Ever harbor deserted island fantasies? Then you’ll love it here. But for a few private homes, a state park protects the beach and bay habitat of this island with no bridge to mainland.
Known among shellers, it holds equal appeal for birders, kayakers, beachers, and campers. Pitch a tent or reserve a spartan cabin far in advance.
Nature trails lead from the dock on the bay to the beachfront. En route, you might encounter ruins of pioneers settlements, a cemetery, a wild pig, or, at the north end, the site of an erstwhile brothel.
The quickest way to reach the island if you don’t have your own boat is by water taxi out of Jensen’s Marina on Captiva Island. Other tour boats do day trips to the island for shelling and beaching.