south down the spine in the center of the island and gets you anywhere you may want to go.
Our favorite place to eat breakfast was the 3rd Street Cafe and it is just around the corner from the Palmetto Inn. They have a charming outdoor patio and many healthy items on the menu.
The beach can be accessed at the dead end of nearly every street near the downtown or a short walk down the pathway to the Range Light beach parking lot.
Keep in mind nearly all business close and they roll up the sidewalks by 9:00 PM, including most restaurants.
The one block Banyan Street (2nd Street) is truly an unusual sight to see so don't miss it.
The Palmetto Inn is currently listed for sale. While we don't know how long it has been listed or an asking price, the days of its cozy, quaint, and comfortable atmosphere the way it exists now may be numbered so don't delay if you have a notion to come here.
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- The Palmetto Inn Boca Grande, Florida