Few places compare to Captiva Island. It has a funky feel and flavor all its own. It differs from its bigger sister island Sanibel, in many ways. Captiva Island is about a quarter of the size, measuring around 4 miles in length and only about a quarter of a mile at its widest point. This is one of Captiva Island’s charms, as you can easily walk from one side of the island to the other. This barrier island runs north to south, with west-facing beaches perfect for watching breathtaking sunsets.

A perfect day on Captiva Island starts by watching the sunrise over Pine Island Sound on the bayside, and ends by watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico on the beachside. It’s even possible once a month to watch the sunset and the moonrise the same evening when there’s a full moon. The fact that Captiva Island is so small makes it attractive for walking or biking from place to place. Depending on where you stay, you may not even need a car.

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Sunset Captiva Island
Motorboat on Sanibel Island

Directions To Captiva Island Beaches


Once over the Sanibel Causeway, turn right onto Periwinkle Way until Tarpon Bay Road, turn right onto Tarpon Bay Road and take a left at Sanibel-Captiva Road, follow all the way down to Blind Pass Bridge, cross bridge onto Captiva Drive and onto Captiva Island.

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Parking


Parking is very limited on Captiva Island. At Blind Pass, the area separating Captiva Island from Sanibel Island is called Turner Beach and welcomes visitors to the island where $5 per hour parking is available on both sides of the bridge, although the lots are small and fill quickly. Two handicapped parking spots are free


How Do You Get To Captiva Island From Sanibel Island?


Near the west end of Periwinkle Way, bear right on Palm Ridge Road and go straight at the stop sign onto Sanibel-Captiva Road. Follow this road about 7 miles to Blind Pass, the waterway separating Sanibel from Captiva. The road changes names here to Captiva Drive. Follow this road about 3 miles to Captiva Village, at the intersection of Andy Rosse Lane and Captiva Drive.


How To Get To North Captiva From Sanibel Island?


Those wishing to get to North Captiva must arrive by boat.

Boat rentals and day trips are available through Jensen’s Twin Palms Marina or a water taxi service located on Pine Island. There is also a small private airstrip for private planes


Captiva Public Beaches


Turner Beach ocean on Captiva Island

Turner Beach

Address: 17200 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

At Blind Pass, the area that separates Captiva from Sanibel.

On the opposite side of the Blind Pass bridge, Turner Beach welcomes visitors to Captiva where $5 per hour parking is available in a small lot that fills quickly. One handicapped parking spot is free. The area includes a restroom and outdoor shower facilities on the Captiva side. This beach is popular for shelling, fishing and watching the sunset. A rock jetty attracts fish to the area and many anglers try their luck on the bridge. The current is swift along the pass so swimming is dangerous.

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Alison Hagerup Beach Park

Address: 14790 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

Alison Hagerup Beach is at the north end of Captiva, this popular beach features paid parking and a row of port-o-lets. It is open dawn to dusk. The lot fills quickly on weekends and high season. There is also a matted path entrance to this beach for handicapped accessibility.

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Blind Pass Beach

Address: 6491-6499 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

Blind Pass Beach sits at the north end of Sanibel at the foot of Blind Pass, the waterway separating Sanibel from Captiva. There is a small, $5 per hour parking lot but no other facilities on this side of the bridge. One handicapped parking spot is free. This area is called Santiva, where a small village holds some restaurants, a general store and rental cottages. The small Blind Pass bridge is popular for fishing, with a swift current below so swimming is dangerous. This is a great spot to watch the sunset.

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Beach Rules


There are just a few simple rules to follow when you set foot on Captiva Island sand.

  1. No live shelling. Keep scrolling to find out more information on that.

  2. A valid Florida fishing license is required to fish. Poles must be attended at all times.

  3. Dogs are not allowed on Captiva Beaches.

  4. Stay off dune vegetation and avoid nesting shorebirds and sea turtles.

  5. Recycle and dispose of trash and fishing line properly.

  6. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited from November through May.

  7. No open fires.

  8. Respect your neighbors and wildlife: Play music at a low volume; no nude sunbathing allowed.

  9. Leave nothing on the beach but your footprints.


What Are The Top Things To Do On Captiva Island?


To-Do #1 – Watch The Sunset At The Mucky Duck

Watch the sunset at The Mucky Duck, the only beachfront restaurant on the islands. Put your name in early around sunset, as this is the place to be.

11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL
239-472-3434

Visit the Mucky Duck Website

Mucky Duck for sunset on Captiva

American cuisine kid friendly

To-Do #2 – Have Dessert At The Bubble Room

Have dessert at The Bubble Room, an iconic piece of Captiva, famous for amusing décor and huge desserts.

15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5558

Visit the Bubble Room Website


To-Do #3 – Go On A Boat Tour With Captiva Cruises

Go on a boat tour with Captiva Cruises, offering several cruises to other barrier islands, eco-tours to see dolphins and shelling excursions, sunset tours and more on a variety of vessels.

11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5300

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Captiva Cruises on Captiva Island

Kids Shelling on Captiva Island

To-Do #4 – Pick Up Shells On The Beach

Captiva’s beaches are full of banks of shells. The best time to look for them is usually early in the morning or after a storm where high surf may have brought in new treasures. Turner Beach is popular for finding various species, but any stretch of sand along the island will hold all kinds of surprises. Check out our Complete Guide To Shelling.


To-Do #5 – Visit Jensen’s Twin Palms Cottages And Marina

Visit Jensen’s Twin Palms Cottages and Marina, a historic marina where manatee often congregate. There’s even a fishing museum.

