A Day on a Private Island: Historic Useppa
Breakfast and fun on the bus as we travel over the Sanibel triple span bridge with the Gulf of Mexico on our left and the inter-coastal waterway on our right. Our tour encompasses both Sanibel and Captiva Islands before we reach our first destination where we will board our climate controlled USCG approved riverboat for a scenic ninety-minute boat ride past Cabbage Key to gorgeous Useppa Island. Watch for manatees at the dock before we depart!
Useppa Island is an exclusive private island club with picturesque white cottages, pink pathways and lush tropical vegetation. One of the very few ways to visit Useppa is to be a member, a guest of a member or ride with us! 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 now known as the Barron Collier Inn 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 and where we will dine for lunch.
One of our recent passengers said, "We're only 30 miles from home but I feel like I'm in another country!"
Barron Collier Inn
We will dine on chef made fare in the beautiful Courtyard Dining Room.
Insider Tip- The fried green tomato BLT- gotta try it!
Barbara Sumwait History Museum
After lunch spend time wandering the island and historic Inn. You will also want to visit the Barbara Sumwait History Museum on the island. This superbly done museum goes back in history from the Calusa Indians up to the present day on Useppa. They do ask for a $5.00 donation and it's worth every penny. Golf cart shuttles are available throughout island upon request. Your Boat Captain will let you know exact Useppa departure time before we deboard.
Boarding Locations & Times
8:00AM Westin Tarpon Point 5951 Silver King Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL. 33914 Board at the Westin front door- parking garage is free.
8:30AM Salty Papa's 15271 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908 SW corner of parking lot- parking is free.
To keep our tour running smoothly, please be at your location 10 minutes before pick up time.
Includes breakfast, lunch, and boat excursion. Tax and 5% booking fee will be added at checkout.
Please tip your tour guides if you enjoyed their service.