Whether it's winter or summer, getting out in a boat is one of the best ways to enjoy your day! We have so many interesting places to visit and lots of ways to get there.
Sanibel Marina offers private fishing/shelling guides who can take you out for the day, as well boat rental that you can take yourself.
Captiva Island has four marinas: South Seas, McCarthy's, Jensen's & 'Tween Waters. You can try a sailboat charter, professional guide, private boat rental, or a narrated air conditioned tour boat. Schedules vary, but you can easily go on a sunset cruise, or fishing, shelling or just out to one of the nearby island restaurants.
Just to the north of Sanibel and Captiva Island we have un-bridged Upper Captiva Island. Also called North Captiva, the island is about three and a half miles long, with the southern two mile being mostly preserve property. The northern end has electricity, over a hundred homes, and three great restaurants (my favorite is Barnacles). The roads aren't paved and the main transportation is by golf cart. The island also has a 2100 ft private airstrip for some residents. A day spent on Upper Captiva will be remembered for years.
Cayo Costa Island is the next island north of Upper Captiva. Cayo Costa is a state park and has a small area to camp. There are no amenities except for a rest room. Most people head out there for a day trip and just swim and walk the beach. The island is never crowded and you are sure to find some interesting shells to start your collection.
Cabbage Key is probably the most famous island because of its restaurant of the same name. Cabbage Key is a back-bay island so it has no beach, but the true draw to the island is the food and drink. The restaurant sits on top of a Calusa shell mound about 37 feet high, which is pretty high for Florida. The restaurant serves great food and is a popular stop for tour boats and private boats. There is a full bar, and a small menu where the burgers are definitely the best seller. Locals say Jimmy Buffett wrote his hit "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at the Cabbage Key bar. Who knows if this is true, but his signed photo sits behind the bar. An interesting quirk of the restaurant is that guests are allowed to sign a dollar bill and tape it to the walls or ceiling. The place has over ten thousand dollars on the wall and as they fall off, they are donated to local charities. Pretty cool!
Useppa Island is a back-bay island just across the intra-coastal waterway from Cabbage Key. Useppa has a ton of history behind it. The Collier Inn Restaurant has a large menu and is set in a more formal setting. The island was a favorite fishing lodge for President Teddy Roosevelt. The island's history can be found at the Barbara L. Sumwalt Museum, located on the island. The island has picturesque walkways that weave throughout giant banyan trees. Definitely a great place to relax and enjoy!
Even if you just take a tour boat for a sunset cruise, you are sure to have a great time. A day on the water is a day well spent!
Of course if you are interested in island real estate, I can be at work finding you the perfect property as you are enjoying your day on the water! Our inventory of available properties is substantial and I'm sure I can find you exactly the property that fits your criteria. Call me Today! 239-691-4915
This week I would like to point out some of the fun and useful things that you can do with my website! From interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands to informative videos of our neighborhoods and condos, this is a one-stop site for all your island questions.
Captiva is world famous for its beaches, sights and quaint style and I'd love to be able to show you around!
If you want to search for properties, my site has the most modern and useful search engine you will find. You can search with whatever criteria you wish, or by map (left), or subdivision or condo. It's easy to use and you can save your searches and email your results to friends and relatives.
I even have a page of important numbers you might need when you decide to move to the islands.
As you drive around the island checking out which areas or condos look good to you, you can use my mobile site as you travel around the island. You can search properties with your smart phone or tablet as well as learn about the area and what it has to offer.
If you want to check out Sanibel before you get to the island, I have a couple of videos I made of the east end of the island. It's a great place to start! Click Here! I'm also proud of a video I have of one of Sanibel Island's most popular sites - The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
As for our local neighborhoods and condos, my condo page and neighborhood page have links to each area along with video tours of each area. This is a wonderful way to check out all the different areas of the island without leaving your home!
Each area has local information, an area map and virtual tour of the neighborhood or condo!
