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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Great family vacation

    "We booked a 3 bedroom beach villa several times thru south seas resort and this was by far the best. The kids loved the 60 in. high definition TV and the unit was much roomier. The owner clearly explained that his price does not include the south seas amenities, and the price was literally almost half of what south seas charged us. The unit had beach chairs and beach umbrellas which came in handy since the beach equipment is part of the south seas amenities. We stored the beach equipment in the car all week since this made it easier to carry to the beach. The beach villa pools were never crowded and one pool was right below our third floor porch. We were a little worried about not having the amenities, but it was not a problem. There were several great restaurants in Captiva and Sanibel. The kids also rented wave runners and parasailed on the beach in Captiva. It would help to rent a car but not necessary since you could rent a golf cart in Captiva. We keep coming back to Captiva year after year, because of the relaxing atmosphere. If you want to enjoy the Captiva experience, then this is the way to go."
    Guest: JB Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 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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  • Girl's Getaway

    "This home is a perfect location to the wonderful restaurants, beach, and fantastic pool. I have stayed in Captiva before and this home met all of my needs. The home is very well cared for and had everything we needed. The screened in deck was the best to be able to eat meals or enjoy the weather at all times of the day. This home superceeded my expectations and I will definitely look at going back. Thank you!"
    Guest: Mid-Westerner Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 20, 2014
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  • A great way to spend Thanksgiving week

    "Bellativa was the perfect place for our three generation family to spend Thanksgiving week. Your home is everything it is advertised to be with plenty of room for all. The spacious kitchen and eating areas made it fun to cook our turkey dinner and the pool/hot tub/waterfall were enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The convenience to the beach was perfect as was the short walk to Mucky Duck, Keylime Bistro, Sunshine Seafood and RC Otter. We had a great time and would certainly be interested in coming back in the future."
    Guest: Jim 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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