Sitting on the small island of Captiva Island, Captiva is a small unincorporated settlement of around four hundred people. This small island thrives on tourism, travel and the hospitality industry. It was named one of the best ten areas to live in 2010 by the Wall Street Journal.
According to local legend, the island got its name thanks to the infamous pirate Gasparilla. The pirate used the island to hold his female prisoners for ransom. While this might just be legend, it is known that the Calusa Indians were the original inhabitants of the area until they mostly died out in the late 1700s. Captiva and Sanibel were originally part of the same island, but a hurricane in 1926 separated the two islands.
As a beach community, Captiva holds ample opportunities for fishing and relaxing on the sugar-white sand beaches. Captiva Island is a sister island to the larger Sanibel Island, to which it connects by a small bridge. Like Sanibel, Captiva is well known for the seashells that wash up on its beaches, and is a popular place for those that love collecting these treasures of the sea.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities in Captiva, and there are ample boat rentals or charters for deep sea fishing. Fishing can also be done from the various bridges, docks and shores of the village and the island. A license is required. Visit the Hamilton-Franklin Realty “Helpful Links” section to obtain your fishing license online.
The location of the island near the southern portion of Florida means that it has subtropical temperatures. Warm, humid summers and mild winters are common, and the rainy season runs from May to September. The year-round warmth means that the region is great for fishing and lounging on the beach even during the winter months.
With a laid-back village, small population of people and a great abundance of fishing and beaches, Captiva and its island is a great place to live. Whether you live here permanently or have a second home here, the island is a great and relaxing place to live or just to visit and get away from the hustle and bustle. Learn more about this hidden treasure of Southwest Florida by contacting a Representative of Hamilton-Franklin Realty at 239.236.1239 or simply fill out the contact form below.