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South Seas Island Resort
Captiva Island
South Seas Island Resort
Experience both adventure and relaxation at South Seas Island Resort, nestled on 2.5 miles of exclusive white-sand beach on the northern end of Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Enjoy beachfront golf with views of the Gulf of Mexico, an array of waterfront dining options, on-site spa, tennis, watersports, epic fishing, eco-tours, and more. Accommodations range from hotel rooms, one to three bedroom condominiums and private homes with up to six bedrooms.

For decades, generations of guests have made Captiva Island the vacation destination of choice in which to share treasured moments and create lasting memories. This iconic award-winning resort resides within a 330-acre wildlife preserve, and is nestled on 2.5 miles of pristine white-sand beaches framing the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A peaceful retreat, the resort is designed to take full advantage of the existing landscape, offering a destination rich in recreation and wondrous natural beauty. Feel at home in your choice of accommodations, ranging from comfortable hotel rooms, charming condominiums and cottages, to private beachfront homes and villas. Rated a top 10 beach resort for families and one of 10 best resorts for family reunions in the world, this inviting oasis allows the discovery of native Florida and its extraordinary splendor.

Relax at one of our 20 pools, including our main resort pool complex, boasting the quirky Crooked Snook Tiki Bar and expansive views of the bay. Enjoy epic fishing, parasailing, guided cruises, on-site dining, and the best selection of water sports while staying just steps away from exclusive beach. It's your vacation... Just Escape!

5400 Plantation Rd
Captiva Island, Florida 33924

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Getting Here & Venue Accessibility

General Information: Condos, Open Year-Round

Location: Bayfront, Beach Access, Beachfront, Intracoastal, Island, Oceanfront, Waterfront

Rate Information: Free admission

Suitable for Ages: All Ages

Time To Experience Activity: 1 - 2 Hours, Half Day

Availability: Daily

Closest Airport: RSW - SWFL International

Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant, Handicapped Parking, Ramps

Guest Information: Children Allowed, Family Friendly, Reservations Suggested

Pet Types Allowed: None

Activities: Arcade, Bicycling, Birding, Boating, Canoeing, Children's Programs, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Game Room, Golf Course On-Site, Golf Nearby, Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Mini Golf, Natural Wildlife Viewing, Parasailing, Playground, Sailing, Saltwater Fishing, Scuba/Diving, Shelling, Snorkeling, Social Programs, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, Tennis Court, Volleyball Court, Waterslide

Facility Amenities: Boat Dock, Cable TV Hookup, Concessions, Concierge, Convenience Store, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Entertainment, Fitness Center, Food/Beverage Service, Free Local Calls, Fuel, Full Breakfast, Full Hookups, Gift Shop, Golf Packages, Grills, Groceries, Hot Showers, Hot Tub, Housekeeping, Ice, Indoor Activity, Laundry, Live Entertainment, Lodging On-Site, Marina, Meeting Facilities, Non-smoking Rooms, Overnight Docking, Parking, Pool Outdoor, Restaurant, Restaurant Nearby, Restrooms, Security, Security Gate, Shopping Nearby, Showers, Special Packages Available, Tackle, Travel Agent Commission, Washer/Dryer On-Site, Water Access

Information/Services: Beach Wheelchair, Car Rentals, Notary

Rentals: Beach Cabbanas, Beach Umbrellas, Bicycle Rental, Boat Rental, Cabbanas, Canoe Rental, Fishing Rental, Golf Cart Rental, Golf Club Rental, Jet Ski Rental, Kayak Rental, Pontoon Rental, Slip Rental, Waterski Boat Rental, Watersport Rentals - Motorized, Watersport Rentals - Non-Motorized

Shopping Type: Beachwear & Accessories, Clothing, Gallery, Gifts, Jewelry, Shoes, Shopping Area, Souvenir Shop, Specialty Shop, Swimwear

Category: Bicycle Trails, Boat Tours, Fishing Charter, Nature Preserve, Sailing Charter, Sightseeing Tours, Sunset Cruise, Water Recreation, Wildlife Management Area

Spa Information: Day Spa, Spa On-Site, Spa Treatments

Room Amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, Coffee Maker, DVD Player Available, Full Kitchen, Hair Dryer, In-Room Movies, iPod Dock, Iron/Ironing Board, Limited Kitchen, Linens/Towels, Microwave, Refrigerator, Room Safe, Washer/Dryer, Whirlpool/Jacuzzi

Room Type: 1-Bedroom Units, 2-Bedroom Units, 3+ Bedroom Units, Efficiency, Suites

Bed Type: Pillowtop

Minimum Stay (in days): 1

Resort Fee: yes

Number of Floors: 3

Number of Units: 471

Number of Slips: 2400' of alongside berthing

Size of Boat: max of 120' LOA

Tour Information: Guided Tours

Golf Course Amenities: Chipping Area

Golf Course Information: Real Estate Information Available

Golf Course Type: Private Course Open to Resort Guests

Course Designer: Chip Powell

Par: 27

Number of Golf Courses: 1

Number of Holes: 9

Pro Shop Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Cuisine Served: American, Caribbean, Continental, Deli, Ice Cream & Treats, Pizza, Seafood, Steak

