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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Lovely stay at a wonderful cottage!

    "This was the first time visiting Captiva Island and staying at this cottage with my family. Coming from Canada, it was a great escape from the bone chilling January weather. This cottage was a great choice for my young family. The cottage itself was exactly as described in the listing and pictures. Check in was quick and easy. It is in excellent condition and the cottage was spotless when we arrived. Pride in ownership is shown throughout. Beach access is only steps away. On one of the days, we saw dolphins playing from shore, which was a first for us and quite exciting to see. Doc Ford's restaurant is only a 10 minute walk away. We ate there 4 times during our stay! We had our fair share of oysters and stone crab, which were amazing! I must make a point to thank Lynn, the owner. Her communication was excellent prior to and during our stay. She answered all of our questions quickly and was so pleasurable to deal with. Thank you so much! We hope to return again!"
    Guest: Henry K Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 31, 2015
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  • Fun in Captiva

    "My extended family of 10 had a blast. The accommodations were perfect. We had plenty of common space to pull together and yet we still had plenty of privacy too. Great place for family reunions. We will be back!"
    Guest: Natalie P. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 10, 2015
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  • Wonderful Memories

    "We rented Villa Elena for a very special trip to celebrate birthday milestones, a new grandson and a new doctor of physical therapy in the family. We were so sad that our flight from Washington DC was cancelled on the day we were supposed to arrive, so we had one less day to enjoy this beautiful home. The quiet location was nice, but we wished we were a bit closer to the beach. We so enjoyed the beautiful pool at the house, and that each bedroom had its own bathroom. I've rented quite a few times through VRBO, and Cindy is absolutely the nicest owner I've ever worked with. She addressed our minor problem with ants immediately (goes with the territory in warm climates) by having someone come and spray. She also emailed several times before our week to address any questions we had. Everything you need in the kitchen is already there...just bring your food (but stop and get it before you arrive on the island...very expensive there). There were also plenty of towels and even beach towels! One suggestion is more toilet tissue and larger bottle of dish detergent. We wish we could go every year, but will have to wait for another special occasion:)"
    Guest: Sheila Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 3, 2015
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  • 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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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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