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Useppa Island, Bokeelia

#125 of 183 in Nature in Florida
Useppa Island is an island located near the northern end of Pine Island Sound in Lee County, Florida, United States. It has been known for luxury resorts since the late 19th century, and it is currently the home of the private Useppa Island Club. On May 21, 1996, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, due to its archaeological significance. The Barbara Sumwalt Museum is located on the island.NameIn the early 1830s the island was variously called Caldez's Island, Toampe, and Joseffa. Records indicate that José Caldez, who had operated a fishing rancho on the island, called it Josepha's when he sold it in 1833. The name Useppa first appeared on a hydrological chart of the area in 1855.Like the nearby islands of Gasparilla, Sanibel, and Captiva, a folk etymology has developed connecting Useppa Island's name to the legendary pirate captain José Gaspar, also known as Gasparilla. A local folk story, extant in at least two versions, tells of Gaspar kidnapping a Spanish princess, with whom he becomes enamored. When she spurns his advances he kills her, but is overtaken by remorse and buries her himself on the beach. One version identifies the princess as Josefa, daughter of Martín de Mayorga, Viceroy of New Spain from 1779 to 1782, and indicates that her burial place of Useppa Island still bears her name in an altered form.
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  • The island is reached by boat from Captiva.A refreshing ride with drinks available and Dophins dancing around the boat.Crew are really great.When you reach the island you can take a wonderful walk,vis...  more »
  • Fantastic place to see. There is a museum on the island & also you can have lunch there at the Collier Inn. We highly recommend Captive Cruises. This is the second year we have used this cruise co.. t...  more »
  • We went to Useppa as part of a Captiva 1-day Cruise and boy was I amazed at the beauty and exclusivity of this island. It is a private island so you have to be a member or be invited (via Captiva Crui...  more »
  • Went for the day and had a great lunch.
  • Second to none in service & in taste with exquisite service & presentation!!!
  • My parents are members and I couldn’t be any happier! What a place. When I think Florida this island is what comes to mind!
  • This is an island East of Cabbage Key that is private & requires a membership. The only way to get here is by boat or ferry. Amenities include the Collier Inn restaurant, pool, playground, beach, croquet, museum, and Tarpon Bar.
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