If you have not been to this corner of Collier County before, it is time to become acquainted with a unique community just south of Naples…….if you are coming here from Naples, head toward Marco and a mile before the Marco bridge, take a right off 951/Collier Blvd and onto State Road 952. A mile or so through the mangroves and you arrive at Isles of Capri—-this is my stomping ground, hope you like it!
There is just the one road in and out, all streets on the Isles are dead-ends with cul-de-sacs or loops that just bring you back to your starting point. There are actually 4 “islands” here that are linked……three of the isles are residential, the 2nd isle is considered
business. And, the best part of this community is the WATER—-it is everywhere! If you love boating, fishing, water sports or just open views of the water, then Isles of Capri will simply make you happy!
Isles of Capri was originally developed by Leland “Doc” Loach. He bought the property and began in the late 1950’s to connect and improve upon the isles. Dredging and filling allowed the isles to be connected and a roadbed to be built.
Today, almost all homes on Isles of Capri are on the water. Most homes are on canals, some are on the Marco River and some are on open bays. As you drive through Capri, homes on your right have waterways that open into the Gulf of Mexico……homes on your left are on waterways that take you into the Marco River which then gives access to the Gulf.
The landscape here is continually changing……older homes are being reborn/remodeled OR razed to make way for the next generation of homes. Lots here are small, but builders are able to make incredible use of the size of these lots. Witness some of the newer and larger homes that you see as you drive around. Size and codes of building and/or remodel are set by Collier County.
The business island is home to several restaurants, marinas, and real estate offices. This island is also continually changing. The restaurants today are
OSTERIA CAPRI………..This is a brand new restaurant in the building we have known as The Blue Heron since 1975. This new restaurant is opening soon, features Italian food and is planning to be open year round.
Capri Fish House.
During season these restaurants are incredibly busy………..call ahead to check for availability. A 2-hour wait is, unfortunately, common—–that says something about Capri and the quality of the local food!
Kayak and boat rentals are available on the island, also boat slips if you need a place to dock your boat.
We have many single-family homes on Capri, but there are also condos on the way through Capri, and on Marco River and at the point of Capri on Pelican Street. Tarpon Village is a 55+ community that has several 2-story buildings.
Marco Towers in on the River. La Peninsula is several condo units also on Marco River and Twin Dolphins is a larger set of condo buildings at the point of Isles of Capri.
So head on out to Isles of Capri and post your adventures (pictures) below!