It’s easy to get hooked by Captiva Island, where there are incredible sunrise and sunset views from the white-sand beaches. There are also amazing opportunities to stroll, shop, recreate, pause from life’s work outside of paradise.
Sister to Sanibel Island, Captiva is just over a small bridge at Blind Pass that crosses Turner Beach, the ideal place to catch fish or discover colorful shells. Captiva beaches stretch for five miles to the northern tip at Redfish Pass, which was created by a hurricane.
From Blind Pass, Captiva Drive is a winding journey past lush tropical landscaping, gorgeous homes and vacation rentals.
Dining on Captiva Island will fill a hungry soul with culinary treats. Andy Rosse Lane, named after a colorful islander of another generation, is home to fabulous restaurants like Key Lime Bistro, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with a touch of Key West in the atmosphere; and the Mucky Duck, where the sunsets are applauded, beer is always cold and the menu specializes in fresh seafood.
Situated along the Roosevelt Channel, the historic Green Flash restaurant overlooks Pine Island Sound and the pristine beauty of Buck Key. One’s culinary journey wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Bubble Room, known for its large slices of delicious cakes.
For seafaring folk, a day out on the water can be arranged by Jensen’s Marina, McCarthy’s Marina, Captiva Cruises or YOLO Watersports. Jensen’s Marina offers the chance to experience all the excitement and fun of fishing and boating. The small, historic marina will take you and your family on a shelling excursion or on a guided tour of the outer islands, fishing with a guide, or rent a boat and explore on your own.
McCarthy’s Marina is one of the departure points for Captiva Cruises, which offers a variety of trips, including cruises to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island and Boca Grande for lunch as well as dolphin and wildlife cruises, sunset trips or cruises to remote barrier islands for beach and shelling. McCarthy’s also offers canoe and kayak rentals.
YOLO Watersports offers waverunner rentals, parasailing and the banana boat, which holds six for a maximum 12-minute ride on a custom-made inflatable boat. At YOLO, you will find everything for the beach and water to scooters and golf carts available for rent. The sub-tropical climate will draw you outdoors and to the variety of activities from the water to the shops and art galleries.
Fishing the Redfish Pass can produce memorable results. The Redfish Pass connects Pine Island Sound with the Gulf of Mexico and with the perfect conditions to attract fish, especially redfish, which gives its name to the pass.
With the tidal currents strong from both directions, Redfish Pass acts like a funnel, which catches baitfish in its wake. That draws in the sport fish like redfish, sheepshead, tarpon and ladyfish.
Captiva Island shops are clustered at the north end of Captiva Drive and on Andy Rosse Lane. Stroll along the village paths from shop to shop taking in the antiques, casual fashions, pottery, furniture and many unique gifts for that special someone in you life.