The secluded tropical islands of Captiva and Sanibel in Southwest Florida are reached by a causeway from Fort Myers. Once across that causeway, you are in a quieter place that will take you back in time to Old Florida.
Capitiva Island Inn is our favorite place to stay while visiting these beautiful islands. It is perfectly located on the narrow part of Captiva between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound.
This neighborhood of the tiny island is known as Captiva Village. The village has several great restaurants, gift shops, and colorful homes. It is unique in Florida. Everything is walkable from Captiva Island Inn.
Captiva Island Inn is a small, quiet, and intimate place. It has 16 units that provide an amazing variety of choices. Do not be expecting a large glamorous resort. This is a piece of Old Florida.
They have 10 pastel colored 1 and 2 bedroom cottages with catchy names that fit Captiva such as Iris Villa, Periwinkle Cottage, and Hibiscus Cottage.
The inn and several restaurants have the same owner and share parking. These restaurants are R.C. Otters, Key Lime Bistro, Sunshine Seafood, and Latte' Da Cafe. The inn also owns nearby Captiva Cantina.
Captiva Island Inn offers a free tram service to all visitors on the island. It is known as S Car Go and displays a colorful Escargot snail on its side. The tram will take you almost everywhere on Captiva for no charge.
So there really is such a thing as a free ride.
On my most recent visit, I stayed in a colorful cottage named Bird of Paradise.
There are also 4 villas available in 1, 2, or 3 bedroom choices.
Celebration House is large home that has 2 suites: a 3 bedroom 3 bath villa, and a 2 bedroom 2 bath penthouse villa. This entire house is also available to rent in its entirety by larger parties.
Captiva Island Inn is similar to a bed and breakfast in that they give you a breakfast voucher for any of the restaurants on the property. I had breakfast at Key Lime Bistro. My eggs over well, bacon, whole wheat toast, and coffee were great.
There are countless water sports available on Captiva Island including kayaking, sailing, expeditions, and even parasailing. The beaches are beautiful and perfect for strolling or chilling out.
If swimming is your favorite water sport, you will enjoy the free form pool at Captiva Island Inn.
The friendly knowledgeable staff at Captiva Island Inn will give you complete information on what to do and where to go on these beautiful islands.