Captiva, Florida

Captiva, FL Real Estate, Captiva Area and Community Information

Captiva, Florida, is a community with a year-round population of approximately 400 individuals. It is located on Captiva Island in Lee County. Its sister island is Sanibel, which lies just to the south. Access to Captiva is possible via a causeway across Blind Pass that links the two islands. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal named the islands to its list of the "10 Best Places for Second Homes."


It is believed that Captiva and Sanibel Islands were one about 6,000 years ago. Over 2,000 years ago, the Calusa people made their home here. Juan Ponce de Leon came to the islands in 1513, and it is believed that he eventually succumbed to a Calusa arrow in 1523. Pirates purportedly lurked around the islands in the early 19th century. Captiva is known for having hosted well-known personalities for decades, including Teddy Roosevelt. Charles Lindbergh would land his plane in front of the 'Tween Waters Inn on a regular basis.

Parks and Recreation

At Captiva Beach, the water is clear, and dolphins often cavort within sight of those relaxing in the soft sand. There are flowers, cacti and paths for walking and biking. At sunset, it is considered one of the more beautiful places along the southwestern Florida coast. Shelling is a popular pastime as well. Over 250 varieties of shells have been identified here.

Attractions and Activities

The Captiva Chapel-By-The-Sea is an historic and serene attraction that is also a popular site for beachfront weddings. The chapel is decorated for major holidays like Christmas and Easter. Learn more about the unique history of this treasured isle by visiting the history gallery maintained by the Captiva Island Historical Society at the Captiva Memorial Library.


On of the most anticipated events for those with Captiva real estate is the Luminary Festival, a special event that comes to Captiva in early December. For over three decades, the Sunday event has included the unique holiday golf cart parade and a visit by Santa himself. Illuminated candles line both Sanibel and Captiva Islands from end-to-end. A trolley conveys passengers up and down a special Luminary Trail.

The prospective Captiva home buyer will find Captiva homes for sale that are perfect for either primary or secondary residences. Considering the idyllic location, many of the homes for sale in Captiva are surprisingly affordable. At the same time, the discriminating buyer will find million-dollar beachfront mansions with more than 10,000 sq-ft of living space. Real estate in Captiva often includes boat slips, multi-car garages and beautiful decks.

Your Captiva Realtor can show you Captiva FL real estate with other great amenities as well, like home theaters, gourmet kitchens and swimming pools. If you are in search of a simpler vacation Captiva homes, your Captiva real estate agent can also show you modest Captiva properties with homes featuring 1,000-1,500 sq-ft of living space. The real estate in Captiva also includes condominium homes with fantastic water views. Some of these Captiva FL homes face out on the Gulf of Mexico, so it is easy to enjoy incredible sunsets on a regular basis.
Stephen Griffis
Stephen Griffis
Realtor Associate