The Useppa Lifestyle
Life here has a common goal: to connect with family, the outdoors, and community… and disconnect from the fast pace and demands of ordinary life. A bridgeless island – reached only by sea or air – accomplishes that mission beautifully.
We agree with The New York Times – a day here “makes the outside world seem more than a boat ride away.” Spend the day plugged-in or off the grid, snoop shells or shop the nearby islands, hook a fish or find a hammock. In short – Useppa life is as active or relaxed as you like.
Start your morning with a paddleboard or kayak… tennis game or full-sweat workout at the fitness center… bike ride or croquet with the family… then ease into the evening for cocktails with friends or dinner at the historic Collier Inn. Or squeeze in a relaxing afternoon at the pool… you get the idea. The schedule? Whatever you make it.
A short boat ride away on Boca Grande you’ll find stylish shopping and delicious dining at the Pink Elephant, Sanibel Island with biking trails through the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, and one of Florida’s finest secluded beaches at Cayo Costa State Park. The warm winter climate means hiking and boating year-round on one of Florida’s largest remaining undeveloped barrier islands.
Natural wonders abound on Useppa. Heritage oaks, palms and blooming orchids combine for a lush landscape home to gopher tortoises, cranes, and osprey. The Pink Promenade runs the length of the island’s central ridge – a paved walking path under a magnificent canopy of Banyan trees, cascading bromeliads and coconut palms. Originally constructed of shell and pink sand in 1903, summer evening strolls on the promenade are rewarded with thousands of night-blooming cactus unfurling as the day says goodnight.
More than 200 species of birds nest and live in the area, including white pelicans, reddish and snowy egrets, great blue heron, bald eagle, pileated woodpecker and the stately great horned owl. Useppa’s Butterfly Garden completes your transition to relaxation mode….if you’re not there already. Whatever the route, a simple island walk is immersed in nature’s wonder.