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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Needs updated

    "The location is great. 90 second walk to a great beach and 2 minutes to dining. Very lush property and nice pool. The place needs painted and the linens need thrown away. They need all new towels and bed linens/pillows. These place gets overrun with tiny ants, maybe this is normal for Florida? They do have bug spray but the ants even found food we stored in the microwave! We used Jerry's in Sanibel to stock with groceries before we arrived and this worked out great. The price of the house was half of the cost of properties on the same street so if you want to save money and have a great location but put up with a place that is a little rough then this is a good choice. Bring sheets!"
    Guest: Punster Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: January 3, 2015
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  • Wish we were still there! Can't wait to return!

    "Our family has been returning to Sanibel and Captiva for many years and it has become a favorite vacation destination for us. We typically rent a condo on Sanibel, but this year were looking to be in an even more relaxing environment with more space, as we had a couple of grandmothers and an aunt joining us for part of our trip. I can't say enough about Bird of Paradise. So thrilled we found this lovely home - it had everything we needed and then some. The owner was super nice and helpful. We booked our trip for our boys' spring break. First - the location - couldn't be in a better spot, unless it was directly ON the beach(which for most of us is not affordable in Captiva). The house was large and open and had enough space for us all to be togehter for quality family time, but plenty of space for everyone to go off on their own. There is a nice size pool (especially compared to the other houses in the island) which we all enjoyed both day and night. We cooked almost all our meals at home and had our choice of indoor dining at the massive dining table (dinner followed by family game nights - the house had evey game you could imagine) or al fresco on the screened porch (where we all gathered in the mornings for breakfast). The kitchen was well equipped making it easy to prepare meals at home. But of course there are several restaurants to visit, which we did as well. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. Each had a TV for relaxing in bed after a full day or sun and surf. Our kids enjoyed the pool table and foosball table and would have loved the ping pong table if we could have found the balls. Chapin Lane is quiet and lovely. and it was only a two minute walk onto the beach and only a 4 minute walk to Andy Rosse Lane. The beach was spectacular - clear, warm, calm waters brimming with sea life (we saw a manatee in the ocean about five feet in front of where we were swimming) and gorgeous evening sunsets. It was quiet and peaceful despite the fact that we were there during the tail end of high season. The house was equipped with plenty of beach chairs, beach wagons, umbrellas, boogie boards, etc Right across the road is a fabulous marina which we have frequented for years. Reasonable fees for renting a huge pontoon boat and fishing equipment for a great day trip on the bay. Only negative I can say is that the housekeeping staff needs to do a better job. We had to sweep, vacuum and do laundry when we got there because they had not finished."
    Guest: Jessica C. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 7, 2015
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  • Relaxing week

    "Our first time renting a vacation house. We only looked at smaller rentals since it was just two of us. This house could easily accommodate a family. House was reasonably well maintained and clean. It took a day to figure out the right light switches! It's a short walk down the street and on a path to the beach. Beach it pretty quiet, no crowds, and very relaxing. The house has an umbrella, chairs, etc downstairs. Overall, everything went smoothly with the rental and we would considering coming back again."
    Guest: Todd Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 2, 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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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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