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Destination Wedding Guide: Gasparilla Island, Florida

GASPARILLA ISLAND

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The first time I traveled to Gasparilla Island for a wedding I was shocked that it isn’t more well-known throughout the country.  It is a true gem on the gulf coast of Florida that everyone should experience once.  The 7 mile long island is very small and sits between Naples and Sarasota.  It’s not an easy place to get to from the south and is quite a ways from the bigger towns along the coast.  There’s a toll causeway to get on the island, but once you arrive the island mostly has private homes and a few small beach clubs.  Among them are The Gasparilla Inn and the Boca Bay Pass Club which I have both photographed at.  I love coming here because it’s like you have the island all to yourself, the beaches are very natural and pristine and going to town is like going back in time a bit.  It is truly a unique gem along the gulf coast.  Since there are only two main venues here, I’ve also included a few options in the surrounding Naples & Sarasota area that are some of my favorites too.

The Gasparilla Inn
Boca Bay Pass Club
Ca d’Zan
Ringling Museum
La Playa Resort
Vizcaya

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