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How to Enjoy the Jensen’s Marina Captiva Island Experience

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Step back in time to Old Florida with a Jensen’s Marina Captiva Island experience. Enjoy a Florida boat rental, a boat tour and plan a fishing trip today!

By Kurt Schultheis | February 12, 2021

When you are in Florida, you have to experience what we call Old Florida. This involves leaving your troubles and stress behind. You have to visit a slice of Florida that involves a laid back atmosphere full of nothing but fresh salty air as the sun drops behind the Gulf of Mexico. 

Need a change of scenery? The Jensen’s Marina™ Captiva Island experience involves boat rentals, great fishing, boat and water taxi tours and a laidback Old Florida environment to decompress. 

Learn more about Captiva Island, the Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ experience and everything the Captiva marina has to offer! 

Things to Do in Captiva Island to Enjoy the Captiva Experience

There is so much to offer in Captiva Island for those on vacation. Some of the activities you should be doing includes:

Shelling

Come to Captiva Island beaches to take advantage of amazing shelling opportunities. Shelling on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island is legendary. Enjoy a calm morning or a beautiful sunset by bringing some shovels and buckets and looking for the calm Gulf waves to bring in beautiful shells for you to take back home with you. The shells are a great keepsake from your trip and help you remember to come back again soon!

Enjoying the Captiva Beach Experience

Captiva Island and Sanibel Island have some of the best beaches in the world. You haven’t been on a real beach until you step on the sugary white sand and gaze out at the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

On Captiva, the beach is available by car or boat at Alison Hagerup Beach and Turner’s Beach, known to the longtime locals as Captiva Beach. 

Take a Water Taxi to North Captiva and Cayo Costa

Taking a water taxi to North Captiva Island and Cayo Costa makes for a great day. Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ offers a water taxi service you can schedule for a great day on the water. This is a great opportunity to ask our longtime fishing boat captains about all their local expertise. Find out the best spots to fish and where the best secluded beach spots are from the locals that know all the tricks!

Plan a Fishing Trip

Planning a fishing trip at Jensen’s Marina™ is a great way to soak in the Florida vacation experience. As we mentioned above, scheduling a fishing charter excursion with a fishing guide allows you to go to the best fishing spots and have a great day with your friends and family? Even better? Bring your catch back to the marina, clean it at the cleaning station and throw it on the grill while you listen to some music and watch the sunset at Jensen’s Marina™. 

Take a Trip to Cayo Costa

Did you know the island of Cayo Costa sits just north of Captiva Island and that’s the island that people really want to visit for a Florida beach and nature experience? On Cayo Costa sits the beautiful Cayo Costa Florida State Park. Take a water taxi from Jensen’s Marina™ and enjoy the day there. 

Head to Cabbage Key

You can also enjoy the day on Cabbage Key by taking a water taxi. It’s an hour boat ride and is a great place to have lunch. Grab a cheeseburger, enjoy Old Florida  and plan a fishing trip!

Enjoy Captiva Watersports Adventures

Your best time in Florida is the time you spend out on the water. Here’s some tips to enjoy Captiva watersports adventures:

Rent a Canoe

Rent a canoe to casually explore rivers and the open water between the mangrove shorelines. 

Go Kayaking

Paddling in a kayak while listening to the water glide past your fiberglass hull and paddle is therapeutic. Enjoy the Gulf’s shoreline and Intracoastal Waterway while looking for Florida wildlife. 

Plan to Parasail

Plan a parasailing trip and fly high above the ground getting a great view of the Southwest Florida coastline. 

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

There is a ton of beautiful scenery to see just off Captiva and other barrier islands...under the water! Next time you visit, come plan a snorkeling or scuba diving trip  to see up close and personal barracuda, grouper, nurse sharks, cobia, eels and more in coral reefs below the surface. 

Rent a Jet Ski

Ride the water off the coast and look for manatee and dolphin sightings. You can rent a Jet ski for a half hour, a half day or a full day. These are great little watercrafts for a casual spin through the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Schedule a Captiva Cruise or Island Tour

When you schedule a cruise with Jensen’s Marina™, you can relax and let the boat captain take you on an adventure to places like Cayo Costa to enjoy lunch, shelling a sunset and more.

