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Captiva Island Guide

Unspoiled Beauty

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Beach on Captiva Island

A remote tropical paradise, Captiva Island is attached to Sanibel Island by a small bridge at blind pass.   Six miles long, ½ mile wide with pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and crystal blue waters, Captiva is unique among all American Destinations.  With incredible homes amongst sub-tropical landscapes and the beach or bay just steps away from any home, make Captiva Island a fabulous vacation destination.  All of Kingfisher Vacations’ homes are central to all of Captiva’s activities and attractions.  Feel free to give us a call for suggestions on Island activities as we all …..Live, Work and Play here.

Beaches

Sit back and relax on the beach!  Captiva beaches are a beautiful sugar white with blue green water.  Anywhere you stay on Captiva is close to the beach. Should you want to visit Captiva beaches during your Sanibel stay, there are also two pay to park public

beaches that are $2.00 an hour.  The two beaches are Turner Beach at the beginning of Captiva Dr and Captiva Beach at the end of Captiva Dr.

Boating

Experience the Island from the water!  If there is a theme of Captiva Island it would be water.  At only ½ mile wide with the Gulf beaches, the Bay and Roosevelt Channel, boating is a great activity on Captiva Island.  Take a Captiva Cruise to some of the upper Islands, hire a fishing guide to take you to the best spots or rent a boat for yourself to explore the waterways.  Don’t forget to rent a kayak or paddleboard for a once in a lifetime experience.

Shelling

Sanibel and Captiva are known as the Shell Islands not only because of the variety of shells you find on the beaches but because the Islands were formed from shells.  One of the best beaches to shell on Captiva is Turner Beach because of the water flowing from the gulf as well as the bay.   For more information on the variety of shells found on the Islands visit the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum on Sanibel.

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Chapel by the Sea church

Fishing

Amazing fishing surround the Island where you can fish from the beach, a pier, the bridge, go deep sea fishing or hire a guide to take you around the surrounding Islands.  There are several marinas and fishing guides on Captiva that will help you get the gear you need to catch the different varieties of species. To learn about Florida fishing guidelines and license requirements visit  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Nature

To explore the wild side on land while on Captiva, visit it’s sister Island, Sanibel, as it is over 60 percent conservation land.  Much of the land being J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge which is a great place to visit and view the hundreds of birds that migrate here during the winter.  Another great place to visit to learn about the nature on the Island is Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation which also owns over 1800 acres of land dedicated to conservation.  A big portion of the acres are Buck Key which is a mangrove island behind Captiva.

Watersports

You can do more than just fishing and boating on the water.  Try one of the many watersport adventures. Parasail, Jet Ski, Sail, Paddle board, Kayak or go on a Banana Boat Ride.  Check out Yolo for watersport rental information.