11 Can't-Miss Cruises from Captiva Island, Florida

Sailboats

There’s no easier way to get on the water than to schedule a cruise on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Just sit back and enjoy the view from the deck of any of Captiva Cruises’ daily outings. From wildlife-watching to shelling expeditions, these day cruises are great for just about any occasion.

Dolphin Watch & Wildlife Adventure Cruise

There’s nothing more exciting than dolphins leaping in your boat wake. Unless of course you’re within arms’ reach of the action. This is the perfect family cruise for you and your loved ones as you, enjoy the high-flying acrobatics of our resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and spot our native birds.

Dolphins leaping

Sunset Cruises

Fresh sea air aboard a 40-foot sailing catamaran goes great with sunsets. The perfect way to end a day on Captiva Island – is with a cocktail from the full-service cash bar while listening to, relaxing live music, and watching the orange sun slip into the Gulf of Mexico. You can also try the wildlife cruise at dusk when many local animals are naturally more active. Choose the cruise that matches your pace, and watch a sunset like no other.

big boat at sunset

Cayo Costa Beach & Shelling Cruise

On the secluded islands of North Captiva or Cayo Costa, boat-only access leads you to hours of remote shelling, swimming, bird-watching, and exploring. On the return cruise to Captiva, compare shells with others while watching for dolphins surfacing in Pine Island Sound. Don’t forget to pack snacks and drinks as there are no facilities on these islands.

Shells

Cabbage Key Cruise

Cabbage Key is a ture "Old Flordia" island hideaway and home to the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant. Autographed dollar bills line the walls and ceilings of this rustic fisherman’s pub. Legend has it Jimmy Buffet was inspired to write the song Cheeseburger in Paradise here. 

Try the legendary cheeseburger for lunch and then explore the short, serene nature trail with Instagram-worthy views from the island’s water tower.

Cabbage Key Roof-full of Dollars

Useppa Island Cruise

A storybook setting with picturesque white cottages, Useppa’s pink pathways and lush vegetation was once a sport-fishing mecca for the rich and famous. Magnates such as Rockefeller, Dupont, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford all visited the tiny island. 

The only way to visit the island is to be a member of the Useppa Island Club, the guest of a member, or with Captiva Cruises. Once there, dine at the Collier Inn and then tour the island’s stunning history museum.

Useppa Beach

Lunch Cruise to Tarpon Lodge & Indian Mounds on Pine Island

Cruise near historic fish houses while witnessing the fishing cultures of Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. These include the indigenous Calusa and Spanish Cuban Ranchos.

Eat lunch at the historic Tarpon Lodge overlooking Pine Island Sound, and then enjoy a guided hike to the top of an ancient Calusa mound that pre-dates Colombian history!

Fishing

Night Sky Astronomy Cruise

Cruise Pine Island Sound after sunset when the night sky reveals its twinkling treasures. Experts identify nearby planets, distant stars and legendary constellations along the way. Even stories of mythology and mysteries of the universe will be shared while floating miles from man-made lights on the coast.

Starry Night

Boca Grande Cruise

If you’re looking to relax at a quaint seaside village, then Boca Grande is a destination that should not be missed. Stop by numerous restaurants, shops and art galleries found here on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island. From the marina, enjoy a 10-minute stroll to downtown Boca Grande, or rent a golf cart and roll over to the unique Boca Grande Lighthouse and history museum.

Adventure Sailing Cruises

For a more traditional adventure on the sea, hop aboard a 40-foot sailing catamaran and let the wind put distance between you and the mainland. Cruise the Gulf of Mexico in spectacular style while basking in the warm Florida sun, or relax in the comfortable shade of the sails.

Salboat

Cape Haze Cruises

Float through mangrove islands with irresistible photo opportunities on your way to the remote barrier island that is Don Pedro Island State Park. Search for sharks' teeth on the beach and then enjoy a family picnic beneath the shaded pavilion. You’ll need to bring snacks or pack a lunch, but restroom facilities are available.

Mangrove

Private Cruise Expeditions

For a special memory on the water, arrange a private boat expedition with Captiva Cruises. Custom tours for beach shelling, picnicking or sailing are available on boat sizes ranging from 6 to 48 passengers. Contact the Captiva Cruises office for hourly rates!

Sail Guy

No matter which expedition you select, Captiva Cruises knows how to make your day on the water memorable. Make sure to book your reservation beforehand! Call (239) 472-5300 or visit http://www.captivacruises.com/res_info.html to book your adventure.

 

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