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Recent Captiva Island reviews
"Our first time renting a vacation house. We only looked at smaller rentals since it was just two of us. This house could easily accommodate a family. House was reasonably well maintained and clean. It took a day to figure out the right light switches! It's a short walk down the street and on a path to the beach. Beach it pretty quiet, no crowds, and very relaxing. The house has an umbrella, chairs, etc downstairs. Overall, everything went smoothly with the rental and we would considering coming back again."Guest: Todd Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 2, 2014View listing
"We vacationed at Grande Casa in May of 2014, and found it to be the perfect location on Captiva Island. We had a wide range of family members from a 2 month old to the grandparents, and there was something for everyone. We used the pool several times a day, and loved the view and the dock. We also liked how open the layout was; perfect for families. Our favorite part was being able to easily walk to the beach and restaurants. We only had one issue while we were there (related to air conditioning in a bedroom) which was dealt with immediately. We had a great stay and are definitely considering returning next year!"Guest: VA family Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 24, 2014View listing
"The moment our two car entourage entered the Saba Winds driveway, I knew this would be a perfect spot for our family to gather. The landscape plantings and cottage were beautiful, spacious and well maintained--it was everything the ads and photos described, and more! Our family quickly all claimed their beds to settle in--all excited about the ample space for all ten of us. The views from the great room and porch captured the setting sun over an absolutely beautiful beach! Our week included a fabulous Dolphin watch boat trip and restaurants trips recommended by your booklet. We loved the shelling and convenient walks to the general store and swimming-- in your comfortable pool as well as in the ocean. We found that the protective sandbar invites one to snorkle and explore underwater. Your property personel were very helpful and pleasant. This property has something for all ages--and left us with wonderful memories. A very special place!"Guest: Carole Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 4, 2014View listing
"We stayed at this house for a week. Wonderful location, very private. We could walk to the beach, bike path, etc. The home was nicely decorated. It had everything that we needed including bicycles, outdoor grill, beach chairs/towels. The heated pool was great. The owner was very accommodating and helpful as far as things to do and restaurants to visit during our stay. He had called once we checked in to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction. I would definitely stay here again! Of all of the restaurants that we visited, we enjoyed the food and had the most fun at the Key Lime Bistro. I do not recommend the Sunset Grill which is within walking distance of the house, we did not have a very good experience. Everything else was great!!"Guest: Jill G. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 18, 2014View listing
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.