North Captiva Island
North Captiva Island is often confused with Captiva, but it is entirely different island with its own character. Originally part Captiva Island; it was severed in 1921 when a hurricane’s Storm surge created a new channel “Redfish Pass”. North Captiva or “Upper Captiva” is a barrier Island to Pine Island located to the east of Captiva and north of Sanibel. There is no automobile access to North Captiva. The only access is by boat or plane. North Captiva has power from lines that originate on the north end of Captiva, and it is privately owned.
Local folklore, Captiva got its name because of the pirate captain Jose Gaspar (Gasprilla) held his female prisoners on the island for ransom or for himself. However there is speculation that a developer in the 20th century created this story for an advertisement.
It is said that the first inhabitants of Captiva were The Calusa Indians. The population of the Calusa is believed to have reached as high as 50,000 people. "Calusa" means "fierce people". By the late 1700s most of the Calusa Indians had died. Many were captured and sold as slaves while others died from diseases such as smallpox and measles.
Explore North Captiva Island
We are a member of NCIC and with that you have access to additional Pools, Kayaks, Tennis courts and you can make reservations for the Boathouse Restaurant.
We have ownership to the Landing strip on the island. If you are a pilot and would like to “fly in” we can work with you on this to allow your stay to include permission to land on the island.
Water taxi service that will take you directly to the island. When making your reservations, be sure to let them know you want to be dropped off at Safety Harbor.
If it is a sweet treat you are looking for you can enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream at Barnacle Phil’s ice cream shop. A little more hungry they serve lunch and dinner there too.
A short boat ride away you will find a fun dining experience. Located on Cabbage Key, in the Old House, they have an open air restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year.
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