We think you will love the journey and the destination…a scenic 25-minute boat ride will take you across Pine Island Sound to North Captiva. Look for bottlenose dolphins along the way and the occasional loggerhead sea turtle. Ospreys, pelicans, cormorants and gulls can be found waiting along the shoreline and on the pilings as you pull into the harbor. At the dock, a golf cart will be available to transport you and your provisions to the house.
If you would like to bring your own boat, your rental of Sea Urchins includes the use of its private dock. The boat dock is located on the west side of Sea Urchin’s property. Located in protected Safety Harbor, the dock has deep water (over 4 feet) and has slips to accommodate 2 vessels.
If you are not bringing your own boat, there are both scheduled and privately chartered water taxi options. Boats and Fun water taxi can be booked to accommodate your schedule and will drop you off right at Sea Urchins’ private dock—super easy and convenient! Contact them to see if this is an option for you (239) 214-8676 or boatsandfun.com. They only transport 6 guests per boat, so you would need to schedule a second boat if you had a larger group. Boats and Fun approximately $265 round trip per boat.
Island Girl Charters stops at the Barnacle’s dock, which is a few minutes away from Sea Urchins. Island Girl charges about $48 per person round trip ($44 for children under 11 years). Check their website islandgirlcharters.com for rates, schedules and maps of their routes. They can also be reached at (239) 633-8142.
You can launch your boat, or park your car at Pineland Marina. Parking fees start at about $9 per day. Check out pinelandmarina.com or call them at (239) 283-3593.
If you are flying into Regional Southwest International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers, we recommend you use Pine Island Taxi to get to the marina. Go to their website, pineislandtaxi.com or call (888) 777-9653 for specific pricing for your group or to make a reservation. You can also make arrangements to stop for groceries or fresh seafood on the way to the marina. Pine Island Taxi’s website has helpful information/advice about grocery pick up.
There is a small store (at Mango’s) on North Captiva that sells basic provisions and there are 3 island restaurants you can try: Mango’s, Mainstay (formerly Barnacle’s), and The Boat House. We suggest you plan ahead to get supplies from the mainland, since groceries on the island are limited and more expensive.