It could be said that Captiva Island is of equal parts solid and liquid. Rising like visions from the Gulf of Mexico, Captiva Island is like an ancient sand and shell bank washed by waters on all sides—a natural wonder as well as a restful haven. Captiva's dual ambiance – land and sea – is the magic that lures you to these shores and keeps you here, or coming back.
Captiva and its neighbor Sanibel are narrow islands that offer visitors incredibly diverse ecosystems all within a few miles of each other. In addition to the best shelling beaches in North America, the islands offer great biking and hiking trails and many acres of wildlife sanctuaries to explore. In fact, more than half of the islands are preserved as wildlife sanctuaries. Captiva is just one of the 100 barrier islands that make up Florida's Lee Island Coast.
The main attraction on Captiva is that there are no attractions, only the pristine white sand, the calm water and the warm fresh air. Visitors can sit back and let the hours fly by, sunning, walking the beach, fishing, or just doing nothing. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was so inspired by Captiva's surroundings that she wrote her best-selling love letter A Gift from the Sea while staying as a guest on the Island.