Captiva Island

The smaller sister of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island was allegedly named after a Pirate Captain Jose Gaspar who held female prisoners for hostage.  Captiva was originally part of Sanibel Island until a storm surge following a hurricane in 1926 formed a new channel called ‘Blind Pass’  Captiva is reached by a small breach from Sanibel Island which takes you to Turner Beach.

There is no real downtown as it is more like a village than a town, there is a real sense of community plus a real desire to retain the Island just the way it is.  Favourite pastimes in Captiva include fishing and shelling (apparently it was Theodore Roosevelt’s favourite spot to fish)

 

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