6 Reasons Why Captiva Island Should Be Your Next Vacation

Apr 18, 2018

It’s not easy to find a vacation spot that offers the best of both worlds: a sprawling resort with an all-inclusive vibe and the seclusion of a private island. Even more so, it’s challenging to find a destination that ticks those boxes and doesn’t require a passport. But then there’s the South Seas Island Resort.

Located on Captiva Island just off the coast of Florida, South Seas Island Resort is offering Travelzoo members a limited-time exclusive rate of $139-$169 per night through December. If that doesn’t entice you to take a winter break, here are our top reasons why you should go.

1. An island you can drive to

No passport required for this island destination: In fact, if you are in the Gulf Coast area, you might not need a plane, either. The island is located an hour away from Fort Meyers, and upon crossing the Blind Pass Bridge, you’ll have entered Captiva.


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2. Exclusive beaches

Beach access is limited on Captiva, with only two stretches of coastline available to the public. However, if you are a guest at the South Seas Resort, you have exclusive access to the 2.5-mile stretch of shore that frames the property. Don’t worry about fighting for towel space, because Captiva Island beaches are uncrowded by most standards.


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3. More than 60% of the island is yours to roam

South Seas Island Resort spans 330 acres and covers the northern half of the island, taking up 2.5 miles of Captiva’s total 4-mile length. Only resort guests have access to the property, so if you’re looking to see the entire island, you’ll be staying in the right place.

4. Two islands for the price of one

Captiva’s sister island, Sanibel, is the larger of the two, yet you can drive the whole length within 20 minutes. The two islands are connected via a short bridge so visitors can easily explore both (then brag about island-hopping). For reasons why you should visit Sanibel, check out our blog post about it.

5. No car needed

One cost-saving tip is to rent a car if you’re travelling from the airport, as an island taxi costs $85 each way for four people ($75 for three), excluding tax. Parking comes free with the resort fee, and you’ll have the flexibility to drive over to Sanibel Island as well. Once at the resort, though, you can take the free trolley service to any part of the property. Or you can always ask to hitch a ride from a passing golf cart, which can be rented for $100 per day.

6. Amenities abound

There is no shortage of amenities at the resort, which makes this an ideal family vacation spot. If you prefer the pool to the ocean, you have 20 options from which to choose. If you want to relax further, a 4,000-square-foot state-of-the-art spa is there to serve. The family interactive center hosts a variety of kid-friendly programs, and if you would like to add a little education to your trip, the Sanibel Sea School offers a hands-on learning program about the island’s nature preserve and the animals that inhabit it. Oh, and let’s not forget there’s a nine-hole golf course.

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