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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Needs updated

    "The location is great. 90 second walk to a great beach and 2 minutes to dining. Very lush property and nice pool. The place needs painted and the linens need thrown away. They need all new towels and bed linens/pillows. These place gets overrun with tiny ants, maybe this is normal for Florida? They do have bug spray but the ants even found food we stored in the microwave! We used Jerry's in Sanibel to stock with groceries before we arrived and this worked out great. The price of the house was half of the cost of properties on the same street so if you want to save money and have a great location but put up with a place that is a little rough then this is a good choice. Bring sheets!"
    Guest: Punster Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: January 3, 2015
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  • Captiva paradise!!!!

    "We just returned from a week and wished it was longer. Everything we needed in a vacation home was available from plenty of beach towels to kitchen untensils. Home was clean and ready when we arrived. Perfect central location for all that Captiva offers. We are already looking forward to next year!"
    Guest: cindy m. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 16, 2014
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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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  • Family Getaway

    "My family and in-laws rented Villa Elena for the week at the end of April. We were extremely pleased with the house. Everything we needed (except food) was already there including a Keurig and beach towels. The house is so nicely laid out. The pool and back courtyard is where we spent most of our time. The house is a short walk from the beach. And there is a great wheeled cart that you can pull to the beach with all the beach supplies and toys. Cindy was so great prior to arrival in providing us with suggestions on where to eat and what to do. She even recommended a great captain to take us deep sea fishing that was a short walk down the main road. I would highly recommend Villa Elena to anyone looking to visit Captiva as it was one of our favorite places that we have ever rented."
    Guest: Mike Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 6, 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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