Boca Grande is a city located on Gasparilla Island. It's part of both Charlotte and Lee counties. Boca Grande sits approximately 40 minutes from Port Charlotte. Homes for rent allow families to use the beauties of the waters that surround them by going fishing, boating, swimming and enjoying other various water activities. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the soft, white sand beaches and lush greens that cover the island.
Facts for Renters
The first residents of the island were Calusa Indians. Charlotte Harbor was the Mecca for the Indians, who often lived in fishing villages. The natives also were known for their shell mounds, which could be as tall as 20 feet high. Many were indicative of the tribe's love of fishing, containing fish hooks, shells and arrowheads.
The first settlers also had fishing in mind. By the 1870s, many fishing ranches popped up around the area. Most of the fish caught was mullet, which was sent off to bigger markets like nearby Havana.
The Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad were constructed in 1907.
By the 1940s, the fishing died down after the fishery was moved to Placida across the bay. Despite there being no fisheries, the island still is home to some of the first fishing families that arrived on the island.
In 1969, Port Boca Grande was rated as one of the busiest ports in the world.
Boca Grande is at its most populated during the winter months, when part-time residents will flee their cold homes to enjoy some Florida sun for a few months.