North Captiva Grocery Options:
The Mango's Island Market located next to the North Captiva Island Club provides a small selection of last minute groceries only. A petite selection of beverages. Take out food menu is available so you can order while you're down at the pool and pick it up. Plans are under way to have food service above the Island Market also. Check back for updates...
You really should plan what you will bring for groceries to the island and pick most items up on the Mainland before you make your way to the Boats.
"Sandie's Shopping Service" will deliver groceries to the house and placed in the refrigerator. For this service call (239)340-5398. Their rate is 40% of the order, with a $50 minimum order. Call Sandie for the fax # and she'll arrange to get the items on your list into the house for you. Really worth it for convenience or if you are traveling with a big crowd...
Faxing an order into Publix at the beginning or part way during your island vacation is a very usual thing.
Publix - At the intersection of Pine Island Road and Burnt Store Road (239)282-5515. They require at least 48 hours notice and will provide shopping service for your order with a $10 fee.
Please fax your order to (239) 282-5533.
Please call them to verify they received your order.
Provide them with and emergency number to contact you at (cell phone). A date and time to have the groceries ready for you is required. You have one more option to choose: "Boat Pack" or "Cold Pack" Boat Packing is provided with paper bags places inside plastic bags to make it durable to carry on and off the boats. Cold Packing costs a bit more for styrofoam coolers and ice, but your groceries will be "on-ice" for the trip. This is not a very environmentally sound option and leaves lots of trash behind after your trips. For a good compromise, Publix offers "Cool- Bags" for your refrigerated items.
Winn Dixie – Turn Left at the intersection of Pine Island Road and Stringfwellow Road. Winn Dixie will also boat pack your faxed orders. This is a good spot for really tight schedules and very warm days since you are closest to the marinas from here. Winn Dixie packs faxed orders free of charge.
Last Minute Needs and Pharmacy
Pine Island Pharmacy- can fill your prescriptions should one be lost or for emergency needs. CVS on Pine Island also fills prescriptions. Any local pharmacy will need the doctor to call in the prescription or you must deliver a written one personally (not a fax) to be filled. Plan ahead and take a full prescription with you before you depart for convenience.
Need a few items? Need to get out on the great blue waters too? Yup!
Take the Just for Fun Ferry run to Winn Dixie, offered once per week from the North Captiva Island Club. Great for a trip across the sea and to stock back up if you stay on-island for a while.
Even better is to get your groceries delivered right to the house. See more info about this service above.
The Best Ideas Yet
The motto in our island household when it comes to our friends and families..."Come stay, and play. Mi casa e's su casa! But, you bring the groceries!"
Granted first trips to the island are slightly unsettling to vacationers who like to pack their pantries like its a Nor 'easter arriving.
Our best advice is to make a menu out in advance compile a list and then bring that list with you. Doing this before you ever leave home, saves a lot of time. Grab the kids, Mom & Dad, aunties, uncles, grammies and grampas and make up a great menu for each day of your stay.
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