Captiva


Welcome

Captiva Welcome Sign

Shelling & Beaches - Treasures from the sea

Shelling is so much fun and Captiva Island has such a variety of shells to find, just to collect and admire or use in a craft, on a mirror, lamps, boxes etc. Captiva is one of the islands that is literally made up of shells, created over thousands of years, and is one of the islands that is considered best in the world for shelling. The islands geography of lying east and west rather than north and south, as most islands, allows Captiva and its sister islands to catch abundant sea shells from the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell CleaningSome Tips
  • Bring bucket, net bag and scoop, sun lotion and hat.
  • Shell at low tide preferably and after a storm.
  • It is illegal to take "live shells." Please return to water.
How to clean shells
Soak shells in a 50/50 solution of water and bleach, few hours or overnight. If any barnacles or other matter is left, remove with a pick or toothbrush. To make shells shine wipe with mineral oil or baby oil.

Sand dollars
You may collect sand dollars but first check to make sure that the sand dollar is not alive - turn it over - there are little centipede feet up and down the backside - gently touch them with your finger to see if they move, if they do it's alive and you should gently place it back into the water. If they do not move, then you have just found one of Captiva's treasures!
To bleach a sand dollar white it is important to soak in fresh water first. Water will be a brownish color, change water frequently until fairly clear or just continually flush with water until water stays fairly clear. Soak in a 50/50 solution of bleach and water for 5-10 minutes. Caution: Do not soak too long in bleach solution as sand dollar may crumble. Rinse thoroughly, let dry preferably in sun to bleach further. To harden sand dollar for crafts or display: Mix equal portions of white glue and water. With paint brush cover sand dollar with mixture. Let dry.

Beaches

Captiva MapCaptiva Island has tropical white sand beaches and Caribbean blue water and an extravagant collection of sea shells.

Just a few rules:
  • No open fires.
  • No collecting of live shells. Return them to the water.
  • A fee of $2 per hour for parking at both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island public beaches. Both cash and credit cards are accepted. Paid parking tickets are not interchangeable between Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

Beaches:    
Captiva Beach Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 Located at the end of Captiva Drive.
No restrooms and parking limited.
Turner Beach Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 Located on Captiva Drive at Blind Pass Bridge.
Popular with shellers and fishermen.
Signs warn against swimming because of swift currents.
Please help keep our beaches clean.

Recreation

It's time for fun on Captiva Island. Enjoying a sub-tropical climate and being able to be outdoors in the sunshine all year around. There are so many activities to choose from, fishing, golf, boating, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, swimming, bike riding. Go boating down the waterways and view a variety of wildlife such as, dolphins, blue herons, raccoons and many different species of colorful birds.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 395-2233
Open daily (except major holidays)
Children age 4 and under - free
Youths age 5 through 16 - $3, Adults $6
Ding Darling Wildlife Society One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-1100
www.dingdarlingsociety.org

Watersports

Sanibel Paddle Boarding Finnimore's Cycle Shop 2353 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-5577
www.paddleboardsanibel.com
Paddleboards, Bikes, trailers, joggers & Beach equipment.
Yolo Watersports 11534 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-9656
Wave runners, golf carts & para-sailing.
Offshore Sailing School 5400 Plantation Rd Captiva Island, FL 33924 (800) 221-4326
Catch Me If You Can Fishing Charters 15183 Captiva Drive Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 210-8339

Marinas

Jensens Marina 15107 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5800
South Seas Resort 5400 Plantation Rd Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5111
(888) 295-4558
Tween Waters Marina 15951 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5161

Cruises

Captiva Cruises At South Seas Resort 5400 Plantation Rd Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5300
Cabbage Key, Useppa, dolphin watch & Sunset cruises.
Adventure in Paradise 14341 Port Comfort Road Ft. Myers, FL 33913 (239) 472-8443

Boat Rentals

Captiva Kayak Co. 11401 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 395-2925
Kayaks, canoes, sailboats & tours.
Yolo Watersports 115 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-9656
Sweetwater Boat Rental 15951 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-6334

Bike Rentals

Finnimore's Cycle Shop 2353 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-5577
www.paddleboardsanibel.com
Paddle boards, Bikes, trailers, joggers & beach equipment.

Off-Island Things

Caribbean Gardens - The Zoo in Naples 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road Naples, FL 34102 (239) 262-5409
Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy Estero, FL 33928 (239) 948-7825
Recreational ice rinks & the home of both the ECHL's Florida Everblades and the Ultimate Indoor Football League's Florida Tarpons
Imaginarium: Hands-On Museum & Aquarium 2000 Cranford Avenue Ft. Myers, FL 33913 (239) 337-3332
Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

Food

Restaurants:    
Doc Ford’s Rum & Bar – Capitva 5400 S Seas Plantation Road Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 312-4275
Old Captiva House 15951 Captiva Drive Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-5161
Green Flash 15183 Captiva Drive Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-3337
The Mucky Duck
Mucky Duck
11546 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-3434
The Bubble Room
Bubble Room Captiva
15001 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5558
RC Otter’s Island Eats 11506 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 395-1142
Keylime Bistro At Captiva Island Inn
Keylime Bistro Island Inn
11509 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 395-4000
Cantina Captiva 14970 Captiva Drive Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-0248
McT's Shrimp House & Tavern 1523 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-3161
Matzaluna’s 1200 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-1998
Holy Smoke 5400 Plantation Road Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-7501
Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grill 975 Rabbit Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-8311
Thistle Lodge At Casa Ybel Resort 2255 West Gulf Dr Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-9200
Sunshine Seafood Café 14900 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-6200
Bennett's Fresh Roast 1020 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 312-4651
Coffee:    
Starbucks 5400 Plantation Drive Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-7680
Latte Da coffee Shop & Deli 11508 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-0234

Shopping

Beach Stuff 14900 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-3544
The Bubble Room Gift Shop 15001 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-5558
Jungle Drums Gallery
Jungle Drums
11532 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 395-2266
The Island Store
Captiva Island Store
11599 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva Island, FL 33924 (239) 472-2374