If you are doing this ride in the early morning hours (before, say, 11AM), then you can probably get by without sunscreen. As the sun clears the trees on the east side of the trail, you will need sunscreen since there are very few trees lining the western side of the trail. Also, if you stop for any time along the beaches in Gasparilla Island State Park, you will definitely be in need of sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses (the white, sugar sands are blinding).
I took exit 193 off Interstate 75 and headed south and west on Jacaranda Boulevard. Jacaranda Boulevard dead-ends at Englewood Road (County Road 776). Take Englewood Road southeasterly. It will become first North Indiana and then South Indiana before finally becoming S. McCall Road. Head south on Placida Road and finally turn onto Boca Grande Causeway. There is a toll and they do not accept Credit, Debit Cards or SunPass. I am not aware of any designated trailhead parking. I simply parked at the first Shopping Center I encountered at the northern end of the trail.
13.6 Miles – From the shopping center just south of Boca Grande Resort to the Port Boca Grande Light and back. The mileage also includes a ride out to the nearby Boca Grande Fishing Pier.
For more information on the trail itself or the community of Boca Grande, check out the links and gallery pictures below.
This is a fairly short trail. There is a lot to see and do along the trail – take your time and explore this lovely barrier island. The trail is flat and travels right through the heart of central Boca Grande. All in all, a fine ride.
There are facilities at the Gasparilla Island State Park Beach access located about 2/3rds the way down the trail.
Just too short but, what can you do, you only have the length of Gasparilla Island to work with. 🙂
The golf carts that everyone uses around the island can be a hindrance at times.