North Captiva Island, FL, USA

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North Captiva Island, FL, USA

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Pure relaxation on North Captiva Island

If you're hankering for some down time in the Sunshine State, but want to avoid the hustle and bustle of vacation hotspots like the Florida Keys, consider fleeing to North Captiva Island. Located just off the Gulf Coast, this barrier island is the very definition of tropical paradise, replete with blazingly white sands, turquoise waters, and gently swaying palm trees. North Captiva Island vacation rentals range from quaint cottages to luxurious beachfront condos, so you're sure to find your ideal homely getaway. And as the island is only accessible by boat or small plane, you've no need to fear hordes of spontaneous day-trippers ruining the tranquil vibe.

Life's a beach on North Captiva Island

North Captiva has no automobile access, but the whole family can have a whale of a time exploring the island's unspoiled tracks and trails by electric golf cart. Of course, you may find that you're perfectly content straying no farther than your nearest blissful beach. The island's shorelines are among the best places in the country for shelling, with a vast array of natural treasures just waiting to be collected. The local fishing is also first-rate, with crystal-clear waters teeming with grouper, trout, shark and snapper. After a lazy day on the pier, you can retire to the comfort of your North Captiva Island vacation rental and cook up your catch for an al fresco evening feast.

Immerse yourself in local natural and cultural history

North Captiva island is gloriously undeveloped, so don't expect the colorful seafront amusements you'll find in many other Florida beach towns. But if you fancy a change of pace, the neighboring islands of Captiva and Sanibel offer plenty of arresting attractions. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is home to a truly one-of-a-kind collection of exquisite seashells from all over the planet, including some of the world's biggest. Meanwhile, at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, you'll find a beautifully preserved collection of early 20th-century buildings, including a white clapboard general store and a quaint 1920s tea room.

Banish winter blues on North Captiva Island

North Captiva Island's sultry subtropical climate makes it a great spot for a winter break. While much of North America shivers in cold temperatures, the island enjoys pleasantly warm and sunny weather. North Captiva Island vacation rentals are naturally highly sought-after at this time of year. Spring and fall, meanwhile, are great seasons to visit, with less humidity and less frequent rain than during the sizzling high summer months.

Animal encounters on North Captiva Island

North Captiva Island's is a haven for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Jump in your golf buggy or head off on a hike, and you might spot all manner of enthralling animals, from stately gopher tortoises to sleek bobcats. Birdwatchers will also be in their element, with magnificent bald eagles and osprey often to be found circling overhead. And, of course, the local glittering waters are home to an abundance of magical marine life, from acrobatic dolphins to adorably gentle manatees.