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South Seas Resort

Captiva Island, Florida

Set on delightful Captiva Island on Florida's gulf coast, the South Seas Resort is part of an iconic 330 acre wildlife preserve spanning two and a half miles of shell-laden beaches and offers accommodations from simple beach homes to comfortable villas.

We organize stays to this property as part of a longer customized itinerary, please contact our travel specialists to start crafting your vacation.

At a Glance

  • Low key village style accommodation on beautiful white sand beaches

  • Independent rustic beach house, apartment and villa accommodation

  • Plenty of water based activities available and plenty of sea life to discover

  • Only 3 hours drive from both Miami and Orlando

  • Variety of restaurants, shops and facilities on site for guests to enjoy

  • Value for money experience rather than ultra luxury. It's all about location, location, location!

Beach, Family

Insider's View

South Seas is the ideal getaway for families looking for a laidback and low key beach set-up.

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard into one of the mangrove forests and see if you can spot manatees and sea turtles!

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Order the John Dory at Doc Ford's - Delicious

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Pick up a rod and test your fishing expertise around the resort. You'll find an array of fish including Redfish, Spanish mackerel, and Snapper.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Children will love sitting around the marina edge where you'll be guaranteed to see one of the resident manatees.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to South Seas Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Florida


South Seas Resort covers a vast area on beautiful Captiva Island. It offers families and couples the opportunities to enjoy a "home from home" vacation in spacious surroundings from simple beach cottages through to some stunning individual villas within just a few moments walk of the beautiful white sandy beaches.

So for those who would like the best of both worlds, their own personal space yet with good facilities, activities, bars and restaurants close at hand, the South Seas Resort is definitely worth discovering.

Less than 3 hours from Miami or Orlando airport and 2 1/2 hours from Tampa, guests can enjoy Captiva Island as their main vacation focus or as an escape after the fun and frenzy of the Orlando theme parks. An opportunity to relax, unwind and slow down into beach living, where the children can ride bikes, learn to sail, meet new friends or simply make sandcastles on the beach and paddle in the sea.

Guests can choose how they live. Each cottage and villa offers a full kitchen allowing for more of a self catering vacation and the resort offers grocery shopping on site for extra convenience. Alternatively, the resort offers some good dining as well, much of which is family friendly, from relaxed pizza and ice cream through to fine seafood and steaks.

For the active this is the place to be. With 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, a sailing school, water sports galore and plenty of opportunity to mess around on boats, including trips out to some of the other lovely islands, guests can be as relaxed or as active as they like during the stay.

Although not the most luxurious or sophisticated of resorts, South Seas certainly offers family friendliness, a beautiful location and that laid back "feet in the sand" living that many guests crave.


South Seas Resort offers a huge choice of accommodation from marina view guest rooms and suites all the way through to a small number of rustic private homes on the beach. Covering a vast expanse of the two and a half miles of shell laden beaches, there is bound to be an accommodation to suit all guests.

The hotel rooms and suites are located in the North Village area overlooking Pine Island Sound and the yacht harbor. These are perfect for couples who wish to be close to the main part of the resort. The rooms overlook either the marina or yacht harbor or Pine Island Sound and offer a generously sized en-suite room and balcony. The suites are larger with a sitting area. Each has a King bed, flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee maker and wireless internet.

For families, the resort offers a range of one to three bedroom villas and cottages throughout the island. Each has a full kitchen and lounge in addition to the bedrooms and a private screened balcony. Location varies but villas and cottages right on the beach are available. Furnishings and interiors differ and are simple rather than ultra luxurious, but perfect for a family group.

South Seas Resort offers over 30 beautiful private homes and condos, ideal for families who would like a little more luxury. Ranging from two to five bedrooms, many with private pools and direct beach access, they are the ultimate family beach home yet with the resort facilities at your doorstep.


South Seas Resort is a haven for families with an abundance of activities on offer. Skully's Family Interactive Center offers an activities gallery, Little Matey's discovery Center and Skully's arcade. There are arts and crafts activities for children aged 1-4 years (must be accompanied by an adult) as well as a "Craft a day" in Creative Corner for older children. Skully's Arcade provides arcade and computer games for older children.

There is a daily family and social program with activities from kite making to poolside bingo organized and a Kids Night Out for children aged 4-11 years is organized regularly with dinner and dessert included (charge locally).

The Sanibel Sea School offers younger guests an opportunity to embrace marine conservation in fun ways. Sessions run for 3 hours in the morning and afternoon and activities include learning to surf, searching for manatees, making ocean art, touching a sea star or snorkeling through sea grass. Guests can enrol their children for a morning, afternoon, full day or week. From $55 for a half day per child.


As the resort is large (over 2.5 miles long) a regular trolley service runs around the resort from 7am to 11pm. Bicycle rentals and golf cart rentals are available for those who like to be a little more self sufficient.

The resort offers an abundance of facilities including 20 pools, one of which has a water slide and zero entry for younger swimmers. Sunset Beach is the resort's full service beach with towels, umbrellas and loungers. The Sunset Beach Bar offers snacks and drinks and rafts, boogie boards and "floaties" are available for rent.

A fully equipped fitness center, tennis courts, Lifestyle spa and boutique are available as well as 9 hole Championship golf course for guests to enjoy.

The resort offers four restaurants. The Harbourside Bar and Grill for casual breakfast and dinner dining inside and out, lunch time dining at The Pointe with wonderful views and Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille, a family favorite on Sanibel and Captiva. For something lighter there is a Starbuck's and Scoops and Slices offers pizza and ice cream. There is also a provision store for when you wish to cook for yourselves. The resort also offers a selection of enticing specialty shops and boutiques.


South Seas Resort offers an abundance of activities to please children through to adults. On the water guests can hire a kayak or paddle board, enjoy guided waverunner tours, parasail or take banana boat rides.

The Colgate Offshore Sailing School runs 3 to 5 day courses "Learn to Sail" courses on Colgate 26 sailboats. There are also 5 day cruising packages on larger cruising yachts, 2-hour sailing lessons and special packages for families. For the more accomplished sailor, racing and performance sailing packages are also available.

Captiva Cruises offer a selection of delightful day cruises from 90-minute wildlife cruises to Pine Island Sound to romantic sunset cruises.

Fishing is prime in the Captiva Island area and there are a number of fishing choices for guests. A "Catch and release" program around the resort village, family guided fishing trips and fishing charters are possible. Tarpon, Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are all to be found in these waters.

Back on land there is the 9 hole Par 27 Captiva Island Golf Course to explore as well as tennis courts with professional instruction, tournaments and tennis clinics.

Location & Directions

Captiva Island, Florida

Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, on the tip of Captiva Island, adjacent from the harbor and marina, in Lee County, Florida.

When to go

Florida is a year-round destination with balmy winters, but summers can be hot and humid. The best time to visit Florida is in March and April when it is warm and sunny, before the weather begins to get too hot. Hurricanes and other less serious tropical storms can strike Florida any time in the summer up to the end of November, however the risk is greatest between August and October.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to South Seas Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Florida

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