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TropicBird Ecotours

Calusa Island Marina, 385 Angler Dr, Goodland, FL 34140
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Goodland
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: TropicBird offers the only naturalist-led ecotours of the 10,000 Islands under sail. We specialize in full day luxury private sailing charters deep into the 10,000 Islands.Our philosophy is to go softy. We hoist the sails as soon as we can. We want you to relax, unwind and enjoy the water sliding by and get a taste of cruising life. You can help crew the boat as much or as little as you like. Guests will see, hear and experience nature as intended in complete comfort with only the gurgle of water and gentle breezes across the very stable deck of our 34’ catamaran, TropicBird, as she slips through the pristine 10,000 Islands, where the western Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico. Due to TropicBird’s exceptional shoal draft (just 18”) she can really reach the back waters. It’s a full day experience with an excellent lunch, wine, beer and all refreshments included.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My family had a wonderful time sailing with Patrick. If you like to be on the water and learn about your surroundings as you go then you need to book a day with Patrick. We learned so much about the S. Florida ecosystem. Patrick's sailing, marine, and ecological knowledge coupled with his love of teaching makes for an incredible experience.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We spent a month on Marco Island, and our day with Patrick and Martha on the Tropic Bird was one of the best! Patrick is a naturalist full of information that he shares in a wonderfully entertaining way. He was great with our two grandchildren, ages 6 and 12, having them help with the boat in various ways. The catamaran... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had a marvelous day with Patrick and Martha Higgins sailing on Tropic Bird. The two of them were lots of fun. We were a mixed group of a family- grandparents down to kindergartener. On Tropic Bird there was something for everyone. The large, spotless, well appointed catamaran was fantastic. Plenty of shade and shelter if needed, and restroom on... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Spent a lovely day on the water with Patrick on his catamaran. While I would not characterize this as a bird tour, we did see many nesting osprey, Royal terns, two kinds of plover, lots of sea gulls, and some wading birds. Also lots of dolphin. Aparently manatees are sometimes spotted, but not on our trip. The boat is fully... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I was looking to give my dad and stepmom something unique for Christmas, so I researched activities in and near Naples and came across this one. After reading the reviews and checking out Patrick's website, I felt like this fit the bill. We tacked on my aunt and uncle and a friend of my dad's, and the 6 of us... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I've lived in Naples for nearly 15 years and this day sail with Patrick ranks at the top of my list of things one can do to really enjoy & understand our surroundings. Patrick is so skillful at the helm, so knowledgable of the environment & such a wonderful host that our day was a "perfect 10" from the moment... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had a most incredible day on Tropic Bird, sailing around the islands in the calm and tranquil surroundings. Patrick's knowledge knows no limit, and we had a wonderful lunch and then went onto one of the islands to stroll along the beach and learn even more!! This man is amazing, his hospitality is boundless and he one lovely one.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

It wasn't just the great experience that made this a trip to remember. It was Captain Patrick's knowledge of the area, plants, wild life and his incredible hospitality that made our sail the most memorable. Our kids, ages 9 & 12, were part of Captain Patrick's crew. They were so excited to sail and drive the TropicBird catamran. It was... More

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Patrick H, Owner at TropicBird Ecotours, responded to this review

It was an absolute pleasure having your lovely family aboard. Best wishes Capt Patrick More

Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I have always done sail boat charters in the islands. This trip was exquisite down to the smallest detail. We met Captain Patrick through his web site that we found just looking for sail boat charters in the Marco Island region. He was very responsive and good natured on the phone setting the trip up. The pre... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We heard and read so much about the catamaran charter – TropicBird out of Goodland, FL that when our son and daughter-in-law came for Thanksgiving we decided this was a perfect time to make our own adventure aboard the TropicBird. We were greeted warmly on the dock and escorted to the boat by Captain Patrick Higgins and his wife Martha.... More

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