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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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  • Sandpiper Villa - Another Great Vacation!

    "We had another wonderful stay at the Sandpiper Villa rental on Captiva. This home is very accommodating. Being from Lansing, we were especially happy to see a new addition - a very large hi-def tv to watch our MSU Spartans in the Final Four. The furniture throughout is very comfortable. We go to Captiva to fish and relax (in that order.) Everything is within a very short walk from the house, whether you prefer throwing a line from the dock across the street, or fishing from the beach. We rented a pontoon twice during the week from Jensen's marina across the street and had a nice fish fry. The restaurants are right around the corner. Our favorite, Doc Ford's, is a little further down the road, but still within walking distance. We've learned through the years that you really don't need more than a carry-on with a few clothes (other than fishing gear) when staying here because of the washer/dryer. Restaurants are very casual. I can't imagine renting anywhere else. We're already booked for next year. Thanks, Mary!"
    Guest: Jeff R. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 2015
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  • Perfect location for family of four

    "Marina Villa was the ideal location for our family of four. The villa was well maintained, clean and well supplied. The view was spectacular from the lanai and we were entertained every day by the marina dolphin. Pool and fishing kept our children busy. Adjacency to the beach and marina was a plus. We will be back!"
    Guest: Tracy L. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 14, 2015
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  • Fantastic Beach Home

    "My husband, twin toddlers, and grandparents had a great time at this home on Captiva Island. The location was fantastic, situated directly on the beach and only a few steps away from a heated salt water pool. We used a golf cart to get around the island, and enjoyed many cups of coffee and dinners on the screened in porch. We cannot wait to come back again next year!"
    Guest: Kristen H. Date of Stay: April 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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