Captiva Island is located off the coast of Florida. There is a causeway which connects mainland Florida from Fort Myers to Sanibel Island, which is the sister of Captiva. Visitors to Captiva drive over the causeway to Sanibel, and then drive north to the small bridge which connects Sanibel to Captiva. The bridge spans the narrow channel called Blind Pass.
Captiva Island was once a very isolated place, with no regular residents. But eventually it was settled, and became a secluded haven for wealthy travelers and artists. It is one of the most popular destinations for shell collecting on the earth, and it now has a steady stream of tourists who come to visit. Artists and writers who have lived there describe it as a magical, mystical place to relax and unwind. Today, it has local restaurants, lodgings and activities to enjoy.
The island residents are noted for their strong community efforts in maintaining the local environment for the future. The island boasts an intriguing blend of historic sites, water sports, aquatic research facilities, beach combing areas, and art, music and cultural festivals.
Here are 20 things you might not know about Captiva Island.