Consider private charters or island tours for:

  • Family reunions
  • Private island tours
  • Wedding party fun
  • Company retreats

Captiva Island Experiences to Do at Night

Watch the Sunset

Sunsets on Captiva Island and nearby Sanibel Island are a sight to behold. Find a great spot on the beach and bask in the yellow and orange hues that highlight the horizon as the sun drops below the Gulf of Mexico. There is nothing more relaxing than this experience. 

Enjoy a Fresh Seafood Meal

If you like fresh seafood, you came to the right place. Check out the following Captiva restaurants for some great food: 

  • Bubble Room
  • Mango’s Dockside Bistro
  • Key Lime Bistro
  • The Mucky Duck Restaurant
  • The Green Flash Restaurant
  • Cantina Captiva
  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Reserve a Sunset Cruise

A sunset cruise off the coasts of Captiva Island, Sanibel Island, Cayo Costa and Cabbage Key is our kind of after hours experience. There’s nothing quite like being out on the water to see a sunset. You can rent a boat or schedule a sunset excursion at Jensen’s Marina™ to check this Florida vacation item off your to do list. 

Go to the Movies

Head over to Sanibel Island when you have a free night and catch a movie at Island Cinema on Sanibel Island. This quaint cinema experience offers a great picture, comfortable seats and even beer and wine options at the concessions. 

Have a Cocktail

Have an evening cocktail at Captiva mainstays like North Captiva Restaurant and Gift Shop, Barnacles Bar and Over the Waterfront. 

Enjoy a Green Flash Captiva Sunset

Have you ever heard of the green flash? The green flash is a phenomenon that sometimes happens just at the moment of sunrise or sunset. When conditions line up perfectly, a distinct green spot briefly flashes just above the upper rim of the sun before it disappears. It’s called a meteorological optical phenomena. Sometimes the green flash looks like a shooting green ray. At most, the green flash lasts two seconds. So don’t blink as the sun quickly drops at the end of its sunset descent!

Go impress your vacation crew by suggesting you go to The Green Flash Restaurant on Captiva, where you can order a Green Flash cocktail and explain your knowledge of how the Green Flash works. 

Jensen’s Marina™ History

Did you know that Jensen’s Marina™ and Cottages was initially formed back in the 1950s when the Jensen Family purchased the land sight unseen when they lived in Michigan? In 1973, they came to visit the land for the first time and fell in love with Captiva Island and their slice of island heaven. 

Within three years, the Jensens had a marina, a cottage and more. Soon, they purchased more land to also acquire what is now Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™. Before long, the Jensen brothers decided to move to Captiva Island permanently and run the marina. 

Today, the marina offers everything from boat rentals to fishing and Captiva island tours and more. 

Jensen’s Marina Old Florida Feel

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So what exactly is Old Florida at Jensen’s Marina™? It’s a postcard scene from a long time ago nestled on an island with historic wooden cottages and tiki huts for shade. The first cottage was built in 1928 and still stands today. 

It’s also a place where even stars want to come visit and unwind, including the likes of Danny Devito, Ted Turner, Rob Lowe, Kevin Costner and more!

Old Florida at Jensen’s Marina™ involves the following: 

  • A laid back atmosphere where even sandals are optional 
  • A quaint museum where the Jensens have enshrined famous guest visitors through pictures, antique fishing rods and reels and other mementos. 
  • Impromptu live music and dance parties in the evenings
  • Barbecue grills available for marina guests anytime
  • Watching manatees congregate by the marina
  • Fishing tournaments

Jensen’s Resort Captiva Amenities

Here at Jensen’s Marina™ on Captiva Island, we offer the following amenities you need to make you feel right at home while you are here on island time. This includes:

  • 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

Find Florida Boat Rentals that Work For You

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Now it’s time to rent a boat on Captiva Island. What kind of boat experience do you want? We recommend the following Jensen’s boat rental Captiva needs:

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 Boat at Jensen’s Marina™ Today!

Now it’s time to get to the islands and enjoy the Jensen’s Captiva Island experience! Make your Florida boating experience exceptional by choosing Jensen’s Marina™ and Cottages for all of your Captiva Island needs! We can discuss Jensen’s Captiva marina amenities and rates when you get here!

Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ is the perfect place to rent a boat on Captiva Island. Come enjoy Old Florida at its finest out on the water.  Rent a boat, enjoy a sunset cruise and plan a fishing trip with your friends at Jensen’s Marina™ on Captiva Island today!

Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™

15107 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

(833) 668-7768
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