If you are looking for something to do this weekend - don't fret - there is more than a mere mortal can take in!
Friday kicks off a long standing tradition on the islands - Luminary. On Friday, Sanibel Island businesses will be keeping their doors open and the food and beverages flowing as Periwinkle Way is lit up with hundreds of white luminary candle bags. It is a sight to behold. The San-Cap Chamber of Commerce does an outstanding job working with the businesses and running a trolley service to get folks from one plaza to another.
Friday will also host a fund-raiser on Captiva Island to support the month-long Captiva Holiday Village celebration and events. Many great silent auction items will be there for the bidding. Check out www.captivaholidayvillage.com for more info.
Satuday is Captiva Island's luminary night. at 3:30 the festivities are kicking off with a Golf Cart Parade. Don DeLuca of the Royal Shell Companies is the Grand Marshall of the parade. It will be a good time and again - the streets will be lined with white luminary candle bags. It is a pretty sight.
Wow! Thanksgiving is a week away and Christmas is just around the corner. The activities on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island really pick up this time of year. On the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/26) the season is official when the 'Tween Waters Inn tree is lit. An annual tradition for old and young alike it is magical to see the reflection of all the lights on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The first weekend in December is the Annual Luminary festival. Friday the big night for Sanibel Island with candles lining Periwinkle way and all the merchants decked out. Saturday the big night on Captiva Island. This year the Captiva Island celebration will have the first annual "Golf Cart Parade." I think this will prove to be a very popular event and vying for "Best Golf Cart" will also mean bragging rights! For more information about the Captiva Events all through December, check out www.captivaholidayvillage.com
With the holidays just down the road, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island kick it off right with a two night Luminary festival. Tonight is Sanibel's turn with the entire length of Periwinkle Way lined with luminaria. It is breath-taking! All the shops on Sanibel will be open with refreshments and deals - many are offering Luminary night specials. It is fun for me because it really gets you into the holiday spirit - the decorations are great.
Tomorrow night is Captiva Island's night. While smaller, it is more intimate and just as lovely. The shops will be open as well and the refreshments flowing. The tree at Tween Waters is on and greeting all who come! If you have the chance, maybe not this year, the first weekend in December is our luminary festival and it really shouldn't be missed!
Captiva Island is another very special place on the Southwest coast of Florida. Located just north of Sanibel Island, which is just west of Ft. Myers, Florida - the only ways to get to Captiva Island is via a causeway to Sanibel Island or by boat.
In my efforts to assist my clients and visitors to the wonders of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, I have started a video series. I introduced the East end of Sanibel Island in my last one and this one is dedicated to the "Downtown" section of Captiva Island. This is where most of the Restaurants and shops are located. Take a look and let me know what you think.
It's November 2nd and oh, what a weekend and oh, what a start to the Season. Halloween is a fun time on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. On Friday and Saturday there were at least 6 Halloween related fund raisers and parties. Among them were the Island Paws "Howl-O-Ween Party with their pet costume contest and Yappy Hour, The Trunk or Treat at the Sanibel Community Church, The Fall Family Carnival at The Community House and, of course, the Voodoo Island Party at 'Tween Waters Inn - just to name a few.
It is a great time as many of our seasonal residents return to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island so getting back together with friends is what we do. From now through Easter the Islands will be hopping with many fund raisers for groups like CROW, SCCF, FISH, START, and PURRE. Coming up we have the Cracker Festival for START - Solutions to Avoid Red Tide - November 6th and the Wines in the Wild to benefit SCCF - Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation on November 14th just to name two.
This weekend also marked the start of the Sanibel Farmers Market held each Sunday from 8am - 1pm at Tahitian Gardens Plaza on Sanibel. We went yesterday and it was fantastic! The fresh produce, bread, cheese and fish were first rate as were the plants and other goodies! Fun Fun Fun!
As you make your plans to come back to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, be sure to check out what is going on on the islands when you visit! Drop me an email if you want any suggestions!