How to get to Captiva and Sanibel Islands, Florida. And find paradise.
A Refreshing Change of Pace.
North of Naples and South of Tampa, the sunny paradise of Captiva Island is tucked into the southwest coast of Florida, just west of Fort Myers. Closely associated with its neighbour Sanibel Island, Captiva is characterized by mild winters, warm summers, sea breezes, and laid-back island vibes. A barrier island boasting an incredible ecosystem and water practically everywhere (the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Pine Island Sound on the other), this tiny island (5 miles long and barely 1/2-mile wide) is a haven for outdoor activities. Calm bay waters, pristine white sandy beaches, gentle shores world-famous for shelling, and more than 20 artificial reefs surrounding the islands make for a wide variety of things to do on and off the water. Add that to perfect weather all year-long, and you’ll find this is the perfect playground.
From Southwest Florida International Airport:
Located approximately 37 miles from South Seas Island resort. Head northeast on Terminal Access Rd toward Lower Level. Keep straight on Terminal Access road and use the left lane to take the ramp to Alico Road. Follow signs for County Rd 840/Alico Rd. Turn right onto Alico Road. Turn right onto US-41 N. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Gladiolus Dr. Use the left lane to merge onto County Rd 869 S/Summerlin Rd via the ramp to Ft Myers Beach/Sanibel/Captiva. Continue onto Sanibel Causeway (partial toll road). Turn right onto Periwinkle Way. Continue onto Sanibel Captiva Rd. Slight right onto Plantation Rd/ S Seas Plantation Rd. Destination will be on the left.
Orlando International Airport :
Located approximately 196 miles from South Seas Island resort. Get on FL-417 Toll S in Meadow Woods from Jeff Fuqua Blvd. Continue on FL-417 Toll S. Take I-4 W, FL-570 W/Polk Pkwy and US-17 S to FL-31 S in DeSoto County. Get on I-75 S in Lee County from FL-31 S. Follow I-75 S to Daniels Pkwy. Take exit 131 from I-75 S. Continue on Daniels Pkwy to your destination in Captiva.
Miami International Airport
Located approximately 171 miles from South Seas Island resort. Get on FL-924 W in Hialeah from Miad Cir, US-27 Nand W 4th Ave/Red Rd. Follow I-75 N to Alico Rd in Lee County. Take the exit toward 128 from I-75 N. Continue on Alico Rd to your destination in Captiva
Interstate 75: Take Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway) west to Summerlin Road. Turn left on Summerlin Road and follow it to the Sanibel Causeway. Pay $6 toll and drive across to Sanibel Island. At the four-way stop sign at Periwinkle Way, turn right on Tarpon Bay Road and left on Sanibel-Captiva Road. Drive about eight miles. Cross Blind Pass bridge and you’re on Captiva.
Interstate 95: If you’re driving into Florida from the north via Jacksonville, take I-95 south to I-4, then take I-4 west to I-75 and follow the directions above. If you’re on Florida’s east coast and choose to bypass the Orlando and Tampa areas (both off I-4), take I-95 south to Fort Lauderdale and follow the signs directing you to I-75 west (toward Naples).
From Fort Myers: 60 minutes
Miami: 3.0 hours
Tampa: 3.0 hours
Orlando: 4.0 hours
From the Intracoastal Waterway:
The new channel has a 7-foot depth and begins just north of the Intracoastal Waterway at Red marker #38 (approximately 25 yards North). First alternate channel marker will be a Red #24. Keep the Red markers to port (left). Keep the Green markers to starboard (right). The alternate channel will head West/South west at markers #19 and #20. The channel will turn to the Northwest towards Redfish Pass. Keep the Red markers to port (left). Keep the Green markers to starboard (right). Once the boat reaches markers #10 and #11 in the alternate channel, South Seas Marina will be on the left.
From the Gulf of Mexico through Redfish Pass:
Do not follow GPS on boat or boating charts. Redfish Pass is local knowledge only. Water ranges from 8 feet to 30 feet through this pass. There are 3 floating markers outside of Redfish Pass: Green #1, Red #4 and Green #5. To pick up the Green marker #1, the boat must be 1 mile due west of Redfish Pass. When the first Green marker #1 is located, put it to port (left) and take a compass heading 90 degrees East. Once the boat comes through Redfish Pass, turn South along the seawall for about 400 yards. Pass Green marker #7 (to port) and Green marker #9 (to port). South Seas Marina will be on the right.
Getting around Captiva Island:
At only 5 miles long and barely 1/2-mile wide, it may not be surprising to know that the preferred mode of transportation on Captiva Island is by golf cart. Or bicycle, trolley, or on foot. Whatever way you choose, park your car if you’ve got one, and embrace the best change of pace you could imagine. You’re on island time now!