Turner Beach ocean on Captiva Island
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Turner Beach on Captiva Island

Explore Turner Beach, A Hidden Island Gem

When you explore Turner Beach, you will discover a shelling and fishing paradise with a rock jetty that projects out into the beautiful, clear water. A great place for Kayak fishing and swimming though, the currents can be stronger than at the Island’s other beaches so it pays to be cautious.

While noted for beautiful sunsets, Turner Beach is also popular for stargazing! If Astrophotography is your thing, Turner Beach provides the best location!

Directions To Turner Beach

Address: 17200 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

Once you are across the Sanibel Causeway, turn right on to Periwinkle Way until Palm Ridge Road, take a right on Palm Ridge Road and follow Sanibel Captiva Drive all the way down to Turner Beach which is located on the Captiva side of Blind Pass.

Parking And Facilities At Turner Beach

There are 24 general parking spaces, and 2 free handicap spots available. Parking is $5 per hour.

The Santiva General Store is close by and, a couple of good local restaurants. There are restrooms and an outdoor shower.

For info on where to charge your electric car click HERE!

Beach Rules For Turner Beach

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

  1. No live shelling.

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

  3. Dogs are NOT allowed on Turner Beach.

  4. Stay off dune vegetation and avoid nesting shore birds and sea turtles.

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

  6. Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed.

  7. Camp fires are prohibited.

  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 To Do On Turner Beach


Swimming is relatively safe at Turner Beach, although the currents can be strong so be cautious.

Turner beach on Captiva


Turner Beach shelling is often called the best the island has to offer because of the many rare shells to be found that are often completely intact. It is best to go after a storm or at low tide.

Please note there is ‘no live shelling’ law allowed on any of the island beaches. Check out our Complete Guide To Shelling.

Kids Shelling on Captiva Island

Wind & Kitesurfing

This is a great place for windsurfing, paddle boarding and kiteboarding. There are several places to rent equipment nearby including YOLO Watersports and Sunny Island Adventures. Both rental places are located on Captiva and therefore are close by to the beach.

Kitesurfing on captiva

Watch The Sunset

A popular spot for beautiful sunsets and stargazing! Check out our complete Guide To Sunset & Sunrise

People watching sunset on Captiva Island


The fishing is phenomenal at Turner Beach. The unique rock jetty gives any fisher incredible access to the Gulf and therefore a farther-reaching cast. Firstly, you can also fish from either side of Blind Pass Bridge. Secondly, there is the opportunity for kayak and surf fishing. Thirdly, there is also a wide variety of fish including Tarpon, Snook, King Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper and Redfish. What’s not to love!

Blind Pass Cast Net fishing

Do I need a fishing license?

A Saltwater Fishing License is required to saltwater fish from shore or from a boat.

Florida residents click here for more information.

FAQ about Recreational Licenses

How do I get a fishing license?

Click Here To Apply!

Water Sports And Rentals Near Turner Beach

YOLO Watersports, Captiva Island

YOLO Watersports, Inc.

11534 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
YOLO Website

Here you can rent:
Bikes, Beach Chairs, Golf Carts, Scooters, Parasailing, Hobie Wave, Stand-up Boards, Wave Runners, and Surfboards.

Sunny Island Adventures, Captiva Island

Sunny Island Adventures

5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
Sunny Island Website

Here you can rent:
Golf Cart, Boat, Bike, Parasailing, Waverunner, Paddleboard, and Kayak Rentals.

Which Restaurants Are Close To Turner Beach?

Lazy Flamingo restaurant near Captiva Island

Lazy Flamingo 2
1036 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

Down-home sports pub and an island favorite offering beer-steamed seafood, a raw bar & ice-cold brews! You must try the garlic bread!

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Sunset Grill Restaurant on Sanibel Island

Sunset Grill
6536 Pine Ave, Sanibel, FL 33957
Visit The Sunset Grill Website

An intimate cottage atmosphere with great views of the sunset, serving upscale seafood-focused American fare. The Sunset Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Mad Hatter on Sanibel Island

The Mad Hatter
6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957
Visit The Mad Hatter Website

A fun and eclectic restaurant perfect for a romantic evening or a special occasion. Reservations are definitely needed and the restaurant is highly recommended.

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Guide to Captiva Restaurants
Guide To Waterfront Dining

Tween Waters resort on Captiva Island

Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille
5951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
Crow’s Nest Menu

Casual and comfortable pub atmosphere with old Island flair serving traditional American classics with a popular Fish Fry Friday and nightly entertainment.

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Old Captiva House dining room on Captiva island

Old Captiva House
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
Visit Old Captiva House Website

Located At ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa, Old Captiva House is one of the islands’ finest dining restaurants, great for special occasions and popular for weddings.

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captiva island Green Flasf Cafe
The Green Flash
15183 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
Visit The Green Flash Website

The Green Flash is a great waterfront dining spot with excellent views and a small but very lively bar.

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Guide to Captiva Restaurants
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Where To Stay Near Turner Beach

Blind Pass Condos on Sanibel Island

Blind Pass Condominiums
5117 Sea Bell Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957
Visit Blind Pass Condo’s Website
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Blind Pass Condos provide free kayaks and canoes for their guests. The compound is made up of seven buildings, a swimming pool and a tennis court.

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Sign Tween waters

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

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jensen's marina

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

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front of castaways on Sanibel iSLAND

Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages
6460 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Fl 33957
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These “old Florida” charming one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages, efficiencies and guest rooms are either on the back bay with a private marina or directly on the beach.

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