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Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, new Serenity Pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events.
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Cabañas is a neighborhood favorite with a large menu of signature drinks and beach eats. Indulge in one of our fresh, local dishes and sip on a cold tropical cocktail, with your toes in the sand. We’ve got a laidback island flair to put you at ease, live music to get you singing, and daily food and drink specials that will get you dancing. It’s no wonder Cabañas is a go-to spot for visitors and locals alike. Located at DiamondHead Beach Resort.
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City Tavern is a locally owned happy hour and night life hot spot that is sure to please! With a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff members, and daily specials, there is something for everyone. It is located in the heart of the Downtown Fort Myers River District, adjacent to the Caloosa Sound Event Center on the Caloosahatchee River and across the street from the Luminary Hotel & Co.

Please NOTE: In accordance with the CDC guidelines, it is recommended that masks be worn at all indoor venues, whether you are vaccinated or not. If you do not feel well, please stay home. We are doing all we can to produce a safe experience for Island Hopper songwriters, staff, and fans. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
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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
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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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A staple of the Fort Myers Beach community since its doors opened in 1984, Matanzas on the Bay is best known for its fresh seafood, lively atmosphere and stunning waterfront views.

A popular destination for visitors and locals alike, Matanzas on the Bay serves lunch and dinner daily. Live musical performances can be enjoyed all week long, and happy hour is offered daily at the downstairs bar and at Petey’s Upper Deck, Matanzas on the Bay’s upstairs sports bar. Petey’s Upper Deck is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach!

Matanzas on the Bay has been a premier restaurant on Fort Myers Beach for more than 30 years, and is proud to offer mouthwatering fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients and friendly service. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers seafood from Blue Star Seafood Company, produce from Pair-A-Dice Produce, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and craft beer from Fort Myers Brewery.

Matanzas on the Bay caters to private events, providing an intimate waterfront setting for weddings, special dinners, showers, barbecues, holiday parties and more at its outdoor bayside special event area.

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach, adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations with deep-water marina access, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available for guests traveling by land or sea.
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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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Nervous Nellie’s is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entrées. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or outside on Nellie’s expansive waterfront patio. Free parking for car and boat. Live music. Happy hour all day." Grab a bite to eat or drink and swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the area’s premier musical talent.
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On the Beach, directly next to the public pier, in beautiful Times Square you’ll find the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is the finest gulfside dining on Fort Myers Beach.

Featuring almost world famous beach bread, incredible seafood platters & award winning ribs.

Open for lunch and dinner, Pierside Grill is the perfect place to bring the whole family. It’s great food, great drinks and great sunsets. And the Blowfish bar is the place where it’s always happening, featuring award winning frozen drinks and a great selection of your favorite adult beverages from our full liquor bar.