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Captiva, Florida
Location in Lee County and the state of Florida
Location in Lee County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State  Florida
County  Lee
Area
 • Total 1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.06 km2)
 • Water 0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 318
 • Density 269.26/sq mi (103.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33924
Area code(s) 239 Exchange: 472
FIPS code 12-10425
GNIS feature ID 0280017
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A flock of Royal Terns in flight above the western beach of Upper Captiva Island

Captiva is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. It is located on Captiva Island. As of the 2010 census the population was 583, up from 379 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the island is just north of Sanibel Island. Captiva is accessed by a small bridge that crosses Blind Pass from Sanibel Island. There is a toll to use the causeway that goes from the mainland to Sanibel Island.

Captiva's many large estates, condominiums, and businesses have recovered from the serious damage due to 2004's Hurricane Charley.

Geography

Captiva is located at 26°31′5″N 82°11′28″W / 26.51806°N 82.19111°W / 26.51806; -82.19111 (26.518028, -82.191057).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (88.10%) is water. mostly in the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Pine Island Sound.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 379 people, 194 households, and 130 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 305.3 people per square mile (118.0/km2). There were 1,150 housing units at an average density of 926.2/sq mi (358.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.42% White, 0.79% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 194 households, out of which 10.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 1.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.25.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 8.2% under the age of 18, 1.1% from 18 to 24, 14.2% from 25 to 44, 44.1% from 45 to 64, and 32.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $64,821, and the median income for a family was $120,488. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $44,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $76,139. None of the population or families were below the poverty line.

Hospitality

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida
Plantation Rd. inside South Seas Island Resort in Captiva

Travel, tourism and hospitality rank as the number one industry on Captiva Island (and its sister island immediately to the south, Sanibel). Noted world-famous guests to Captiva include Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh (who regularly landed his plane on the beach in front of 'Tween Waters Inn), Anne Morrow Lindbergh and J.N. "Ding" Darling. Both the Old Captiva House restaurant and a number of guest cottages have been designated historically-significant sites by Lee County, Florida. The Wall Street Journal selected Sanibel and Captiva Islands as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010.

Captiva Beach
Panoramic of Captiva beach at sunrise


Economy

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida
Plantation Rd. inside South Seas Island Resort in Captiva

Travel, tourism and hospitality rank as the number one industry on Captiva Island (and its sister island immediately to the south, Sanibel). Noted guests to Captiva include Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh (who regularly landed his plane on the beach in front of 'Tween Waters Inn), Anne Morrow Lindbergh and J.N. "Ding" Darling. Both the Old Captiva House restaurant and a number of guest cottages have been designated historically-significant sites by Lee County, Florida.

The Bubble Room was built on Captiva Island in 1979 by the Farquharson family. It is a multi-themed restaurant featuring old toys from the 1930s and 1940s and the collection continues to grow each day. The Bubble Room plays music from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The Bubble Room was one of the first establishments on Captiva Island to originate the bright pastel colors now widely used there.

South Seas Island Resort and Yacht Harbor, a 330-acre (1.3 km2) resort, occupies the northern two miles (3 km) of Captiva Island.

Pepperidge Farm created a cookie in honor of the island. It is a Dark Chocolate Brownie cookie called Captiva.

The Wall Street Journal selected Sanibel and Captiva Islands as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010.

Notable residents

Captiva was the full-time home of artist Robert Rauschenberg. His home still stands there.

Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist, also had a home on Captiva.

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