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Our Backyard Island Oasis
Thursday, September 23, 2010
By Timothy Jacobs.

North Captiva Island Resort was the perfect way to spend our Sunday during the Labor Day Weekend. We were so excited to get our day started; we chose the first water taxi ride to the island. An 8:00 a.m. departure time, meant for an early morning, but it was worth every minute. The water in Pine Island Sound was as smooth as glass on our 30 minute boat ride to paradise and we enjoyed watching the birds frolicking and the mullet jumping in the water.

An early morning stroll down the beach was the first item on our agenda. Flip flops in hand; we walked down the beach, enjoying the sound of crashing waves on the shoreline. Seeing that it was early morning (by island time), and high tide, we had the entire beach to ourselves, save one gentleman walking his dog. We found a variety of attractive sea shells along the water’s edge and a protected turtle’s nest near the tall sea grass.

Along the water’s edge sandpipers were scurrying about searching for food; their footprints erased, as the waves washed up on the shore. As one large wave roared up onto the sand, off they flew toward the morning clouds. Just as the heat began to overtake the morning breeze, a light rain came down to cool us off as we ended our walk on the beach. Followed by the rain was a pleasant breeze rolling off the gulf.

Next was a refreshing dip in the pool; the perfect way to cool off. We lay in the sun for a while, listened to some nice music, and then it was Mangos for lunch….delicious! Crab cakes to die for! Of course, all the food was delicious, but the crab cakes…you have to get the crab cakes. Refreshments were in order….we had banana daiquiris, mango slushies, and even a bartender special - pina colodas with a shot of kalauaha! This was the perfect way to cool off at the poolside bar. 

After lunch it was time for a bike ride around the island. We pedaled along the beach and through the many cart paths around the resort. This gave us a chance to appreciate the luxurious homes spread out all over the island. We meandered around the island….so quiet and peaceful. The only sounds to be heard were birds and the water crashing on the shore. 

In the afternoon the pool was surrounded with couples and families. Children of all ages playing “Marco/Polo,” yet, instead they were shouting “Macaroni/Cheese.” We were catching the rays and talking about how nice it would be to spend a weekend out on the island. Seeing the sunset while sitting on the beach would be awesome.   

We were impressed with the service of the resort staff. It almost felt as if we were on a small island, owned by a cruise line. The resort staff was there to help with whatever we may need. Everything from bicycles to kayaks was readily available for us to use.

The ride back was relaxing and a perfect way to unwind from a full day in the sun. When we got to our car and began to head home, our only thought was when we can go back for our beach vacation.
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Martha Jeffers
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 2:29 PM
Now if THIS story wouldn't make one want to vacation on North Captiva, I don't now what would! Beautifully written!
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 2:31 PM
very vivid sounds like a very beautiful place

definitely something I will check out...very well written!

Chris Jennings
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 2:31 PM
Good stuff, Tim! Though I've never been to North Captiva, your description of the island is reminiscent of Block Island.

Keep up the fantastic writing.

Helen Farrell
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:08 PM
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-written article. Captiva is one of my favorite places. I enjoyed the virtual trip.
Lisa M Pisani
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:10 PM
Tim, That was a really nice story that you wrote. Sounds like it was a wonderful day.
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:11 PM
Sounds a lot like Block Island. A place to make meaningful life long memeories
michele fanning
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:15 PM
and to think i have been a resident of sanibel for 15 years and have yet to venture over to north captiva. your article certainly has me putting this piece of paradise on my things to see list this winter. good job!!
Celeste Lavoie
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:47 PM
WOW, sounds like paradise...sign me up!
Diane and Ray Berney
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:48 PM
This sounds just wonderful! We never even considered going to North Captiva...we always go to Sanibel and Captiva and love them both dearly. We will certainly remember this this for a future trip!
Robbi Cary
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:52 PM
Hey, I wanna go! I also want to hear more - especially about the game Macaroni and Cheese! Great respite. Great job at describing it.
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:44 PM
On my list of places to visit!
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:08 PM
Each time I visit Sanibel and Captiva,as I cross over the causeway and meld into the aura of the islands,I find very hard to believe I am still in the United States.
Rest assured,as of now,North Captiva holds a premium position on my bucket list.


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