About North Captiva


North Captiva or more traditionally Upper Captiva is located just north of Captiva Island and just south of Cayo Costa. It was severed from Captiva Island in a 1921 hurricane creating Redfish Pass. Redfish is an unusual pass in that it has no deep water on the inside. It simply falls off from flats about four feet deep into the 33-foot hole between Captiva and North Captiva islands. Legend is that the pass was initially dug in the 1800's by island boys who didn't want to row their skiff all the way around the north end of the island to get into the Gulf. But the 1921 hurricane certainly made Redfish a full grown pass. The north pass between North Captiva and Cayo Costa is called Captiva Pass. Both Captiva and Redfish Passes are world renowned fishing spots for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Snapper.

North Captiva is a very quiet and peaceful tropical retreat since it can only be accessed by boat or by small airplane. It is a thirty minute boat ride from Pine Island. There are private charters as well as a ferry which crosses periodically through the day. There are no cars or paved roads on the island. People get around by electric golf cart, bicycle or walking. North Captiva is covered with lush tropical vegetation and quiet sandy beaches. It is a haven for seabirds, seashells, manatees, tortoises and many varieties of game fish. The secluded beaches are terrific for shelling. There are lightning whelks, horse and fighting conchs, olive and cone shells, tulip shells and cockles. There are also fishing charters available as well as boat trips to Boca Grande and a spectacular daily sunset boat ride.

Legend has it that pirates held beautiful women captive for ransom on these islands - hence the name Captiva. Spaniards searching for gold and the Fountain of Youth drove many of the native Calusa Indians off the islands, and legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his men used the islands as a base camp for their exploits. North Captiva is much the same as it was when observed in the early 1500's. Some believe a pirate treasure is still buried here - just waiting to be discovered. North Captiva is ideal for relaxing, adventure and water activities. The club resort offers tennis courts, a full size pool as well as kayak, paddle boat and wave runner rentals. There is fine dining available at the Island Club Boathouse as well as casual dining at Mango's next door. There is something for everyone on North Captiva Island - a beautiful tropical paradise.