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Captiva Island Travel Guide: 35 reviews and 46 photos

Captiva Island is a tiny island off Florida's west coast, near Sanibel Island and Naples. The island has 500 permanent residents although its high season of winter brings a large infulx of tourists and part timeers which quadruple the population.

Captiva Island is an environmentally protected island which remains free from large commercial development and the big-chain and big name establishments that populate and metropolis and creep into the boundaries of small towns. You'll find none of that here. Instead, you'll find largely unspoiled white sand beaches, funky brightly colored buildings and large homes built precariously close to the water's edge which belie the wealth and exclusivity of the island.

Captiva is connected to Sanibel by a bridge, symbolic of its remoteness and of the fact that entering Captiva is entering another world. Much like the Carribean, there is a feeling that time stands still here and there's little else to do than lie on the beach and await a much anticipated ocean breeze.

But Captiva offers more enchantment than its white sand. The South Seas resort forms a village at the base of the island, creating a center of activity of water sports, shopping and dining. Speaking of the latter, Captiva has several fantastic restaurants which serve great seafood and much more. Captiva has a few more perks thrown in for good measure. The island is so small you can walk from one end to another, or, at least, it feels as though you can, and, once here, you'll find that the automobile is a necessity reserved for the mainland. Captiva also juts out along the west coast, providing some of the most spectacular sunsets imaginable.

It's hard to find anything not to like about Captiva, except, perhaps, the steep prices of the resort and few hotels on the island. But if you can tolerate the summertime heat, prices diminish considerably.

In short, Captiva is a must see destination for any travels along the west coast of Florida. Even if you don't stay here, take a drive or walk around to view the sights on this tiny island paradise.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Idyllic relaxing setting
  • Cons:Idyllic relaxing settings come at a steep price and can generate restlessness
  • In a nutshell:A great place to visit for a getaway weekend or less.
  • Last visit to Captiva Island: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2005
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  • Aussie666's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2005 at 10:45 AM

    Just got back last week and toured Captiva and its cleaned up nicely from the summer but many trees were damaged. The beaches were still beautiful...as always.

  • Mar 6, 2005 at 10:07 AM

    Love eating the Bubble Bread, don't you? It is a shame what Charley did to the Lee Island Coast of Florida, but it is bouncing back, tho. Will just take Mother Nature a bit longer to overcome what Charley did. :-/

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