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I have been enjoying the island of North Captiva since I moved here eight years ago. This beautiful, secluded island is located about three miles off the main shore, and is only accessible by boat or small plane. Whether you live in southwest Florida, or are just on vacation, an excursion to North Cap is the perfect trip for anyone and everyone.
North Captiva is referred to as such because it used to be a part of the island of Captiva. In 1921, the Tampa Bay Hurricane hit Southwest Florida with Category 3 force, showing no mercy. It split Captiva in two and left behind what we now know as Redfish Pass. Since there is no bridge or main road to North Cap, most of that “Old Florida Charm” still remains to this day.
But history is not all North Captiva has to offer. I travel by boat with my family, and we anchor right on the beach and enjoy the day on the four miles of golden sand. It’s the absolute perfect spot for my favorite activities: swimming, tanning, and, of course, shelling. My mom never leaves the beach without an olive – my brother’s favorite shell. My favorite shell, the coquina, is a little easier to find, especially after a stormy day, when shell after shell can be discovered on the shore.
Since there is no bridge or main road to North Cap, most of that “Old Florida Charm” still remains to this day.
After a sunny morning of swimming and shelling, I enjoy venturing into the bay of North Cap to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Barnacles. I love it because of the chilled-out atmosphere, the beautiful views, and their burgers, which are to die for. After my meal, I head upstairs to the gift shop for a scoop (or two) of Queenies ice cream. My go-to is one hundred percent mint chocolate chip. It’s a perfect and refreshing end to a perfect day.
North Captiva has always been one of my favorite places in Southwest Florida. The vibe I get when I’m there is unmatched by any other. It’s nice, small town vibe, incredible beaches, and many restaurant options give this little slice of paradise the ambiance to be enjoyed by all.
— Photo and Story By May Babcock