Captiva and Sanibel Island are known widely for the natural preserves and secluded residential real estate. Because of this, the area serves as a beautiful habitat for wildlife as well as a spectacular setting for recreational sports and outdoors activity.
Tarpon fishing is a legendary past time in Southwest Florida. As the story goes, the first tarpon ever caught with a rod and reel was pulled in from the San Carlos Bay in 1885. Ever since, sport fisherman have travelled from all over the world to visit the waters where it all began. Captain Matt Mitchell recently reported that May is the month he begins to actively search for tarpons. He writes, “With the weather really starting to settle down, tarpon fishing should just keep getting better, the more consistent the weather, the more consistent fishing is.”
For children ages 8-15, now is the time to start getting ready for sailing camps at the Captiva Island Yacht Club which begin in early June. All levels of experience are welcome to participate in this annual activity. Through sailing, area youth are encouraged to find adventure in the water around Captiva and gain confidence in their strengths.
On Sanibel Island, there will also be a full summer of activities planned through the annual Sanibel Recreation Department Summer Camp. This incredible opportunity is offered to children entering first through eighth grade and includes breakfast, lunch, weekly field trips, and a variety of sports and activities.
During these warm summer months, families in the area will be found biking, running, playing tennis, and relaxing in the sun and shade. For decades, citizens of the islands have fought to preserve the natural quality from high-rise development.
As residents of all ages explore the preserved areas of land and water, it’s clear that everyone has benefited along the way.