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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. πŸ™‚


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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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ˜‰ )


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

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. πŸ˜‰

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.


Babybell Cheese


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. πŸ™‚

On my way back to Orlando now!

1 Marina June 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Sounds like a perfect vacation to me!
I’m glad you had a great time!

2 sunnytropic June 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I was trying to figure out where you were for the whole week! (ok I don’t mean it as creepy as that sounds, lol!) My family went to Sanibel & Captiva Islands for a few days and loved it. I had never heard of North Captiva before but it looks beautiful! Glad you had a good trip.

PS Love the pic of the dogs running away from the camera! So cute!

3 She-Fit June 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Oh wow, I would dye to have a vacation like this. Sounds like you guys had a great time. Glad you were able to get away. Loved the pictures.

4 ellaroo88 June 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

What a cool vacation. I love that your family just hung out and enjoyed the week- it’s time my family vacation like that

5 Tami June 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Sanibel is my favorite place….

6 Bobbi June 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I want to go there! Maybe I can convince 8 of my friends!!!!

7 Kittie June 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm

You know what I appreciate about this blog? You didn’t neglect us when you were on vacation. Lol. You understand our desire to know every bit of exciting travel food. πŸ˜‰

8 Katie @ LifeDiscombobulated June 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I’m with @sunnytropic – I’ve been to Sanibel and Captiva 3 times now and absolutely LOVE it there!!! It is one of my very favorite vacation places in the country. I enjoyed all of your pictures from the week – it looked like a WONDERFUL, relaxing vacay. LUCKY!!! πŸ™‚

9 missyrayn June 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Sounds like a great family vacation!

I like golf carts and drive one at my grandparents all the time. So much fun.

10 christina cadden June 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Looks like a great place to visit!

11 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Nice to see that you’re family is so close to each other!

Nice to have a week-end home before going back to reality uh? πŸ™‚

12 runnerforever June 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

What a wonderful little getaway!

13 Jenna June 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Looked like u had a fab vaca!

14 North Captiva Islander September 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Sounds like you had a great vacation. My wife and I own the home across the street from where you stayed, the round one called Windswept ( ). Next time when you run out of groceries, just order Winn Dixie from Pine Island. They will shop your order and deliver it for free to Island Girl Charters ( who charges just $13-$15 to deliver the order). I use it all the time. I wonder if my golden retriever stopped by to visit your dogs.

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