April 17, 2014
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Captiva

Our Beautiful Island

Captiva Island is the smaller sister island to Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida. Like its name implies, Captiva Island is truly captivating. Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, this tiny island has a history full of pirates, conquistadors and Calusa Indians. Giant cacti, stunning bougainvilleas and other colorful flora line the roads of this unique island giving it a truly tropical feel. Year-round sunshine makes this an ideal choice for a holiday or for a more long-term stay to escape from the winter blues. There is a wide variety of accommodations and real estate to choose from, ensuring that all holiday makers are sure to find exactly what they are looking for. Hotels and resorts line the beaches and provide plenty of activities for families, while luxury villa, home, and condo rentals provide a place to get away from it all while enjoying stunning sunsets over the glistening sands.

Things to Do

White sands, littered with shells of all shapes and sizes, are what Captiva is known for. Visitors travel from across the globe to collect shells on this beautiful island. As well as basking in the sun or combing the sands for shells, there are many activities to choose from during your stay. For fishing enthusiasts, you won’t find a better place to catch that prize fish. Both full and half day fishing charters are available for deep sea and shallow water fishing. Sail boat and motor boat charters are also provided at the marinas if you fancy exploring the waters on your own. Snorkeling and diving are other options for those who love to be in the water. There are many golf courses for golf lovers, and nature lovers can take in the stunning scenery on land with a bike rental or on the water with a kayak rental.

Places to Go

Captiva Village, located in the middle of the island, is the principal town on the island. Here, visitors can spend the day exploring quaint shops and restaurants. The Old Captiva House restaurant, as well as a number of guest houses on the island, have been designated as historically significant sites due to guests that visited in the past, including Teddy Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh.

Getting Around the Island

Car rental agencies and taxis are available at the airport to get to Captiva Island. Once on the island, biking and walking are great ways to see the sites. A car will be needed if you plan on visiting Sanibel or other parts of Florida during your holiday.

Getting to and from the Island

The only way to travel to the island is via Sanibel Island. From Sanibel Island, Captiva is reached by crossing a small bridge at Turner Beach. The nearest airport is the Southwest Florida International Airport with domestic and international flights arriving daily.

Conclusion

Whatever the reason for a trip to Florida, from a romantic getaway to a family holiday or nature-inspired vacation, Captiva Island is the perfect choice!

Fast Facts

  1. Local currency – US dollars
  2. Average Temp – 77 F
  3. Visa Needed (from USA) – No
  4. Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Captiva Village
  5. High Season dates – December - April
  6. Pets Allowed – Yes
  7. Which side of the road do they drive on – Right
  8. Amount of airport departure tax - None
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