Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Since North Captiva is a bridgeless island, how do we get there?

A: Most of our guests use take a water taxi, Island Girl Charters (islandgirlcharters.com), to get to the island. Another water taxi some guests use is Just for Fun Ferry (northcaptiva.com). Both these options have parking areas, where you can leave your car on the mainland. Both Island Girl and Just For Fun crew are accustomed to large groups traveling with a week’s worth of gear and groceries. So don’t worry that you will sink the boat—they are prepared to handle your vacation cargo.

Q: Can we bring our own boat?

A: Absolutely! Sea Urchins has a private boat dock located on the property. The dock is situated in Safety Harbor, which means it is very sheltered from wind and waves. The dock can accommodate two boats and has deep water (over 4 feet).

Q: If we are flying in to Fort Myers (RSW), how do we get to the marina to catch our water taxi?

A: We recommend Pine Island Taxi (pineislandtaxi.com). They are pros at picking up folks and helping them meet their boat. They will even make a stop so you can pick up groceries. Go to their website for helpful information and travel advice.

Q: What about groceries? Is there a store on the island?

A: You will need to get groceries from the mainland because there is only a small store on the island that has very limited stock. You can have groceries delivered to the house (Sandie’s Grocery Service – northcaptiva.com) or stop by and pick up your groceries on the way to your boat. Both Publix and Winn Dixie grocery stores will shop your faxed order and have it ready for you to pick up. You can also stop at nearby liquor stores or seafood markets on your way to the marina. Before your visit, we will send you a list of grocery options/ideas and you can figure out what plan works best for your scenario.

Q: Are there restaurants on North Captiva?

A: Yes, there are 4 delicious restaurant options: Barnacle’s, Mango’s, The Boat House, and the Island Club’s Pool Bar and Grill. You can also boat over to historic Cabbage Key and enjoy dining in their open-air restaurant situated atop 38 foot indian shell mound.

Q: Is there a pool?

A: Yes, several. Sea Urchins has a private beachside pool on the property. There are also 2 large pools (Olympic and Lap size), located at North Captiva Island Club that our guests can use.

Q: Can we swim at the beach in front of the house?

A: Absolutely! It is shallow and usually very calm. The shoreline is gently sloping, which makes it a great beach for young children. The local dolphins love swimming there too. There are kayaks and paddle boards at the house. Several guests have reported having the dolphins swim right up to them as they paddled along the shore in front of the house.

Q: What about fishing?

A: The waters in and around North Captiva offer “world-class” fishing opportunities. You can hire a local guide or venture out on your own. Sea Urchins provides a few poles and some limited gear, but if you are a serious fisherman, you may want to bring your own. Go to myfwc.com to learn about local fishing regulations. They also have information on Fish ID and Fishing Tips and Facts.

Q: Do you have a grill?

A: Yes, we have both a gas grill and a charcoal Weber grill. LP gas is provided for the gas grill, but you will need to bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid if you plan to use the Weber.

Q: We were thinking about renting a boat? Can we do that?

A: Sure, and if you rent a boat, you can keep it at Sea Urchins’ dock! Here are a few local businesses you may want to contact for more information: Boats and Fun (located on North Captiva) boatsandfun.com, Jensen’s Marina (located on Captiva) gocaptiva.com and Four Winds Marina (located on Bokeelia) fourwindsmarina.com. Make your reservations early, or you might miss the boat (boat rentals fill up fast during peak vacation times).

Q: Do we need to rent a second golf cart?

A: We highly recommend renting a second golf cart. (Sea Urchins rental includes the use of one cart but it only accommodates 4 people.) A second cart will extend your options for the week. We recommend Sunshine Gulf Carts (sunshinegulfcartrentals.com). They have a brand new golf cart and they discount their rates for Sea Urchins’ guests. Reserve your second cart early because they are difficult to find on the island, especially during peak vacation times.