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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Amazing Captiva

    "We had an amazing vacation on Captiva. The house was exactly as described, very spacious and clean. We didn't actually have any contact at all with the property managers as we didn't really need anything and managed to work things out ourselves, but I assume they were around somewhere if we'd had a problem. We hardly used the pool as the beach is so beautiful and a short stroll away. The deck chairs/umbrellas and beach cart were extremely useful. We had a great time playing table tennis. There are plenty of places to eat nearby and the deli is great. Sunset at the Mucky Duck is a great event and we took some amazing sunset photos. The Sanibel Thriller is definitely worth doing, we had so many dolphin leaping around it was incredible. We rented bikes for the whole two weeks and really enjoyed being able to cycle around. We even cycled down to Ding Darling and back and one keen person cycled to the Sanibel Causeway and back, its a great place for cycling (despite the dire warnings from the tourist office about cycling on Captiva being dangerous.......for people who cycle to work daily in London, trust me, its safe on Captiva!). Don't miss seeing the manatees at the harbour. My only recommendations would be for some grown up games in the cupboard, there was mostly stuff for children and we were a party of 12 adults, we could have done with Scrabble or something, and also a few more instructions with regard to music system and swimming pool, there wasn't any additional info/instructions in the house. We will definitely come back to Captiva one day and you can't get a better location than Bella Bellini."
    Guest: Manatee fan Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 23, 2014
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  • Great place to stay

    "This lovely condo is even nicer than the pictures suggest. Everything that you would need is supplied and is new and state of the art. Beds and bathrooms are spotless.Best for us was the view from the lanai, breathtaking. The owners are great to deal with and leave nothing to chance, and there is an onsite manager to sort any queries. Just a 3 minute walk from small shops and restaurants, some of which are in need of some courtesy. Favourite places to eat are Green Flash and Island Cow. Overall a very quiet vacation in a beautifully maintained property."
    Guest: Phil Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 16, 2014
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  • Will never stay at this property again under current management....

    "My family and I have stayed in Captiva many times. Very special place for us in many ways. This cottage was excellent as are the others. However- I was docked $100 of my deposit for being 30mins past the 10am departure time. The management of this property is dishonest stating creating other reasons for the penalty. If you stay here, be certain to take pictures before you leave and be punctual for they are watching."
    Guest: abc123 Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • Will be Back Again

    "Perfect location to everything Sanibel and Captiva have to offer. Steps to the beach for fishing, shelling , kayaking and paddleboarding."
    Guest: EvenFlow Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 3, 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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