"Out Island" Gulf Cruises
Leave the rat race behind and come aboard a Gulf Island Tours Yacht Cruise to visit the sparkling waters and stunning islands of Southwest Florida. We offer customizable tours and fishing adventures that give our passengers an authentic Florida experience. Cruising through and to the beautiful islands along the Gulf Coast of “Old Florida,” you'll delight at seeing peaceful manatees, playful dolphins and paradise within reach. We are currently offering full day cruises to Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key and Boca Grande. For maximum enjoyment, visit these islands plus Pine Island, Captiva & Sanibel Islands on one of our overnight yacht charter packages! You can also choose a northern itinerary to see Venice , Longboat Key and Siesta Key Florida! Your fun and most memorable vacation experience starts with a Gulf Island yacht cruise. So, choose a destination and let us help you explore the natural beauty and rich history of this unique area. We’ll show you Florida as you have never seen it: up close, in depth, and newly discovered by you! All you have to do is leave your cares on the mainland, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Cayo Costa State Park
Accessible only by boat, Cayo Costa State Park offers a remote 9-mile stretch of beach where one can find an array of dazzling seashells by day and see cereus cactus flowers bloom gloriously by night. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and hunting for seashells. Sometimes manatees or pods of dolphins can been seen in the sparkling waters. There are 6.5 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore as well. The fishing is fine enough for novice and experienced anglers alike. Be sure to obtain a Florida Fishing license if you plan to cast a line. The 2,426-acre state park is home to over 175 species of birds, lush pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the island's ecology and history. Let Gulf Island Tours take you to Cayo Costa, recently named America's # 2 secluded beach by US News, and Travel & Leisure Magazine rated as #7 of America's Best Undiscovered Islands. Be sure to pack your beach bag and bring along anything you would like to eat or drink, as there are no facilities at Cayo Costa State Park.
The fortunate east/west layout of Sanibel Island makes its beaches a lucky landing zone for dazzling seashells from the bounteous Gulf of Mexico. The abundant shelling attracts visitors from around the globe, each searching for colorful, sea-bourne treasure. So common is it to see shellers bent over the sand to collect shells that the stance has become known as the “Sanibel Stoop.” But shelling isn’t all Sanibel Island offers. You’ll find the 1884 Point Ybel Lighthouse and the J.N. Darling National Wildlife refuge & Bird Sanctuary. Plus there are excellent restaurants, shopping, fishing, bike paths, golfing, tennis and more.
Captiva Island & North Captiva Island
The waterways and wildlife of Captiva Island are not to be missed. This beautiful sister-island to Sanibel Island offers a wonderful opportunity to see dolphins, blue heron, numerous species of colorful birds, and land creatures like raccoons – all from the sparkling water as you enjoy your boat tour. Discover for yourself this enchanting place once inhabited by the Calusa Indians, and take advantage of the great swimming, shelling, bird watching along miles of sandy beach. Captiva Island has two beaches: Turner Beach and Captiva Beach. Both are great locations from which to enjoy a stunning southwest Florida sunset. But there’s more! Grab a tasty bite and visit the delightful specialty shops of Downtown Captiva, one of the most charming villages you’ll ever visit. On North Captiva, there are no streets, only sandy paths and beautiful houses. One of our favorite activities there is renting a golf cart from "Yolo's Rentals" and exploring the backroad "jungles" of the island.
Pine Island & Matlacha
At 18 miles long and only two miles wide, Pine Island is the largest island on Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. It’s a tropical paradise of mangroves, three aquatic preserves, acres of palm, tropical plants and fruit groves. There are archeological hiking trails and the ancient Indian shell mounds of the Calusa Indians to explore. Often called the "Creative Coast,” Pine Island is home to numerous artists, musicians and writers. Numerous art galleries, unique shops and restaurants await you in the charming towns of St. James City and Bokeelia. You’ll want to see the Museum of The Islands Historical Society to learn more about the Calusas and other early pioneers who settled Pine Island. The fishing at Pine Island is some of the world’s best, and here are dozens of beaches in this boater’s paradise that make for great picnicking, shelling, exploring, and water fun! Be sure to visit the historic and delightfully funky fishing and boating village of Matlacha, with its eclectic shops and eateries that specialize in creative cuisine. Keep your eyes peeled for egrets, osprey and majestic bald eagles in the Florida skies above this secluded part of Pine Island.
Stepping onto Cabbage Key is like stepping back into time, back into the rustic, natural Florida that existed before commercial development. The charm of that era is alive here. No beaches. No swimming or shelling. No traffic. Just peace, quiet and off-the-beaten-path tranquility on 100 untouched acres in the waters of the Pine Island Sound. There are nature trails to explore, and the historic Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant, which was built atop a 38-foot pre-Columbian Indian mound. The structure was built in 1938 by playwright and novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart. The Inn’s famous and decades-old watering hole is plastered with dollar bills covering the walls and ceilings. Celebrities including Ernest Hemingway, Florida mystery writer John D. McDonald, Katharine Hepburn, Ted Koppel and Julia Roberts have all visited the secluded island. Cabbage Key is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” anthem claimed to have been written on one of the singer’s many meals on the island. It’s as near a deserted island experience as most people will ever have. So take the time to escape the world on Cabbage Key with Gulf Island Tours!
Take a Gulf Island yacht cruise to the historic village of Boca Grande. Located on Gasparilla Island, this little southwest Florida gem is a favorite secret getaway for celebrities, presidents, and other dignitaries. No traffic, no big development, no fast food joints. Boca Grande offers unique shops and art galleries, casual and fine dining restaurants, the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum and more. It is centrally located on beautiful Gasparilla and surrounded by excellent fishing opportunities, seven miles of stunning beaches, lush pine forests and crystal waters. It’s truly a place to unwind, unplug, and enjoy a true “off-island” experience.
Don Pedro Island State Park
Part of another of Florida's Gulf Coast barrier islands, 230-acre Don Pedro State Park is accessible only by water, so Gulf Island Tours is your charter to this unspoiled hideaway. Mangrove trees line one side of the island, and an assortment of wildlife, including many endangered species, adds to the natural beauty of the area. You may spot West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and American oystercatchers. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, shelling, surf fishing on the pristine Gulf-side beach. A favorite activity here is to kayak (or ride our peddle boat!) through the mangrove tunnels. You’ll also find hiking trails to explore along with a fishing dock, a picnic shelter, and restroom facilities. There is a nominal park fee.