Paul Costello

Beach Getaway: Boca Grande, Florida

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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

50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

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

Paul Costello

50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

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