About Captiva

Captiva Island is a (relatively) remote barrier island west of Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Captiva Island is accessible from the mainland via Sanibel Island, although its northern neighbor, North Captiva Island is only accessible by boat or plane. Due to the limited space and remote island feel, homes on Captiva are highly sought after, offering the pinnacle of southwestern Florida luxury living in a charming, natural setting.

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Captiva Island Real Estate

Captiva Island is a narrow strip of land on Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. As such, many of its properties are long narrow lots, stretching across the island to occupy waterfront on both sides.

These lots are also usually quite natural in their setting, making use of minimal landscaping and an abundance of lush native flora to enhance the serene away-from-it-all atmosphere. The luxurious homes that nestle within these tropical settings enjoy generous setbacks from the road, and the taller structures grant beautiful views of the ocean, the eastern waterways, or the dense tree tops.

At the island’s narrowest point, properties tend to have docks on the Pine Island Sound, as well as access to the beach via a short hop over the main access road, Captiva Drive.

The northern end of the island is occupied by the South Seas Island Resort, offering villas, bungalows, and a host of resort amenities. Read more below.

Overall, the real estate market on Captiva Island consists of light residential areas, covered by long plots and occupied by stately beach homes. A few resorts are also scattered about, including one with a golf course, and a light business district can be found in the middle of the island, just south of Chadwick Bayou.

Captiva Island History

Captiva Island has played host to many famous individuals and celebrities over the years. Perhaps the most interesting (in contention with Theodore Roosevelt) is the island’s original European inhabitant, an Austrian named William Herbet Binder (1850 - 1932).

Binder was once shipwrecked on the island and later, due to his service to the U.S. Army, was allowed to establish a homestead on the island in 1888. He lived on the island by himself for 10 years, and his grave can still be found there.

Captiva Island Location & Geography

Captiva Island is roughly 30 minutes from the mainland by car, and another 15 minutes to Fort Myers. This route takes travelers over Sanibel Island, which was once joined with Captiva, but separated after a storm in 1926.

To the east of Captiva Island, across Roosevelt Channel, is a small island covered in jungle, and protected by Buck Key and Patterson Island preserves

North, or Upper Captiva Island was cut off from the main body of Captiva Island in 1921, forming Redfish Pass. North Captiva has a number of private homes and lots.

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Captiva Attractions & Community Highlights

Perhaps the most prominent man-made attraction on Captiva Island is the South Seas Island Resort, featuring miles of beautiful beaches, a marina, golf course, and a host of resort amenities. The resort is especially well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere and activities.

The beaches, of course, are another big draw, offering world-class fishing, shelling, sunset-watching, sunbathing, and wildlife viewing.

In Captiva’s central village, don’t miss out on these popular venues to grab a bite to eat:

  • Cantina Captiva
  • Bubble ROom
  • RC Otter’s
  • Keylime Bistro
  • Captiva Island Pizza

The Bubble Room is a particular favorite, sporting an old-timey atmosphere and an impressive collection of vintage toys and collectables.

What is there to do on Captiva Island?

On Captiva Island you can enjoy various nature-related activities, like fishing, shelling, or bird-watching. You can also take to the water to enjoy kayaking, swimming, or boating. Captiva's own village also offers a number of recreational opportunities, as well as some very popular places to eat.

Can you drive on Captiva Island?

You can drive to Captiva Island via Sanibel Island. Captiva's main road is Captiva Drive, linking all the way to the South Seas Island Resort at the northern end of the Island.

What is Captiva Island known for?

Captiva Island is known for its long white-sand beaches covered in prized seashells, beautiful up-market properties, and the large South Seas Island Resort.

Are Sanibel and Captiva the same island?

Captiva and Sanibel Islands used to be joined, until a storm separated them in 1926. Now, only the narrow Blind Pass separates them. Captiva and Sanibel are part of the same barrier island chain, including North Captiva, and Cayo Costa.

Data last updated: July 2nd, 2022 at 10:08am EDT and updating occurs daily

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