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13 Expert Planning Tips For Captiva Island Boat Tours


Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ has been booking Captiva Island boat tours for more than 40 years. Book a boat tour today and start planning your next Florida waterfront vacation!

By Brand Ambassador | May 7, 2021

Sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand is a great way to maximize your Florida vacation experience. Another great way, though, is to get off the beach and plan Captiva Island boat tours to barrier islands all over Southwest Florida. 

Captiva Island boat tours are the best way to maximize your Florida vacation. Boat tours to North Captiva Island, Cabbage Key, Pine Island, Boca Grande, Cayo Costa and other islands are great trips to plan through a marina with experience in the area. 

Follow our road map to planning great boat tours and finding Florida boat rentals today. 

Cayo Costa State Park

No boat tour is complete without a trip to Cayo Costa to explore the wonderful Cayo Costa State Park. A trip to Cayo Costa is only available via boat as well. Renting a boat at Jensen’s Marina™ or planning a Captiva Island boat tour to Cayo Costa is the perfect day to enjoy this island for a day trip or even overnight if you prefer camping!

We can help you plan a Cayo Costa State Park Adventure today. 

How Long is the Boat Ride from Captiva to Cabbage Key?

A water taxi ride or boat tours from Captiva Island to Cabbage Key can take about an hour. It’s an eight-mile boat ride to Cabbage Key. At Jensen’s Marina™, you can take a tour by island water taxi to this beautiful secluded island. 

It’s also a great breakfast or lunch stop when you visit Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant. It’s a beautiful paradise to enjoy. Just rent a boat or schedule a water taxi to get there!

Is There a Beach on Cabbage Key?

There is a beautiful beach on Cabbage Key! You can enjoy peaceful, secluded spots and natural beaches. The beach at Cabbage Key is a beautiful spot to catch a sunset, go beach shelling and have a romantic day with your partner. 

Can You Drive to Useppa Island?

can you drive to useppa island

Useppa Island is located near the north end of Pine Island Sound. The only way to access beautiful Useppa Island is by a boat. Scheduling a water taxi boat tour out of Jensen’s Marina™or renting a boat is the best way to explore this beautiful island paradise while taking a boating adventure in the process! Learn how and if you can access the island by reading on. 

Is Useppa Island Open to the Public? 

Useppa Island is the home to a private resort and luxury resorts, including the private Useppa Island Club. Useppa Island is open to visitors of those that are on the island and those that are renting at a luxury resort property. 

Pine Island Boat Tours

You can step back in time on a boat tour to Pine Island with Jensen’s Marina Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™. The tour includes a boat tour and a walking trail at the Historic Calusa Native American Shell Mound.

Boca Grande Boat Tours

Scheduling a water taxi to historic Boca Grande is a great way to enjoy island tours from Jensen’s Marina™. The historic town in the area includes restaurants and even a museum along with a cluster of shops and galleries. You can stroll tree-lined streets and enjoy a tour of beautiful island mansions. Secluded beaches are plentiful here as well. 

Beautiful restaurants to dine at include:

  • Scarpa’s Coastal
  • Pink Elephant
  • Temptation Restaurant

Island Hopping in Captiva Island

island hopping in north carolina

There’s nothing in the vacation rule book that says you can only visit one island on your trip! Jensen’s Marina™ allows you to make time to island hop. You can go sightseeing for the day on one island or jump on the boat  and have multiple brief stops at islands arranged by marina staff. 

Jensen’s Marina™ allows you to:

  • Decide the length of your tour
  • Go sightseeing for the day
  • Visit multiple islands
  • Tours arranged by marina staff

What Should I Bring to North Captiva Island?

North Captiva Island is the perfect place to plan a boat tour trip because it’s also accessible only by boat. It’s best to schedule an island boat tour through Pine Island Sound and schedule your destination as North Captiva Island. At Jensen’s Marina™, visitors can reserve North Captiva Island boat tours anytime!

