Captiva Cruises offers daily cruises such as a 90-minute dolphin watch, a one-hour sunset cruise and half-day cruises. It ... More
Captiva Cruises offers daily cruises such as a 90-minute dolphin watch, a one-hour sunset cruise and half-day cruises. It also offers private charters for corporate receptions or private parties. The vessels have cash bars and snack food for sale, and you can not bring your own food. Reservations are required. For daily cruises, reservations are only accepted a week or less prior to the cruise. Most cruises depart from South Seas Resort, so you must arrange access onto this private resort.
This is the second time I have taken a cruise with Captiva Cruises. The first time several months ago I took the Dolphin/Wildlife Cruise. The guide was from the local Wildlife Refuge, and was very knowledgable. The Dolphin pods know the boat and the route and they like to approach it, so we saw maybe 5 pods, maybe 20 Dolphins in total, at least 2 babies. Lots of different birds as well.
This time we took the cruise to Cabbage Key/Useppa and got off at Useppa. Based on what the others reported, I was happiest at Useppa I think. There was a very nice inn there where we had a great lunch, and there is also a little museum that we enjoyed. You have about two hours in Useppa, each thing took about 45 minutes, and then we just sauntered around the island with the time we had left . It has a very rich history, and a nice, private, almost "Key West" kind of architectural feel.
The ride itself is an hour each way, and very nice just to sit in the sun with the breeze. We also had a few dolphins come to play with us on this cruise. They also have a little bar if you would like to have a drink.
We especially enjoyed Captain Eric, he was a great narrator and we laughed a lot, he has a great way with words. He took the time to introduce himself, remember where we were from, etc.
We took "Cheeseburger in Paradise" loved it went back for the "Dolphin cruise" and before we left went for a "Sunset cruise" These folks are great and we are looking forward to "Cayo Costa this year. I would highly recommend any of their cruises
We took the cruise to Cabbage Key to see what insprired Jimmy Buffet to write "Cheeseburger in Paradise". It was a wonderful trip with a great and funny tour guide. The breeze was heaven on such a hot day. The dolphins played in the wake of the boat and put on a good show. Cabbage Key is beautiful (you have got to climb the water tower there for amazing views). The resturant is Hot (not air conditioning) but really amazing....over $70,000 in bills taped to the walls. The cheeseburger was nothing to write home about, but really good frozen key lime pie.
Captiva Cruises can show you the parts of Florida that only the discerning travelers ever see. Cabbage Key Island, Useppa Island, Gasparilla - I've taken tours of both Cabbage Key and Useppa Islands with Captiva Cruises and then returned to Captiva Island in time to see the brilliant sunset at the beach there. Its always the highlight of my trips to Florida!
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