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Captiva Island Hotels

Although it's just a short drive from mainland Florida, Captiva Island has that perfectly isolated atmosphere that makes for a relaxing vacation in the sunshine. With long sandy beaches, clear blue seas, laid back restaurants, and friendly resorts, you can choose to fill your days with exploring and walking, or simply lie on the beach and listen to the ocean roar. Although there are a few practical amenities on the island, it's the sheer isolation of Captiva that appeals to most, allowing you to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Things to see

Captiva Beach has long stretches of picture perfect scenery, with powdery white sands, clear shallow waters, and lush green trees offering shade from the warm Florida sunshine. At the northern tip of the island you can also enjoy the Alison Hagerup Beach Park which has a slightly livelier atmosphere, and you'll find bars and beach cafés close by, as well as some of the best spots on the island to watch the sunset. McCarthy's Marina is close to Captiva Village, and here you'll find day cruises departing to the nearby islands, as well as dolphin watching, shelling, and other specialist trips. The whitewashed Captiva Chapel By the Sea is a popular spot for weddings, with the perfect backdrop for photographs. Inside you'll find a small aisle surrounded by a few rows of wooden turquoise pews, and Sunday services find the church packed with locals, with extra seating provided outside during the holiday season.

Hotels in Captiva Island

Those coming to Florida for some sunshine will enjoy the wide range of Captiva Island hotels available, and most people on vacation choose one of the 3 to 4 star accommodation options. This includes resorts sitting on the edge of sandy beaches with facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts, health centers, private beach areas with umbrellas and towels, multiple dining choices, bars, and room service. Some hotels offer 2 bedroom villas and apartments in addition to standard guestrooms, and you'll enjoy amenities such as balconies, cable televisions with HBO, DVD players, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, coffee makers, and refrigerators.

Where to stay

Captiva has more of a village than a town atmosphere, with facilities such as shops and restaurants scattered across the island and no real center as such. Drive or wander through the streets and you'll find lots of large, detached family homes hidden by palm trees, and the occasional gift shop or gallery hidden in-between them. Many of the popular restaurants are close to or on the beach, with outdoor seating areas so that you can enjoy the view. Most of them tend to be laid back places, with seafood and grill joints serving generous portions of food and cold beers.

How to get to Captiva Island

Southwest Florida International Airport is located in Fort Myers, about an hour's drive away from the island, and you can pick up car rentals, taxis, and shuttle services to get you to your hotel easily. There are also shuttle buses to Pine Island where you can take a water taxi to Captiva Island and enjoy the scenery along the way. Fort Myers also has a bus service to nearby Amtrak stations, and a Greyhound connection which makes it easy to get to destinations across the USA.