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CRUISE: Discover SW Florida History
3/4/2011 - 4/29/2011
Location: Departs 11401 Andy Rosse Ln, Captiva, FL 33924

Captiva Cruises’ newest expedition in its “Discover Southwest Florida History” tour series is focused on the fishing cultures in Pine Island Sound. Teaming up with the Tarpon Lodge and the Randell Research Center, Captiva Cruises offers this lunch and eco-heritage cruise on Fridays from March 4 through April 29, 2011. The Cruise leaves Captiva at 10 am and returns to Captiva at 3 pm. $45/Adult ~ $35/Child (includes Tour).

This cruise departs from McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva Island and travels to Pineland, on Pine Island. Along the way passengers will get an up-close look at historic fish houses of Pine Island Sound and learn about commercial fishing through the years and the fishing cultures from the indigenous Calusa, to Spanish Cuban Ranchos, to the Punta Gorda Fish Company, and to the spectacular tarpon and sport fishing of today.

Passengers will be greeted at the Tarpon Lodge and oriented to this spectacular location, the family-run business, and the tradition of fishing within Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. Passengers then will relax while enjoying the “old Florida” charm of the 1926 Tarpon Lodge where lunch will be savored with waterfront views of Pine Island Sound and mangrove islands.

After lunch we will walk to the internationally renowned Calusa Heritage Trail operated by the Randell Research Center (RRC). The RRC, a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, is dedicated to learning and teaching about the archeology, history, and ecology of Southwest Florida. An RRC educator will guide us on The Calusa Heritage Trail, the site of a Calusa village for over 1,500 years. A short hike will take visitors to the top of one of the pre-Columbian mounds of the ancient Calusa, where they will learn more about these remarkable people who achieved artistic excellence, engineering sophistication, and political power.

See also http://www.captivacruises.com/documents/eco-heritage-cruise.pdf

Additional information and reservations for any of Captiva Cruises’ “Discover Southwest Florida History Tours” may be obtained by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300.


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