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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 Rental Home!

    "We returned home a week ago from spending a wonderful week in the Ginerbread House! The home was even better in person than in the photos provided. Plenty of room to spread out and have your own space if desired. Very short walk to beach and centrally located to shops and restaurants. The weather was perfect...so great to escape our very long, snowy New England winter. The beach chairs and umbrella were in poor condition but the owner had made it clear to us that she couldn't guarantee beach equipment. We hope to be able to rent this great vacation home again. Thank you to Kathy and Henry!"
    Guest: Pam C. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 12, 2015
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  • Perfect Beach Abode

    "Rick's Retreat has all the amenities you would need for a great vacation. The house was great for our group of friends to have our own space and space for all of us to hang out. The retreat had good signage to explain the cable and internet(which was perfect). The location has to be the best on the island. Walking distance to the beach and all the local restaurants. Can't wait to come back next year."
    Guest: Amy G Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: March 18, 2015
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  • we arr and understood that why would be running late and was very accommodating due to our situation

    "arrived late Saturday due to traffic construction and went to a restaurant and get a bite to eatthe owner was very accommodating new of our situation as we found him prior to our arrival when we arrived we found the doors open for us the condo is very clean was well kept and was close to the beach was what we wanted it is also quiet next to the libraryto get the beach all we had to do was walk across the street walk a path and we were there on the beach the owner is a plethora of information about the local he has lived there 30 years on Captiva having never been to the island before it was great to hear some advice which of which we follow from a local community on wellwe also learn some of the history of Captiva from the homeowner anyhow we had a great time had a great visit the accommodations is what we expected or very clean our host was very gracious and we have plans returning next year"
    Guest: Beaver Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 9, 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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