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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • very relaxing

    "We just returned from our first visit to Captive. The Cottage was exceptional. Quiet, clean, convenient to the beach and to the village. The "honeymoon cabin" housed our son, his wife and their dog. My wife and I enjoyed the house itself. This for us was the PERFECT Captiva stay. Unpretentious, comfortable and very functional. We want to return next summer. We watched from the deck as Porpoises were swimming in the gulf."
    Guest: retired adventurer Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 29, 2014
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  • Great family vacation

    "We booked a 3 bedroom beach villa several times thru south seas resort and this was by far the best. The kids loved the 60 in. high definition TV and the unit was much roomier. The owner clearly explained that his price does not include the south seas amenities, and the price was literally almost half of what south seas charged us. The unit had beach chairs and beach umbrellas which came in handy since the beach equipment is part of the south seas amenities. We stored the beach equipment in the car all week since this made it easier to carry to the beach. The beach villa pools were never crowded and one pool was right below our third floor porch. We were a little worried about not having the amenities, but it was not a problem. There were several great restaurants in Captiva and Sanibel. The kids also rented wave runners and parasailed on the beach in Captiva. It would help to rent a car but not necessary since you could rent a golf cart in Captiva. We keep coming back to Captiva year after year, because of the relaxing atmosphere. If you want to enjoy the Captiva experience, then this is the way to go."
    Guest: JB Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • A great way to spend Thanksgiving week

    "Bellativa was the perfect place for our three generation family to spend Thanksgiving week. Your home is everything it is advertised to be with plenty of room for all. The spacious kitchen and eating areas made it fun to cook our turkey dinner and the pool/hot tub/waterfall were enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The convenience to the beach was perfect as was the short walk to Mucky Duck, Keylime Bistro, Sunshine Seafood and RC Otter. We had a great time and would certainly be interested in coming back in the future."
    Guest: Jim Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 3, 2014
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  • Girls Trip

    "Not enough words to describe this amazing place! It is simply breathtaking! The views, the accommodations, the privacy is just unreal and a must see! I have been twice and hope like everything this will be a yearly thing! Joni made our travel perfect. She was there for any questions and provided us with excellent service with ideas for food and smaller hidden finds on the island! She was just a text or phone call away! The house is unbelievable and the details and decorations are extraordinary! This was a girls get a away but this place is perfect for families with children or couples that just want to relax!"
    Guest: Maya Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 1, 2015
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Captiva Island Travel Tips

A vacation to Captiva Island in southwest Florida off of the Gulf of Mexico is just what you need to relax. This locale is north of Sanibel Island and popular folklore suggests Captiva got its name from a pirate captain named Jose Gaspar who would hold female prisoners there for ransom.

The island's first inhabitant was an Austrian named William Herbert Binder who crashed offshore near Upper Captiva in 1921. He eventually made his way to Pine Island after building a makeshift raft but returned to Captiva to build a homestead where he was the only resident for 10 years.

Captiva Island Attractions

Turner Beach is the perfect place to go fishing while vacationing in Captiva Island. The beach stretches for 5 miles and has plenty of colorful seashells. Captiva Island is considered one of the best in the world for shelling, a popular activity due to the abundance of them washing up from the gulf. When you're spending a day at Turner Beach, you can lay out in the sun, swim in the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico or build a sand castle with the kids. Before the sun sets and you head back to your rental for the night, venture down Captiva Drive for a scenic view of giant cactus and tropical flora that thrive in the city's downtown district.

A trip to Captiva Island wouldn't be complete without a stop at The Bubble Room. This world famous, multi-theme restaurant was established 1979 and features decor from the 1930s and 1940s. You can still find many of the original toys that were put in the restaurant when it was founded and the kids will love the Christmas decorations and lights hanging year-round in the front room. The eatery was also the first on the island to use bright pastel colors that are still popular today and menu favorites include Socra cheese, Bubble Bread, Carolina Moons, Tarzan and Eddie Fisherman.

Things to Do on Captiva Island

Water sports: Snorkeling and scuba diving are the perfect activities for a vacation in Captiva Island. There's more than a dozen artificial reefs within 15 miles of Sanibel and Captiva islands, one of the largest being the Edison Reef. You can also check out Belton Johnson and the Pegasus, Charlie's reefs. Other water sports in Captiva Island include kayaking, canoeing, parasailing and boat tours to see dolphins and manatees.

Dining: Fresh seafood is obviously a must while staying in Captiva Island. Local eateries are the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a meal with the family. There's a wide selection of ethnic foods in the area as well as fine dining for a night out on the town. Some of the restaurants in Captiva Sanibel islands include Keylime Bistro, McT's Shrimp House and Tavern, Holy Smoke and Thistle Lodge.

Shopping: No vacation is complete without a little shopping and there's plenty of it in Captiva Island. You'll find many of the town's shops at the northern end of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane. There are village paths that lead you to each storefront, many of them selling items such as antiques, casual fashions, pottery, furniture and unique gifts.

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