Shopping and Dining
With the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and Pine Island Sound
on the other, it's no surprise that Fresh Seafood is the favorite
dish on Upper Captiva Island.
There are two restaurants on North Captiva Island, Barnacle
Phil's and Mango Island Cafe.
Barnacle Phil's is located at Safety Harbor and is a favorite
with local anglers, sightseers, and vacationers. There is
plenty of dock space, and you might even see Florida otters
playing near the docks.
Known for Roberta's world-famous black beans and yellow rice,
Barnacle Phil's offers indoor dining or you can eat outdoors
under the Tiki Hut. The menu features Caribbean and Island
favorites including seafood chowder and jerk-style fresh fish
and chicken. For lunch or dinner, there are also salads and
mainland favorites, as well as children's items.
Just about any visit will find you in the company of friendly
guests and locals, smiling and laughing about "the fish
that got away".
Mango Island Cafe is located at North Captiva Island Club,
just across the harbor. There is also a small deli and pool
bar at the Club.
Convenience and limited grocery items are available at The
Curiosity Shop, upstairs at Barnacle Phil's, as well as at
the deli, upstairs from the North Captiva Island Club offices.
To stock up on provisions, you'll need a trip to the mainland,
or stop at Publix grocery store on your way to Upper Captiva.
They'll even pack your order in advance.
North Captiva Island has two shops for beachwear, Island
souvenirs, and unique tropical gifts: The Curiosity Shop,
upstairs at Barnacle Phil's, and Coconut Connection across
If this isn't enough shopping, Sanibel and Captiva Islands
are a short boat trip away, and many of our visitors do a
little island-hopping during their stay.