Worlds Best Shelling Cruises




Go Explore


Captiva Island is one island in a chain of “barrier islands” located off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.  Captiva Island is accessible from the main land by automobile and is known for its great resorts, beachfront estates, cottages, vacation homes, and one-of-a-kind galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.    Island Hop with daily excursions to Cayo Costa Island State Park for shelling; Cabbage Key for a “Cheeseburger in Paradise;” visit the legendary and exclusive island of Useppa; or cruise to  Boca Grande, a charming seaside village on Gasparilla Island. For more information on exploring the islands  visit:


Go Fish


Grab a pole, bait bucket or pocket of lures and drop a line…. hire a fishing guide…. Sea trout, red fish, black drum, lady fish, snapper and sheepshead are some of the delectable fish you will find in Pine Island Sound.  Snook, a luscious local favorite, are not commercially harvested and the only way to get a taste is catch one yourself!  If you plan on visiting Captiva Island in the spring or early summer, tarpon fishing over the mixed sand and grass on Pine Island Sound is an awesome way to spend the day.


Go Shelling


Captiva Island, known as one of the best shelling beaches in the world, is actually made of shells.  It is no wonder that we have such an incredible abundance and variety of shells.  If you don’t know the difference between a lighting whelk, scallop or coquina… there are many shelling guides available to help you find some of the most sought after shells on our shores.  If you are fortunate enough to find the greatly prized junonia, tradition dictates you must have a photo taken of you and your shell for the local paper.  Captiva Island sea shells are the perfect vacation souvenir. For more information on shelling on Cayo Costa visit:


Go Boating


Surrounded by water, Captiva Island is a boater’s paradise.  Whether you want to parasail, cruise the islands, fish, boat or kayak, there are many ways to explore our beautiful waterways.


Captiva Cruises, 11401 Andy Rosse Lane,  239-472-5300

Island hopping, sunset, shelling and wildlife adventures. Private charters and custom expeditions. Visit


McCarthy’s Marina

Historic dock dating back to 1904

11401 Andy Rosse Lane,  239-472-5300


Jensen’s Marina, 15300 Captiva Drive, 239-472-4684

Fishing, boating, boat rentals


Yolo Watersports, 11534 Andy Rosse Lane, 239-472-9656

Parasailing, waverunners, golf carts and bicycle rentals


‘Tween Waters Inn Marina, 15951 Capiva Drive, 239-472-5161 #440

Guidend fishing, shelling, kayaking and sightseeing tours.  Fully stocked ship’s store, boat, canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals


South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, 239-472-5111

Guests of South Seas Island Resort can rent bikes, golf carts, boats, kayaks, wave runners.   Fishing charters and Seaplane tours available.


Go Paddle


The shallow waters off Captiva Island offer paddlers the opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural environment and abundant wildlife surrounding the island.  Manatees, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, ospreys and a soaring bald eagle or two can all be seen up close on a kayak, canoe or paddle board.  It is no wonder Captiva Island was voted a “Top Ten” place to kayak by Canoe & Kayak Magazine.  Wildlife guides, instructors, and equipment delivery is all part of the paddling experience on Captiva.  Grab a paddle and start exploring!


Go Play


With a five mile stretch of beach, Captiva Island offers beachcombers the opportunity to create life-long memories of a vacation well spent.  Listen to the waves, feel the breeze and sand between your toes…. Build a sandcastle, play Frisbee, collect sea shells or start a beach volleyball game.  Whatever you enjoy doing on the beach… Captiva Island is the place where memories are created.


Go Wild


Captiva Island is located between the back bay estuary of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico.  The island is home to an amazing array of wildlife including more than 250 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.  It is easy to spot an osprey, brown pelican, ibis, snowy egret and tri-colored heron.  Watch the manatees graze on the sea grasses close to the shoreline.  And we know its winter when our “snowbirds,” the white pelicans, migrate from the Rocky Mountains back to Captiva.  Come explore and enjoy our natural wildlife.



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