15107 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5800

Visit Jensen’s Website

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Chapel By The Sea on Captiva Island

To-Do #6 – Visit Chapel-By-The-Sea And The Historic Cemetery

Visit Chapel-by-the-Sea and the historic cemetery. Located in the charming neighborhood of Captiva, the chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers interdenominational services in the winter season. Some of Captiva’s founders and most influential residents are buried in the cemetery.

11580 Chapin Ln, Captiva, FL 33924

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To-Do #7 – Spot Manatee And Dolphin

Spot manatee and dolphin by simply standing on the beach or the shores of the bay.

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People watching sunset on Captiva Island

To-Do #8 – Watch The Sunrise On The Bay Side Over Pine Island Sound

Watch the sunrise on the bay side over Pine Island Sound. Guide To Sunset & Sunrise


To-Do #9 – Listen To Music At The Restaurants In The Village On Andy Rosse Lane

There is pedestrian access to the beach in Captiva Village at the west end of Andy Rosse Lane, next to The Mucky Duck Restaurant. This area is popular with diners hoping to catch the sunset before or after dinner at several village restaurants.

The closest parking is located at McCarthy’s Marina, a short walk away at the east end of Andy Rosse Lane. Parking fees vary depending on the season. There is also a small paddle craft launching area at the east end, for access to Pine Island Sound.

Andy Rosse Lane on Captiva Island

Fishing on Turner Beach on Captiva Island

To-Do #10 – Fishing

Captiva Island is known for great fishing, whether from the beach or boat.

Do I need a fishing license?

A license is required to fish both from shore or on a boat. There is no charge for a shore fishing license for Florida residents. Non-residents can purchase a 3-day, 7-day or annual license. Information is available by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

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To-Do #11 – Boat Rentals

Fishing enthusiasts should visit Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina, where lodging and boat rentals are available, as well as fishing guides, bait, equipment, and even a fishing museum. This historic location is actually a must-do for every visitor hoping to get the true feel of Captiva.

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Beach Restaurants on Captiva Island


Captiva is known for its fun and iconic restaurants. With a wide variety to choose from there is something for everyone! Catering to families, couples, foodies and more, Captiva is brimming with culinary delights with many of the restaurants providing nightly live music, views of the sunset and outdoor dining.

American cuisine kid friendly

The Bubble Room
15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5558
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No trip is complete to the island without a visit to The Bubble Room, famous for its eclectic Christmas-theme décor and mouth-watering desserts.

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Mucky Duck for sunset on Captiva

The Mucky Duck
1156 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-3434
Visit the Mucky Duck Website

Also on the list of must-dos is The Mucky Duck, the only beachfront restaurant on the island. Put your name in early around sunset, as this is the place to be.

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rum bar on Captiva Island

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
5400 South Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
239-312-4275
Visit Doc Ford’s Captiva Website

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, at the north end of Captiva Drive, near the entrance of South Seas Island Resort, has a great menu with indoor and outdoor dining.

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Mexican food on Captiva Island

Cantina Captiva
14970 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-0248
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Cantina Captiva, for great Mexican food.

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Keylime Bistro on Captiva Island

Keylime Bistro
11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-395-4000
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Keylime Bistro, award-winning island fare, with full liquor license. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music day and night.

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RC Otter’s Island Eats
11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-395-1142
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RC Otter’s Island Eats, casual family-friendly food and atmosphere, open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great selection of beer on tap.

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Captiva cafe for seafood

Sunshine Seafood Café And Wine Bar
11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-6200
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Sunshine Café is casual but finer dining, offering a nice selection of wines.

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captiva island Green Flasf Cafe

The Green Flash
15183 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-3337
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The Green Flash, indoor waterfront dining on Pine Island Sound, with a small but lively bar.

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Capitva House on Captiva Island

Old Captiva House
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5161
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Located At ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa, Old Captiva House, one of the islands’ finest dining restaurants, great for special occasions.


Where Can I Go Shopping On Captiva?


The Gold Parrot

11512 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

239-312-4392

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Offers high quality apparel, house wares, luggage and accessories.

Gold Parrot on Captiva Island

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Jungle Drums Gallery

11532 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

239-395-2266

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Jungle Drums Gallery features artwork and hand-made goods, glassware, greeting cards and other items.


Chadwick’s Square

Two other souvenir and beach apparel stores are located on Captiva Drive, and a retail area called Chadwick’s Square is a short distance to the north, across from the entrance of South Seas Island Resort.

Here you will find another small grocery store, an art gallery, clothing and beachwear as well as the islands’ only Starbucks.

Chadwick's Square Captiva Island

Where To Stay on Captiva Island?


aerial view of lands end South sea

South Sea’s Island Resort
5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5551
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Occupying nearly half of Captiva island, this resort offers many different luxury accommodation options.

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Sign Tween waters

‘Tween Waters Resort & Spa
15951 Captiva Dr, Captive, FL 33924
239-472-5161
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Old-Florida style resort with many amenities in bay to beach location. Offers boat dockage at a small marina. Popular for weddings!

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Captiva Island Inn Main House

Captiva Island Inn
11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
239-395-0882
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Sixteen unique 1 and 2-bedroom cottages and suites right in the heart of Captiva Village. Daily free breakfast.

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Jensen’s Twin Palms Cottages & Marina Resort
15107 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
239-472-5800
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Old-Florida cottages, great for fishing enthusiasts with full marina services and boat accommodation for guests.

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