If you have never heard of Little Gasparilla Island, then there is a reason for that…the residents keep it a secret. As summer vacation is coming to a close, Kelly and I decided that it would be fun to take the kids to the beach for a week for one last getaway before school starts. It was through a recommendation of a friend that we ended up here at Hideaway Bay.
The island is in Charlotte County and located just north of Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande. The only way to get to the island is by ferry which runs only a few times a day, something that we weren’t really aware of when we arrived.
We got up in the morning, loaded the cars, and drove on down. The drive only took two hours so the trip wasn’t to long and it wasn’t to short. When we got to Placida Kelly had to pick up the rental key and we thought it best to buy groceries sooner rather than later. When we got to the unloading area, we were surprised to discover that the ferry was due to pick up at 2pm (8 minutes away) and then again at 5pm. Not wanting to miss the ferry we went into overdrive to get the cars unloaded and parked across the street. When the ferry arrived a few of the people who got off helped us get on.
Now there are no cars on the island, just golf carts and wagons so I am sure that you can picture how much stuff is needed for 2 adults and 6 kids for one week, including the groceries… We were lucky that a man aboard the ferry offered to help us get our things to the condo with his golf cart.
Whewww….. I’d like to think that all of this occurred because of perfect execution…but really it was just luck.