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Boca Grande Lighthouse

After a long and difficult winter, we stole a weekend away in Boca Grande, FL. We left 12° weather in Boston and landed in the sunshine of the Gulf Coast. We spent the next 4 days biking, swimming and catching up with good friends. Oh… and we did a little eating! Fabulous breakfasts in the screened-in porch, buffet lunches  by the ocean, and dinners out.  

Our first evening we tried the South Beach Bar and Grille.
[760 Gulf Blvd., Boca Grande, FL | Tel: (941) 964-0765 | Dinner prices: $10 – $30]
Though this appears to be your usual beachside spot, the food was extraordinary! I highly recommend the South Beach Baked Seafood Strudel. and the Carrot Cake. (though the brownie wasn’t bad either!) My companions loved their Limoncello Sea Scallops and Crab Cakes.

osprey in palms, Boca Grande

Osprey, Boca Grande

Our second day was a beach, birding  and bike day. There’s a great bike path down the length of the island. We rode to the Port Boca Grande lighthouse , built in 1890. A small museum in the restored lighthouse has information on the lighthouse and the natural world of the barrier island.

That evening we tried another deceptive restaurant that evening – Sisters Restaurant. [480 E Railroad Ave, Boca Grande, FL | Tel: (941) 964-2002] This typical pizzaria had a great selection of Italian dishes and also some imaginative salads. I had the Black and Bleu salad – a delicious mix of greens, steak, blue cheese, and onion rings with a balsamic dressing. Excellent!

A day for Spring Training – Red Sox vs Tampa Bay, another bike day, and one last beach day.  Ice cream and a bit of window shopping. Ahh… a perfect long weekend.

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Johann Fust Community Library, Boca Grande, FL

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