Details for Useppa Island Club

Useppa Island Club

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 17 reviews

Address PO Box 640
Bokeelia, FL 33922


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - YES
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Off the ICW. Enter the private channel at G1 (with "Useppa" sign), located between ICW R62 and R64.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 110
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 50
Total: 50
Transient price: $3.50/ft (2012-04-20)

Other price info: Price is half of that if you are a member.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 110 and 220 volts.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Club launch operates on a seasonal schedule between Useppa Island and Bocilla Marina. Advance reservations are required. Water taxi available by prior arrangement.

Pump out




Yes - Trash receptacles are located behind the Tarpon Bar.


Yes - Shower facilities are located adjacent to the docks.






Yes - Joseffa's Store offers island apparel, groceries, and kayak rentals.




Yes - Tarpon Bar at the marina has breakfast and snacks. Collier Inn with full service and several diining rooms is 1/4-mile south.


Yes - Tarpon Bar.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Golf cart rentals at the Welcome Center.

Other services


Pool, croquet lawn, and BBQs at Collier Inn.
The Barbara L. Sumwalt Museum is across the street from Collier Inn, open 12:15 to 2:15 pm daily. Direct phone 239-283-9600.

Reviews for Useppa Island Club
Paradise This Side of the Bahamas - update, 2016-01-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda. FL (360)

Yes, you need an 'in' here. Useppa Club members can sponsor visiting guests willing to pay the guest fee (>$3/foot) to visit. They're happy to talk to you about membership but the place is private and yacht club reciprocity is not available. Only 13 miles from our homeport, we're in a tropical paradise at Useppa Island. As Boating Club members we wondered how the homeowners (who pay a serious price for their piece of paradise) would regard us. We found them warm and welcoming. If you live on an island you like boaters. The marina is well protected and well maintained. Dockhands are knowledgeable and helpful. The flora is fantastic, the fauna minimal except for those blasted gopher tortoises. The Collier Inn is an elegant old place, lovingly maintained in almost original condition. The bar feels like Earnest Hemmingway will walk in any minute. The food is very good considering everything has to come in on the island's launches. What do you do there? - Walk the island, go to the pool/hot tub, sit on the beach (no surf on the Pine Island side), dinghy around the island, fish, eat, drink and relax. I disagree about the condition of the island. The only thing needing repair is the pink sidewalk, cracked up by the roots of the beautiful trees. If you want glitz try Miami Beach.

May be a great place, but was told by 2 different staff that if you are not a member of Useppa, neither you nor your boat are welcome., 2015-06-16
Captain: , St. Ignace, Michigan (236)

I didn't even tell them who I was, so it couldn't have been my reputation...the dockmaster, Capt. Dane, was quite emphatic that this was a private club...when I asked if Useppa was a member of the Fllorida Council of Yacht Clubs, he re-itereated that Useppa was a private club, and you could only stay if you were a member of Useppa! I suggested that all members of FCYC were private clubs, but that they offered reciprocal priviledges...he stated again that they were a private club, and he had never heard of FCYC. OK. I then had the front desk review their web write up on the Marina, which states "We are happy to accommodate boats drafting 10 feet or less at low tide and up to 110 feet in length. Water, electric (30, 50, 100amp) , wireless internet and cable television services are readily available to visiting yachtsman. Shower facilities are conveniently located adjacent to the docks and trash receptacles are located behind the Tarpon Bar. The harbormaster%u2019s professional staff handle all dock reservations, VHF radio monitoring and vessel security as well as providing docking assistance with a smile."'

I didn't hear anything resembling a smile, and certainly didn't notice anyone "happy to welcome" me but at least I tried...oh the membership director, who might have let me stay wasn't avaialble...good luck!

Great Stop, 2014-07-18
Captain: , Louisville (301)

Stayed here with our family on July 5th. There was NOT a three night minimum stay requirement, like other area marinas, over the 4th of July weekend. Useppa is an understated, elegant place with a lot of charm. Ask about their Social Memeberships, which allow use of the Island's facilities, and discounted dockage

Pricey but worth a visit, 2014-05-01
Captain: , St. Petersburg (50)

The island is designated as a botanical garden and the foliage is amazing. The Collier restaurant has both formal and casual. I wore long pants but saw people in shorts also. Food was very good and not overpriced. there are no bike rentals. but there are kayaks.

Quiet and beautiful, 2013-03-19
Captain: , Bristol, Rhode Island (2741)

Museum, just south of Collier Inn, is very well worth a visit. (Turns out, island history even includes anthropological digs. Plus was training camp for Bay of Pigs invasion.)

