The Beginning Of Adventures In Paradise
After spending a blissful 2 weeks in the South Pacific, visiting Tahiti and Moorea, Craig and Evelyn Stewart returned to landlocked Oklahoma...still dreaming of the islands.
Six years later, after traveling and researching, Craig discovered Sanibel Island. Wow, what a wonderful island! Beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, exotic birds, alligators, sea grape leaves as big as your hand, seashells in mounds on sandy beaches, dolphins along the shore, and so very much more. "Eureka!"
In 1986, Adventures in Paradise was born, (alongside three sons, a dog and parrot) on Sanibel Island! The first boat, (aptly named), “Miss Paradise”, was built and the dream began by taking guests on Sunset Dolphin Cruises, (which still rival any in the world)!
A team of professional mariners were brought together who shared our vision of providing guests with educated cruises, breathtaking views, and wonderful memories for a lifetime.
After successfully launching “Miss Paradise” into the Gulf of Mexico waters, two more power catamarans, “Dolphin Waters” and “Sun Princess”, were added to the fleet. With the addition of the new fleet, new cruises were added, The Sealife Encounter Excursion, Shelling the Outer Islands, Backwater Fishing and Afternoon Dolphin Cruises. Docking at Port Sanibel Marina for the past 16 years, guests can enjoy a fun trolley ride to and from Sanibel, or if staying in Ft. Myers a convenient and easy drive.
Living the dream on Sanibel for the past 26 years, the newest addition is a retail store on Sanibel Island, Adventures In Paradise “OUTFITTERS” located on Periwinkle Way at the Tahitian Gardens shopping center. “OUTFITTERS” is a unique mix of upscale casual, travel clothing, accoutrements & technical gear for men and women, featuring ORVIS, PATAGONIA, TOMMY BAHAMA, EXOFFICIO, HELEN KAMINSKI, and many more. Look the dream, feel the dream, be the dream!
Over the years we have listened to our guests, watched families grow, and are very thankful that we have had the opportunity to make our guests happy by sharing what we love.
Our growing family’s goal is to bring our love for the nature & waters of this area to you in hopes that upon leaving you will be better educated to our nature, have had lots of fun, are relaxed and, “dreaming of the islands”!
Hope to see you here in Paradise!
Noah, Evelyn, Craig & Josh Stewart