Wild Tortoises Roam These Galapagos-Like Islands In Florida
Explore Pine Island Sound.
There's nothing quite like spending a day in a tropical paradise surrounded by wildlife. Located in Florida, these small islands of Pine Island Sound are home to adorable wild gopher tortoises. You can visit Useppa Island and Cabbage Key this spring for major Galapagos Islands vibes.
Useppa Island and Cabbage Key are located Gulfside, a couple of hours south of Tampa. These neighboring isles are known for their diverse plant and animal life, including cabbage palms, , and even turtles.
Gopher tortoises roam the islands, enjoying the unpaved landscape full of dense vegetation for snacking.
Captiva Cruises offers a lunch Cruise to both Cabbage Key and Useppa Island. These cruises operate daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reservations are required.
You can go for a day trip or stay overnight.
Aside from the turtles, these locations have several unique characteristics.
Cabbage Key has been around since thewhile Useppa Island has that look like they're melting in the heat.
If you're looking for a little adventure, explore Pine Island Sound this spring and see if you can spot the meandering tortoises yourself.
Please remember to respect any wildlife you may see!
Cruises to Useppa Island and Cabbage Key
Price: $45 per cruise
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Address: 11401 Andy Rosse Ln., Captiva, FL, and 5400 South Seas Plantation Rd., Captiva, FL
Why You Need To Go: Take a Lunch Cruise to these unusual islands and enjoy the wildlife viewing. Adorable tortoises thrive in the dense tropical landscape.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.