Escape to South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island

By: Kara Franker


Located on the southern tip of Captiva Island, the South Seas Island Resort is a family-friendly resort community situated on two and half miles of shell-laden shore.

It's a pristine paradise on a tropical island where life tends to slow down and the preferred method of transportation is by golf cart.

Kara Driving a Golf Cart

The resort offers a variety of room choices -- from beachfront condos to gulf-front villas. There are also entire luxury vacation homes available for families and larger parties.

Shown below, the marina villas are situated on the north end of the property. From the balcony, watch boats as they arrive and depart and look out for dolphins and manatees playing in the waves.

Villas at South Seas

There are a number of family-friendly activities and water sports to enjoy at the resort. Embark on a morning paddle board adventure or book a sunset waverunner tour.

Chris Draa with Sunny Island Watersports grew up exploring the waters that surround Captiva Island and he will not only take you on a high-energy journey through Pine Island Sound, he'll also point out landmarks and give you a history of the nearby islands. To top off the adventure, Chris knows the perfect spot to watch the golden sun sink into the horizon at the end of the tour (call 954-850-9240 for reservations).

Click here to watch a 15-second video of us cruising toward the sun.

Waverunners at South Seas

Captiva Island offers is considered one of the best places in the world for shelling, with more than 250 species of sea shells. No vacation to Captiva is complete without spending some time shelling on the beach.

There are also a number of family-friendly daily activities -- from fun arts and crafts for the kids to nature excursions.

Check the resort's activities calendar for the latest events.

Kara Looking for Shells

Speaking of the beach, the South Seas Island Resort was Rated a Top 10 Beach Resort for Families by Parents Magazine.

With its miles of white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, it's the perfect place to soak up some sunshine, play in the surf or lounge under an umbrella.

After the beach, head over to the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique for a massage and facial.

Made in the Shade

There's no better way to end the day than to watch the sun melt into the horizon while setting sail on a 40-foot catamaran.

Captiva Cruises, located at the North Pointe at the Yacht Harbour Marina, offers a variety of cruising excursions, including day trips to Cayo Costa State Park, dolphin-watching adventures through the Pine Island Estuary, and gorgeous sunset cruises on the Gulf of Mexico. 

Private cruise expeditions aboard the 150-passenger Lady Chadwick are also available.

Sunset with Captiva Cruises

Things to do on Captiva Island:

Receive a Fourth Night Free: The resort is offering a "Just Escape" package. Book your travel between now and Sept. 30, 2014, and with a minimum four-night stay you will receive a free night and a coupon book with more than $250 in savings for family activities, restaurants, golf, spa treatments and merchandise. And kids ages 12 and under get free daily breakfast. 

If You Go: South Seas Island Resort is at 5400 Plantation Road on Captiva Island. For reservations call 866-565-5089 or visit

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