"I don't know how you can get a house this close to the beach THIS CLEAN AND SPOTLESS. Everything was pristine and beautiful. Our host was waiting on us at the Barnacle Phil marina when the Island Girl ferry arrived and took us to the house in the golf cart that goes with the house. At Rainbow's End, they've thought of everything. Coffee in the morning, wine in the evening, nothing ever tasted so good while sitting on that screened porch. We saw a group of manatee swim by, dolphins, pelicans crashing into the water to catch fish.
North Captiva is the perfect mix of remote and luxury. We actually had groceries delivered prior to our visit and found them put away neatly in the kitchen. There is a small convenience store if more is needed. We found everything we needed at the house to enjoy cooking our own breakfast in the mornings but wanted to experience the local fare during the day. My husband enjoyed the steak at The Boathouse restaurant, but my favorite meal was the delicious Snapper Francaise served at Over The Waterfront. Seating is very limited at both restaurants so make a reservation! The other option for lunch or dinner is Barnacle Phil's or the Tiki Bar near Mango's Island Store.
Rainbow's End has a membership to North Captiva Island Club so we had a couple of pools and use of kayaks and bicycles. At Boat's and Fun you can rent a boat or hire a guide. Heck, they'll go get fresh fish for you at the market if you want. Instead of renting a boat, we hired a guide, Matias, who was amazing. He took us over to Cabbage Key for the original Cheeseburger in Paradise, then cruising around the end of Cayo Casto. We saw a massive sting ray and even had dolphins chasing us and playing in our wake. After snorkeling a sand bar for a bit, we cruised the beach front of North Captiva looking at houses before making our way back to NCIC. Matias was a fabulous guide and obviously loves his job.
We regret we didn't make time for fishing as the tarpon were beginning to bite. This is a fisherman's paradise and we will definitely be back with this as a must-do.
North Captiva is a fabulous place for families. So safe and relaxed. Beware: This is an island only one step from being off the grid. Do not get in a hurry here. Put your toes in the water and watch the amazing sunset on the beach at Rainbow's End. Aaaaahhh!!"
Guest: Candi H.
Date of Stay: April 2017
Review Submitted: April 21, 2017