If you want to live in Florida but don’t want all the crowds, traffic, and tourists, consider Captiva. This little town, located on Captiva Island off the southwest coast of Florida, has a small population and offers a scenic, quiet life. As of the 2000 census, Captiva’s population was 379 year-round.
Housing options on Captiva are varied. Large estates are plentiful, and there are also many condominiums. As a barrier island, Captiva is at risk for hurricanes, and homes and businesses suffered considerable damage after Hurricane Charley of 2004.
Nonetheless, life at Captiva is rich with history and beauty. The top industries are hospitality, travel, and tourism. Many famed guests have visited the island, including Teddy Roosevelt, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Ding Darling. Many places on the island have been designated as historically significant. Captiva has a “sister island,” the nearby Sanibel, which similarly provides tourism opportunities.
If you’re interested in a second home or a rental property, Captiva is a great choice. The Wall Street Journal has named the two islands one of the ten best places to have a second home. Captiva is both resident- and visitor-friendly. Captiva Village in the middle of the island has many restaurants and shops. It also offers a public library and community center, as well as a Chapel by the Sea and public beach access.
You’ll find plenty to do in Captiva’s 10.5 square miles. Though 9.3 of these are water, this charming island village in Lee County, Florida, is sure to surprise, relax, and inspire both residents and visitors.