Sanibel’s sister island, Captiva, sits due north along Florida’s sun-drenched southwest coast. This enchanting isle offers soft white sugary sands, plus a slice of life from a more gentile time. Its location gives visitors a unique view of the Gulf of Mexico, where people play golf, tennis, and pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong into one easygoing game.
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This resort was originally a key lime plantation 100 years ago, this hotel offers spacious guest rooms, suites, and villas to make yourself feel at home amid a 330-acre wildlife preserve.
One of the town’s festive restaurants celebrates Christmas all year long, and kids can take mermaid and pirate lessons on captivating Captiva. Cruises sail visitors to nearby Cabbage Key, historic Useppa Island, posh Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, and pristine Cayo Costa State Park, where folks can watch dolphins dance amid the area’s beautiful shores, mangroves, and pine forests. Luxury awaits along these verdant shores, home to several charming destination resorts and thousands of colorful shells.
Watch the sunset as you sail beneath a sea of stars or search for dolphins with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation onboard Captiva Cruises. Play an unforgettable round of golf overlooking serenely beautiful Gulf seas. Waterski, jetski, canoe, scuba dive, snorkel, and parasail amid the waters of this island paradise. See playful manatees and dolphins surf the waves beside nine miles of pristine beaches, pine forests and mangrove swamps of Cayo Costa State Park. Visit Captiva’s charming Chapel-By-The-Sea.
Captiva Island’s peak season runs during the cooler months from January to April, when temperatures average around 75 F. Sea turtle nesting season takes place between May and the end of October. November and early December offer warm temperatures, while the summer months are much hotter with temperatures reaching the 90s.