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50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Boca Grande, Florida

Paul Costello

Beach Getaway: Boca Grande, Florida

This idyllic enclave on the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles from Fort Myers, is a genuine glimpse of Old Florida, with whimsically named streets such as Damnificare, a postcard-worthy lighthouse watching over Gasparilla Island State Park, and long, quiet beaches lapped by gentle waves. The Innlet, the 33-room sister property of the old-guard Gasparilla Inn, has a dockside restaurant and a relaxed, let’s-go-fishing vibe. A certifiably funky Florida joint, Temptation—think murals of leaping tarpon and a neon martini sign—serves local grouper, pompano, and soft-shell crabs. —Tom Austin

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