Captiva Island Travel Guide

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Captiva Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    tpangelinan says…

     Ocean, sand, sunsets...beautiful! 

  • Con
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    donato1899 says…

     not cheap 

  • In a nutshell
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    Jewels626 says…

     Relax, kick back and Enjoy! 

Captiva Island Things to Do

  • Birding

    OK, now some of you dont care about birds, I know, but when a 4' bird walks in front of you, you cant help but notice, and appreciate it. You just don't get that where we live. With miles and miles of refuge nearby, you get all kinds of wildlife on the beach!

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  • Sunsets

    Some people are storm chasers, we are sunset chasers. We highly recommend this activity. Key West has nothing on this island! We saw some of the best sunsets of our lives here! The whole Lee Island Coast is a tropical delight. For more on this island, please see tropicdiver's page too!

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  • alison hagerup beach

    alison hagerup beach is only one of two public beaches on captiva island. the other is turner beach at blind pass. this beautiful gulf coast beach is located on the north end of captiva island next to the south seas plantation resort.

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  • So many things!

    - NASCRAB Racing at The Crows Next at 'Tween Waters Inn (only on certain nights so call ahead)- The Shell Museum: absolutely darling, wonderful staff and actually quite interesting- J.N. Ding Darling Refuge: while you can theoretically walk and/or ride your bike, we paid the small toll and drove our car through it. Thank God, because we New...

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  • The beaches of Captiva

    Captiva has some beautiful white sand beaches. Due to the city's efforts to preserve and conserve, you'll find a shoreline flanked by pristine white sand. Its possible in the off season of summer to find a deserted portion of the beach for yourself. Many people believe the Gulf of Mexico's waters are cleaner and clearer than the Atlantic Ocean on...

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  • Shelling

    Sanibel is consistently voted #1 for shelling, and maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but I've always been so much more impressed by the shelling on Captiva.Low tide will yield the best results on any given day. The best times of the year to shell are after winter storms and tropical disturbances.

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  • Captiva's Village Center

    It's quaint and fun at night.... bright colors with appropriate lighting.. all within walking distance. Keylime Bistro has live saxophone and guitar music that's good. a+ atmosphere. Open 8am until midnight daily. 1-239-395-4000

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  • Get a blanket, and your camera

    Some people are storm chasers, we are sunset chasers. We highly recommend this activity. Key West has nothing on this island! We saw some of the best sunsets of our lives here! The whole Lee Island Coast is a tropical delight. For more on this island, please see tropicdiver's page too!

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  • Bird Watching just...happens here.

    OK, now some of you dont care about birds, I know, but when a 4' bird walks in front of you, you cant help but notice, and appreciate it. You just don't get that where we live. With miles and miles of refuge nearby, you get all kinds of wildlife on the beach!

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Captiva Island Hotels

Captiva Island Restaurants

  • The Bubble Room

    the bubble room is one of the most unique restaurants and bars in florida. the bubble room has a very interesting decor. there is a toy train that runs through the restaurant suspended from the ceiling. the waiters are called bubble scouts and wear whimiscal scout uniforms. the bubble room serves local seafood and american fare. the bubble room is...

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  • unique

    the bubble room is one of the most unique restaurants and bars in florida. the bubble room has a very interesting decor. there is a toy train that runs through the restaurant suspended from the ceiling. the waiters are called bubble scouts and wear whimiscal scout uniforms. the bubble room serves local seafood and american fare. the bubble room is...

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  • Definitely paying for the experience

    I have to say that this was probably my least favorite of the many places that we ate at while on Captiva/Sanibel Island. It's kind of a funky place with an absolutely enormous collection of everything you could possibly think of stuck absolutely everywhere, so it's definitely fun to look around. But I found it to be totally overpriced considering...

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  • eat till you burst

    This has to be the quirkiest restaurant in the Western Hemisphere. You are served by Bubble Scouts in a wonderland of model railways and strange paraphenalia. The food is very good but take an appetite with you. The portions are immense. On one occasion, actually made my way through a beefsteak exceeding 20 ounces in weight with all the...

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  • Must Do!

    This is a place you have to go to believe! Everytime I go, I have a different experience! Every room has its own atmosphere! Be sure to walk through the restaurant and see it all! Everyone does it! The prime rib is wonderful! The deserts are fantastic! We never have an appetite left but order anyway and take back to the room to munch on later!

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  • Over priced but GREAT Desserts

    I thought the food was bland for the Louisiana Man. I thought the bill was more for the "atmosphere" rather than for the food. The best part of the meal was the dessert. Excellent and large portions. I guess to make up for the food. Key Lime pie

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  • got to see it

    No trip to Captive is complete without a meal at the Bubble Room. The food is good, so is the service, split one dessert among the whole table, they are huge!

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  • The Bubble Room

    The Bubble Room is a quirky, kitshy place which is not much to look at from the outside but is one of Captiva's best resraurants. In the Bubble Room, its Christmastime all year around as the Christmas lights and tree are left operating all year. There's a model train that rides on a track above the dining area and through the restaurant as well as...

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  • great surf and turf

    The Mucky Duck's a great little place right on the beach, with exceptional seafood. Grouper, red snapper, yellow fin tuna ad infinitem. Lunchtimes, there's a terrific oyser bar with endless salads. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There are always specials off the menu and it's worth the couple of minutes to hear them read out. Favourite...

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  • Elegant

    Absolutely wonderful, wonderful food/service/atmosphere, you name it. We enjoyed a succulent pecan encrusted mahi-mahi, veal chop stuffed with gouda and rosemary stuffing and creamy blue crab chowder. Our server was attentive, the atmosphere was relaxing and intimate with dim lighting and candles and an excellent pianist who was very open to...

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  • I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for...

    Almost impossible to find at night, Queenie's Homemade Ice cream can be found right across from the Key Lime Bistro in the little coffee shop. Absolutely delicious ice cream, we especially enjoyed the Key Lime pie, Roasted Coconut, and Black Raspberry with chocolate chunks. $3/scoop.

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  • Charming!

    Small, local, friendly with cheerful colors, great food and excellent service. We enjoyed their Crab Spring rolls and Pesto Lobster pasta while listening to the live band. It has a nice indoor/outdoor feel to it and was definitely easy to get to and find from our Inn. Dinner for two: $40.

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  • Not quite local

    Trapper's isn't quite local and it isn't quite international... it's a nice combo of both. While they do serve the typical local grouper, crab, etc. they also have a fabulous Pan-Asian/Pacific Rim selection. Classy, modern decor, excellent service and great prices. For approx. $25, two of us had an excellent, filling lunch.

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  • Moo Cow.

    Clean, great prices, excellent food, convenient location, definitely very popular. We enjoyed the crab cake burger and gumbo for about $25 for two people. Definitely want to get there early as it is quite popular and the tables fill up fast, especially the outdoor ones.

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  • Good Bar Grub

    We were there the night of the NASCRAB Races and had so much fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the Grouper and Coconut Shrimp, approx price: $49 for two people. It's a dark bar-type atmosphere, casual dress but absolutely a riot when things get rolling. We were there during the family NASCRAB races and after entering a crab for $2, joined in the revelry.

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Captiva Island Nightlife

  • Captiva Sunsets

    If you love love a good sunset, come to Captiva! Enjoy the close of the day, so beautiful, even the birds come to watch! You will have to enjoy most nightlife somewhere else. This is a quiet family/couple type place. Go across the bridge to Ft. Myers for much night life!

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  • Sunset at Captiva

    If you love love a good sunset, come to Captiva! Enjoy the close of the day, so beautiful, even the birds come to watch! You will have to enjoy most nightlife somewhere else. This is a quiet family/couple type place. Go across the bridge to Ft. Myers for much night life!

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Captiva Island Local Customs

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    by goingsolo Updated May 12, 2005

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    Construction and zoning ordinances prevent any buildings over three stories. This helps preserve the ocean views and keep Captiva Island looking like the small town paradise that it is. You'll notice a lot of brightly colored buildings though, much like the Bubble Room, shown in the photo. The vibrant colors and designs give the place a quasi-tropical feel, almost as if you were in the Florida Keys. Minus the crowds, of course.

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Captiva Island Favorites

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    by jackcd Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: captiva, off of ft myers is great in december. it is still warm and few tourists. there are no waits to get in the restaurants and plenty of beach and pool chairs. also no traffic and good deals. we like tween waters inn a lot

    Fondest memory: hot days and the beach

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