Dining Type: Casual Dining, Family Style Dining

Meals Served: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Restaurant Features: Beachfront Dining, Buffet, Carry Out, Catering, Children's Menu, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room Capacity, Smoke-Free, Waterfront Dining

Restaurant Type: Coffee House, Deli, Diner

Meeting Facilities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental, Banquet Managers, Catering Managers, Conference Service Managers, Cooking Facilities, Destination Management Company, In-House Audio/Visual, In-House Pipe & Drape, Internet Connectivity, Outdoor Event Venues, Rental Cars On-Site, Shipping/Receiving, Storage, Tables & Chairs, Use Own Caterer, Wet Bar

Wedding Services: In-House Wedding Planner, Officiating, Wedding Services, Wedding/Reception Venues

Total Capacity of Meeting Space: 400

Total Number of Meeting Rooms: 20

Total Sq Ft of Meeting Space: 28000

Discounts: AAA Discount, AARP Discount, Florida Resident Discount, Group Discount, Senior Citizen Discount

Nearby Venues


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Casual dining in the heart of Captiva where you can view sunsets on the Gulf nightly in an English-style pub serving American cuisine. Known for fresh seafood and their key lime pie, open for lunch and dinner and the bar is open all day.
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Discover the award-winning Keylime Bistro situated in the middle of the Historic Captiva Island Inn Village. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; we have a wide array of dishes sure to please the most discerning palates.

Stop by for breakfast and try our Bistro Style Corned Beef Hash and Eggs or Crab Cake Benedict. Prefer to sleep-in and join us for lunch? Enjoy about our superb seafood antipasto appetizer or delicious grouper sandwich. Late afternoon or dinner fit your needs better? Check out our shrimp scampi, key lime pasta or tender steak filets. And don't forget our award-winning key lime pie for dessert.

Relax inside or dine outside and enjoy the fresh air and Florida sunshine. We have live music daily and a full-service bar. And when you are finished; feel free to stroll the quaint shops and check out the local general store and the historic Captiva Island Inn.

Sure to tantalize the most demanding palate, ...Located in the very heart of "Olde Captiva," our location makes it easy for you to enjoy the fine shops, fabulous restaurants, art galleries, an old-style general store... and, most importantly, our famous Captiva beach with the most beautiful sunsets in the world!
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WELCOME TO DOC FORD’S CAPTIVA
This is our newest location that opened in August of 2013 at the front entrance to beautiful South Sea’s Island Resort. We offer live music, outdoor seating, and you do not have to be a guest of the resort to come on in and enjoy the fabulous food in traditional Doc Ford’s style!

CAPTIVA’S FAVORITE AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT
In 1976, because South Sea’s legitimate fishing guides were overbooked, Tarpon Bay’s newest captain arrived at the T-dock and inflicted his maiden charter on guests of this resort – guest who, like yourselves, deserve the best, not some bumbling pretender who, secretly, wants to write novels, not fish.

My first trip did not go well.

I left Tarpon Bay at sunrise, which gave me enough time to run aground and lose a shoe near near Chino Island, before meeting my clients at 7a.m. They were eager to battle snook. Instead, they wrestled with their good manners when, for the first and only time in my life, I was stung by a catfish. The pain caused my eyes to water like a weeping child. Worse, the poison deadened my right arm, and it is a pathetic “captain” who prevails upon clients to pull anchor. After that, things got back to normal. I ran aground again.

An omen? Nope. Rather than moving to a mountainous state, I stuck it out and chartered for another thirteen years — but South Seas Island Resort had the good sense not to invite me back for awhile. Now, four decades later, it is an honor, and just plain fun, to return as a member of the Doc Ford’s restaurant family — and we are family, top to bottom, joined in the same quirky, excellence-driven way as the characters who populate my novels.

But virtue of being here, you are a member, too. My partners, Marty and Brenda Harrity, and Mark Marinello, would agree, and here’s why: Captiva has a gift for attracting people of kindred sensibilities. Some are famous, most are not, and it doesn’t matter. You are here. The island has chosen you. Why argue?

My mystic-debunking protagonist, Doc Ford, would try, but even he wouldn’t deny the transcendent power of this place. Here is how Ford described it:

South Seas Island Resort, at the northern tip of Captiva Island, is one of Florida’s historic treasures. Almost five hundred acres of tropical theater that, over the years, has provided luxuriant solitude to luminaries from around the world.

Cold, hard fact. Walk to the bay: Teddy Roosevelt lived on a houseboat there, where Thomas Edison fished for Tarpon, and Charles Lindbergh landed his first seaplane. Stroll to the beach: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Edna St. Vincent Malay, Thornton Wilder and James Jones all ruminated over books in the same bright space you now enjoy — like Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable before you.

Here is where my zen-hipster character, Tomlinson, would interrupt to remind us that any asset bigger than a bikini is just extra baggage, and the islands are indifferent to fame. In Tomlinson’s words:

Captiva is a breathing vessel grounded by sea currents, anchored to stars, an island of small secrets, moonrise to sunset, where sand absorbs footprints in an astronomy of dreams, and one beach bum soul, eternal.

If getting stung by a catfish was a bad omen, your Doc Ford brethren and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

— Randy Wayne White