Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around North Captiva

Fly into Punta Gorda, FL (PGD-Charlotte County), the closest airport, located 25.8 mi (41.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), which is 29.2 mi (47 km) away.

Where to stay around North Captiva Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 887 vacation rentals near North Captiva Island. From 529 Houses to 36 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Captiva Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Captiva Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Captiva Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ft Myers Beach: 8,382 vacation rentals
  • Sanibel Island: 6,142 vacation rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 28,600 vacation rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,420 vacation rentals
  • Ft Myers: 8,139 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Captiva Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Captiva Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Captiva Island:

  • Ft Myers Beach: 8,382 rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,420 rentals
  • Ft Myers: 8,139 rentals
  • Sanibel: 5,316 rentals
  • Englewood: 2,357 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North Captiva Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North Captiva Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gasparilla Island: 1,356 rentals
  • Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center: 7,257 rentals
  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse: 9,410 rentals
  • Times Square: 1,735 rentals
  • Cayo Costa State Park: 5,677 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Captiva Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around North Captiva Island

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Cape Coral
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Ft Myers
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Sanibel
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Englewood
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Placida
1,095 vacation rentals
Boca Grande
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Punta Gorda
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Port Charlotte
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Estero
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Rotonda West
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Matlacha
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Saint James City
4,800 vacation rentals
Cayo Costa
2,291 vacation rentals
North Fort Myers
4,296 vacation rentals
Bokeelia
153 vacation rentals
Cape Haze
1,052 vacation rentals
Useppa Island
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Punta Rassa
5,072 vacation rentals
Pine Island Center
2,331 vacation rentals