This Memorial Day weekend I’m wishing we were in my favorite little hideaway, Boca Grande, Florida on tiny Gasparilla Island. Located about three hours northwest of Miami, Gasparilla Island is seven miles long, and just
one mile across at its widest. Boca Grande epitomizes “Old Florida”style, and it harkens to a bygone era full of Southern charm. There are no high-rises, no fast food restaurants, no chain stores, and no traffic lights.Billboards and other exterior advertising are banned by the Conservation District. And the thing I like most about Boca Grande is that it’s virtually unknown. Even most native Floridians have never heard of it, so Boca Grande is truly a place you can go to disappear… and leave all of your worries behind.
My husband and I fantasize about one day having a beach house in Boca Grande, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this one, owned by interior designer JoAnn Barwick and her husband, Fred Berger.
Images and copy below via Traditional Home…