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Escape From It All With a Stay in Your Captiva Island Vacation Home

Captiva Island is one of the most truly remote yet easy-to-reach vacation destinations in Florida, making it ideal for travelers who want to get away from it all and unwind in a tropical setting without the fuss of traveling far away. There are several truly stunning vacation homes that are larger and smaller in size located throughout the island, and many have incredible views of the Gulf Coast. If you are dreaming about the picture-perfect beach getaway in an unspoiled paradise, Captiva Island is the place to go.

Outdoor Recreation

The beach is the highlight of any trip to Captiva Island, and you can spend many fun-filled yet relaxing days soaking up the rays at Captiva Beach. There are a number of Florida vacation homes that are located just steps from the beach, making it easy for you to enjoy the best of sun and surf while on vacation. You can also set up boat tours for saltwater fishing, sightseeing, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and more. Tennis is available at one of the local resorts as well, adding to the incredible range of ways that you can spend your time outdoors.

Shopping

Shopping on Captiva Island is somewhat limited because of the small size of the area. There are a handful of shops in the community that provide you with some groceries, gifts, souvenirs and other items close to your Captiva Island vacation home. For more exceptional shopping opportunities, you can make the short drive south to Sanibel Island, or you can explore numerous shopping centers in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers area.

Dining

Dining is a true treat on Captiva Island, and this is because there are several lovely restaurants on the island as well as just south on Sanibel Island that make use of local ingredients, including fresh seafood. Some of the top options to consider for your next trip to Captiva Island include Sunshine Seafood Cafe, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Keylime Bistro, Captiva House, RC Otter's Island Eats, the Mucky Duck and others.

Weather

The weather on Captiva Island can be truly impressive throughout much of the year because of the community's location along the southwestern coast of Florida. The community has a subtropical climate that is found throughout most of the rest of the state, bringing warm and even hot temperatures to the area most months of the year. Even on the coolest days in the winter, the average high temperature is still in the 60s, and it rarely ever freezes on Captiva Island. The summers are long and wet, and the area is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during hurricane season. Despite this potential for heavy rains in the summer, the summer months are the busiest time of the year to visit Captiva Island because of how warm and enjoyable the weather typically is.

How to Get There

While Captiva Island has a rather remote feel to it, it is relatively easy to reach. You can fly into Cape Coral or Fort Myers at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Then, take Interstate 75 to Highway to access Highway 867. Highway 867 takes you across the bay to reach Periwinkle Way. Periwinkle Way turns into Sanibel Captiva Road, which is the main road in Captiva Bay. If you choose to drive to the area via rental car, simply make your connections to Interstate 75 from your starting point.

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                                                                                                      Recent Captiva Island Reviews

                                                                                                      Best Place We've Ever Stayed, Wonderful Relaxing Retreat!

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                                                                                                      This home is magical! The pictures on the website and the words in this review will not be able to do justice to how amazing this property is! The setting is so beautiful, you have the bay to wake up to every morning and the beach across the street with beautiful sunsets to watch every night. There is nothing like a Captiva sunset! The property is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers and you feel like you are off the grid on a tropical deserted island once you turn into the driveway. There are banana trees and pineapples growing. It is beautiful just to walk around the property and look at everything. We had many wonderful evenings on the large porches and on the dock. The home itself has a wonderful history and you can feel how special it is when you walk in. It is much larger than it even appears in the pictures. There is so much space and it is impeccably clean. You can tell the home is loved! You are surrounded by wonderful, interesting art and décor in the home. The kitchen is great with amazing appliance's and well-stocked with everything you need. The master bedroom with the view of the bay when you wake up is just amazing. There are so many beautiful birds on the dock in the morning! There are kayaks at the home that we took out and used on the bay and in the ocean! There are many things to do nearby, fishing, hiking, water sports, nature preserves. We saw so many fish off the blind pass bridge which is close by. We saw manatee at the beach. In the town of Sanibel which is just a few miles away we saw alligators at the nature preserve and so many beautiful birds. There are so many good restaurants nearby and grocery stores within a few miles to get everything you need. The owner's were amazing and made sure we were well taken care of and gave us many suggestions of things to do in the area. We were there for an extended stay and they were always a phone call away if we had any questions or needs. They were just wonderful people that we look forward to seeing again. We definitely plan to stay in this house every time we return to Florida. It felt like home, not just a place to stay and we have been missing it since we pulled out of the driveway. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      Gorgeous views, gorgeous house

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                                                                                                      Our stay was wonderful! The sleeping arrangements were great for our party of 11 (6 adults, 5 kids) and appreciated the pack n plays. We loved all the beach and pool toys/accessories. The kitchen was well stocked and fit our needs. We loved the island in general. Practically a private beach all to ourselves, shelling, calm waters, long shelf floor. Gorgeous! The rental company were great to work with. Provided a helpful tour on Sunday. We noticed a colony of some sort of bug and they responded timely and took care of the problem. They checked back throughout the week to make sure the colony didn't come back. They were fantastic!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      Dreams really do come true!!!

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                                                                                                      We had a wonderful week in Captiva and LOVED your home, Sunset Dreams! Our entire family felt very comfortable in your home and we didn't want to leave :) Your home is equipped with everything a family could possibly want or need while on vacation. It was a nice touch to walk into the home and find the air conditioning cool, the music on the tv playing and a gift basket on the kitchen counter. We enjoyed all the goodies it contained....my husband and I drank that bottle of wine on the master balcony one night as we watched the sun set. We also really appreciated the wagon, beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach towels that were all ready to go! We also appreciated the well equipped kitchen since we prepared a lot of our own meals. This house was a great find and we will definitely recommend this home rental to others and hope to return one day ourselves.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jun 2016