Captiva Island is a city in Florida.
Captivate your senses in a place that is far from the norm- a place unheard of by many, encompassing a tranquil and secluded sanctuary. Captiva Island was once said to have pirates and conquistadores exploring its subtropical terrains in search for treasure. Indeed, Captiva Island is Florida’s treasure, boasting spectacular pristine beaches, perfect for viewing breathtaking sunsets or digging for the ocean’s tiny treasures beneath the sand- seashells. Both Captiva, and its larger sister island, Sanibel are notorious for their seashells and beautiful flora and fauna. Just a short drive across the bay from Ft. Myers, Captiva Island has something for every visitor, alike. Dine at fabulous restaurants, play a game of golf, or sail away on the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Stroll through Captiva’s downtown village, and come across an array of welcoming people and an abundance of hand-made gifts and trinkets.
Captiva’s subtropical climate is perfect for the adventurous sportsman. You will find numerous activities on the island including: fishing, golf, boating, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, swimming, and bike riding. Be sure to book a boating trip, during which you travel down waterways where you will encounter dolphins, blue herons, raccoons, and different vibrant species of birds. Captiva Cruises features memorable dolphin and sunset cruises. Also, be sure to stop by Finnimore’s Cycle Shops, where renting a bike is made easy. Bike riding on Captiva is a pleasurable and scenic experience, and can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages. Make sure to bring a camera to capture all of the beautiful memories of the island.
Celebrated for its unique presence of shells, Captiva Island’s beaches are the perfect place to discover your own treasure. Captiva is actually made up of shells, created over thousands of years, and is one of the islands considered the best in the world for shelling. Because the islands’ geography lies east and west, opposed the more widespread north and south, this phenomenon allows Captiva to capture tons of shells from the Gulf of Mexico. The peak shelling season is from May through September.
Relax on one of Captiva’s pristine white beaches, and bath in the hot Floridian sun. When you get too warm, simply stroll over to the waters’ edge and swim in some of Florida’s bluest waters.
“Shop ‘til you drop,” is the motto of island visitors when promenading through the town’s stores and boutiques. Captiva’s shops are located mainly at the north end of Captiva Drive and on Andy Rosse Lane. Here you will discover casual fashions, antiques, pottery, hand-painted furniture, and unique gifts.
South Seas Island Resort guests enjoy the Harbourside Bar & Grill, a perfect restaurant for families or couples with a nautical feel. The Pointe, at the South Seas main pool offers Caribbean fare with a fun Tommy Bahama atmosphere. Children love the 1950's diner, Scoops and Slices, offering wood-fired pizzas, ice-cream sodas, floats and old-fashioned malts and milkshakes as well as a self-service candy shop.
For fine dining and a gulf-front view, visitors enjoy the charming, historic Old Captiva House Restaurant, located at ‘Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Drive (Captiva Island, Florida 33924), 239-472-5161. Under the meticulous eye of Executive Chef Jason Miller, the Old Captiva House specializes in preparing an inspired “New Florida” menu of mouth-watering island favorites, tropical seafood, classic meats and daily fresh-baked breads, pastries and other delights.
Also at ‘Tween Waters Inn is the comfortable, pub-style Crows Nest Restaurant, featuring nightly dinner specials, happy hour and live music. While enjoying great food and drinks, you won’t want to miss the the hilarious, one-of-a-kind NASCRAB Hermit Crab Races (Monday and Thursday evenings, October through August).