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YOUR GUIDE TO BOCA GRANDE, CAPE HAZE AND PLACIDA INSIDE GR EAT PLACES & FACES 17 Photos by Heidemarie Burke

Discover Boca Grande

BOCA BEAT

Welcome to Boca Grande, a little place we call paradise.

Let’s grab something to eat before we set out exploring the island. Bart DeStefano’s South Beach Bar & Grille has a newly renovated outdoor dining area right on the beach with ideal sunset seats. The kitchen specializes in seafood with island flair. Dine al fresco on their newly enlarged patio or kick back in an Adirondack chair, toes in the sand with a cocktail right on the beach. Pure paradise!

Stop in and say hello to Kris Boyden, manager at The Palm on Park. She has helped style generations of islanders and is forever inventing ways to give back. Ask her about the new JAM OUT print created by Lilly in honor of Boca Grande and Kris’ very own line of sea grape jellies. She also just told us the freshest fashions from Lilly are in the store and in good supply.

Looking to buy, rent or sell? Located right in the heart of the historic district, Michael Saunders & Company Real Estate is home to savvy real estate professionals waiting to serve you with unparalleled service and attention to detail. Serving Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, Placida and the Cape Haze area for 40 years. Drop in today.

Another great dining spot on the island is PJ’s Seagrille. Be mesmerized by the 300 gallon salt water aquarium while they prepare your table for lunch or dinner. Happy hour here at Fishtales Bar is always fun! And sister business Grapevine Gourmet is the gift shop for the gourmet in your life, brimming with unique items for the kitchen plus a tremendous variety of gourmet cheeses.

Dreaming of an idyllic getaway? Try Palm Island Resort and Properties. Accessible only by boat or a short ferry ride, this island oasis seems a million miles from the mainland. Two miles of pristine beaches and an array of rooms, suites and villa rentals make it ideal for vacations, business meetings, weddings and reunions. Plus villas, condos, beachfront cottages and building sites to make the island your forever home.

To make your island stay easier, Oversea Boca Grande is a full service travel and lifestyle concierge service. Betsy Jaeger and Chris Zink help arrange a truly enjoyable, hassle free vacation, attending to every detail from restaurant reservations and golf cart rentals to fishing charters, family activities, transportation and everything in between. They also offer residential services for homeowners such as property management, personal shopping, home maintenance, pet sitting and housekeeping arrangements and more.

Looking to dine directly on the water? Leverock’s and Rum Bay Restaurant – two “sister” restaurants – are as close as you can get. Leverock’s is directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, and just a short water taxi ride from there is Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island. Both restaurants are also “Dock n’ Dine” – easily accessible by boat. Chef Khoum and Chef Kenny both offer wonderful specials each day featuring fresh seafood and more. Tell them you read about them here.

If you decide that Boca Grande is where you want your next home to be, call upon native Floridian Chris Lee at Paradise Cove Properties’ Boca Grande office. Chris invites you to allow him to be your guide to all the area has to offer as he provides experienced, personal service for all your real estate needs.

While nature exhibits herself everywhere on Boca, there’s no way to get closer to the ecosystem than Mote Marine Laboratory. While there is no “lab” at the Boca Grande location, they invite you to stop by and learn all about the rare estuary that makes up Charlotte Harbor. The Lab (in Sarasota) has a great new exhibit about gators, crocs and caimans, oh my! Plus check out their new podcast series focusing on Mote Scientists and their adventures

Need to stock the bar? BNT Liquors is your locally owned source. Tina and Bob Arcan take pride in offering those unique and often difficult to find bourbons, scotches and fine wines. Plus their humidor boasts an impressive selection of cigars. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. Local delivery, too!

Who’s in the mood for a cut and curl? Maybe some me time? Susan Wright-Hoots and her staff at Courtyard Hair have been keeping the islanders beautiful for more than 10 years and have the skill and creative talents to coax out your inner beauty. Susan asked us to mention their new line of skin care products, Eminance Handmade Organic Skin Care from Hungary. Extraordinary

If you’ve never dined at The Loose Caboose, you absolutely must! We have our favorite – try the crispy duck with orangeteriyaki sauce. It’s amazing! Coowners Blanche Vedette and Jacque Boudreau personally invite you to their historic restaurant with a storied past. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

Boca Grande is home to the world famous Gasparilla Inn, voted #1 resort in Florida by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Survey and #1 in Florida by Travel and Leisure’s Readers Choice Awards in 2016. The Inn’s main dining room and the Pink Elephant were also awarded the 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Check out their Beach, Bourbon, Barbecue & Beer Weekend, June 9-11.

Speaking of the Pink Elephant Restaurant, drop in soon and relax on the new patio furniture and umbrellas they’ve recently added. Be sure to enjoy some of the new menu items, like the “Smears” – aged white cheddar and pimento and edamame and feta hummus. Yummy!

Craving some old-fashioned, authentic Florida charm? Book a stay at The Innlet on the Waterfront. Bring your boat if you have one, and slip it directly in front of your accommodation. Fish or have a Captain take you out to chase the big ones. Enjoy a great breakfast and lunch, swim in the pool and the beach is within walking distance.

