Around Captiva Island Florida

Around Captiva Island Florida - Come see all the photos as I take you for a drive to see some of the sites on this beautiful vacation island!

I hope this helps you as you plan your Captiva vacation or day trip.

Where is Captiva?!  Well, it's in SW Florida near Ft Myers, and just a quick jaunt up the road from Sanibel.  Since Captiva is only about 5 miles long ......... and the northern half of the island is taken up by South Seas Island Resort, so the drive is even shorter.

Get a taste of Captiva as I show you the beaches, lovely homes, shops and restaurants.  Captiva Island Florida is one of my most favorite places on earth and I know these photos don't do it justice, but I hope you'll get a sense of why it's so popular with tourists and vacationers and why you'll want to go there too.

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As soon as you come over the bridge from Sanibel, the first thing you'll see is Turner Beach, one of 2 public beaches .......... with its rock wall, tranquil aqua water, tons of shells, and stretches of white sand beach.

Then comes the million dollar homes on Captiva Drive.  You'll be amazed by these dreamy homes ......... I really like this one!

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On this part of Captiva Drive, there are homes on both side of the street, either backing up to the Gulf of Mexico or the bay of Roosevelt Channel.

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We get a kick out the names of these homes, which you'll see on colorful, creative, and whimsical signs as you drive down the road.

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Then, you come to a section where the road curves ..... and runs parallel with and closer to the beach.

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You'll then come to Tween Waters Inn, located on the bay side with access to their private beach on the other side of Captiva Drive.

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There are still million dollar homes on this part of Captiva Drive, but they back up to the bay, and have beach and gulf views from across the street.

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Next is the Captiva Island Yacht Club, a private club with cruises, dinners, activities, and events.

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The road then curves away from the beach, and that's where you'll find Jensens on the Gulf, with beach-side suites and cottages ...... it's peaceful and very romantic, great for honeymooners!

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As Captiva Drive curves again, you'll see The Green Flash, with fine dining and wonderful bay views.

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You're getting closer to the main part of town, and homes are just as beautiful as ever, with large mansions ...........

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........ and smaller cottages that you can rent in the neighborhoods off of this part of Captiva Drive for your unforgettable Captiva Island Florida vacation.

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Also in this neighborhood, is Captiva's library, community center, and something you've got to see ........... the Chapel by the Sea and it's beachy cemetery!

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Come back out to Captiva Drive and you'll arrive at Jensens Marina and Twin Palm Cottages, a neat place for families and those who like to fish or can come by boat.

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Then, just beyond, is the intersection of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane ...... and Royal Shell Vacation Rentals, McCarthy's Marina, The Bubble Room Restaurant, and The Island Store market.

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If you head up Andy Rosse Lane, you'll see RC Otters restaurant just past the market.

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Sit inside or out, you'll enjoy the beachy atmosphere and live music.  They have great burgers and Latte Da ice cream and coffee shop is next door.

Beyond Latte Da and also on the other side of the street is Captiva Island Inn.  Next to it is Key Lime Bistro on one side and Captiva Pizza with it's gift shop on the other.

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A Sotheby's Realty Office shares the building with Captiva Island Inn.  Don't worry if you're confused .... follow the signs in front of Captiva Island Inn, they'll point you in the right direction!

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Further up Andy Rosse Lane are, yup, you guessed it .......  more million dollar homes available for the perfect Captiva Island Florida vacation!

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It's a lovely and picturesque walk or bike ride up the street as you head towards the beach.

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You'll also find 2 more realties ...... American Realty and John Naumann and Associates, the  Shirley Allen boutique, and YOLO beach sports rentals such as kayaks, paddleboards, parasailing, golf carts, strollers, and more.

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At the end of the road and facing the beach is The Mucky Duck where you'll find fabulous food and fabulous views.  This is the place to see the sun set, which you can do while having dinner since they have large picture windows facing west.

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In front of the Mucky Duck is another beach!  This beach is not a public beach because there is no parking, but is available to those staying within walking distance to the inns and vacation homes nearby.

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Go back down Andy Rosse Lane and go left/north to get to the end of Captiva Drive.

The first place you'll see isThe Bubble Room ......... you'll definitely want to eat there!  The decor makes everyday feel like Christmas, the food is amazing, and for dessert, the cakes are a mile-high! 

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The fire station is just beyond.  Across the street from the Bubble Room is the Mexican restaurant Cantina Captiva, Beach Stuff beach gear store, and Sunshine Seafood Cafe, plus VIP Realtors and a chiropractor and massage.

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There are more Captiva rental homes on either side of the street and behind shopping and restaurants.

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Back out on Captiva Drive, the road curves to the west at this fabulous home and leads you to the end of the island.

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Here's where you'll find Chadwicks Square, with shops, art gallery, spa, deli, and Starbucks.

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Across the street is the entrance to the gorgeous South Seas Island Resort with luxury beach villas, cottages, and homes ........ plus restaurants, tennis, golf, shops, marina, Sanibel Sea School, Colgate Sailing School, and resort pool complex extraordinaire!

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Just beyond is the Captiva Island Florida post office and a bank.  By the way, Captiva 's zip code is 33924.

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Captiva Drive dead-ends into the parking lot of Alice Hagerup Beach, the second public beach on Captiva.

Those aqua waters, beautiful white sand beaches, and great shelling continue on to this part of the island, where South Seas Resort beach villas share the lovely view of this part of the Gulf of Mexico.

Have I convinced you to come for a Captiva Island Florida vacation?  I hope so, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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