May 7, 2005
Little Gasparilla Island is only accessible by car, ferry, or boat. This is a bridge-less barrier island with over 7 miles of secluded beaches only a 5-minute boat ride from the Palm Island Marina on the mainland (a ferry runs hourly). Boaters can tie up at the dock on the bay side of the island, which is lined with mangroves. Access to the dock is through a 2.5-foot-deep channel south of the Cape Haze power-line crossing.
If you are looking for a place to go swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, shelling, crabbing, or bird-watching without crowds, stores, or fast-food restaurants, then Little Gasparilla Island is one of the best choices available on the Gulf Coast. This is the closest you will come to feeling like you are a castaway on a remote island paradise. You are in Olde Florida, now relax, let the kids run across the sandy road to the beach or pool, or sit out back on the dock and fish (Little Gasparilla boasts pristine, unspoiled beach and one of the best fishing areas in the state). You’ll want to load up on groceries, books, music, sunscreen, and other essentials in Cape Haze or Englewood before catching the ferry to Little Gasparilla Island. Visitors can bring their own boats, or rentals are available on the island.
From journal Exploring Southwest Florida