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Captiva Island

captiva island

Romance – Beauty – Exclusivity

Captiva is considerably smaller than Sanibel. When you leave the far end of Sanibel and cross the short Blind Pass Bridge you are on Captiva. At one point in time Captiva and Sanibel were connected. A huge storm in the 1920’s split the islands apart; not by much, but enough to require a bridge. Captiva is only six miles long and about one third of a mile wide.

It is more expensive and exclusive than Sanibel and has a slightly different atmosphere due to its size and location. Almost one fifth of the island, the far north end, is taken up by the South Seas Resort.


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Captiva is a quiet and natural island getaway that is known for its romantic beaches and beautiful sunsets. The island faces west, so the sunsets are vivid and filled with glorious color. It is common to see vacationers and residents sitting on the beaches at night watching the sun set over the horizon. Just like Sanibel, some of the beaches of Captiva have large varieties of sea shells. Another favorite feature here is getting married on the beach. There are often late afternoon weddings, where the attendees get to witness a marriage and a beautiful sunset. Captiva is a honeymoon destination for hundreds of couples each year. It is natural, lush, beautiful and romantic.

Unlike the incorporated island of Sanibel, Captiva is governed by Lee County, so the building, planning and environmental restrictions are a little different. As you cross the Blind Pass bridge and drive along Captiva Drive, you will pass many long driveways. The homes are hidden by green foliage and beautiful flowers. On the left side of Captiva Drive, these driveways lead to Gulf-front estates on one or two acre lots. Many of these homes are in the $6 million to $20 million price range. Most of these homes are large, private and architecturally significant. These estates are built just off the beach. The names of many of the owners are recognizable.

On the right side of Captiva Drive, these long driveways lead to Bay front mansions and homes with boat docks in their back yards. These homes look out on Roosevelt Channel which has access to the Gulf and the Inland Water Way. There are great views of wild life, dolphin and passing boats.

The village of Captiva is small and inviting. There is a general store, some well known restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, a church, a library and easy acces to the water. You will see both residents and tourists driving the streets in golf carts. Bicycles are also used quite heavily here.

While Captiva has a collection of large waterfront estates, it also has quaint smaller neighborhoods with cottages and condos. Most of these are not on the water, but the island is so small the Gulf or the Bay are only steps away. The average price of a single family home on Captiva is close to $2 million. The average price of a condo is around $900,000. An exception to these prices can be found inside the gates of the South Seas Resort. The Resort has many condos currently on the market under the $900,000 range. In today’s buyers market many of the listings on Captiva have been on the market for a year or two. Most owners have reduced their prices more than once. There has never been a better time to negotiate final sales prices. Almost all of the homes on Captiva are rented out when the owners are not in residence. This can provide some offsetting revenue.

Lighthouse Realty Of The Islands knows Captiva very well. We have represented buyers and sellers in Captiva for a long time. We would be happy to help you find the home or condo of your dreams. We can also assist you in renting a place in Captiva for a day, a week, a month or a year. To get a good idea of what homes and condos on Captiva are for sale, just go to the Property Search menu item on the left side of the screen and click on Captiva.