On a recent trip to Naples, FL I headed north on a 2-hr drive to Boca Granda, on Gasparilla Island and spent a few days staying at the lovely, affordable Innlet on the Waterfront. It sits on the Boca Grande Bayou which is an outlet that opens into the Gasparilla Sound. Across the street and past a few pretty homes is the beach, the Gulf of Mexico. Boca Grande is small, beautiful white sand beaches, lovely shopping area, adorable cottages, beachfront mansions, beautiful emerald green/azure blue Gulf water, great swimming. Lots of bicycles, golf carts, ice creams, the Gasparilla Inn which is famous for hosting presidents and celebs alike, palm trees, manatees and fresh fish.
Innlet on the Waterfront, 11th St. Boca Grande - great location
Looking out from the room
Yes that is a manatee - oh I wanted to jump in and swim with it but are there alligators lurking beneath the surface??
There goes the magnificent creature, bobbing lazily along, munching on vegetation.
View from outside the ground floor room, across the Bayou
Peace and tranquility - a beautiful white heron adorns the piling
Gecko amongst the shells - and lots of them scurrying back and forth wherever you look
View across the water from the Innlet - behind the mangroves, a golf course
Boca Grande Bayou - directly across from the front of the Innlet on the Waterfront