A Short Boat Ride To Cabbage Key, Sanibel Beaches and Captiva Island Beaches

Useppa Island is a beautiful tropical island located off the coast in Southwest Florida. It is only accessible by boat. There are no bridges, no traffic, no crowds and no stress. It's a short boat ride to Cabbage Key, Sanibel beaches and Captiva Island beaches.

Conde' Nast Traveler says Useppa Island is: "One of the top 25 true island retreats in the world - serenity, great facilities and fishing, and no cars - Useppa has it all."

Useppa is a private club that provides a lucky few very well heeled folks with unsurpassed beauty and amenities.

Useppa is only a 15 minute boat ride to the mainland, but the rest of the world seems a million miles away when you arrive on this beautiful retreat.

This is truly a private club with amenities available only to owners, members and guests.

The cottages and gorgeous homes on this exquisite island are all privately owned and are available for purchase by members only.

There are, however, opportunities to visit by taking a cruise out of Captiva Island on Captiva Cruises or by renting in one of the rental facilities on the island.

Barron Collier, a wealthy publisher, built a beautiful, large home on Useppa in the 1920's. His wealthy friends loved Tarpon fishing and his home served as home base for their fishing passion. He was host to the Rockefellers, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Duponts, as well as Hollywood celebrities and political bigwigs.

Useppa is a private island and only members or member guests are permitted to visit. The exception is passengers aboard the Lady Chadwick cruise boat and other pre-arranged group tours. Captiva Cruises owns and operates the Lady Chadwick.

If you're a boater, it's worth a ride by, even though you won't be able to dock, to pass the magnificent homes on the island.

When you come to Useppa on the Lady Chadwick you can visit the Useppa Museum, take a stroll through the beautiful grounds and purchase lunch.

The Useppa Museum was originally built as an island cottage. Through donations by the Useppa Historical Society and members of the Useppa Island Club, the building was relocated, reconstructed and opened in 1994. There is a $5.00 admission donation. Children under 18 are free.

The Collier Inn is the centerpiece and has magnificient views of Pine Island Sound, which are visible from each of the seven spectacular suites. This century old Inn has been beautifully restored to it's elegant splendor.

Useppa Island also has private vacation homes and cottages for rent. All homes feature fully equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms, at least 2 bedrooms and sensational water views.Additionally, there are lovely Island rooms and suites available for rental.

Things To Do on Useppa Island

When visiting Useppa Island you can stroll the famous Pink Promenade bordered with a profusion of lush tropical foliage and colorful tropical flowers.

Useppa is today considered the ultimate fishing base for those angling for the Silver Tarpon. While staying here, you can rent a kayak for exploring or fishing or a charter fishing trip can be arranged.

Also, make sure to visit the Useppa Fitness Cottage, which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

If you're a beach lover, there is a waterfront beach with beautiful white sand, but no Gulf beaches. If you're anxious to soak up the sun swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, it's just a short boat ride to the public beaches on Sanibel or Captiva Island.

Dining on Useppa

Enjoy a fabulous lunch in the Courtyard Dining Room and Patio Terrace. There's a great view from the terrace but if you've had enough sun and prefer air conditioned comfort, relax in the Courtyard Dining Room.

The Barron Collier Dining Room with its sophisticated atmosphere is perfect for a fine dining experience.

For relaxing in the afternoon or evening, enjoy a cocktail around the piano bar or next to the waterfront pool at the Izaak Walton Bar. Or, if you prefer, enjoy a cocktail at the marina front Tarpon Bar.

History of Useppa Island

Useppa was inhabited for 10,000 years by nomads who roamed and searched for food in prehistoric ages.

About 10,000 years ago, the Calusa Indians came to Useppa and surrounding areas. Visitors to this area can still see the many Calusa shell mounds on this and other local islands.

Hundreds of years later, Useppa and its surrounding barrier islands became home to fierce pirates such as Jose Gaspar.

After several more centuries, John M. Roach, a Chicago streetcar magnate, purchased the Island in 1894. He proceeded to build a home as a winter retreat. After many requests from his wealthy friends, including Barron G. Collier, he built a hotel on the Island.

Collier fell in love with this beautiful island and purchased it in 1906. It became a retreat for his wealthy business friends, political leaders and Hollywood celebrities.

Many years later, the Island was abandoned and used by the Government as a base for the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Useppa's current owner, Gar Beckstead, acquired the Island in 1976. He proceeded to restore the Island to its previous splendor.

Unfortunately, in 2004, Hurricane Charley devastated this gorgeous island with its 145 mile per hour winds.

Rebuilding immediately started and Useppa is even more beautiful and refined than ever.

Useppa Real Estate

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