A Captivating Spot

Find rest, relaxation and recreation at 'Tween Waters Inn

Captiva Island is home to the most romantic beach in the United States, according to Travelocity's Amy Ziff. Spectacular sunsets help add to the amorous ambience, and a prime spot to catch one of those twilight shows is on the beach at 'Tween Waters Inn.

At this historic resort, guests can certainly indulge in the quintessential beach vacation (think sunning, swimming and shelling). Life definitely moves at a slower pace here, so opportunities to relax and recharge abound.

But those looking for a little more action can also find it at 'Tween Waters. The inn's marina serves as a jumping-off point for kayak tours, fishing charters and even a seaplane adventure. There's definitely nothing quaint and quiet about that!

Resort Style

Dating from 1926, the resort occupies 13 acres that stretch from Gulf to bay on Captiva Island. What began as a collection of fishing cottages now includes 137 units that range from standard guest rooms to three-bedroom suites. The 19 cottages are among the most-coveted accommodations. Decorated in a style reflecting the first half of the 20th century, they're named for famous past visitors to Captiva, such as Charles Lindbergh and Theodore Roosevelt.

A recent multimillion-dollar, property-wide renovation has given the inn's guest rooms a stylish face-lift. Walls, bedding and curtains done up in neutral tones provide a soothing retreat at the end of a long day spent outdoors. And that's just what many of the guests here require, because all the resort's services and amenities are sure to keep them busy. "We have everything you need here," says general manager Jeff Shuff. "You really don't have to leave."

Beach and Beyond

The property boasts 1,200 feet of beach on its Gulf of Mexico side, where guests can rent cabanas and lounge chairs. "We're in a residential area," says Shuff, "so the beach is almost like a private beach." Another good spot for lounging is the inn's large pool area, which includes a bustling bar and lunchtime food service.

Those who arrive by boat can tie up at 'Tween Waters' bayside marina, accessible via Pine Island Sound. The resort's ties to the water are always on full display, whether on the menu at the elegant Old Captiva House restaurant or in the form of the lively "NASCRAB" races that take place at the Crow's Nest on Monday and Thursday nights from October to mid-August. Fans young and old flock to the popular event, where hermit crabs face off against each other in a race to the finish line.

When some pampering is called for, head to the day spa (an expansion is planned for 2009) or browse the beachwear and other items for sale in the resort's shops. Of course, there's also lots to see on the rest of Captiva and neighboring Sanibel Island, should you opt to venture off the property.

But if you choose to stay just where you are, you won't be disappointed, especially during the holidays, when the inn twinkles with lights and other seasonal decorations. And no matter the time of year, there's always a reason to head to the beach, whether you're a sun worshipper, shell seeker or sportsman. If you book a room at 'Tween Waters, you can even be all three.

To plan a getaway to Captiva Island and 'Tween Waters Inn, call 800-223-5865 or visit www.tween-waters.com.

Beth Luberecki is a Venice, Florida-based freelance writer who loves taking in the view while driving from one end of Captiva Island to the other.

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