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New restaurant opens at Tween Waters Resort Captiva Island. The Shipyard is in the spot that the famous Crow’s Nest used to occupy.It’s adjacent to Old Captiva House, the resort’s finer dining spot. The restaurant has been closed since Hurricane Ian hit on September 28, 2022. Resort officials say this is the first of two new restaurants on property. Word on the street is that the space above the former Crow’s Nest is also slated for dining. Longtime fans have their fingers crossed. However, there is no official word just yet. Tween Waters is open for business both for dining and lodging. It is another positive sign in the hurricane recovery efforts.

Table of hermit crabs at the former Crow's Nest at Tween Waters on Captiva Island

For years, The Crow’s Nest at Tween Waters Resort was known for its hermit crab races.

About the new restaurant

The Shipyard has a more casual atmosphere. Restaurant décor is nautical and bright, with white washed wood. In addition, you still have a great view of the sunset from here.  The menu is full of delicious looking lite bites that you might expect from an island restaurant. Think seafood ceviche and smoked fish dip. The steamed shrimp come in Chef Greg Nelson’s signature sauce that has lemon butter, garlic and more. You might want extra bread for soaking it up. Nelson is an excellent chef and has been on the island for decades. He and John Feagans are co-executive chefs for Tween Waters.

The full menu is peppered with fish sandwiches, juicy burgers, heaping salads, pasta and lots of seafood. You’ll find a seafood boil that you can share and get messy with. There is a whole fried red snapper and almost everything in between. However, it’s not just about seafood. Land lubbers also have lots of  options including baby back ribs, ribeye and pork flat iron steak.

Finally, the bar. It has always been a fun island stop and the new menu seams to keep that reputation going. The Shipyard has its own branded whiskey and signature cocktails. On tap you’ll find Captiva Blonde, the so-called official beer of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, the lodging management company that oversees Tween Waters and numerous other island properties.

A new restaurant opens at Tween Waters Resort Captiva Island from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Go and check it out.

Businesses That Have Reopened On Sanibel And Captiva Since Hurricane Ian

When Hurricane Ian hit SWFL Florida in September, Sanibel and Captiva were absolutely devastated, but businesses are starting to reopen on the islands.

I love being able to support local businesses and I think now more than ever they need our help. It’s so sad to see what the storm did to our islands. While it’ll take a long time for things to look like they did pre-Ian, I love to see businesses starting to get back on their feet. We live in paradise, so whatever we can do to support our local economy is important.

I’ve been spending my weekends either at Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel and it makes me so happy to see so many people out enjoying the beach. Almost like nothing ever happened. Also great to see some new things have opened or relocated and even some make-shift bars and ice cream stands (on Fort Myers Beach) set up.

If you want to go out to the islands, whether it’s for a staycation, a beach day, or to grab a bite to eat, you have options! SanCap Chamber put together a list of the businesses that have reopened on Sanibel and Captiva. You can check out the full list here, but below we’ll have restaurants, lodging, shopping and fun things to do.

Businesses that have reopened on Sanibel & Captiva:

  • Island Inn

    3111 W Gulf Dr

    Sanibel Island Hotels & Resort | Voted Best Hotel on Sanibel Island

    Live Sanibel Island Beach Cam Island Inn's 550 feet of beach is just a short walk from all our units. VIEW NOW Our Amenities 550ft of pristine beach, complimentary WiFi, and so much more.

  • Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa

    15951 Captiva Dr

    'Tween Waters Now Open!

    In 1931, a small stand of fishing cottages first welcomed guests to this lush sliver of Captiva Island perfectly nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound.

  • Jensen’s “On the Gulf"

    15300 Captiva Dr

    Jensen's "On the Gulf" Contact Info & Map

    Contact Info for Jensen's "On the Gulf" Beach Resort. Call 239-472-4684 or text, email form, Google Maps Link, Artist's Map. Get in touch we can't wait to help you find the perfect Captiva Island Vacation.

  • Rachel Pierce Art Gallery and Market

    1500 Periwinkle Way

    Fine Florida Art | by Rachel Pierce

    Support Rachel's rebuild after Hurricane Ian with her new Lighthouse jewelry collection Welcome! I'm Rachel Pierce , a decades-long news anchor turned full-time artist. Who says you can' t have more than one dream? TV Anchor - Check! Now, I'm so excited for the journey art is taking me on, thanks to people like you!

  • Nannys of Sanibel

    1700 Periwinkle Way

    Nanny's Of Sanibel

    As an island resident, I have been going to Nanny's since before my first daughter was born in 2002. Nanny's is an island icon, tradition and beloved mainstay even long before that. The lines carried, the love apparent that goes into the store and this long time tradition are unprecedented.

  • The Island Store

    11500 Andy Rosse Lane

    Welcome to The Historic captiva Island Store

    The same folks that welcome you to Bailey's General Store have enjoyed serving you over the past year at The Island Store. Visitors and residents have noticed changes happening at The Island Store in the past few months.

