Prices for a stay in Captiva begin at $130 per night.
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Captiva is a barrier island, and absolute paradise, in the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva is Florida without the fuss, as it’s more secluded, the beaches are more pristine, and there are fewer tourists. This romantic or family friendly vacation spot has ideal summer weather all year round. Let yourself be captivated!
Things To Do in Captiva
Captiva keeps you occupied with its charm and endless beach activities. The peak shelling season is from May to September, as the Gulf of Mexico washes in shells you can collect and keep as mementoes long after your trip is over. Captiva beach is a restored and beautiful stretch of sand, and perfect for watching sunsets. Rent kayaks, canoes, or bikes for the beaches of Captiva Island. Captiva Cruises can take you on a boat tour for a few hours at a decent price — see dolphins and more! YOLO Watersports is there for any of your outdoor needs, whether that be biking, parasailing, or anything else you could need for a day at the beach. Beach Bum Boat Rentals can help you more specifically with your boating desires. Captiva is ideal for outdoor and water activities. Turner Beach, otherwise known as Blind Pass, has swift currents so is better for shelling than for swimming. Turner Beach is five miles long, and its famous colourful shells in-between Sanibel and Captiva.
Day trips near Captiva
Captiva Island’s natural isolation is revered, however take a step out of this world to experience more of Florida. Sanibel Island is Captiva’s neighbour, and has a picturesque lighthouse at its eastern tip. The lighthouse is complimented by a beach and boardwalk, making this an idyllic day trip from Captiva. Take the kids to the Imaginarium, the hands on museum and aquarium in Fort Myers. Fort Meyers is just over an hour away from Captiva by car, and is a buzzing tourist destination. See Edison and Ford’s winter estates while you’re there for a history lesson. Take a trip to Florida’s Naples, and visit the zoo at the Caribbean Gardens. See pythons, panthers, giraffes and lions at this chance to admire wildlife in a child friendly atmosphere. The zoo is open seven days a week. Parking is free, while entrance to the zoo is between $15 and $20. Cabbage City is another must-see city, but is only accessible by boat or seaplane. This diamond in the rough is effortlessly romantic for those in need of a get-away. Pine island is the largest island off of Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is saturated with colourful shops and a relaxed beach vibe.
Find yourself one of Captiva’s classic pastel coloured vacation homes, as rentals are how this island thrives. The lack of hotels gives Captiva some extra charm, and loses that usual corporate feel. Downtown Captiva is like a small village, and will keep you near the bustle. However, a beach-side rental, or as close as you can get, will save you time!
Transportation in Captiva
Captiva has wonderful scenery, which makes driving, walking and biking well worth it. Captiva is walker friendly due to its many beaches, but as an island its very limited in ways of public transportation. The closest airport to Captiva is Southwest Florida International Airport.