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Captiva, FL

Travel Guide
Captiva which includes a sandy beach and general coastal views

Travel to a picture-perfect island with white sands, warm seas and captivating sunsets. Its location near many attractions increases the appeal.

Imagine a classic beach and Captiva Island’s shoreline will likely fit the image. Expect lazy days and water fun. Tucked into the southwestern portion of Florida, the island’s Captiva Beach, is often described as “most romantic.” That’s quite a compliment in an area filled with numerous other gorgeous sandy shores. Part of the romantic profile may relate to the lovely sunsets, which seem to be perfectly planned for a visit to Captiva location.

Find plenty of entertainment for the entire family here. The highlight is 5 miles (8 kilometers) of Gulf Coast beach along the island’s length. At the center of the island, South Seas Island Resort offers children’s programs, sailing schools and catch-and-release fishing activities. In addition, spend time at its 330-acre (130-hectare) wildlife preserve to see gentle manatees and friendly dolphins.

A selection of boat cruises from the island’s marinas will take you just offshore or somewhat farther into the ocean to spot a variety of sea life, go island hopping or enjoy the ultimate sunset with nothing between you and a watery horizon. Play golf at Captiva Course, an excellent nine-hole par-3 at the northern tip of the island.

Stop at the interdenominational Captiva Chapel by the Sea, originally built as a schoolhouse in 1903. Step into the nearby Captiva Memorial Library to get reading materials and maps for self-guided historical tours.

From the inland-facing side of Captiva you’ll see Pine Island, across the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve. Drive or cycle southeast to nearby Sanibel Island via a bridge crossing the Blind Pass inlet. Activities on Sanibel include professional theater, live music venues, restaurants with various cuisines and even more beaches.

Stop at the Francis P. Bailey Jr. Visitor Center in Sanibel, for information about both islands. It’s open year-round and provides descriptions and schedules of events on Sanibel and Captiva.

Reach Captiva by flying into Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. After less than a 1-hour drive you’ll be immersed in relaxation and enjoying island life.

Captiva Island Inn
Captiva Island Inn
3 out of 5
11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL
The price is $229 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Beach. Captiva Chapel By the Sea and Alison Hagerup Beach Park ...
3.9/5Very Good! (262 reviews)
"Captive Island Inn was great! Room was clean and tropical. We got to check in early too. Food and free breakfast was excellent! Beach right at the end of the road, a very short walk. Sunsets are beautiful! Cons; pool under construction, although we didn’t need one, parking on the whole island is ..."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Captiva Island Inn
South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 South Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL
Nestled on the beach, this Captiva resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach. McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Chapel By the Sea ...
4.2/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Property is beautiful, stayed in Harborside. One or two more dining options would be nice for dinner"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

South Seas Island Resort
Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa
Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL
Nestled on the beach, this Captiva resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Beach. Bowman's Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)
"Close to beach and quite"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Captiva Cottage # 8 Bayfront 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Cottage
Captiva Cottage # 8 Bayfront 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Cottage
Captiva, FL
The price is $185 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Situated in Captiva, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Beach. Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Chapel By the Sea ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Great spots, questionable check-in process
"The property was very clean, accurately depicted, and very comfortable for 2-3 people. Communication during the check-in process was not ideal. We attempted to contact the property manager several times in the week leading up to our visit; however, we did not receive a response until late in the ..."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Captiva Cottage # 8 Bayfront 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Cottage
South Seas Bayside Villa 5234
South Seas Bayside Villa 5234
Captiva, FL
Situated by the sea, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach. McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Chapel By the Sea ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Captiva
"Very nice area. The views were beautiful."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

South Seas Bayside Villa 5234
Bayside Corner Condo at South Seas Resort
Bayside Corner Condo at South Seas Resort
Captiva, FL
The price is $219 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach. McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Chapel By the ...
4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
Great spot
"Clean convenient and nice pool nearby"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2021

Bayside Corner Condo at South Seas Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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