outdoor activities


A variety of outdoor activities you'll want to engage in!

Whether you're an active sports enthusiast looking to explore every inch of the island or more of a sun seeker looking to relax and take in the full beauty of the sand and water landscape -- you're certain to find it all here in Captiva. 

You don’t just travel to one of the most beautiful places in the country and not take full advantage of the adventures that the climate and landscape have to offer! 


If fishing is your passion, you have definitely come to the right place. With proper arrangements, you're invited to bring your boat and dock it for free at the Sunset Captiva docks (call George for details and limitations). And while we must admit that we're not big-time anglers ourselves, we can still point you in the right direction! For starters, check the local licensing and other regulations. Next stop should be to check with the people at Jensen’s Marina, located right across the street. They can tell you what’s biting, fill you in on how to rent a boat, or a guide, and provide you with bait, tackle and other supplies.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are a popular past time wherever there is water, and we certainly do have an ample supply of that! Several places in the area rent canoes or kayaks, but we have had the greatest luck and wonderful feedback with the guided tours at Tarpon Bay. We’ve also had good reports about the marine at Tween Waters.

Bike Rentals, Parasailing, Wave Runners

These provide many hours of enjoyment for either the casual tour of the bike path or an exhilarating adventure on or above the waves. Check out Yolo Water Sports right on Andy Rosse Lane in the Captiva Village for your bike rental and other active sports. 

Some activities are seasonal so be sure to check in advance. Please note that while bicycles are welcome, Scoot Coupes, motorcycles, and scooters are not allowed in Sunset Captiva. And while you're welcome to rent a golf cart to get around the area, you can certainly get almost anywhere you want to go by walking.


Sanibel and Captiva are known for wonderful “birding” experiences; in addition to the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve, there are numerous trails and other locations.

There are a tremendous numbers of things to do in Captiva, but we are also surrounded by several other amazing islands that offer different experiences. Water taxi rides are available through Jensen’s Marina for individual adventures to Cabbage Key (our favorite), North Captiva, Useppa, Boca Grande, or wherever you like. 

Organized cruises for a variety of activities and places are offered by Captiva Cruises and appeal to both adults and children. Several are focused on environmental and nature issues, adding to the diversity of choices that you have.