|Useppa is a storybook setting with picturesque
white cottages, pink pathways and lush vegetation. In the 1920's Useppa
was the sport fishing Mecca for the rich and famous. Publishing magnate
Barron Collier built a large home on the island to accommodate his
wealthy and influential friends for their tarpon fishing trips to the
area. Names such as Rockefeller, Dupont, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
were all visitors to the island.
Today the Collier Inn serves as the main
clubhouse for this private island. The only way to visit Useppa is to
be a member, guest of a member or ride with us at Captiva Cruises.
Guests have the opportunity to purchase lunch at the Collier Inn.
|You will also want to visit the History Museum on the island. This
superbly done museum goes back in history to early man up to the present
day on Useppa. The museum is available for a nominal charge. Learn
more of Useppa Historical Society
|Your narrated cruise to Useppa will take just over an
hour, leaving you just over two hours on the island to dine and see
the sights. The hour cruise back to Captiva is the perfect time to
relax and take it all in. Sorry there are no beaches on Useppa, so
swimming and shelling are not available.
|Useppa Island Cruise
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Visit Useppa Web Site: www.useppa.com
Edison & Ford Estates Tour
1885, Thomas Edison fell in love with the village of Fort Myers while
searching for the perfect material for his light bulb filament . He
and Henry Ford became good friends through their work with the Detroit
Edison Illuminating Company. Soon after, Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford
became neighbors in Fort Myers. On your cruise along the shorelines of
Captiva & Sanibel and up the Caloosahatchee River, you’ll learn about
the history and ecology of this vital ecosystem. Enjoy a private tour
of the newly-restored Edison & Ford Estates homes and grounds after
lunch at a private waterfront club.
Time: Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (seasonal only.)
Children: $60* Includes cruise, lunch and estate tour
Tarpon Lodge – Randell
this special excursion to Pineland, you will learn about the fishing
cultures of Pine Island Sound. As you cruise by historic fish houses
en route to Pineland, we will discuss the history of commercial and
sport fishing, as well as the fishing cultures of Pine Island Sound
and Charlotte Harbor - from the indigenous Calusa, to Spanish Cuban
Ranchos, to the Punta Gorda Fishing Company.
a relaxing lunch at
Lodge (above), a charming historic 1926 lodge overlooking Pine
Island Sound. After your meal, you’ll walk over to the
Research Center (left) where you’ll be led on a guided hike to the
top of a pre-Columbian mound of the ancient Calusa Culture. This
Center, at the Pineland archeological and historical site, a program
of the Florida Museum of Natural History, is dedicated to learning and
teaching about the archeology, history and ecology of Southwest
Florida. It’s like three tours in one!
Children: $35*. Includes Randell Center Tour (seasonal
Roosevelt Channel History & Estates
Cruise into the elegant days of old and new on
this historic cruise of Roosevelt Channel and visit extraordinary
Times: Sundays from 10:00 am – 12 Noon or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please call for scheduled dates.
Night Sky Astronomy Cruise
stars and constellations will be identified along the way & mythology
and mysteries of the universe will be appreciated under the magic of
the night sky. Departure Times Vary on this 1.5 hour cruise.
Adult: $45 / Child: $35*