Just Escape

Imagine a place with zero traffic lights, 22 miles of bike paths, where golf carts are the preferred method of transportation and no building stands higher than the tallest palm tree. This is Captiva Island, an iconic destination that is an easy drive from the Space Coast.

South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island is a 330-acre wildlife preserve that spans two and a half miles of pristine white-sand beaches, framing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort is designed to take full advantage of the existing natural landscape while offering an array of activities for every member of the family.


Poolside at the South Seas Island Resort

Biking, sailing, birding and water activities abound on Captiva Island and South Seas Island Resort. Leisurely paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard into a mangrove forest in search of sea turtles, ospreys and even manatees or just stroll the beach and feel the warm sand beneath your feet. Captiva Island is considered one of the best places in the world for shelling, with more than 250 species of sea shells. No vacation here is complete without spending some time shelling on the beach.

Captiva Island offers legendary fishing experiences with one of South Seas’ on-site fishing guides. The professional guide will offer insight and guidance that fits your fishing experience. Guests can also fish, surf cast and shore cast on property.

Step aboard a variety of cruises tendered at the resort. Find the perfect shell with an Island Beach and Shelling cruise to pristine Cayo Costa State Park. Watch playful dolphins splash and frolic with a daily Dolphin and Wildlife Adventure cruise through Pine Island estuary or sip cocktails and watch the sun melt into the horizon during a sunset cruise.

For the kids, Sanibel Sea School Captiva is an innovative assortment of experiential sea-based educational programs, the sea school boasts a unique hands-on curriculum. Each session allows children to immerse themselves in the thrill of ocean discovery and includes orientation, educational discussions, an art project and plenty of time “out in the field.”

The resort offers a variety of choices for lodging. Offering truly comfortable accommodations, the Captiva Island hotel rooms of South Seas Island

Luxury Accommodations at the South Sea Island Resort

Comfortable Accommodations at the South Seas Island Resort

Resort overlook Pine Island Sound and the South Seas Marina. Spacious villas provide the perfect home away from home with full kitchens, one to three bedrooms and a sleeper sofa. Private homes, some with their own pool, are also available to rent. Two to six bedroom options mean multi-generational families can all stay together to make the most of quality time.

All six dining options on property, including four that are on the waterfront, are casual and family-friendly. Harborside Bar & Grill – uses locally sourced food as much as possible. Fish caught locally in the waters surrounding Captiva Island, ensures the freshest cuisine from the Gulf of Mexico. Overlooking the Yacht Harbour and Marina, the restaurant also offer fine cuts of meat. Sunset Beach Bar is the best spot on Sanibel and Captiva to see the unmatched sunsets of Southwest Florida.

With all the amenities, activities and accommodations at South Seas Resort, there’s no need to leave once you arrive. Make lasting memories with your family on a gorgeous island paradise.

Book summer travel now through September 30 and get the fourth night free! 

With a minimum four-night stay you will also receive: 

  • Kids eat free breakfast for children ages 12 years and younger.
  • Coupon book with over $250 in savings in resort outlets; enjoy family activities, restaurant savings, golf, spa services and merchandise and more


If you go:

Located near Fort Myers off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Captiva Island

South Seas Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island
Reservations (866) 565-5089

Other South Seas Resort Amenities:  

  • Sparkling pools on property including H2Whoa! water slides
  • Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique, a 4,000-square-foot spa and salon
  • Seaside golf course, offering nine holes along the Gulf of Mexico
  • Tennis courts, with private lessons available
  • The Yacht Harbour and Marina for vessels up to 120 feet
  • Exclusive shopping – a collection of retail outlets
  • Fully-equipped fitness center
  • Bicycle golf cart and boat rentals


This article appears in the June 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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