Finally, make your visit to Boca Grande vividly memorable with a professional family portrait. Award-winning photographer Heidemarie Burke of Photographic Images invites you to consider her for that assignment. She is renowned for her beach portraits but can shoot anything, anywhere.

BNT LIQUORS AND FINE WINES

BNT Liquors and Fine Wines is home to a unique, walk-in wine cellar unlike any other in the greater Charlotte Harbor community. Convenient to locals, islanders and visitors alike, come browse their wide selection of fine wines, spirits and cigars. Last stop before

8725 Placida Road, Placida
(941) 698-1011
www.bntliquors.com

COURTYARD HAIR ETC.

Courtyard Hair’s team of talented and caring stylists are here to pamper your whole family. Beauty treatments include facials, massages, body treatments, full nail services and UV free spray tanning. New this year, they are pleased and excited to announce the Eminence skin care line.

The North Village
5800 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande
(941) 964-2243 | (941) 964-0116

THE INNLET ON THE WATERFRONT

This charming waterfront property is nestled along the picturesque Boca Grande Bayou and is surrounded by tropical beauty, with the island’s tranquil white sand beaches just a short stroll away. It is a fisherman’s paradise and an old Florida lover’s favorite getaway

1251 12th Street East, Boca Grande
(941) 964-4600
theinnlet.com

LEVEROCK’S

Leverock’s serves up diverse, quality seafood specialties alongside an extensive menu. Tie up to their dock, dine inside or out on their newly remodeled back deck. Great fish, coupled with gracious staff serving lunch and dinner. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant three years in a row.

7092 Placida Road, Placida
(941) 698-6900
leverockspalmisland.com

THE LOOSE CABOOSE

Family owned and operated since 2006 and located in the historic train station in downtown Boca Grande, they serve fresh, local fish and produce in a comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy a homemade ice cream on their pet friendly patio area and watch the world go by.

433 West Fourth Street, Boca Grande
(941) 964-0440
loosecaboose.biz

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. Visit their Boca Grande office to learn more

Boca Grande Outreach Office
480 East Railroad Avenue, Boca Grande
(941) 855-9251
mote.org/boca

OVERSEA BOCA GRANDE

A travel and lifestyle management company focused on providing exceptional vacation and residential services, Oversea knows your time is valuable. They plan, prepare and organize all the little details so you can spend your time enjoying all that Boca Grande has to offer.

Betsy Jaeger (240) 401-2027
Chris Zink (775) 544-3643
overseabocagrande.com

THE PALM ON PARK

The Palm on Park is the biggest little Lilly Pulitzer shop on Florida’s Gulf coast, offering attire and accessories for ladies and girls. With their wide selection, they’re the perfect place to get bridesmaids dresses, a white graduation dress or outfits for family pictures.

444 4th Street, Boca Grande
(941) 964-4448
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PARADISE COVE PROPERTIES

Boca Grande is one of the most unique islands in the world with a wide array of real estate options. Chris Lee was born and raised in Southwest Florida and would love to help you wade through the different opportunities the island has to offer.
through the different opportunities the island has to offer.

Chris Lee
471 Park Avenue, Boca Grande
(941) 467-5537
mybocalife.com

PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES, LLC

Heidemarie J. Burke is an award-winning master photographer creating beautiful portraits in the locations between Englewood, Punta Gorda and Boca Grande along with the barrier islands. Heidemarie’s casual, elegant style, professionalism and competent staff make Photographic Images a one-stop shop for your photography needs

(941) 475-5148
heidi@heidemariephoto.com
www.heidemariephoto.com

THE PINK ELEPHANT

Affectionately known as “The Pink,” The Pink Elephant is Boca Grande’s premier eating and drinking establishment. Guests have gathered at this charming and casual restaurant for imaginative, regional food, signature drinks and refined service for more than 60 years.

491 Bayou Ave, Boca Grande
(941) 964-4500
the-gasparilla-inn.com/dining/pinkelephant

PJ’S SEAGRILLE & THE GRAPEVINE GOURMET & GIFT SHOP

PJ’s Seagrille has an outstanding lunch and dinner menu and a fun bar. Resort casual, family friendly. The Grapevine features a “Grande” selection of gourmet cheese, chocolates, wine, grab and go foods and unique gifts. Located inside the historic San Marco Theatre Building.

321 Park Avenue, Boca Grande
(941) 964-0806
www.pjseagrille.com

RUM BAY RESTAURANT

Rum Bay, Palm Island Resort’s award-winning restaurant, is noted for its great food and casual island atmosphere. Favorites include fresh seafood, steaks and signature baby back ribs. Catch the water taxi at its sister restaurant Leverock’s, or dock at a complimentary boat slip while dining.

7092 Placida Road, Placida
(941) 697-0566
rumbaypalmisland.com

SOUTH BEACH BAR & GRILLE

Nestled on the white sand beach of Boca Grande, this restaurant delivers the most spectacular sunsets as an appetizer. Enjoy cocktails in their Adirondack chairs and feast on the best seafood in Southwest Florida. Fresh local fish and Gulf seafood are stars of the show.

760 Gulf Boulevard, Boca Grande
(941) 964-0765
www.southbeachbarandgrille.com

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