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Gasparilla island, is a seasonal host for many of the nation’s most prominent fishers, as well as some of the most prominent families in the country. They come to game fish for tarpon in Boca Grande Pass, which separates Gasparilla and Cayo Costa islands.

Each spring these giant fish, also known as “silver kings” migrate into the deep water pass. From the southern tip of the island, where the State Park and the Lighthouse and Lighthouse Museum sit, you will see the hundreds of fishing boats fighting against the strong current of the pass, trying to get the biggest fish on board. 

Gasparilla Island and the Capitol of Boca Grande

Boca Grande deserves its name “the Tarpon Capital of the World.” Do the fish like that game? We don’t know.  At least they are not ending up on the grill but will be released into the water after the fight. Does a mackerel get that chance? Not very often. 

So much about the fish. Now, what about the famous people? For many years the Bush Family came to Boca. Is it worth mentioning? We don’t know. 

Residential opportunities on Gasparilla Island are numerous. They include maintenance-free condominiums, villas, town homes, single-family residences and large beach estate

History of Gasparilla Island

According to folklore, Gasparilla Island got its name from Jose Gaspar, a famous local pirate, who reportedly settled on the island in the 1700’s with his band of men. According to legend, Gaspar and his men used the island as a hiding place between forays until the United States carried out a campaign to rid the waters of their presence. Whether true or not, the legend adds to the colorful history of the island. And the story is interesting and beautiful, isn’t it?

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