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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • 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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  • 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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  • midsouth

    "My family very much enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Captiva Vacation Home this past January. We have stayed many, many times on Sanibel and decided to try Captiva this year. It was a very good decision, we enjoyed the spacious, clean, well-equipped home much more than we anticipated. We brought along our own fishing poles and made good use of the fishing dock behind the property. We enjoyed walking our dog around the beautiful yard and noticing the many different fauna. We were fortunate while we were there to see dolphins, an eagle, alligators (at Ding Darling) and of course came back with some beautiful shells. The owners were very helpful with dinner suggestions and side activities, I highly recommend the Edison-Ford Winter Estates tour in Ft. Myers. The walk across the street was made much easier by the use of the cart provided along with the beach chairs, umbrella, coolers, etc. This was the first time we had stayed at a place that was so well-equipped. The kitchen had absolutely everything we needed. The ONLY helpful comment I can make is that the beds were a little worn and were hard on our backs. My son and brother-in-law had both had back surgery and had a difficult time sleeping. Fortunately, this is an easy fix to make a wonderful vacation home the absolute BEST on the island!"
    Guest: Beverly Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 20, 2015
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  • Inside out!

    "Providence is magical, and exceeded our expectations. Staying on the bay side was best for enjoying the wonderful, private property. The design of the house truly integrates the inside and outside. I can't imagine a better place to stay on captiva. Bedrooms large and comfortable, kitchen very well equipped, views incomparable. Everything that is said here is true, if not understated! We will take our family back if we can get the time. We want to go back!"
    Guest: Becky Date of Stay: March 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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