Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, Florida is the closest airport to North Captiva Island.
Pine Island Taxi offers taxi service from the airport to Pineland Marina. They have fully equipped vans that can accommodate large parties and will also make a stop to pick up your groceries. (See section on groceries). They offer 24 hour prearranged airport service in addition to local service from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Their toll free number is 1-888-777-9653 and their local number is 239-283-7777. Their fax number is 239-283-8065. Be sure to alert your driver about who you are traveling with on the water taxi. The Pine Island Taxi staff is extremely helpful and will make the beginning and end of your trip pleasurable.
Representation from most of the major rental car agencies is located at the Southwest Florida Airport.
Directions from Airport to Water Taxi Marina’s
When leaving the airport turn left on Tree line Ave, .5m to Daniels Parkway. Go left on Daniels Parkway a couple of miles to Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail and Cleveland Ave) Turn right on 41. Go straight on Rt 41 over the river and take a left onto Pine Island Rd. Take Pine island road all the way out to Pine island.
Specific directions to Island Girl Water Taxi:
Proceed on Pine Island Rd to the 4 way stop. Take a right on Stringfellow Rd about 3m. then turn left on Pineland Rd. for about 1.5 miles to Pineland Marina On the left. Island Girl dock is located out at the far end of the marina.
Reservations required $30.00 – $35.00 per person round trip
Schedule varies but typically every 2 hours 7:00AM 5:00PM a boat leaves
Pineland Marina and then returns from the island to Pineland Marina. Call
to check schedule and make reservation.
NORTH CAPTIVA ISLAND CLUB WATER TAXI
Exit I-75 exit Bay Shore Rd west. It turns into Pine Island Rd. Continue out
onto Pine island. Turn left on Betsy Pkwy .4m to the NCIC Transportation
Center on the right. (5576 Doug Taylor Circle, St James City Fl. 33956)
A special time water taxi can be scheduled to meet your needs by calling either water taxi company.
The staff will help load your groceries and luggage onto the boat and your vacation begins. As you cross Pine Island Sound you will possibly see dolphins, which love to follow the boat, nesting osprey, diving pelicans, cormorants and frigate birds. You will also pass by other neighboring islands including Cabbage Key, made famous by Jimmy Buffet, and Useppa Island, which has an excellent educational museum on the early Calusa Indian settlements on the islands.
You will disembark at Barnacle Phil’s Dock where the our house manager will meet and greet you. The staff will take you and your groceries to your home. They will also provide you with your own golf cart. A map of the island is provided for assistance in getting around the island.
Please arrive at the boat dock at least 20 minutes before your departure time for check-in and boarding. THE BOAT LEAVES ON TIME! To insure safe passage, everything must be bagged or boxed. Ask your grocery checkout clerk to prepare your groceries for “boat transport”. This means putting a brown paper bag inside a plastic bag or boxing items. There is limited space onboard the water taxi, but with advance notice, bikes, kayaks, windsurfers, etc. can be transported.
**PLEASE NOTE**– Arrivals or departures before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. will incur additional fares.
Vehicle Parking at Marinas
Vehicle parking is available at Marinas. You must register at the marina offices. If the marinas are closed, the office has requested that you post a note in the windshield of your vehicle stating your name, where you are staying and the dates of your stay. Vehicles without a pass or note may be towed away. Check on parking charges when making reservation. Please be sure to arrive ½ hour before your water taxi reservation time to allow adequate time for parking arrangements.