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Captiva Island offers you a unique vacation experience...

Captiva Island is attached to the northern end of Sanibel Island by a short bridge over a pass that has been closed by Mother Nature since the bridge was constructed. Captiva Island is approximately three miles long.

The beaches of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are a major attraction. With a decidedly environmental attitude, the residents of Sanibel Island require that the beaches be left in a natural state. As a result, shells are abundant and accumulate on the beaches. This makes a bountiful harvest for shell collectors and those who just want a souvenir from the sea to take home with them.


The beaches of Captiva Island are similarly generous in their offerings of shells from the Gulf Mexico. They also tend to be groomed more regularly for vacationers. As a result, whether you choose to stay in a Captiva Island private rental home or a Sanibel Island vacation condo, you have access to all the beaches on both islands. Enjoy water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, power boating, sailing, water skiing, fishing.

The Islands are teaming with Wildlife. Besides the beautiful beaches, both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have many more way to make your vacation both restful and memorable. Start with J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This pristine preserve occupies almost half of Sanibel Island’s land area and includes hiking, biking, driving and paddling trails. This is part of the pro-environment heritage of the islands where there are no traffic lights, no road wider than two lanes, no fast food formula restaurants and no high-rise buildings.

Bikers will enjoy some 21 miles of paved paths on Sanibel Island for cycling, walking and roller-blading. Diners will find a variety of great restaurants from romantic and elegant, to funky outdoor breakfast, burger and beverage places. Art lovers will discover live theater performances, concerts, festivals, exhibitions and nearly 20 galleries.

Even with all of these options, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are great places to relax. The laid-back attitude of the residents is reflected in people who say "hello" with a smile, hold the door for you and pause to let you enter Periwinkle Way from driveways and side streets. So, bring your casual clothes and a casual attitude, both of which will suit you perfectly on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island.

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