Captiva Island is located next to sister island Sanibel Island in beautiful Lee county, Florida. Known for the beautiful clear waters, white sandy beaches and quiet ambiance, Captiva is the perfect year-round tropical getaway.

While you are on the island, here are 5 things not to miss:

1.) Shelling.

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The shelling on Captiva and Sanibel is some of the best in the world.

Both Captiva and Sanibel Islands are known for shelling, and is considered some of the best shelling in the world. Captiva is literally made up of shells, deposited over thousands of years. With the location of the islands lying East and West, they capture shells from The Gulf of Mexico. How to shell? Just bring a bucket, shovel and net bag. Try to go at low tide, and preferably after a storm. Make sure you have sunscreen and a hat, and do not take any live shells, as it is illegal.

2.) Sunsets.

Some of the most beautiful sunsets can be seen over the clear waters from different points of the island. Some favorites include Captiva Beach, Blind Pass Beach and The Sanibel Fishing Pier.

3.) Captiva Beach.

This stretch of white sand is a beautiful, secluded beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Soft sand, gorgeous clean waters and not a lot of crowds. Perfect for walks on the beach, fishing or lounging.

4.) 2 Islands Gallery

Stop by this local art gallery to be mesmerized by the eclectic art on the island. The fun little shop has a nice mix of unique art, jewelry and crafts in a wide variety of price ranges, and artisans can be found working in the studio on some occasions.


This lovely chapel is a cultural landmark, and is recognized by The National Register of Historic Places. Originally constructed in 1903 as a county schoolhouse, the chapel still holds services today.

Have any questions about what to do on Captiva Island while staying at Sea Oats luxury estate? Please contact us.

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