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Captiva Island is a narrow barrier island in the south west Florida coast north of Sanibel Island and partly shelters Pine Island. It is frequently described as a sister island to Sanibel Island, its northern neighbor, and the two islands are connected by a bridge. Captive is slightly smaller than Sanibel Island. It was named by pirate Jose Gaspar, who used the island to hide kidnapped women until their ransoms were paid, hence "Captiva". Parts of Captiva were declared a national wildlife refuge in 1945, and land use restrictions enacted in 1974 still guide development and landscaping. The beaches provide opportunities for camping, fishing and many outdoor activities.
Coordinates: 26.47° N 82.12° W
Nearest Largest City: Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Captiva Island is known for its pristine white sand and calm water. The beaches are world famous for the countless varieties of shells. Vegetation on the island is mainly lush and tropical. Numerous unspoiled mangrove areas near Captiva provide spawning areas for fish. Redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, shark, grouper and snapper are common. Many bird species including pelicans, herons, egrets and osprey come to visit the island.
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Keywords: Seashell, Pelican, Heron, Egret, Osprey, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Shark, Grouper, Snapper, Mangrove
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