Sanibel and Captiva Islands are famous for their beaches and tropical atmosphere.  

And, quite honestly, who could argue with that? The beaches and weather provide the perfect escape from the day-to-day, even if you’re just visiting for a few hours or on a weeklong vacation.  

But, after relaxing in the sun, you might be looking for a way to cool off. You’re in luck! Both Sanibel and Captiva host some great spots to grab a drink or bite to eat, too.  

Also, to keep in mind, when you stay with Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals, you’ll receive our Island Rewards coupon book with more than $250 of discounts, freebies and savings! In that coupon book are three great restaurants we know you’ll fall in love with during your time here.  

1- Old Captiva House 

Old Captiva House is one of the oldest buildings on Captiva and still reflects much of its original charm. Tucked nicely in the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Old Captiva House is known for the best breakfast on Captiva Island as well as a classy, fine dining atmosphere for dinner. Sitting right across the street from the beach, Old Captiva House is your stop for a stylish evening of award-winning food either in the morning before the beach or for dinner after a day there.  

2- Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille 

Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille provides more of your nightlife activities on Captiva Island. Next to the Old Captiva House, Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille has a relaxed and welcoming environment with good food, plentiful list of wines, martinis and specialty drinks and entertainment for evening outings. If you’re looking to extend your evening into the night, you won’t find a better place to do so than Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille.  

3- Normandie Seaside Cafe 

On the quieter side of Sanibel Island lays one of the best kept secrets from tourists — Normandie Seaside Cafe. A well-known establishment for locals on Sanibel, Normandie is a hotspot for those looking to get away from the touristy aspects and just do what vacationing is all about — relaxing. Just a short walk from the beach, Normandie rests at West Wind Inn of Sanibel and offers a plethora of dishes where even the pickiest eaters will find something they enjoy. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner — Normandie Seaside Cafe is your spot for great food and a quiet getaway.