After a long, prosperous relationship with the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Evelyn Stewart has joined its Board of Directors. She, and her husband Craig Stewart, have owned and operated the popular Adventures in Paradise for the past three decades.

“We are delighted to welcome Evelyn to the Chamber Board of Directors,” said Chamber President Ric Base. “She has been an active member since Adventures in Paradise was born and will be a real asset to our board.”

Adventures in Paradise cruises give an exciting peek at dolphins, manatees, sea horses, osprey and access to pristine beaches brimming with shells and more shells. Guests board one of three yellow and white Corinthian power Catamarans that depart from “G” dock of Port Sanibel Marina.

Book an authentic Sanibel fishing excursion, tailored for beginners to experienced anglers, or tour the island by land in a unique trolley with a knowledgeable guide highlighting key sites.

“Our two trolleys were built on a back lot of Universal Studios and with Sanibel in mind – short and narrow,” Evelyn said. “They have solid oak interior and are very retro.”

Adventures in Paradise Outfitters opened seven years ago as an “outfitters to the outsiders” – coined to describe the desire to outfit adventurers and travelers who think outside the box. The store is a unique mix of upscale casual, travel clothing, accouterments and technical gear for men and women. Located in Tahitian Gardens, it’s designed to be welcoming and friendly with a little surprise around every corner.

The family has been living their island dream ever since Craig discovered Sanibel on a business trip to the Naples area. It’s alleged he spent a mere 45 minutes on the island before calling Evelyn in Oklahoma to say he found their paradise. The couple had fallen in love with the island lifestyle five years earlier, while on their honeymoon to the Tahitian island of Mo’orea.

“We still love island life and are grateful to have raised our sons (Noah and Josh) in this community,” said Evelyn. “It’s a special place to us.”

Josh and Noah have grown up to become intricate parts of the business. Josh manages the flourishing outfitters store with his wife Audrey. Noah has been a licensed captain and fishing guide for the past ten years. He acquired an early appreciation for the unique waters surrounding the islands and hopes to pass it along to those around him.

Evelyn continuously strives to stay involved in issues affecting the islands, recently serving six years on the board of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. “The Chamber does a wonderful job of informing our guests and connecting them with local businesses,” she said. “I look forward to helping any way I can.”