Have you been to Captiva, FL? Located on the West Coast of Florida, it’s the sister island to Sanibel Island and it’s known for shelling, fishing and well..relaxing!
When we go.
It’s become a summer tradition to go to Captiva, Florida in August as our last hurrah before school starts.
About 5 years ago, our good friends invited us to stay with them and we fell in love with Captiva’s charm and chilled-out atmosphere. (By the way, it’s hot in August!)
Where To Stay
We always stay at the South Seas Island Resort which is great for families and is located at the very end of the island. There is also the Tween Waters Inn Island Resort and Spa, Jensen’s On the Beach or you can rent a property.
Where To Eat
For families, I would recommend breakfast or lunch at RC Otters located in the Heart of Old Captiva Village. There is Live Music Daily with dining inside and out.
For dinner, the Mucky Duck is a must with its delicious fish n’ chips, cold beer and silly server tricks. Spoiler: Watch out for the ketchup! And make sure you make time to walk out to the beach for sunset selfies!
For an adult night out, head over to the Green Flash for dinner for fine waterfront dining. Situated on the waters of Roosevelt Channel, the restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway of the Pine Island Sound. If you are lucky enough, look for the green flash which can only be seen at the very moment the sun dips below the horizon at sunset, then go for dessert to the Key Lime Bistro for the World Famous Key Lime Pie.
6 Local MOM Scoop things to do before you leave the island.
Drive to Sanibel to enjoy some of my favorites from Doc Ford’s, who is a local author, angler, and restauranteur. Try the Yucatan Shrimp and the huge Quinoa Salad. The Island Style Shrimp & Grits are a must. And don’t forget to order a Mojito!
2. Buy a Mucky Duck T-shirt
Every Captiva trip we buy Mucky Duck T-shirts for the girls. It’s a tradition that was passed down from our good friends and now we try to continue the tradition each year as they grow. They have other souvenirs as well. I think we own about 10 Mucky Duck koozies.
3. Go to The Crow’s Nest at the Tween Waters Inn for a Chocolate Kiss and Crab Races.
You can order a chocolate kiss from the bar on Monday and Thursday evenings (October through August) and enjoy the hilarious, one-of-a-kind Captiva Crab Races hosted by Commissioner Tim.
Shows for families (6pm) and adults (9pm). *Get there early for a table and watch out for Tim and his squirt bottle.
4. Play the Par 3 Golf Course at the South Seas Island Resort.
You have to stay on the property to play the 9-hole course. If not for the game, play it for the amazing views.
5. Rent a boat and head over to Cabbage Key.
No cars, no paved roads on this little island that look over the Pine Island Sound. Located in the Old House, on top of a hill is the “Open-Air” restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. “The bar with all the money on the walls” is located inside and has been serving up drinks to boaters for over 60 years. My $1 is on the door frame in this photo.
6. Watch the Sunset.
There is nothing like a sunset to end the day. It’s a great time for family photos or just reflecting on a fun vacation.