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Recent Captiva Island reviews

  • Wonderful experience

    "Wonderful home in a quiet neighborhood in Sanibel. Very close to Captiva island. We walked daily to the beach with our two young children to watch the sunset, go shelling and fishing. We loved the enclosed lanai and heated pool. The owner was very responsive and great to work with. House was clean and nice. We enjoyed all of the restaurants close by."
    Guest: Elyse S. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 6, 2015
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  • Better Than Decription

    "My wife and I spent a wonderful week at this condo. We had been to Captiva before but never stayed there. The place was everything the owner told us it was a more. Furnished with everything you could need! The place was spotless as was the entire resort. We loved the pool right out back that never seemed crowded, the beach, and the many restaurants within walking distance. We only moved our vehicle one time to drive to Sanibel for dinner. The owner provides many good suggestions for restaurants. We love the para sailing with YOLO."
    Guest: ernie Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 10, 2014
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  • Wonderful Memories

    "We rented Villa Elena for a very special trip to celebrate birthday milestones, a new grandson and a new doctor of physical therapy in the family. We were so sad that our flight from Washington DC was cancelled on the day we were supposed to arrive, so we had one less day to enjoy this beautiful home. The quiet location was nice, but we wished we were a bit closer to the beach. We so enjoyed the beautiful pool at the house, and that each bedroom had its own bathroom. I've rented quite a few times through VRBO, and Cindy is absolutely the nicest owner I've ever worked with. She addressed our minor problem with ants immediately (goes with the territory in warm climates) by having someone come and spray. She also emailed several times before our week to address any questions we had. Everything you need in the kitchen is already there...just bring your food (but stop and get it before you arrive on the island...very expensive there). There were also plenty of towels and even beach towels! One suggestion is more toilet tissue and larger bottle of dish detergent. We wish we could go every year, but will have to wait for another special occasion:)"
    Guest: Sheila Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 3, 2015
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  • FANTASTIC!

    "Our get away to Captiva absolutely exceeded our expectations. My wife and I planned a three generation get together and it could not have been better. What a perfect house and a perfect location for our family fun. The home is even nicer that it appears in the on-line photos, it is beautifully furnished, has every amenity that one could ask for, and the neighboring area is absolutely charming. An easy walk to the beach and plenty of cute accessible restaurants nearby. We loved it so much that we have already booked for two weeks next year. Thanks so much for making your home available to our family."
    Guest: Keith K. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 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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