Posted by Valerie Tutor on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 8:52am.
Courtesy of John R Wood Properties Sanibel Blog
Take a scenic drive through Sanibel Island. When you travel all the way towards the northern end, you’ll arrive on Sanibel’s captivating sister island, Captiva Island.
Coastal Living has taken note of Captiva’s beauty and charm. The article briefly mentions the history of the barrier island, picturesque beaches, over 250 types of seashells, kayaking, galleries and boutiques, the quaint public library, stunning sunsets, and the historic beach front Chapel By The Sea.
Captiva Island is quite a special place to call home. There are about 400 residents on the island, plus some loggerhead turtles who make Captiva home for their nesting. Others gladly call this place home-away-from-home as many visit the island time and time again. [Read more about turtles in our previous article: Follow the Bike Path to Picturesque Paradise]
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island were also mentioned in Wall Street Journal’s 10 Best Places for Second Homes. It’s a place for anyone, including nature enthusiasts and artists, such as the late Robert Rauschenberg.
“Sitting off the coast of Fort Myers…the barrier island of Captiva and Sanibel are the very picture of laid-back living. Linked by a bridge at Sanibel’s northern point, the islands are renowned for their pristine beaches and abundant seashells. Then there are the hiking trails; half the island is a nature preserve. The late Robert Rauschenberg is, even in death, one of the largest landowners. His 35-acre spread, complete with studio, is intact on Captiva’s northern end.”
-WSJ, “10 Best Places for Second Homes“
I am a true Florida native and proud of my heritage growing up in South Florida on an 80 acre cattle ranch only two hours from Sanibel. Since the early 1960s, my family loved to spend our free time on Sanibel and Captiva, so I pretty much grew up here. After living and working all over South and Central Florida, my husband and I were thrilled to be able to move home to Sanibel Island.READ MORE