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Sanibel and Captiva Island Holidays​

Captiva Island does exactly  what it promises to - it captivates. Its long stretches of unspoiled beach and fine, white shell-strewn sand are nothing short of dazzling, and come with the benefit of wall-to-wall sunshine. Laze by the water's edge and watch dolphins at play offshore; walk for miles, feeling the sand slip softly between your toes; or take a leisurely dip in the clear-blue sea. Captiva Island holidays give you every opportunity to re-connect with the good things in life.

This is a place for anyone who wants to spend time in an environment that's both beautiful and serene, where nature puts on a fabulous show. Couples can get away from it all by seeking out the island's secluded spots and feasting on stunning sunrises and sunsets. Families will love the pristine beaches, the warm, gently shelving ocean and the abundant wildlife. And everyone will get a kick out of collecting the shells that the island is famous for, and which stud its beaches like stars. 

When you're not just lapping up the beach or marvelling at the gorgeousness of everything around you, then there are plenty of other diversions. There are jet skis for hire and parasailing, plus there's first-rate fishing and sailing. You can play a round of golf or a set of tennis, and explore the island by canoe or bike - hoping to spot racoons, osprey, blue herons or sea turtles along the way. There's also laid-back shopping, as well as  sumptuous seafood at the island's restaurants.

Plus there's the other islands to discover, too. Sanibel, with its fascinating wildlife refuge, beautiful beaches and water-front eateries, is just next door, while other more remote islands are just a leisurely boat trip away. Captivation is guaranteed.

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Hunt For Shells

Captiva Island shells

Thanks to a quirk of currents and gentle coastal slopes, Captiva is one of the top spots for shell hunting anywhere. Do the 'Captiva Crouch' and hunt for conch, coquinas, cockles and other shells along the shoreline.It's said you can expect to find 50 different varieties in just one session - and most of them will be whole, too.​

Sanibel Island

The fantastic beaches and plentiful other amenities of Sanibel Island are just next door and easily reached by road. Stroll in the botanical gardens; visit the shell museum; and be sure not to miss the mangrove estuaries,  cordgrass marshes and astonishing birdlife of the  J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Chillax

Come to Captiva and relax. The pace on the island is slow and unhurried, and the irritations of urban life will seem a million miles away. Doze on the beach; see the sky turn pink at sunset; watch a pelican flap past; and feel your stress levels plummet.

Go Island Hopping

There are plenty of options for reaching the other little islands dotted round about. Boats make the run to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island and uninhabited Cayo Costa, all of which are inaccessible by car. Offering a seductive mix of isolation, Eden-like beaches, superb tarpon fishing, and some great spots for a delicious lunch, these islands are hidden gems.

 

Take To The Water

There are some great cruising options from Captiva's marinas, and an evening trip to catch the romance of the sunset is a must. Off shore and back water fishing trips take anglers off in search of grouper, barracuda, shark, snook and redfish; and kayaking adventure tours allow paddlers to explore the island's shoreline in intimate depth.​

Time Difference:
GMT- 5 hours

Closest Airport:
Southwest Florida International Airport (approx.12 hours and 30 minutes)or Tampa International Airport (approx.9 hours and 20 minutes).

Getting around:
Hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. Check out the great selection of dining options, attractions and local excursions available. Car hire is available from £20 per day.

Insider Tip:
Shelling is a favourite past time on Sanibel Island, especially as it's one of the world’s top locations for collecting shells so hit the beach and unearth a few treasures.

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov . You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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