Captivating Captiva Island, Florida – South Seas Plantation Review Part II and III

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In a recent post, I highlighted our family vacation to Captiva, FL. In this post I will follow up with the overall amenities of South Seas Island Resort and our choices of dining. When choosing our condo at South Seas, we found this link very helpful, it provides a feel for where all the amenities are located around the resort.

Trip Report


The beach at the resort is very nice. If you like shell hunting like Mrs Weekly Flyer, you will be delighted by the shells on South Sea’s beach.

Captiva Beach 1 SSP

Captiva Beach 2 SSP

There are plenty of chairs, umbrellas and an attendant available at the beach to help get you set up for the day. We spent a morning lounging and really enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean. This was the first time to the beach for Baby Weekly Flyer who found the ocean to be a little cold and the sand something not too tasty!

Captiva Beach 3 SSP


The resort has two pools at the main pool complex. One is for children and has a slide. The main pool has a bar and waiters walking around taking drink orders. Mrs Weekly Flyer and I enjoyed the margaritas one day! Many of the condo units have their own pools as well, so there is not a lack of pool options at South Seas.

Plantatoin House SSP

Resort Pool SSP

The view from the pool was directly on the water and very picturesque.

Resort Pool View SSP


The Land’s End unit that we stayed at had a very nice set of tennis courts, however we did not indulge. The tennis courts were located next to the Land’s End pool.


The golf course is beautifully intermingled with the ocean. We spent one evening after dinner playing “best ball” guys against girls with the family and had a blast!

Golf SSP

The sun was setting and we got some gorgeous shots as the sun went down.

Sunset SSP

Marina And Fishing

The marina is the best place to see the manatees and houses some big boats. There is a T-dock that is great for fishing or just nature watching.

T Dock SSP

The Redfish Pass is the best choice for fishing as we watched many boats cruising through the channel trolling for fish.

Red Fish Pass SSP

We also spent a few mornings fishing there ourselves before sunrise.

Red Fish Pass 2 SSP

Great views of North Captiva from the other side of the pass.

North Captiva SSP

Restaurants Around Captiva

Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter is a quaint restaurant on the island that serves delicious food and a wonderful view of the sunset. We enjoyed mango infused champagne cocktails and some delightful scallops and duck. The ambiance was good and the view great! The food and drink was excellent.

Lazy Flamingo

The Lazy Flamingo is a very casual restaurant serving bar food and great games of ring toss. We took the entire family here including the kids and they loved the ring toss game. You order the food at the bar and might I say that they have some GREAT garlic bread. Don’t miss a happy hour at the Lazy Flamingo.


Bubble Room

The Bubble Room is the closest restaurant to the South Seas. You could drive your golf cart to it as that part of the island allows golf carts on the roads. It has a very unique ambiance geared especially to children. The decor is toys and everything holiday. We enjoyed it for the purpose which was to celebrate a 3 year old Birthday. Otherwise, it was quite hectic and the food was average.

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  • What are your thoughts on Captiva Island? Have you ever been or do you intend to visit?

Bottom line

We had a wonderful week in Captiva and can highly recommend going there with a family.

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  1. Looks like fun, will definitely look into taking the family there. What is considered their low-season and high-season?

  2. Thanks for this one tank vacation idea. Lived in FLL all my life and never ventured to the west coast.

  3. I have heard great things about Captiva Island. I plan to visit there within the next year. We have a trip planned for Key West in January and would like to see Captiva in May.

  4. It seems like a nice, relaxing, non-touristy place to go. Is there anywhere close to do SCUBA diving in the gulf?

  5. Captiva Island and Sanibel are great spots. Nice job on the review. SW Florida is nice and slow an excellent place to relax.

  6. I have been to Sanibel many times and visited Captiva. Captiva is quaint, but has very narrow roads – not good for cycling. Also the grocery store is on Sanibel, a bit of a drive.

  7. Captiva Island looks beautiful and peaceful. We have never been there, but would try to visit it when we go to Florida next time. Thanks.

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