Blue Turtle Cruising

Paradise found on Captiva Island

This past Easter weekend, Corey had plans to spend it with his mother so Randy and I decided to get off the dock once more. We decided to anchor near Tween Waters on Captiva Island. We’ve stayed at Tween Waters Marina several times but decided to anchor out instead this time, figuring the marina would be packed for the holiday weekend. The anchorage is small and there were a couple of sailboats there when we arrived, but we managed to find a good spot.

On our way to Captiva on a gorgeous day
On our way to Captiva on a gorgeous day
Sophie shared her bed with my laptop on the bridge en route
Sophie shared her bed with my laptop on the bridge en route
Blue Turtle anchored near Tween Waters, Captiva
Blue Turtle anchored near Tween Waters, Captiva

Usually, you can dinghy into Tween Waters Marina and pay a $35.00 fee to dock the dinghy there and use their pool facilities. Last time we tried to dinghy into Tween Waters on a holiday weekend, they wouldn’t allow us to come in, saying they were too full. After we anchored, we wanted to ding to shore and grab a drink at the Tween Waters pool bar, so we dinged on over to Jenson’s Marina which is about a .61 mile walk to Tween Waters. The dinghy parking fee at Jenson’s is only $10.00 so Randy tied us up and we were on our way. We walked the .61 miles over to Tween Waters (we needed the exercise anyway) and grabbed 2 seats by the bar and ordered drinks. After that, we headed back to the boat to freshen up for dinner at The Green Flash.

Dinghying away from Blue Turtle
Dinghying away from Blue Turtle
Docks at Jenson's Marina
Docks at Jenson’s Marina
Captiva Fishing Museum at Jenson's Marina
Captiva Fishing Museum at Jenson’s Marina
The Green Flash, one of our favorite Captiva haunts
The Green Flash, one of our favorite Captiva haunts
Randy securing the dinghy at  The Green Flash's docks
Randy securing the dinghy at The Green Flash’s docks

Dinner at The Green Flash was awesome, as usual. I had blackened Mahi that was superb! The only thing we were disappointed about was the margaritas. Let me explain: The Green Flash used to have a bartender named Roger that had a margarita named after him, called a “Roger Rita” and it was legendary! It used to be the reason we went there. Well, Roger left the restaurant a year or so ago and for a short while after, they made it the same way and called it the same. This time, it was a completely different, very vanilla version of a margarita. But, at least the food is still stellar and that will keep us coming back. After dinner, we headed to The Mucky Duck for an amazing sunset.

On Sunday, we slept in and then decided on a dinghy ride to the beach. There was an anchorage near North Captiva that Randy wanted to check out that had a beach on the other side. North Captiva is only accessible by boat. It’s mostly filled with vacation rentals but it is very pristine. We found the anchorage but it was too skinny for Blue Turtle. We decided to beach the dinghy anyway and spend a few hours there. We had hoped to have the beach to ourselves, but much to our surprise, there were a lot of boats and people there. On one end, it looked like a huge party of family and friends there for an Easter celebration and then miscellaneous folks and boats. It was still absolute paradise. After a few coronas on a gorgeous beach, we decided to return return to the boat to relax before dinner. After that, it was an exact repeat with dinner at The Green Flash and a gorgeous sunset at The Mucky Duck. It was a great ending to a relaxing weekend in paradise.

The North Captiva anchorage area—on the other side was paradise beach
The North Captiva anchorage area—on the other side was paradise beach
Randy with Redfish Pass behind him
Randy with Redfish Pass behind him
Absolute paradise...
Absolute paradise…
It doesn't get much better than this
It doesn’t get much better than this!
A couple of Coronas a'la Blue Turtle style
A couple of Coronas a’la Blue Turtle style
Chillin' in the sun
Chillin’ in the sun
Headed to dinner #2 at The Green Flash
Headed to dinner #2 at The Green Flash
Clowning around and climbing trees on Captiva
Clowning around and climbing trees on Captiva
Sunset selfie #1
Sunset selfie #1
Randy waiting for the sun to drop
Randy waiting for the sun to drop
Sunset selfie #2
Sunset selfie #2
Beautiful Captiva sunset
Beautiful Captiva sunset

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