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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Life's a beach!!!

    "My wife and I arrived on Friday and stayed until the following Saturday. We loved the house and location. Any issues that we had, were resolved almost immediately. It's a great location, short distance from the beach and close to restaurants. Being down on Captiva was nice and quiet. Be ready to relax. This has become our new vacation location. The best time of year too was the shoulder season. It was a little warmer, but we had maybe 10 people within 200 yards on the beach during the busy times of days."
    Guest: Adam Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
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  • 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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  • Family Vacation on Dolphin Cove

    "My wife and I gave our four children, three in-laws, and five grandchildren a week on Captiva with us for the week after Christmas. We had a great time, and the Dolphin Cove home worked exceptionally well for us. We found we could get a day pass to the beach and pool at 'Tween Waters for a reasonable price, so we had all of the advantages of a great resort with the privacy and reduced food costs of a private home. The home itself is in a great location, very private, and the enclosed pool adjacent to the living room was great. There are six (NOT seven) bedrooms, so we had plenty of room for everyone. We rented a boat for a day, so the dock was very useful. The wildlife viewing was great -- dolphins, ospreys, even a bobcat! The kitchen is very functional and we saved a fortune (and reduced stress by not having to wrangle small children in restaurants) by cooking most of our meals in. Upsides: Captiva is a great place, very relaxing, with wonderful beaches as well as pleasant shopping, restaurants, and wildlife refuges close at hand. Downsides: a lot of deferred maintenance on the exterior of the house, and light switches and exterior lights that did not function."
    Guest: Fast10k Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
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  • Great family vacation spot

    "Our first stay at Bali Hi was a great week with my 8 children, son-in-law and 2 grand kids. The owners thought of everything from games to kayaks to beach toys galore. The pool is amazing, the walk out to beach level off the deck is so nice, the landscape is beautiful. Many unique features and hidden treasures."
    Guest: John Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 17, 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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