I haven’t been to Florida in 10 years, and the last (and first) time I went to the southwest of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico is closer to 20 years. I guess I was due back a visit. So I jumped on the occasion to speak at a conference in Captiva Island and extended my stay for a couple of days of blissful beach life.
Captiva Island is just north of Sanibel Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast. The nearest airport is in Fort Myers. As you drive from the airport to Captiva Island it feels like you’re leaving all worries behind mile after mile. By the time you reach the bridge to Sanibel Island life is good.
On the drive to Captiva Island, you pass marvelous homes and the infamous “Millionaire’s Row”, luxury homes on the gulf and bay side of Captiva Drive.
The island was damaged in several storms and hurricanes over the decades, but looked beautiful and well kept after. I wasn’t able to explore much outside the resort. But it looked like there were plenty of opportunities to walk along beaches, cycling, fishing, kayaking, golfing.
Captiva Island Life
One day I was passing by this “beware of alligator” sign and realized why I don’t live in Florida. I am not a fan of the rattlesnakes (or bears or mountain lions) in California, but they are not lurking in just any fresh water lake or pool and waiting for an unsuspecting person to jump in… Maybe alligators don’t do that after all, but I am not convinced that I need them anywhere near me.
On the beach I overheard 2 ladies talk.
“I’ve only had an alligator twice in my backyard.”
Hm?!! Who do you call when there is an alligator in your backyard?
Captiva Island Sunsets
During my stay I was rewarded every evening with the most fabulous sunsets.
One evening we hopped on a sunset cruise and passed another island with beautiful homes and saw one of the most magic sunsets.
This part of Florida life I could get used to.
The evening ended with the most perfect sunset colors. So despite alligators, humidity, and No-See-Ums, Captiva Island a perfect place to visit (and possibly to live once retired) and relax.
I am sure I’ll be back.