Several out-islands are easy to reach from Sanibel and Captiva. Our closest neighbor is
North Captiva, just to the north of Captiva Island. This secluded barrier island
was formed when an early 20th century storm blew the two islands apart. Many islanders enjoy boating to North Captiva for lunch. The island is reached
only by boat or airplane (there's a grass strip on the northern end). There are limited vacation accommodations on this island.
Beyond North Cap lies Cayo Costa, a mostly-deserted island with a
few homes, and a state park and campground. Many Calusa aritfacts have been discovered on the beautiful beaches of Cayo Costa. There are no businesses
or accommodations here beyond the state campground.
Nearby is popular Cabbage Key. Stop in for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and leave your dollar! This funky island
has a restaurant and bar, overnight accommodations, a large marina and lots of ducks. It's also the highest point in our county.
The next island to the east is exclusive Useppa. Private estates and an elegant Olde Florida inn and restaurant grace this
breathtaking island. You can only visit here via Captiva Cruises, or by making friends with someone who owns one of the lovely homes there.
East of Captiva and north of Sanibel lies unique Pine Island, for which Pine Island
Sound was named. This large island is home to a multitude of tropical fruit farms, commercial fishermen, artists and Olde Florida families. Pine Island
has several marinas, but no beaches; residents love its rural nature.