The North Captiva Island community is small but near complete. There is a 24/7 fire station, 3 community wharfs, 2 clubs, a couple of laid back bars, a small grocery store (expensive and limited), a number of restaurants, but most of all a sense of natural tropical adventure.
At Seawatch you are right on a beautiful white powder sand beach. Fellow hikers are few and the experience of nature predominates. Walk along the beach for a few yards or a few miles according to your abilities and/or your sense of adventure.
Sunbathing couldn't be better. Step from the over sized bay front screened tiled porch onto the powder white sand beach, immediately in front of Seawatch. Beach quality and convenience is hard to match.
Swimming off the Seawatch Beach accommodates you with a clear turquoise sea. Small children should be accompanied by adults who swim as there are currents all around the island as they are along most Florida beaches. The owners, and their grandchildren, swim there all the time. See our photos of children taking a swim! There's a beach side shower and changing area. Make sure you bring your own towel!
– Take the Seawatch golf cart and head Southwest. Most trails will lead you through our community to the sanctuary. There will be island map and phone numbers posted on our kitchen bulletin board. Park and follow the Gulf beaches into the sanctuary which is comprised of some of Southeast Florida's most pristine beaches, shells, and wildlife. The sanctuary is approximately 2 miles long by about 3/4 of a mile to a mile from west to east. Take along adequate walking shoes, water, a hat and maybe some food. It's quite an adventure.
Watching the Wildlife
– You can sit on one of our comfortable couches inside in Seawatch's air conditioned Greatroom and diningroom and watch the wildlife going about their lives, business as usual. The dolphins and sea otters feed around the Seawatch dock, along with the pelicans, seagulls, and numerous other seabirds.
Enjoy the Porch
– It's hard to find a better close up view of the beach, dock, and our beach side palm grove. The best of all is taking in the sounds of the ocean combined with the rustle of the palms. Dream on about all the great experiences of your past or acclimate to the rhythms of the ocean and the calls of the seabirds around you. Be sure to visit the wildlife sanctuary if you are interested in a treat. Otherwise just step outside of Seawatch-right onto the beach- and find shells abundant in both quantity and variety. Watching your children play in the sand while relaxing on the shaded porch is always
– I'm absolutely serious when I say sport fishermen come from miles around to fish the Safety Harbor Channel. The very same channel that the Seawatch dock borders. No need for a boat just take out a Seawatch porch or beach chair with a Seawatch pole and catch the fish of the day! There's also a freshwater cleaning station right on the dock. Be sure to check out our Fishing page
– There are a number of captains that will take you out for a half or a full day of Gulf or Bay fishing. We suggest Captain Dennis and Captain Gretchen of North Captiva Charters Inc.
Sitting on the Dock
– You can look out to the North and see the North Captiva Pass (Channel) which flows out to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond the island of Cayo Costa, another predominant wildlife sanctuary. Viewing south the deep water dock places you on the edge of a channel leading into Safety Harbor. Viewing east, and about a mile offshore, you can watch the various runabouts, yachts, and sailboats traversing the inter coastal waterway and in the distance Useppa and Pine Island.
While on the dock you can actually hear the dolphins breathing while diving and surfacing in search of their supper. Their breathing sounds like you and I. It's a thrill to find such a close connection to other beings.
– Seawatch has two brand new sea kayaks, gear, and life jackets, for those who want to get in touch with their inner mariner and fully experience the North Captiva side of Pine Island Sound and Safety Harbor. During your voyage it is very likely that you will come across dolphins and the many other forms of aquatic and avian life that are present in the bay, on the shoreline, and in the estuaries.
– If you are looking for something a little more fast paced than a walk around the island you're in luck! Safety Harbor Club
(239 472 1019) rents bicycles for low rates. You can pedal up and down the many roads that criss-cross the island, or ride on up to the wildlife conservation and have a walk around while taking in the abundant fresh air and enjoying the presence of nature.
– There is no better place for hikers to visit. There are numerous trails around the island on which you can spend a few minutes or several hours.
Golf at Alden Pines
(239-283-3766) – For those wishing to golf you can take the Island Shuttle to Pine island Marina where Alden pines private transportation will take you to their nearby golf course for a relaxing day on the fairway. Later you can return to the island by shuttle (first Boat 1:30pm, last boat 5pm).
– An island getaway is always a rejuvenating experience. Once you are feeling fresh and sporty you can enjoy the tennis courts at the Safety Harbor Club (free membership
) with our brand new Prince tennis racquets and championship tennis balls. Whether novices or seasoned vets, it's loads of fun for the whole family.
North Captiva Island's Restaurants
– Lunch by the heated Safety Harbor Club pool at the poolside Grill is economical and delicious. Poolside chairs and tables are generally available. There is also fine dining in the Clubhouse adjacent to the pool. It's a little pricey but worth every dollar. Call to make a reservation.
Lunch or Dinner is available at the small picturesque restaurant on pillars overlooking Safety Harbor called Over the Waterfront. The beautiful furniture, made from tropical hardwood, and the translucent portion of the floor to watch the marine life are alone worth the trip. The excellent food and the fair prices combine with the views of the Harbor to create a wonderful experience.
Barnacle Phil's is a down home place to eat. Bring a dollar, write down a wish, and tack it on the wall with about a thousand other hopefuls. Prices are right. Try the fresh fish or the beans and rice created by the restaurant's founder long ago. It's a $5.00 special which is about the "Best Buy" on the island. They also serve beer and wine.
For those who want some nightlife, try the pool bar at North Captiva Island Club.