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North Captiva Island Review

by Meghann on June 12, 2010

This morning my family said good bye to the house we’ve come to know and love the past week.


As I’ve mentioned before my Mom and Dad discovered our beach house online. They were googling vacation rental properties up and down the Florida coast and came across the site for North Captiva Island.


The house that caught their eye – The Rosetta – had everything they were looking for: slept 8, WiFi, pet friendly, beach access, pool, big kitchen, decent driving distance, and just over all a cute house. :)


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My Mom claims the house was a decent price as far as week long beach rentals go. The house came with one golf cart and we rented an extra.


We also rented some beach chairs and an umbrella for an extra fee. The kayaks, bicycles, and main pool were all a part of the overall package. You could pay extra for excursions through the island, but we didn’t partake.


North Captiva is a private island where the only access is by boat. Each person had to have a spot on the ferry reserved for them well in advance. I believe the cost was $30 round trip for each person – dog’s ride free! – tips not included.




Because the ferry ride was a little pricy, we were pretty much stuck on the island for the week. My family arrived with enough groceries to feed an army and by the end of the trip our fridge was empty. There was a little shop on the island to purchase any extras, but nothing was fresh and all of the prices were as bloated as you would expect. Luckily Derek and I arrived a couple of days after everyone else, so we were able to pick up any extras that may have been forgotten. My Dad called both Derek and myself separately to remind us to bring extra beer. We picked up 3 cases on our way which added to the 3 cases my Dad brought and the 2 my twin bro picked up on the way. And we still ran out early!


There were a couple of restaurants on the island, but none of them seemed special. We were all perfectly content cooking our own food. Though, we did splurge on some ice cream one day :)


The dogs had the time of their lives here! In fact, I felt like this was just as much an ideal vacation for them as it was for us.


We didn’t have to worry about putting them on the leash once. Everyone was very dog friendly and they even made other doggie friends. I brought the crate for Maddie just in case, but I never ended up having to use it. The dogs were with us 100% of the time and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.


North Captiva is a very laid back, peaceful island. Everyone pretty much kept to themselves and we never saw any crazy parties happening. If you are looking to party this probably isn’t your place, but if you are looking to escape from reality and just relax – this place is perfect!


We spent our days relaxing on the beach, playing board games, fishing, kayaking, bike riding, napping, splashing in the pool, and just relaxing. All of my family vacations are usually all about seeing and doing everything, but this one was nice for once to just sit back and relax, especially with all the traveling I’ve been doing lately!


Final Review:


  • Quiet
  • Dog Friendly
  • Beautiful Secluded Beaches
  • Driving Golf Carts to get around
  • Personal pool
  • Weather – 100% sunshine 100% of the time!
  • Spending time with the family
  • Beautiful house
  • Sun deck with fans
  • Great roads for running (if it wasn’t a million degrees out)


  • No grocery store
  • House had some quirks (the doors stuck)
  • Bikes were rusted and worn down
  • Not enough kayaks
  • HOT & HUMID (though we did go in June ;) )


And there you have it! There is my official review of North Captiva! I hope to go back soon! :)

North Captiva is located just west of Fort Myers. For more info on rental properties you can visit This review was 100% my personal opinion please feel free to take it with a grain of salt. ;)

We had a 9:00am ferry off the island this morning.

The goal for breakfast was to eat anything perishable left in the fridge.


I made a fruit salad with the last of our apples, mango, cherries, grapes, and yogurt that I topped with some cheerios.


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I also had a slice of Great Harvest bread with Almond Butter.


The almond butter was very salty to me. I wonder why that was?

I had a couple of Fig Newtons on the car ride back to Tampa.


I think Fig Newtons are the perfect cookie. They are calorie dense, but two are very filling so really that’s all you need anyways. :)

On my way back to Orlando now!

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