Once a pirates' refuge, legend has it that Captiva was named for a dozen women captured by the pirate Gaspar.
The barrier islands that make up Sanibel and Captiva offer visitors to Florida's Gulf Coast a most unusual mix of Mother Nature and resort relaxation. Embraced by the sun and caressed by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the islands are strung like pearls along the southwest Florida coast.
Great fishing, fine food and splendid boating make Captiva worth a visit. Miles of beautiful, unspoiled beaches are a hallmark of this Gulf coast paradise and offer wonderful shelling, swimming and sunning.
Picturesque marinas are great starting places for fishing expeditions and fine resorts and restaurants top it all off. Captiva is truly a fabulous place to get away from it all.