This Florida city voted best small beach town in America. Usually it’s the big cities that get a lot of the buzz when it comes to travel, thanks to their restaurants, shopping and entertainment. But every once in a while you drive through a small town that has it’s own unique feeling.
The small town uniqueness is what the writers at “Travel and Leisure” found too. They came out with a list of America’s Best Small Towns highlighting locations that are not well known to others.
To come up with the list, they polled their colleagues, contributors, trusted travel advisors and others in their network of experts to come up with the nominations. From there, travel editors chose the winners in seven different categories. Best small beach town, small mountain town, small lake town, small desert town, small food and culture town, small wine, beer and spirits town and small spa and wellness town. To qualify, each town has to have a full-time population of less than 25-thousand residents, and stand out in its category.
Best Small Beach Town In America
America’s Best Small Beach Town – is Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, Florida. Boca Grande is located south of Venice, Fl. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area. What makes it so special is it’s historic downtown, sugar sand beaches, blue water and world class fishing.
There are no gas stations on the island, with the exception of a street pump at Boca Grande Marina. Most of the residents use golf carts as transportation. Boca Grande is in Lee County. It is a private area that many escape to just for that reason. Sara Blakely (Spanx founder and owner) and Jesse Itzler were married on Boca Grande, while the Bush family and Audrey Hepburn have second homes there.
Denzel Washington filmed his movie, Out of Time, there. If you are looking for a great place for a weekend getaway, think about Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, it’s only about 2 hours away.