Captiva Island is located in Southwest Florida, just off the coast of the mainland and the beautiful warm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is just north of Sanibel Island, which is nearly as beautiful as Captiva. It's climate, location, and history have made it attractive to many people. It is common for residents of Captiva to buy a second home on the island, and end up living there full-time. This is what has happened to some of the famous residents of Captiva over the years. Read on to find out more about this island paradise.


The rich history of Captiva

The early history of Captiva it is colored by the local folklore, and it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Supposedly, Captiva got its name because the notorious pirate Jose Gasparilla held captives on the island for ransom. However, this folklore can be traced back to some of the early advertising created by property developers selling homes on the island. What is known for sure is that at one point Captiva and Sanibel were one Island. However, the Gulf of Mexico eventually separated them. Around this time, the Calusa tribe of Native Americans started a major settlement on Captiva. They lived there until the late 18th century.


The fascinating geography of Captiva

As previously mentioned, Captiva used to be part of Sanibel. These days, they are separated by a narrow channel called Blind Pass. The only car access to Captiva is by the Sanibel Causeway and the Sanibel-Captiva Road. Captiva is perfect for those looking for another little world removed from the crazy modern world we live in.


Notable attractions on Captiva

Of course, the beautiful beaches and the warm, clean ocean are the two most popular attractions on Captiva. However, they are far from the only attraction on the island. Many visitors and residents of Captiva like going to the world famous restaurant "The Bubble Room." It has an early 20th century theme, with music and decor from the twenties, thirties, and forties. You may also want to visit the homes of the famous artists Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein, who were good friends and lived on the island at the same time. Also, the cult hit 1997 movie "G.I. Jane" was partially filmed on Captiva. Fans of the movie often like to visit the filming location.