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portrait painter John Singer Sargent.
The railroad would continue to bring
guests to the island until 1958 when
the Boca Grande causeway was
completed. Some guests arrived by
private yachts and boats, as many
guests were lured by the tarpon and
an opportunity to escape from the
industrial Northeast.
Perhaps the most unique thing
about Gasparilla Inn is its location.
The historic resort is located on
a seven-mile island in the Gulf of
Mexico. It is situated on the 3 and 1/2
mile midpoint in the village of Boca
Grande historic district. The adjacent
18-hole Gasparilla Golf Course, a Pete
Dye-designed championship course,
is located past a bayou inside the island, yet within more water making it
another island inside the main island.
The resort's social season from Dec.
20 through Easter Sunday in April
is among its most popular time for
visitors. "People come for long stays
anywhere from five days to three

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Gasparilla Inn says during the social season - from late
December through Easter in April - the living room is the
place for guests to be seen.


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