Peaceful, pretty, 2012-07-27
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (195)

Spent 1 night here July 2007; pool, restaurant, nice beach, museum, very private, no cars, just bikes and golf carts

A time to relax, 2012-07-03
Captain: , Sarasota (40)

This is a wonderful island. Not much to do so if you want peace and quiet with a wonderful inn, this is the plac

Accepting Boat Clubs, 2012-04-21
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

They are now accepting tour boat visitors as well as boat club groups on a transient basis. The daily rate has increased to $3.50 per foot for non-member transient dockage. The Inn is good but the prices for dinner on the menu are in the $30-50 range. The museum is a must see ($5 pp). The pool is very nice and they serve lunch on the terrace. It appears as though the building and grounds maintenance is not being kept up. It is still a lovely Island in paradise and worth at least one visit.

Best Kept Secret, 2012-03-14
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (20)

We had the good fortune of joining the Useppa Island Club this year, as we've visited many times and knew this was a place we wanted to bring guests on a regular basis. The marina and staff are wonderful and the rates are very good for members.
This is Florida as it should be. Lush, tropical, quiet - a true island getaway accessible only by boat.
Many have said here that the facilities could use a little more maintenance, but we've learned that the home owners here like it the way it is. Everything is not polished and pristine except the things kissed by nature.
We don't think this is great place for kids, as it's a small island, there's no ocean beach. There are limited activities for kids and the residents like their quiet.
Our favorite barrier island, for sure.

Get an invite and go!, 2011-12-08
Captain: , Naples, FL (145)

Have stayed here lots of times as a guest with club cruises. Very nice spot. Very quiet. Friendly. No cars. History of the island is very interesting. One of the most beautiful places in Southwest FL. Go here if you can. Stay aboard, or in the hotel. Food is so, so. Fixed docks. Very protected.

A must-see if you can, 2011-02-25
Captain: , Georgetown, MD (145)

A private club/island open to members and guests only. Wide, deep, and well-marked channel, nice docks and truly outstanding dockhands.

The island is worth seeing - beautiful homes, nature trails, etc. The food and drink facilities are fine but frankly nothing special. Check on the dress code before making your choice of where to eat in the Collier Inn. Some nice recreational facilities, but some could use a bit more maintenance.

Private Marina, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Hernando Beach, Fl (300)

This is a private marina only for members and guests. We have friends that live there. The service is excellent and the restaurant is great. Only golf carts and very friendly residents. Watch your draft, there are some shallow areas all over.

Ya gotta have an invite., 2011-01-13
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (261)

Useppa is a members only island. You must be invited or.....go to the Catboat Rendezvous the hold every other year. This is a beautiful place to visit and spend a few days. Everyone on the island was friendly and the place itself is beautiful in an old timey sort of way. NO CARS on the island! Marina folks very helpful. Current and wind can get bumpy but still a great place to stop.

Great place to get some RnR, but needs a little TLC, 2010-07-03
Captain: , MA and Southwest FL (538)

We had a wonderful weekend stay. The staff is excellent. They were friendly, accomodating and catered to our needs. The area is beautiful, with sandy beach and plenty of privacy amongst all the homes on there. Partially due to the time of year we visited.

The only negative we saw, is that many of the public facilities need someTLC, especially the tennis court/basketball court on the beach. For an exclusive club, this should not be in such disrepair. The showers and bathrooms were excellent though.

Reminded us of a place that had it's hay day in the early 20th century with a lot of charm.

great for short visit, 2010-01-05
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

It is really a great short term getaway in my humble opinion. we were guests of our neighbors who have a membership. They love it, but I am sure our family would get island fever. Lodge, bar, shop et al are very quaint and historic. A golf cart tour or day walk is needed to see all of the sites, foilage and more.
Freindly staff. Docking is good but in strong winds/current can be challenging.

Nice scenery, 2009-04-04
Captain: , Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale (643)

Nice. Great get away and do nothing spot. But can be so quite as to be boring.

Private Club - member invatation, 2008-03-16
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3103)

We got in for the afternoon just to see the place. $10 docking charge. You must have and intro from a member though there may be other loopholes. It is worth a stop to see the old clubhouse and the gardens. The museum was a bit thin on material and wanted another $5 pp
Docks are fine and overnight is a possibility with invatation at $3/ft. Channel access is at least 7-8 ft no problems, Well protected from winds

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