You have to plan for an outdoor adventure on the beach when you come to Captiva Island. You should plan to bring: 

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • A cooler and ice
  • Towels and an extra set of clothes
  • Games and books to read
  • Buckets and shovels to go shelling
  • Sunscreen
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reusable water bottles
  • A Yeti cup
  • A sense of adventure

Captiva Sunset Cruise Tips

Captiva sunset cruises are a great way to unwind and relax in Southwest Florida. At Jensen’s Marina™, you can schedule a sunset cruise through Pine Island Sound with your loved ones to experience the peace that comes with a Florida sunset. 

Captiva Island Boat Tours and Excursions

captiva island boat tours and excursions

Are you ready for Captiva Island boat cruises and excursion adventures? At Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ on Captiva Island, we have everything you need to enjoy Captiva Island any time of the year. Take a look at our marina offerings:

  • Boat rentals
  • Kayak rentals
  • Boat rides
  • 35 wet slips
  • 14 cottages
  • North Captiva water taxi trips
  • Bait
  • Tackle
  • Ice
  • Gas
  • Coolers
  • T-Shirts, hats, sunscreen, postcards and more at the Ship Store 
  • Free WiFi
  • Fishing off our private dock
  • Impromptu live music events in the evenings
  • A quaint museum that shows you the history of fishing on Captiva Island
  • Close to nearby restaurants, galleries and shops

Pick a Florida Boat Rental for Your Tour

Ready to rent a boat on Captiva Island? Jensen’s Marina™ has boat options to fit your needs, including:

Pontoon Fishing Boats

Pontoon boats work for families and friends cruising the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal Waterway.  They are a great choice for family fun time and boat parties. A 24-foot pontoon boat with a 115-horsepower motor that can accommodate up to 12 people works well for these types of activities. 

Rent a Center Console Boats

Center console boats work well for smaller groups for fishing and boating trips. Try an 18-foot center console boat that holds up to five people and holds a decent amount of fishing gear. 

Rent a Boston Whaler Boat

An 18” Boston Whaler with a 150-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke motor holds up to six people and has a 1,000-pound weight capacity for your fishing crew, a cooler and plenty of fishing bait and tackle.

Rent a Kayak

We also offer Captiva Island kayak rental experiences for you to enjoy the area in peace and quiet and become one with nature. 

Jensen’s Marina™ offers 1-person and 2-person kayak rentals. It costs two hours for a $25 1-person kayak and two hours for a 2-person kayak costs $35.  You can also make a marina reservation plan for a guided kayak wildlife tour today to see bottlenose manatees, dolphins, bald eagles and more! Wildlife cruises are also available. Enjoy a marked kayak trail at Buck Key just south of Jensen’s Marina™ called Roosevelt Trail. 

Captiva Private Charters and Island Tour Offerings

captiva private charters and island tour offerings

Jensen’s Marina™ has great Captiva Island tour offerings that you can schedule with charter boat captains at the marina. To recap, we offer the following: 

  • Water taxi boat tours to North Captiva and other areas.
  • Private tours to Cabbage Key’s secluded paradise to enjoy a nice meal and a walk.
  • Boat tours through Pine Island Sound or just a casual trip to see dolphins and a sunset. 
  • A trip to Pine Island where tourists can step back in time and walk Historic Calusa Native American Shell Mound. 
  • Water taxi rides to Boca Grande, the most northern destination spot of our tours. The historic town has a quaint downtown with shops, a museum and restaurants. 
  • An island hop tour to get a historic and up close view to the area’s barrier islands of your choosing. 

We suggest a private charter or island tour for the following get togethers: 

  • Family reunion parties
  • Wedding party excursions
  • Private island tours
  • Corporate outing retreats

Rent a Cottage at Jensen’s Marina™ and Stay Awhile!

Here at Jensen’s Marina™, we offer the boat rentals, marina amenities and everything you need to enjoy a boat on your vacation. Staying awhile? We also offer 14 historic Captiva Island cottages for you to enjoy and stay awhile. 

We are ready to book your Captiva island boat tours today! Whether you decide to stay for a long weekend or for a week or more, Jensen’s Marina™ has a wide variety of quaint cottages near the water to choose from. Book your cottage today!

Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™

15107 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

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