Money Magazine (Nov. 2002) issue) rated Captiva-Sanibel one of the "Best Places to Vacation" in the world- called the islands "a family friendly, beach lover's paradise"! The barrier islands of Captiva-Sanibel are world reknown for shelling. The private sugar sand beaches are the best! Captiva is convientently located less than an hour drive from RSW, Ft. Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport.
Literally steps away from the Captiva Villa are world class restaurants including the well known Bubble Room and the Mucky Duck. Try R.C. Otters, the Key Lime Bistro, Green Flash or the excellent cuisine at the Sunset Grill. Many guests at the Captiva Villa have "eaten their way around the island" (the diet can always wait 'till after vacation!)!!
Within a block or two, rent bikes, wave runners, golf carts, or perhaps a motor scooter from Jim's Rentals. There are 2 marinas, Jensen's or McCarthy's where you can rent kayaks as well as take lessons and a guided tour through the mangroves, or rent a motor boat to view the islands from the water or do some fishing. There are many wonderful captains and fishing guides who will take you out for a fabulous day of fishing.