CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA – As the song goes, “How’d ya like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island? How’d ya like to hang a stocking on a great big coconut tree?” When your dreamy white Christmas turns into a snowpacolypse, the beach sure does sound enticing. But when you’re actually on an island over Christmas, something is off. Christmas trees and holiday tunes while there’s sand — not snow — beneath your toes just doesn’t have the same affect. However, it gets a lot better when you make a stop at your favorite restaurant.
I’ve been visiting Captiva Island since I was little. Captiva Island and Sanibel Island are just a short hour-ish drive (or boat ride) from Fort Myers, Florida. There are two restaurants on the island that have been in existence since before I was born — The Bubble Room and The Mucky Duck. Let me count the ways I love the Mucky Duck. (Note these reasons haven’t changed since I was 5.)
1. It’s on the beach.
2. It serves cheeseburgers.
3. It has an awesome ring game.
The ring game is popular on the islands and in the Bahamas. To play, you swing a metal ring that’s hanging from a string with the goal of sailing it right onto a small hook. It’s a lot harder (and a lot more entertaining) than it seems. People create strategies like the arc swing to the side or the fast throw forward. Seriously, hours of fun. If you ever step foot into to The Mucky Duck, you can purchase your very own ring game kit and attach it to your own rec room or patio ceiling and wall. The gift shop also sells t-shirts, Christmas ornaments, and tote bags among other Duck-tastic knick-knacks. The first restaurant t-shirt I ever purchased was at this here beach restaurant. Even as a girl, I was obsessed with eating out. Who knew?