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Family owned and operated since 1986, Captiva Cruises docks its boats at both McCarthy’s Marina and South Seas Island Resort. Embark on a beautiful adventure to nearby destinations such as Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande, Tarpon Lodge, and Cayo Costa State Park. Or enjoy the ride by joining a Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise, Beach & Shelling Cruise, or Sunset Cruise. You can also engage a Private Charter for Special Events, such as weddings, reunions, anniversaries and other celebrations.

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Dock with Us at McCarthy’s Marina

Dock your boat at the historic McCarthy’s Marina, which is located within walking distance to local shops, galleries and other attractions on Captiva Island, Florida, including popular restaurants such as:

Nearby hotel accommodations include:

Other nearby attractions include Captiva Chapel by the Sea, Captiva Cemetery and Captiva Island Historical Society History Gallery.

Situated on the bayside of Captiva Island, McCarthy’s Marina accommodates vessels up to 25-feet with an average draft of 2-feet. We offer 12 boat slips with affordable daily and annual rates.

While you’re here, ask us for recommendations for local, knowledgeable private fishing, shelling or nature guides. And rely on our Gift Shop & Ship Store for your Florida boating essentials such as ice, beverages, sunscreen and bug spray, as well as cool souvenirs and gifts.

Dock with Us at McCarthy’s Marina

Dock your boat at the historic McCarthy’s Marina, which is located within walking distance to local shops, galleries and other attractions on Captiva Island, Florida, including popular restaurants such as:

Nearby hotel accommodations include:

Other nearby attractions include Captiva Chapel by the Sea, Captiva Cemetery and Captiva Island Historical Society History Gallery.

Situated on the bayside of Captiva Island, McCarthy’s Marina accommodates vessels up to 25-feet with an average draft of 2-feet. We offer 12 boat slips with affordable daily and annual rates.

While you’re here, ask us for recommendations for local, knowledgeable private fishing, shelling or nature guides. And rely on our Gift Shop & Ship Store for your Florida boating essentials such as ice, beverages, sunscreen and bug spray, as well as cool souvenirs and gifts.

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Affordable Rates for Boat Docking

Dock your vessel affordably at McCarthy’s Marina, the perfect hub for exploring beautiful Captiva Island. The following daily and annual rates apply. Please note, live-aboard boats are not permitted, and there is no boat ramp or trailer storage at McCarthy’s Marina for boaters arriving by vehicle.

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Call 239-472-5200
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Dockage Slips

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for annual rates

Call 239-472-5200 to Reserve Your Slip Today!

Private Fishing, Shelling & Nature Guides

Are you looking for a private adventure on the water? Contact us for recommendations of
local, knowledgeable fishing, shelling or nature guides for your needs.

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Call 239-472-5200 for Recommendations of Local Guides for Your Needs!

The History of McCarthy’s Marina

McCarthy’s Marina, originally called “City Dock,” was the hub of the island starting in the early 1900s. During this time, river steamers brought residents and visitors along with supplies to the island. Starting in the mid-1920s, Charles and Annie Randall (“Mom and Pops” as they were affectionately called) operated a grocery store, fish house and a gas pump at the end of the pier. Mail boats and service-run boats dropped off ice, food, passengers and even Sunday dresses. These daily ferries served as the lifeline to the islands until the Sanibel Causeway opened in 1963.

In 1940, Andy Rosse, a local fishing guide, and his wife Dessa, took over ownership of the City Dock. The City Dock now known as “Andy’s Fishing Pier and Waterfront Saloon” was the place to be on Captiva, especially on a Saturday night. During this time, they hosted famous Americans such as J.N. “Ding” Darling (who loaned Andy the $800 purchasing price of the city dock) and Adlai Stevenson. Fun Fact – Dessa & Andy Rosse’s former cottage on the marina property now serves as McCarthy’s Marina & Captiva Cruises’ office.

In 1986, Paul McCarthy founded Captiva Cruises, a premier eco-heritage tour company focusing on the environment and cultural history of Southwest Florida. A few years later he purchased Andy’s fishing pier now known as McCarthy’s Marina. Paul was active in many local organizations and generously committed his time to benefit the community and conservation efforts.

The current owners of McCarthy’s Marina and Captiva Cruises have proudly worked at the marina for over 20 years. They continue to maintain its status as a family owned local business and a hub of the island.

Directions to McCarthy’s Marina

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ARRIVING BY WATER
To reach McCarthy’s Marina by boat, go to Intracoastal Waterway marker #38 (just south of South Seas Island Resort’s main channel) and take a compass heading of 215. About one mile off your bow, you will see red marker #2, which marks the entry to Roosevelt Channel. Using red right return, proceed down the channel to marker #12. McCarthy’s Marina is the dock with the white pilings on your starboard side. You have gone too far if you pass Jensen’s Marina Fuel Dock. Please note: McCarthy’s Marina does not monitor a VHF radio – to reach us call 239-472-5200.

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ARRIVING BY LAND
Take Interstate 75 to Fort Myers, Exit 131. Travel west on Daniels Parkway to State Road 869 (Summerlin Road) and turn left, continuing south to the Sanibel Causeway ($6.00 toll). Cross the Sanibel Causeway and turn right at the 4-way stop at Periwinkle Way. Follow Periwinkle Way until it ends at Tarpon Bay Road. Turn right onto Tarpon Bay Road, and then take a left at the next stop sign (Sanibel-Captiva Road). Follow Sanibel-Captiva Road all the way to the end of Sanibel Island. Cross the small bridge onto Captiva Island, and travel north to the first stop sign (Andy Rosse Lane). Turn right onto Andy Rosse Lane and travel approximately one block. McCarthy’s Marina will be the second building on your right. There is a daily parking fee. If you are taking a cruise, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

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McCarthy’s Marina
11401 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva Island, FL 33924