By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 9, 2015
Captiva Island is a delightful barrier island off the coast of Fort Myers that boasts a great lifestyle and environment for families.
Known for its vast numbers of shells, exquisite backwater boating, and fishing, Captiva Island is very unique and appeals to beach lovers looking for a secluded sanctuary. So, it’s no wonder Coastal Living ranked Captiva Island #2 in their list of America's Happiest Seaside Towns for 2014.
Life on Captiva Island
Captiva Island is just a few miles long, and half a mile wide at its widest.
As a boaters’ island, Captiva is home to many houses with their own private dock. Plus, there’s a quaint harbor to the north, in addition to cute waterside resorts and a golf course.
Captiva Island is largely residential, with beautiful properties along the Gulf and bay. There is a downtown village in the middle of the island; however, all the buildings on the island are low-rise to maintain its natural beauty.
While on Captiva Island, there’s also a lot to do: enjoy the beach, play a round of golf, sail around the island, rent a scooter, explore the island, and much more. Shop for fashions, antiques, handmade shell gifts, and eat at fabulous restaurants.
You can easily access Captiva Island by driving north from Sanibel Island on Captiva Drive. The beach stretches about five miles, with lots of waterfront homes, many of which are vacation rentals.
At the southern end of Captiva Island, Turner Beach is famous for its shells, and offers parking and restrooms for visitors. North of Turner Beach, Captiva Island's beach never gets crowded, and features a laid-back atmosphere excellent for beach activities with family and friends.
Because of its beautiful beach and friendly atmosphere, Captiva Island was nationally recognized by USA Today who ranked Sanibel and Captiva Islands 6th best for birdwatching in 2014, and Condé Nast Traveler magazine who ranked the islands as one of the 5 perfect places for a Florida weekend in 2013.
Things To Do
Boating is the main pastime on Captiva Island, with businesses offering various types of boating and fishing excursions. However, biking is also popular, with vacationers often renting bikes to explore.
Many visitors to Captiva Island love to watch sea turtles during nesting season, which runs from May 1st to October 31st. If you are on the island during nesting season, be sure to observe the guidelines to ensure that the baby sea turtles can find their way back to the water.
Other popular activities include dolphin and shelling cruises, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sightseeing, and going on eco-adventures.