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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Perfect location

    "We vacationed at Grande Casa in May of 2014, and found it to be the perfect location on Captiva Island. We had a wide range of family members from a 2 month old to the grandparents, and there was something for everyone. We used the pool several times a day, and loved the view and the dock. We also liked how open the layout was; perfect for families. Our favorite part was being able to easily walk to the beach and restaurants. We only had one issue while we were there (related to air conditioning in a bedroom) which was dealt with immediately. We had a great stay and are definitely considering returning next year!"
    Guest: VA family Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 24, 2014
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  • Comfortable as home, quiet but close to everything

    "The house itself is as comfortable as being at your home: the furnishings are high quality, and not the usual beach house white and pastel but more like what you would have in a nice comfortable home. It is well stocked from the kitchen to pool and beach toys and chairs to nice quality linens and games and videos. Electronically you could not ask for more: plenty of TV's and wifi that has a massive capacity. We had two boys gaming online, one of us cruising the internet and one streaming ESPN3 simultaneously without the slightest hesitation. The covered ground floor is fully stocked with a pool table, ping pong and foosball as well as a grill. I grilled dinner while shooting pool- not too shabby. The bedrooms are all well appointed with great mattresses and closet space. And the multiple porches around the house allow you to watch sporadic passersby on the street or hide among the tropical canopy and relax. The location is perfect. We were here during the crazy busy Christmas to New Years week and would never have known it unless we walked the two short blocks to Andy Rosse and the Village. Our street was quiet the entire time. The walk to the beach is short and easy, as is the walk to the Mucky Duck and all the island restaurants. Finally, the owner is fabulously nice, responsive an very easy to deal with. I will book again without hesitation and as my very first choice."
    Guest: Marsh M. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
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  • Wonderful experience, fantastic location!

    "We spent a week at this lovely home on Captiva over Christmas. The house itself is very spacious, relaxing and beautiful. Amazing location - with two little ones, it was great to be a short walk to the beach and be able to run back to the house for snacks, etc. Very well located on Captiva as well - in a lovely residential neighborhood and an easy walk to shops, restaurants and the lovely library, which was a big hit with our 3 year old. Very private and perfect. I'd go back in a second!"
    Guest: Kate T. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 22, 2015
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  • 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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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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