  • Whitney’s Bait and Tackle

    1554 Periwinkle Way

    Whitney's Bait & Tackle | For the Passionate Fisherman

    about our sanibel fishing store Welcome to Whitney's Bait & Tackle, the #1 Sanibel bait and tackle shop for all types of fishermen. We are ready to help you make the most of your time here on Sanibel Island. We have all the latest gear, spinning rods and reels, fly fishing gear, lures, locally tied flies, live bait and great service.

  • Jungle Drums

    11532 Andy Rosse Lane

    Jungle Drums Gallery Home | Jungle Drums Gallery

    s you safari in Jungle Drums Gallery, prepare to experience an unforgettable collection of wildlife art. Serious collectors as well as admirers of beautiful art will be impressed with a broad diversity of work and price range. From life-size bronze sculptures to elegantly crafted jewelry, each piece offers something different.

  • Traders

    1551 Periwinkle Dr


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  • Cielo Restaurant

    1244 Periwinkle Way


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  • Jerry's Food

    1700 Periwinkle Way

    Groceries, Goods And Dining | Jerry's Foods Sanibel Island

    Our Coquina Coffee shop is the perfect place to get your morning cup of Joe, a bite for breakfast or an anytime snack and drink. We brew a range of fresh blends every day, including your Starbucks™ favorites.

  • Sanibel Deli and Coffee

    2330 Palm Ridge Road

    Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory

    Winner Best Pizza - Taste of the Islands Free Wireless Internet Outdoor & Indoor Seating Extensive Line of Gluten Free Option

  • The Shack

    1219 Periwinkle Way

    The Shack of Sanibel

    Stop by The Shack for a fresh new Flavor every day. Looking for a cold dessert, ice cream, or treat? Bring the family after a trip to the beach, and come try a fresh sample of our daily flavors when you arrive. Proudly serving Sanibel Island's freshest frozen custard.

  • Sanibel Grill

    703 Tarpon Bay Road

    The Shack of Sanibel

    Stop by The Shack for a fresh new Flavor every day. Looking for a cold dessert, ice cream, or treat? Bring the family after a trip to the beach, and come try a fresh sample of our daily flavors when you arrive. Proudly serving Sanibel Island's freshest frozen custard.

  • Mudbugs

    1473 Periwinkle Way

  • Blue Giraffe Food Truck

    2075 Periwinkle Way

    Blue Giraffe

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  • Captiva Island Pizza

    11513 Andy Rosse Lane


    239-395-0823 (3 story Pink Building, we are on second floor, unit is at the back, park underneath building for quick pick-up take-out) First Island Restaurant Open after Hurricane Ian. Welcome to Captiva Island Pizza, located in the Captiva Village!

  • Tutti Pazzi

    1200 Periwinkle Way

    Tutti Pazzi Italian Kitchen | Italian Restaurant in Sanibel, FL

    Where you enter as a guest, become our friend, and feel like family. In Italy, the dinner table is where magic happens. Friends and family gather to fill their bodies with good food and wine; and their souls with laughter, happiness, and love.

  • Timbers

    703 Tarpon Bay Road

    Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market | Sanibel Island

    Our market offers the largest selection of fresh fin & shell fish on the Islands, hand cut steaks, as well as our own prepared sauces, spreads & accouterments to enhance your fresh seafood purchases. Open daily at 1pm (2pm on Sundays)

  • New Wave Eco Charters

    15951 Captiva Dr

    Eco-Tourism Boat Tours | Captiva, FL |

    From snorkeling shallow grass flats and sandbars to shelling miles of natural, unspoiled beaches, experience what other travelers call the highlight of their vacation. This is an immersive, hands-on learning experience for all ages. Explore the beaches and bay of our islands on an unforgettable natural adventure.

  • YOLO Watersports, Inc.

    11534 Andy Rosse Lane

    Golf Cart Rentals │ YOLO Watersports

    Grab golf cart rentals and zip through the winding main roads of the Captiva Village area, north of 'Tween Waters Inn. YOLO Watersports delivers!

  • Captain Brian On The Water

    11401 Andy Rosse Lane

    Captain Brian on the Water | Sanibel and Captiva Island Tours Since 1995

    "Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region.

  • Adventures In Paradise Cruises

    634 N Yachtsman Dr

    Sanibel Cruises, Sanibel Sunset, Sanibel Fishing, Sanibel Shelling - Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral & SW Florida - Adventures in Paradise (239) 472-8443

    Celebrating 37 years of the best fun filled adventures! Owned & operated by the Stewart family on Sanibel & Captiva Island since 1986. Adventures in Paradise Cruises & Tours hopes to show you just how amazing the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are and why we fell in love with the sea.

  • Salty Wheels

    11513 Andy Rosse Lane

    Salty Wheels Golf Cart Rentals

    HURRICANE IAN UPDATE Salty Wheels is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Our street-legal carts are available on Captiva & Sanibel Islands

  • Captiva Cruises

    11401 Andy Rosse Lane


    WHY CHOOSE CAPTIVA CRUISES Embark from Captiva Island, Florida to a nearby island destination, relax watching the sunset or follow a pod of dolphins at play. Whatever cruise you choose, you'll enjoy a beautiful adventure and take home memories that will last a lifetime. With over 30 years

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