Location

Tropical Breeze is the perfect Captiva Island Vacation Home. Located in the Gulf of Mexico; three miles off Florida's southwest coast, Captiva Island is connected to the mainland via Sanibel Island and the Sanibel Causeway. There is a $6 toll to cross the causeway (bridge).

Captiva is a four and half hours drive from Orlando, while just three and half hours takes you to Miami. Both routes are on high quality easy to drive Freeways. 

Captiva is approximately 35 miles from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers which is serviced by all major American domestic carriers and some international airlines.

All of the major car rental companies are based at these airports. 

Captiva Island is unlike any other holiday destination in Florida, it has the feel of a tropical island. It is only 5 miles long and up to ½ mile wide, it is unique and unlike any other area in the USA. Over 80% of the Islands’ (Sanibel & Captiva) are a nature reserve, including the world renowned J.N Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

There are no traffic lights, bill boards or street lights. No building is allowed to be higher than the tallest trees. The speed limit on the island range from 15 to 35mph, a single lane road runs the length of the island. Captiva has a tropical year round warm climate and lush tropical vegetation, wild life is in abundance with Ospreys, Eagles, Pelicans and numerous sea birds, as well as Dolphins and Manatees. Tropical Breeze is located just 2 houses from the beach in Wightman Lane which is in Captiva Village. Captiva’s beaches have been voted in the top 5 in the USA.

One factor that ensures that Captiva is exclusive and its beaches never busy is that you are not allowed to park cars on the roads on the island. Parking is only allowed at the few public car parks or in restaurant car parks. A short walk from the house is Captiva village which is a lovely mix of restaurants and shops. At Tropical Breeze you really can park the car and not use it for days on end. Captiva’s unique west facing position off the coast of Florida means that you have all the benefits of the glorious beach and the fun of the sea as well as incredible sunset views. A short walk away on the east coast is the Roosevelt Channel with its inland fishing and boating

Captiva Island is a barrier island connected at the far end of Sanibel by a bridge. Captiva is one of the most exclusive islands in North America and is one of the worlds finest holiday locations.

Captiva is located on Florida’s fantastic Southwest Gulf coast just 3 ½ hours drive from Miami and 4 hours from Orlando. Southwest Florida’s International Airport at Fort Myers is 30 minutes drive away.

Captiva has a tropical year round warm climate and lush tropical vegetation, wild life is in abundance with Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Pelicans and numerous sea birds, as well as Dolphins and Manatees.

Tropical Breeze is located just 2 houses from the beach in Wightman Lane which is in Captiva Village. Captiva’s beaches have been voted in the top 5 in the USA.

A short walk from the house is Captiva village which is a lovely mix of restaurants and shops. At Tropical Breeze you really can park the car and not use it for days on end.

Captiva’s unique west facing position off the coast of Florida means that you have all the benefits of the glorious beach and the fun of the sea as well as incredible sunset views. A short walk away on the east coast is the Roosevelt Channel with its inland fishing and boating.

Beaches

Captiva beaches were voted one of the top five best beaches in America. It is one of the main attractions of Captiva. The white sandy beaches are wonderful. You won’t be fighting for space on the beach as it is not crowded and you can easily find your own space with not many people around you.

The water is warm and there are many wild birds to sit and admire. You will see the dolphins frolicking in the water. The island is also known for the abundance of shells which you can collect as a souvenir of your holiday in paradise. The beach is a fantastic place to see the breathtaking sunsets.

Where to Eat

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the house offering a broad spectrum of cuisine.

From the Bubble Room, renowned for its wonderful large desserts to the Green Flash Bayside Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy the wonderful views over the bay whilst eating, there are great places to eat that everyone can enjoy.

For a full list of all our recommended local restaurants, just click the link below to read all about the ones we like.

Fishing

The opportunities are endless for fishing. Captiva is particularly famous for Snook and Tarpon fishing. You can hire a boat for deep sea fishing or you may prefer light-tackle angling. Go for half a day or full day charter with an experienced captain, or if you prefer you can hire your own boat.

Boating

You can go on an organised trip from South Sea Plantation Resort for the day or hire your own boat. You may see Manatees as you board your boat since they swim around the boats in the Bay. As for fishing, you can hire a boat with a captain for full or half days.

An experienced captain will be able to take you to other islands, where you can stop for lunch, go swimming, shelling or find a deserted beach for sunbathing and relaxation. You will almost certainly see dolphins swimming nearby, or following in the boats wake. If you stop for lunch on one of the many islands you may be lucky enough to see wild otters swimming in the dock.

Shelling

Considered among the finest shelling beaches in the world, the island offers more than 250 kinds of shells. The abundance and variety have made Captiva known as “Shell Island”. If you stroll along the long sandy beaches you will be surprised how many different varieties you will collect.

Biking

The best place for biking is the adjoining island of Sanibel. There are over 25 miles of paved bike trails. They take you to shops, restaurants, wildlife centres, beaches, (although bikes are not allowed on the beach) and many other places of interest.

Water Sports

Canoe tours are available, or you can rent a canoe or electric boat to explore the mangrove swamps.

You can paraglide or hire jet skis. If you would like to go snorkelling or scuba diving you may go to one of the man-made reefs. More than a dozen artificial reefs lie within a 15 mile radius of Captiva and Sanibel.

One of the largest is the Edison Reef, created from the rubble of a former mainland bridge. It was built less than 15 nautical miles from the Sanibel Lighthouse in 42 feet of water.

Closer to home, the Belton Johnson Reef, about 5 nautical miles off Bowman's Beach, was named after a well-known local fishing guide. A yellow and white marker shows the location of the reef, constructed of concrete culverts.

Peagus/ Charlie's Reef is the newest reef installed in July 1999, located 28 miles due west of Red Fish Pass. A large tug boat was added to several railroad hoppers that already have quite an assortment of residences, including barracuda, cobia, nurse shark, grouper, amber jack and a moray eel.

Bird Watching & Nature Trials

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, named one of the top ten birding spots in America you can see great egrets, snowy egrets, herons, pelicans, dowitches, yellow legs, roseate spoonbills, cormorants, blue-winged teal, osprey, bald eagles and more. Wildlife Drive winds through mangrove forest and tidal flats you can see alligators and maybe even crocodiles. Guided tram tours are also available and well worth doing they last for about 90 minutes.

Golf

Golf Digest ranked the Fort Meyers-Cape Coral area in the top twenty best metropolitan areas for golf in the USA.

The closest course to the house is Redfish Point a nine hole course in the South Seas Plantation Resort located at the north tip of Captiva Island.

There are two 18 holes courses a short distance away on Sanibel Island, the Beachview Golf Club and the Dunes Golf Club.

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