A Florida Gulf Coast gem

Rewind back to a graceful and oh-so-relaxed Old Florida era simply by crossing over the three causeway bridges from the mainland to The Gasparilla Inn & Club on Gasparilla Island. As charming as sweet tea, the stately property sits in the historic and quaint barrier island town of Boca Grande. The largest and oldest-surviving resort hotel in the state, this gem was originally constructed as the Hotel Boca Grande in 1911, 1912 and 1913. Established as The Gasparilla Inn & Club in 1913, 2013 marks its 100th season. Throughout the years, the resort has welcomed the most elite guests through its doors, such as J.P. Morgan, Henry du Pont and legendary Florida railroad tycoon Henry Plant. It is no wonder the du Ponts and Rockefellers still own property on this posh island — you’re so close to the mainland, but feel transported to another time and place.

But you don’t need to be a Rockefeller or du Pont to enjoy the amenities at this Florida Gulf Coast hotel. It offers something for every guest: a Pete Dye-designed signature golf course overlooking the Charlotte Harbour, a heavenly spa, a beach club and private sliver of sand, a family-friendly pool and adult lap pool, tennis, a croquet lawn, children’s activities, dining options that range from a fine-dining restaurant to a bakery, and a full fitness center overlooking the glorious Gulf of Mexico. Even pets get star treatment; the resort's four-acre fenced-in doggie park faces the water. 

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