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John Bickel,  in Captiva, FL

How do I get to North Captiva Island (also known as Upper Captiva) off the SW Florida coast?

Asked by John Bickel, Captiva, FL Wed Nov 12, 2008

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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Island Girl Ferry Service. We use them when going over to conduct home inspections. Horizon Inspection Service, Inc.
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Many ways, the best one for you depends on where you're coming from and what you want to do. I've been here since 1986 and know most of them. I am still infatuated with the island and will respond to your call or email.
Gary@IslanderRealty.com or 239 850 0930.
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Find all your answers on the link above.
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All the ways to get to North Captiva Island are summarized on this page:

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Boat Excursion and Water Taxi Service
Water Taxi Service - 239-283-3630

Sunday Through Friday

Departs North Captiva to Pine Island
Departs Pine Island to North Captiva

9:00am 8:00am
2:00pm 10:30am
4:30pm 3:30pm

9:00am 8:00am
11:30am 10:30am
2:00pm 1:00pm
4:30pm 3:30pm
8:00pm 6:00pm

Group Rates Available. Children Under 2 FREE

Private Charter Rates

5am till 7am $125 One Way
7:01am till 7pm $100 One Way
7:01pm till 11pm $125 One Way

1 to 6 person rate. Over 6 people contact us
for special fare. No private charters offered
between 11pm and 5am at this time.

One way Return or Arrival Express Shuttle trips
will be cut in half to complete a round trip rate
if using the scheduled service.

Boat Excursions - 239-283-3630

All excursions shown above leave North Captiva at 11:00am and return at 2:00pm. If you are departing from Pine Island please be at the Doug Taylor Ln location by 10:00am to catch the 10:15am shuttle.

Download the latest schedule
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 11, 2010
Several people have asked how to get to North Captiva Island (also know as Upper Captiva Island).

North Captiva is one of the chain of barrier islands off the SW Florida coast near Fort Myers. It lies just north of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, separated from Captiva Island by Redfish Pass.

It is only accessible by boat or private aircraft.

Island property owners, some who live there year-round, have several choices for access. Some have their own boats, usually coming from one of the marinas on Pine Island. For example, the boat shown in the property listing at:


is dry-stored at Four Winds Marina, on the northern end of Pine Island, at Bokeelia. See their webcam and other details here:


It's about a 20 - 25 minute run through Pine Island Sound, one of the largest concentrations of Dolphins in the western hemisphere, as well as plenty of fishing grounds, from Four Winds Marina to Safety Harbor on North Captiva. Bear right at mile marker 52 on the Intercoastal Waterway and head for the sland. Stay close to the "fish house" at the harbor entrance, and follow the day beacons past the Barnacle Phil's restaurant docks to the Safety Harbor Club "T-dock."

Many full and part-time island residents who don't own boats use the regularly scheduled "Island Girl Ferry Service" coming from Pineland Marina, also on Pine Island.


Phone 239-633-8142 for reservations, runs every 2 hours, leaving Pineland Marina, Pine Island (239-283-3593 for directions to the marina).

The ferry makes regular stops at the Safety Harbor Club dock, the only full-service planned community on the island.

The grass airstrip is in regular use by residents, mostly Cessnas, but is private and only available to paid members. Do not attempt to use the strip without prior permission!

For any further details, please contact John Bickel at jb@johnbickel.com.
Web Reference: http://www.johnbickel.com
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So how difficult is navigation at night? If you live on N Captiva and want to go out on the mainland for dinner, are there hard to see hazards or do you have to pay attention to tides? We have a boat on a big lake with a lot of markers for big rocks and shoals so are used to that; just wondering how different boating on the ocean would be
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