Great destination for premier private home port. Yachtsman cruising on the west coast of Florida will enjoy all features of Useppa’s marina. Read More
Useppa has a history that dates back 10,000 years. The first inhabitants of this beautiful island were said to be the Calusa Indians. A paradise where one of the most advanced tribes to call North America home.
History indicates that Pirates also frequented Useppa and it’s neighboring islands. One pirate, Jose Gaspar, is said to have taken the Spanish Princess Joseffa de Mayorga hostage after failing to win her heart. He imprisoned Joseffa on Useppa Island and the island became known as Joseffa’s Island.
In the late 1800s the island was aquired by John M. Roach, of Chicago. His friends quickly became enthralled by the location and begged John to build a hotel so they too could enjoy all that the island had to offer. Roach built the hotel. One of Roach’s guests was Barron Collier, the developer of Southwest Florida. Rumor has it that Collier fell in love with the island on his first visit. He then purchased the property and developed it into a playground for the New York elite.
The island sat abandoned for many years following the Collier era. Most recently, the island was purchased by Gar Beckstead and renovated back to its formal glory. Today, Useppa is the home of the Useppa Island Club.
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