North Captiva Island is an island in Lee County in Southwest Florida, located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. North Captiva (also known as Upper Captiva) is often confused with Captiva, but is an entirely different island with its own unique character. It lies just north of Captiva Island, separated by a channel called Redfish Pass which was created in a 1921 hurricane. It lies just south of Cayo Costa Island, separated by Captiva Pass. Like Captiva and Sanibel Islands, North Captiva is a barrier island to Pine Island (to the east of Captiva and north of Sanibel). There is no automobile access to the island and electric golf carts are the primary means of transport. About half of the island is owned by the State of Florida and is part of a State Park. All other areas are privately owned. Folklore tells of a Pirate Gaspar and his sunken treasure off the coast of the Charlotte Harbor Chain of barrier islands. Gasparilla Island to the north carries on the pirates name. Legend has it that women of great beauty were captured by the Pirate Gaspar and held captive on the island; hence the name Captiva. Bridged or linked islands cannot compare with the uniqueness of North Captiva Island.
Since the island can only be accessed by boat or small plane, a regular passenger ferry service runs from Pine Island Marina (the "Island Girl" charter service) at two hour intervals, serving both tourists and locals. With five miles of white sand beaches and phenomenal shelling, North Captiva Island offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities and unspoiled beauty. Guests can enjoy water sports, fishing, boating, swimming and beach strolling or sunbathing. , You can spend hours in the island's protected state land preserve, walking or biking the beautiful trails. Wildlife is abundant on the island where you will see many different species of migrating birds, dolphins, manatees, sea otters, gopher tortoises that roam freely, and LOTS of lizards. North Captiva is the perfect get-away. Be prepared to enjoy privacy, a warm gulf breeze, the gentle sound of the surf, strolling on nearly deserted beaches, awesome sunsets..........seclusion. It is okay to do absolutely nothing but relax and enjoy. North Captiva is not for everyone......only those who want to experience the uncrowded pleasure of a truly tropical paradise.