Although Downtown Captiva isn't exactly what you would think of as a "downtown," it is a good way to separate the center area of the island. Most locals seem to consider the area from 'Tween Waters Inn north to South Seas Plantation as the tourist center of Captiva. This is where you find all the terrific little shops and, of course, the fantastic restaurants.
"Tween Waters Inn," was first opened as a fishing resort in 1931. "Tween Waters has kept its "small cottage" charm as well as adding colorful multi-unit motel units. Spanning a narrow part of Captiva, the Gulf and the Bay are often within sight of each other. The resort is large and includes a 41 slip public marina, licensed fishing, shelling and sailing charter captains.
The marina also offers kayak and canoe excursions. Three tennis courts, a large pool (with pool bar and lunch area) round out this full service resort. In fact, this would be a great place for you to stay as I show you the best in Captiva Island Real Estate! "Tween Waters also has one of the most popular fine dining restaurants called The Old Captiva House. Nightlife with live entertainment, at The Crow's Nest, can be found adjacent to the restaurant.
Driving further north along Captiva Drive, you come to another Inn and public marina called Jensen's Twin Palms. Jensen's has 10 units on the Gulf but their main facility is on the bay side of the island and offers historic cottages that still hold the "Old Island" charm. Jensen's Twin Palms also offers fishing, shelling and sightseeing charters, as well as a taxi service to the outer islands and restaurants only accessible by boat. I can also highly recommend Jensen's as a place to stay while I show you Captiva Real Estate - sorry but I keep repeating how much I want to show off this fantastic island!
Okay, as we drive north from Jensen's, we come to the island's "center." This area consists of an intersection with a four-way stop sign. There are no stoplights on either Sanibel or Captiva, and this is Captiva's only four-way stop. If you take a left turn at the stop (Andy Rossi Lane) you will see my office directly on the left. Stop in and see me! I guess I could again mention that I want to show you the greatest in Captiva Island Real Estate, but I'll try and contain my excitement.
Andy Rossi Lane has the most shops and outdoor dining areas on Captiva. Such as famous restaurants like the Captiva Island Inn to the internationally famous Mucky Duck restaurant. The Mucky Duck has a British charm to it and it also sits directly on the Gulf of Mexico. The "Duck" is one of the most popular places to enjoy the sunsets over the water.
Andy Rossi also has facilities for bike rentals, jet ski rentals, and even para-sailing. And don't forget the shopping! You can find some of the most unique island products and art along this popular drive. Golf carts and electric cars are a great way to get around the island.
We're not done yet! As you again head north on Captiva Drive you will see another internationally famous restaurant called The Bubble Room. This restaurant is directly on the right as you pass through the four-way stop.
The Bubble Room is adorned with antiques and is painted in fun and bright colors. An electric train makes the rounds through all the dining areas. The wait staff are called Bubble Scouts and dress in uniforms resembling the Boy Scouts. As you enter you are faced with dessert displays that will melt your will to refuse.
This is just a small sampling of what you will find in the Downtown Captiva area. I hope my photos have helped convey my love for this island and has put a "vacation on Captiva" thought in your head. Of course while you are here...