Gasparilla Island is a 20-minute drive away from Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, the third largest state park in Florida. Also, Gasparilla Island is about an hour's drive away from Sanibel Island, one of Florida's premier vacation destinations.
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is a collection of mangrove forests and marshes. Hikers and kayakers go to this park to view birds, manatees, dolphins and other wildlife.
Sanibel Island is a small island lined with white beaches. The island is considered a romantic destination for its beautiful sunsets. The island is also known for the wide variety of shells that wash up on the beaches, and the collectors that come to search for unique specimens.