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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Wonderful Home in a Great Location!

    "My husband and I just spent 4 weeks at this home on Captiva Island. We will definitely go back. It easily became our home away from home. The house was so clean and comfortable that we felt at home right away. The large and updated kitchen was wonderful. The house was roomy and bright. The house is part of a small community of homes a short walk from the marvelous and unique "downtown" Captiva. The community itself is also beautifully maintained and provides tennis courts, a large and heated pool and a walkway to the gorgeous beach just a short distance from the house. Be sure to make the acquaintance of George who works in the community. He gave us great ideas for adventures and restaurants. The Mucky Duck and The Green Flash are wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the house, while the Mad Hatter is a short drive just across the bridge into Sanibel for a sunset, more upscale dinner. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is also in Sanibel and we visited it 3 times in 4 weeks. Right across the road from our house are boat docks where we saw manatees swimming almost every day, with pelicans, herons and snowy egrets everywhere. We also took a dolphin watching cruise where dolphins jump and swim right alongside the boat. Of course, the dolphins swim close to the beach as well. it's great. Again, all of this is within a short distance from this wonderful house in a great location! During our second week, we had another couple visit with us and they has a great and relaxing time. My sister stayed with us the fourth week and reports it was the most relaxing vacation she's ever had. Our contact with the owner, Carole, was always timely, cordial and informative. She sent us information about the house and Captiva even before we left for vacation and that was so helpful. We could not believe it when our 4 weeks were up. We were sad to leave and are looking forward to our next vacation at this wonderful home in a great location."
    Guest: Melon Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 3, 2015
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  • Great Rental Home!

    "We returned home a week ago from spending a wonderful week in the Ginerbread House! The home was even better in person than in the photos provided. Plenty of room to spread out and have your own space if desired. Very short walk to beach and centrally located to shops and restaurants. The weather was perfect...so great to escape our very long, snowy New England winter. The beach chairs and umbrella were in poor condition but the owner had made it clear to us that she couldn't guarantee beach equipment. We hope to be able to rent this great vacation home again. Thank you to Kathy and Henry!"
    Guest: Pam C. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 12, 2015
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  • Paradise

    "I've traveled to the Caribbean, British Virgin Islands and many more beautiful places. This place was by far one of the best. He cottage was beautiful, spacious, clean, with all the comforts of my home and many more. But what made this stay extra special was the warmness of Margarethe and Renee. I felt a though I have known them before. I highly recommend this place that I call paradise! Fran White & family"
    Guest: Fran W. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 20, 2015
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  • Fun in Captiva

    "My extended family of 10 had a blast. The accommodations were perfect. We had plenty of common space to pull together and yet we still had plenty of privacy too. Great place for family reunions. We will be back!"
    Guest: Natalie P. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 10, 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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