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Cruises From Boca Grande


THE BOAT CRUISES for all our friends staying at the Gasparilla Inn -and others close by- originate from the Pink Elephant Docks, across the street from the Pink Elephant Restaurant (491 Bayou Street).  The Docks are about one block east from the Inn.

There are several pedestrian entrances- use the one closest to the fairway on the golf course,

There are 8 docks there.  Captain Will will send you a text when he arrives to let you know where to find the boat.


Lunch (or Dinner) Cruise to Cabbage Key

This is our most popular cruise for good reason.  Fabulous boat tour down island, across the Pass, beautiful views, great history, and we almost always see dolphins and manatees. 


The Lodge was built in 1936 by the Mary Roberts Rinehart family as a winter resort.  You can climb the water tower, walk the nature trail, play with the gopher tortoises, and visit the gift shop.  


The timing of this cruse is early lunch, late lunch, or dinner.  Departures at 9:45, 1:30 or 5:00.  Cost for up to 6 passengers is $395 ($55 surcharge for evening cruises.)

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        Lunch Cruise to the Tarpon Lodge

The Tarpon Lodge is located in Pineland Florida on Pine Island Sound. 


The grounds there are beautiful and a popular place for weddings.  The restaurant is located in the historic fishing lodge at the east end of the Wilson Cut, adjacent to the Calusa Heritage Trail. 


The Tarpon Lodge has a Four Star rating and is about as formal as the Dinning Hall at the Inn.

Pick up time is arranged after lunch reservations are made.  Cost for this cruise is $455 for up to 6 passengers.

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        All Around Gasparilla Island (almost!)

Get to know the waterways around Boca Grande.  This is a 1 hour 45 minute Dolphin-Nature-History Tour on the Boca Bayou, Gasparilla Sound, and the adjacent waters of Charlotte Harbor.  See beautiful water front homes, White Pelican Island, and marinas of Gasparilla Island.


Pick up is at 9:45 on Mondays and as otherwise scheduled.  The cost is $55 per person, 4 person minimum. 

      Nature Cruise South- the Pass, Cayo Costa,
                          Pine Island Sound

This cruise is a one hour 45 minute Nature History Dolphin Cruise out the Boca Grande Channel and south to the Boca Grande Pass and then to Pelican Bay, Cayo Costa. 


You get a nice view of the old Phosphate Docks, the Light House, and Quarantine Beach.  We see dolphins on this cruise 95% of the time.  In season you also get a great view of the Tarpon fishing fleet.

Pick up is at 9:45 on Mondays and as otherwise scheduled.  The cost is $55 per person, 4 person minimum.  

         Additional Services 

Other tours and activities can be added to most cruises. 


They include a beach stop at Pelican Bay, tubing in Pine Island Sound, a tour of the Key Hole at Cayo Costa, shelling, a circle tour around Useppa Island with a view of the Collier Inn and the Burgess Winter Residence. 


A beach stop for a picnic is also available.

Surcharges apply for these additional services.

        Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruises are a magnificent way to celebrate the end of another day in paradise.  All waters serve as habitat for dolphins and manatees making sightings plentiful.  The disappearance of the sun beyond the Gulf of Mexico is spectacular!  

We depart one hour before sunset and return 30 minutes after. 


               Sample timing:

October: depart at 6:15; sunset at 7:15

November: depart at 5;45; sunset at 6:45

December & January: depart at 4:35; sunset at 5:35

February: depart at 4:45; sunset at 5:45

The cost of this cruise is $395 for up to 6 passengers

To Book A Cruise

Call or Text Captain Will at 772-214-6359

Please see our FAQ and Answers for more information

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