A sinewy barrier island, approximately four miles long and a half-mile wide, Captiva Island is enveloped with canopies of royal palm, giant schefflera and Australian pine and framed by sugar-white sands and aquamarine waters. Meeting venues in Captiva Island are discreet, as about 50 percent of the island is protected as a State Wildness Preserve, evoking an ambiance of undiscovered tropical paradise.
Easily accessible, Captiva Island is located 35 miles from the Southwest Florida International Airport and 32 miles from the city of Fort Myers.
A few private homes, cottages and condos for rent, a couple of small, quaint inns and one amenity-rich resort comprise Captiva Island's accommodations menu. Situated on 330 acres on the northern tip of the island, South Seas Island Resort is easily the largest of venues in Captiva Island, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space with 26 meeting rooms, a variety of 465 guest rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and beach cottages and amenities such as a private beach, marina, fitness center, tennis complex and a par-3 golf course.
For special group events, beach settings are popular with live entertainment. Cruising the beautiful waters surrounding the island is also a hit with groups, which can select from a menu that includes: A beach and shelling cruise to the secluded Cayo Costa State Park Islands, a dolphin watch and wildlife adventure cruise on Pine Island Sound, an out-island cruise to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande or Cayo Costa, a sunset serenade cruise and private sailing charters.
A plethora of relaxation and recreation activities are possible once the laptops and tablets have been put away for the day. Among the more popular ways to immerse in the laid-back island lifestyle is shell collecting on Sunset Beach or South Beach, two of the best places in the world to collect seashells; deep sea fishing on a charter boat from the Yacht Harbour Marina, which has vessels up to 120 feet long; guided kayak tours on open water or through a mangrove forest; guided Waverunner tours of North Captiva and Cayo Costa and boutique shopping at connecting Sanibel Island.
While dining venues in Captiva Island are somewhat limited, two venerable restaurants are adept at handling groups: The 150-seat Bubble Room, brimming with memorabilia from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as well as toy trains and more than 2,000 movie photos, is known for its prime rib, local fish selections and oversized desserts; and the 90-seat casual, pub-like Mucky Duck offers selections such as homemade New England Clam Chowder, coconut shrimp, English fish and chips and scallops au gratin.