Captiva Island bike rentals are the best way to explore all that the island has to offer.
Exploring the beauty of Captiva is one of the best parts of staying on the island. And while the island is small, only 5 miles in length, knowing how and where to start can be tricky. With everything from Captiva Island bike rentals to cruising around on a golf cart available to you to explore the island, finding the best fit for you is crucial for your vacation.
Captiva Island bike rentals are the best way to explore all that the island has to offer. There are two bike rental places on the island. They have daily or weekly rental options for you and anyone you may be traveling with to find the perfect fit for your exploration of Captiva Island.
This article will lay out everything you need to know about Captiva Island bike rentals. This article is your one-stop to cruising around on your vacation, from where to get your bike to the rules you should follow while biking.
Yes, you can bike on Captiva Island. In fact, many visitors prefer to travel the island this way to avoid using their cars for the short trips needed to get around the island. While Captiva doesn’t have any bike paths, there are bike lanes on both sides of the main road. Please be mindful of other bikers, people walking, and cars on the road.
Biking to the beaches is also a great way to avoid traffic and the hassle of parking. In addition, many bikes come with a basket to help you carry back any shells you may collect while shelling on the beaches of Captiva.
Whether you’ve brought your bike or are taking advantage of the Captiva Island bike rentals, you can’t go wrong with hopping on a bike and cruising around the island.
Bikes indeed are the best way to get around the island. You get to see all of the beautiful things that the island of Captiva has to offer. Cruising around on a bike even lets you see more stuff than riding in a car would. It allows you to see the island at your own pace and take your time in the areas you want to explore more. And, if you’re staying on Captiva for your whole trip, bikes are also an excellent way to avoid the evening traffic leaving Captiva and Sanibel.
There are two Captiva Island bike rental options, YOLO Watersports, and Sunny Island Adventures. Both places are first-come, first-serve, but YOLO has the most options. They offer five types of regular bikes, a tandem bicycle, two types of kids bikes, a tagalong bike, and even a bike trailer for kids who don’t bike. YOLO and Sunny Island Adventures both have daily and weekly rentals. YOLO even has an 8-hour rental option if you don’t want to have the bike all day.
Biking on Captiva Island is very safe as long as you obey the laws. Bicycles are treated like cars, and they have to follow the rules of the road, specifically stopping at stop signs, riding with the flow of traffic, and yielding to pedestrians. If you’re riding with small children on their bikes, it’s recommended that they are either riding in front of you so that you can see them at all times or that they are in between you and another adult.
When it comes to actually biking on the island, there is a bike lane on the main road that goes through Captiva for you to use. Please just be careful when riding through the ‘Tween Waters area because cars may be distracted by the Gulf water and the beach.
And, as always, please wear your helmet while biking. While Captiva doesn’t have a specific ordinance for helmet wearing, Sanibel requires any riders or passengers under 16 years of age to be wearing a helmet.
Many people ride from Sanibel to Captiva. In fact, you can even ride across the Sanibel Causeway toll-free. However, it isn’t recommended if you have small children with you because the incline of the Causeway is very steep, and it may be too much for them.
If you ride from the Sanibel Causeway to the Sanibel Lighthouse and then up to Captiva using the Gulf roads, it’ll be about 25 miles and will take you around 2 hours to do. By taking the Gulf roads in Sanibel, you’ll get some great views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sanibel also has over 40 miles of bike paths that run all over the island. By using those bike paths, you can see many cool things that Sanibel has to offer, such as the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge or the National Shell Museum. The main bike path also runs parallel to Sanibel-Captiva Drive, the main road connecting the two islands.
Utilizing the Captiva Island bike rentals is the best way to see the vast beauty of the island. With two rental options on Captiva, you’ll have plenty of chances to hop on a bike and explore the island. The bike lanes of Captiva Drive are perfect for navigating the island, and they connect with all of the dead-end roads that are great for biking.
Feel free to dip down into Sanibel and check out the National Shell Museum, the Sanibel beaches, or cruise on down to the Sanibel Lighthouse. There’s plenty of things to see on both Captiva and Sanibel.
Exploring Captiva Island is best done when you’re staying on the island. And there’s no better place to be than Jensen’s Marina and Cottages. Located right in the heart of Captiva (and just down the street from both YOLO Watersports and Sunny Island Adventures), Jensen’s Marina is the perfect place to stay to see all that Captiva has to offer. So book your next Captiva exploration with Jensen’s today!