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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • What a Great place!!

    "We stayed here for 5 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday. A beautiful area so lush and tropical. The property is connected to the owners home but very private. He greeted us upon arrival and was very nice. The apartment is fully stocked and furnished well. The best thing is the gorgeous beach trail and beach very close by. Will definitely return soon. We live in Punta Gorda so only a little over an hours drive. Thank you John!!!"
    Guest: Nancy Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 1, 2014
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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 vacation home

    "Its okay,thank you for everything. Captiva Island is beautiful! Pictures do not do it justice.We had a wonderful time. my daughter was in love with your vw bug....lol. The very last night, right before we left i got to see your bob cat! I will never forget that.He is really big! He stopped right in the driveway and looked at me.Thanks again for sharing your beautiful island with us.You were right, the 18 hr drive was well worth it.May God bless you and your family. Randy & Carrie"
    Guest: carrie Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 27, 2014
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  • Too good to be true!

    "We had a wonderful week at this house in Captiva! Thank you! We loved the house, the location, the area, etc. We would definitely like to spend more time at the Gingerbread House in the future. It's tempting to try to book time for next and upcoming years right now! Quick walk to the beach, endless walks in either direction, quiet street with town nearby. House has beautiful woodwork, good-sized rooms, high ceilings, house length screened in porch, and beautiful private lot. There is so much that made this house part of a dream vacation!"
    Guest: Steve L. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 9, 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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