Captiva Island, FL, USA

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Captiva Island, FL, USA

Captiva Island vacation rentals

Kick back on the gleaming Gulf Coast

Located just off mainland Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, Captiva Island is a small but perfectly formed slice of subtropical paradise. Its palm-fringed, white sand beaches are blissfully uncrowded, with tranquil turquoise waters to cool off in. While its unspoiled scenic splendor is a major draw for visitors, you'll also find all the mod cons you need for a hassle-free vacation, such as trinket-filled gift shops, irresistible eateries with alluring outdoor terraces, and even a 9-hole golf course. Captiva Island vacation rentals range from cozy condos to lavish waterfront family homes, so there's truly something for everyone.

Search for shells on Captiva Island

Captiva is heaven-sent for beachcombers, and is widely regarded as one of the best spots in the United States for shelling. The island's shorelines are carpeted with conches, whelks, colorful coquinas, and exquisite false angel wings, all just waiting to be claimed. Anglers will also be in their element, with the surrounding crystal-clear waters teeming with highly sought-after catches like sea trout, redfish, and snook. For further aquatic adventures, you can rent a kayak or paddleboard, and explore the coastline at your leisure. Or if you're craving an adrenalin fix, you could try your hand at jet skiing or parasailing.

Glorious golfing and mesmerizing museums

You'll find an array of enticing attractions within easy reach of your Captiva Island vacation rental. If you've even a passing interest in golf, you'll want to spend an afternoon at the South Seas Island Resort Golf Course. With beautifully manicured greens and sweeping ocean views, it's renowned as one of the country's premier short courses. On neighboring Sanibel Island, connected to Captiva by a bridge, you'll find the one-of-a-kind Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Here you can marvel at ancient fossils and some of the world's largest shells, and learn all about the creatures that made them.

Year-round sunshine on Captiva Island

Captiva Island enjoys an subtropical climate, ensuring warmth and plenty of sunshine at most times of year. It's an extremely popular spot for a winter getaway, with agreeably mild temperatures and very little rainfall. Captiva Island vacation rentals are in particularly high demand at this time of year, so early booking is recommended. Summers can get sizzlingly hot, but the humidity is offset by refreshing sea breezes and regular showers. It's worth bearing in mind that hurricanes and cyclones can occur between June and November.

Captiva Island's marvelous marine life

A highlight of many Captiva Island vacations is a boat trip in search of acrobatic Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and gentle manatees. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for great egrets, osprey, cormorants, and all manner of other birds. If you're visiting in spring, you may be treated to the sight of loggerhead turtles making their way ashore to lay their eggs. Turn your attention inland, and Captiva's verdant wetlands and hidden waterways beg to be explored by kayak _ just be sure to watch out for alligators.