Getting to North Captiva Island

No cars? No bridge? No worries!

To get to North Captiva Island you’ll need to leave your vehicle at The Island Club Welcome Center located at 5576 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City, FL 33956, and cross Pine Island Sound on the ferry. Visit The Island Club to see the ferry schedule and to make reservations.

We recommend booking the ferry when you first reserve our home since the best times can sell out quickly. Be sure to list House #120 and check the Luggage Assistance Needed box so your belongings get delivered to Bluefin Beach House when you arrive.

When prompted for a Folio Number, leave it blank if you don't have one yet. You will receive it from us once you make your final rental payment and can give it to The Island Club at that time.

Please contact us with your ferry arrival and departure times at least 45 days prior to your trip.

Flights & Driving

If you're flying we recommend coming into Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW) or Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). Flights to Sarasota (SRQ) or Tampa (TPA) are sometimes economical and may be worth checking into if you're renting a car and don't mind an extra drive.

Distance and Time to The Island Club Welcome Center

  • Fort Myers (RSW) - 34 miles (55 minutes)
  • Punta Gorda (PGD) - 27 miles (40 minutes)
  • Sarasota (SRQ) - 90 miles (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Tampa (TPA) - 139 miles (2 hours 30 minutes)    

When planning your return trip avoid scheduling your departure flight before 12:00 PM since the first ferry leaves the island at 9:00 AM. You should take a ferry that leaves the island a minimum of 3 hours before your flight to allow enough time.

We suggest taking Pine Island Taxi from the airport to the ferry instead of renting a car. They're safe, reliable, and can make a stop to pick up pre-ordered groceries on the way if requested.

If you're driving from I-75, take Exit 143 west onto Bayshore-Pine Island Road for 26 miles. Turn left onto Betsy Parkway for 0.4 mile. The Island Club Welcome Center will be on the right.

Parking is available for a fee. Make reservations for parking when you make your ferry reservation. During peak season you should plan to leave extra time for increased traffic.

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled ferry departure.

Early Arrival

If you’re arriving in the evening and need to overnight before coming to the island, there are many hotel options in the Fort Myers area that are close to the airport and offer complimentary shuttle service. You can schedule Pine Island Taxi to pick you up at your hotel the following morning to bring you to the ferry.

If you want to stay closer to the ferry, consider Tarpon Lodge. Established in 1926, this fishing lodge is old Florida at its finest. If you arrive early enough, be sure to have dinner at the lodge and order whatever local fish is on the menu. They serve a basic, complimentary continental breakfast and have a pool that faces the sound. Pine Island Taxi can pick you up and take you to the ferry which is only a 5-minute drive.

If you're looking for a quick meal before heading to the island, consider the Fine Swine. They serve delicious, authentic southern bar-b-que and seafood and are within walking distance from the The Island Club Welcome Center.

Ferry Departure

Once you arrive at The Island Club Welcome Center, all of your belongings should be labeled with House #120 to ensure everything is delivered to Bluefin Beach House. It may take up to an hour for your belongings to be delivered to the house during busy weeks, so you may want to keep a few small items (swimsuit, sunscreen, snack) with you.

About 15 minutes prior to ferry departure, a shuttle will take you from the welcome center to the marina to board the ferry. The ferry ride across Pine Island Sound takes about 25 minutes.

Island Arrival

Let the vacation begin!

Once on island, The Island Club staff members can answer any questions and help you find Bluefin Beach House.

House check-in is at 4:00 PM. You may use The Island Club facilities until check-in time if you come on an earlier ferry.

Private Airstrip

If you have a plane you might want to research flying to North Captiva Island. Salty Approach is a private airstrip that requires a membership or prior permission before landing. The airstrip is grass and approximately 2000 feet long.

There are normally aircraft parked to the side of the runway, mid-point, on the south side. Houses line both sides of the runway. When strong crosswind conditions exist, the approach and landing should be done with extreme caution.