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Sanibel & Captiva

October 21, 2016
FL Guide

The Sanibel-Captiva and the barrier island regions, including Boca Grande and North Captiva Island, are among the world's most beautiful and picturesque. The islands are blessed with sandy beaches (many isolated), world-class shelling, excellent birding and wildlife/sea turtle-watching/exploring opportunities, excellent shopping and dining, boating, fishing, biking/hiking, resort lifestyles, any number of activities for those seeking the pleasures of subtropical southwest Florida and the Sunshine State, which year-round averages 72 degrees and offers warm Gulf waters.

North Captiva Island is an island just offshore of the Gulf of Mexico. It is separated from Captiva Island by a channel called Redfish Pass created in a 1920s hurricane. It lies just south of Cayo Costa Island.

Like Captiva and Sanibel, North Captiva is a barrier island to Pine Island and is very narrow. There is no auto access and electric carts are primary means of transport. Several sources and water taxis are available.

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Shopping and dining

Periwinkle Way in Sanibel and Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva are the main districts, but there are shops and great food at nearly every corner in both island towns. Swimwear and beach goods, souvenirs and shells, collectables, fine jewelry, fashion, household goods, personal care and spas, bookstores, artwork, a thousand other fun shops and activities are available. Dining choices are distinct and varied.


Take a day trip and canoe or kayak out in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Parasail, kite board, or hop on a waverunner. The warm Gulf of Mexico waters lend themselves perfectly to loads of water sports.

Captiva Cruises:

Fabulous out island excursions to Cabbage Key, Useppa and Boca Grande for lunch or Cayo Costa State Park for shelling as well as Dolphin Adventures, Sunset Serenades, Sailing Cruises aboard a 24 passenger sailing catamaran, naturalist led shoreline discovery and starlight tours, private charters and custom expeditions.

McCarthy's Marina and South Seas Island Resort, Captiva.

Learn how to ''sail away'' with Offshore Sailing School/South Seas Island Resort on Captiva.

Jensen's Twin Palm Marina, bait and tackle, rentals, Captiva.

Lee County and local beaches are among the very best. Parking fees and bridge tolls apply.

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South Seas Islands Resort

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum/Sanibel

Visit the world's premier shell museum; enjoy marine naturalist adventures, shell history and fun facts, go on a guided beach/low-tide excursion on Sanibel or Fort Myers, unleash your inner artist with shell crafting activities, explore the new exhibits that were added in August 2016, watch a film or attend a tank talk lecture. 395-2233.

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

CROW has provided care to sick or injured animals for over 40 years. A small staff and hundreds of volunteers keeps the clinic going. At CROW, visitors can take a tour of the grounds to see what it takes to care for over 3,500 animals per year or attend a lecture in the Visitor Education Center to learn more about some of their animal ambassadors. 472-3644



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