Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  Bokeelia  /  Nature  /  Useppa Island

Useppa Island, Bokeelia

(4.2/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
Useppa Island is an island located near the northern end of Pine Island Sound in Lee County, Florida. 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.
Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Useppa Island by using our Bokeelia holiday planner.
Source
map
Create a full Bokeelia itinerary

Plan your trip to Bokeelia

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Florida by other users

34 days in United States & Toronto BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 26 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 13 days in Toronto, East Coast of USA & Grand Bahama Island BY A USER FROM INDIA April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Western US & East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Hollywood BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States SEE PLAN September, culture, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY March, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Florida BY A USER FROM FINLAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • An private island paradise. We had the pleasure of enjoying a marvelous lunch among the beautiful landscaping. This was a true treat. The food was incredibly delicious as were the cocktails. A huge th...  more »
  • We took the boat out of South seas plantation in Captiva to Useppa island. The boat ride itself was awesome. The three ship captains were very informative. The history lesson was awesome. The tour of ...  more »
  • Took a day trip to the island and was very pleased. It was beautiful. The grounds were amazing, and it had gorgeous banyan trees. The downside, there was really no beach. The one they did have was not...  more »