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A private patch of luxury

Out among the dolphins

The pristine, private island of Useppa was first developed in the 1920's, by publishing magnate Bernard Collier as a tarpin fishing Mecca for the rich and famous including Rockefeller, Dupont, Edison and Henry Ford dynasties.

Useppa remains an exclusive community, with Collier's mansion home now the Collier Inn and restaurant. The only way non-members can get to the island is via one of the daily trips with Captiva Cruises.

Up close and personal

Taking a boat trip is another fine way to appreciate to beauty of this area.

Captiva Cruises runs a range of cruises including daily trips to the coastal islands of Cabbage Key and Useppa.

All trips bring you into close contact with the areas dolphin community, who seem to take great delight in performing around and under the boats. When the sun goes down

Adventures in Paradise allows you to paddle effortlessly, by canoe or kayak, around Connie Mack Island, by Larry's Lagoon and through Gator Creekto to Stingray Bay and Sharks Bay.

Here's the chance to spot Florida’s wildlife including osprey's, egrets, herons, spoonbills, pelicans, manatee, dolphin, river otters, gators, mangrove crabs, and jumping mullet.

When the day is done it’s going to be asual dining? That's fine as there's any number of eclectic restaurants on the islands.

While the local restaurant guide is particularly informative, I can recommend Sanibel’s Twilight Café, Doc Fords and Mamma Doc's.


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