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Captiva Island--A Well-Tended Paradise

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A December 2001 trip to Captiva Island by susanf

Northern Tip of Captiva Island Photo, Captiva Island, Florida More Photos
Quote: Captiva is one of many barrier islands off the coast of Southwest Florida. Although it's an enclave for the(very)well-off, Captiva manages to maintain a ramshackle island charm. With beautiful white sand beaches, abundant wildlife, lots of restaurants and gift shops, Captiva has something for everyone.

Captiva Island--A Well-Tended Paradise

Overview

Northern Tip of Captiva Island Photo, Captiva Island, Florida
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To immerse yourself in the magic of Captiva, experience the ocean. One can walk for miles on the beach scouting for shells and watching the birds. There are many places to rent boats and water toys of all descriptions.

Quick Tips:

Buy everything you need on the mainland. While Captiva has lots of gift-type shops, prices are high and practical items are hard to find.

Best Way To Get Around:

Captiva is small and it's easy to get around on a bicycle. If you stay at South Seas Plantation (a large resort that covers the north half of the island) a free trolley will take you everywhere you want to go.

South Seas Island Resort

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Hotel | "South Seas Plantation"

South Seas Island Resort Photo, Captiva Island, Florida
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South Seas Plantation Resort has everything you could ask for from an island vacation. It''s elegant, yet informal and friendly. The beaches are glorious and the grounds are beautiful--we hardly saw even a faded flower blossom. South Seas covers more than 300 acres on the north end of Captiva Island. There are lots of things to do within the resort grounds: There are many bars and restaurants, a beautiful 9-hole golf course which is right next to the Gulf of Mexico, bicycle and watercraft rentals of all kinds. You can rent a power boat, canoe or kayak, take a day cruise, or learn to sail. Accomodations at South Seas range from hotel rooms to rental condos and houses. We stayed in the Harb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

South Seas Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road
Captiva Island, Florida 33924
(866) 565-5089

Chadwick's

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Restaurant

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Chadwick's is on the grounds of the South Seas Plantation Resort. It offers a different type of all-you-can eat buffet each night. On the night we visited, the theme was seafood. Seafood usually doesn't lend itself well to a buffet--it suffers from sitting out for a long time, and tends to be overcooked. However, most of Chadwick's seafood was really good. The soup was a creamy lobster bisque. The cold seafood bar had several kinds of smoked fish, poached salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, king crab legs, and excellent mussels and clams. The hot food was predictably less than stellar, but not bad. There were deep-dried grouper and shrimp, oysters Rockfeller, and several fish preparations with di...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Chadwick's
South Seas Island Resort
Captiva Island, Florida
(941) 481-3636

Mucky Duck

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Restaurant | "The Mucky Duck"

Mucky Duck Photo, Captiva Island, Florida
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The Mucky Duck has acquired a reputation as a "must-do" on Captiva. So, we dutifully went there for lunch on our first day on the island. In retrospect, I can't say how it became so famous. It's right on the beach, but you really can't see the beach from the restaurant. It's ostensibly a "British Pub", but the decor looks more like a rural Midwestern supper club with pine paneling and lots of beer signs. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic either. The menu is divided between American-style food with some seafood specialties, and British items such as steak pies. We tried the fried oyster sandwich and the grouper sandwich. A large selection of beer (British and American) is available. P...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Mucky Duck
11546 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva Island, Florida 33924
(239) 472-3434

Captiva Gulf Coast Beaches

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Attraction

Captiva Gulf Coast Beaches Photo, Captiva Island, Florida
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Captiva's famous beaches more than live up to their reputation. The wide, white sugar sand beaches are littered with shells and the beaches are rimmed with beautiful mature palm trees. You can walk the entire length of the island on the beach, past modest cottages and multimillion dollar homes. Birds of all kinds are plentiful. Species that are considered endangered in many parts of the country are common here. You'll see herons and egrets wading the shoreline and ospreys gliding overhead. Most large shells that wash up are already broken, but it's quite easy to find good small specimens. Shelling is best in the early morning, particularly after a storm. Shells seem most plentiful at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Captiva Gulf Coast Beaches
Gulf Coast
Captiva Island, Florida