A Stay On Captivating Captiva At The South Seas Island Resort

After a glorious few days soaking up the sunshine of Florida’s southeast coast in Fort Lauderdale, it was time to traverse the sunshine state.  Our next port of call was Captiva Island, just offshore of Florida’s southwest in the Gulf of Mexico. We had one prime reason for visiting Captiva. SHELLS. 

Did you know that due to their geography, these islands house some of the best beaches for shelling in the world?. Apparently the shape of the island acts like a shovel scooping up all the seashells that the Gulf imports from The Caribbean and other southern seas. According to the Sunny Day Guide, ‘there are about 275 kinds of shells found in the shallow waters of Sanibel and Captiva Islands’. In fact, bending over to collect shells on these beaches is so popular, the action has its own adjective, ‘the Sanibel Stoop’.

When planning our Florida roadtrip, I spent some time choosing between Sanibel and Captiva Island –  in fact the two were originally joined together but broke apart following a hurricane’s storm surge. What drew me to Captiva, was the South Seas Island resort, which is surrounded by a 330 acre wildlife reserve. It took us about three hours to drive to Captiva from Fort Lauderdale. We had intended to stop off to do an airboat tour but the greying clouds put a stop to that. The drive onto the islands is beautiful. You weave your way through Sanibel before connecting to Captiva.

The South Seas Island resort is absolutely enormous and there are many different accommodation options. We were staying in a one bedroom Tennis Villa, which is about 10 minutes walk to the beach, restaurants, main pool.  The 850 square foot villa has a separate bedroom with king bed, bathroom, living room with sofa bed, dining area and decent kitchen. