Captiva Island is located just north of its sister-city, Sanibel Island, which provides the only car access to the island. Located in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast, Captiva Island serves as a barrier island to Pine Island to the east.
Only half the island enjoys private home ownership, and South Seas Island Resort encompasses the other half. Luxury homes line the Gulf and the bay side (Pine Island Sound), with roads lined by tropical foliage.
Sandy white beach stretches 5 miles to the northern tip. Like Sanibel, Captiva Island is also known for plentiful seashells that line the beaches. Spectacular sunsets also are a mainstay of Captiva, where every day ends on the beach.
Much on Captiva Island feels smaller in scale to match the island feel of this community. “Downtown” Captiva is a quaint village of eclectic shops and dinning.
North Captiva Island (also called Upper Captiva) is another island that was once connected to Captiva – severed in an early hurricane in 1921. The north island provides privately-owned vacation homes, and the island can only be accessed by boat or a small plane.
Some photos courtesy of: Jim Anderson, Freebird, Salid, Alan Maltz, and Dan Perry (CC).
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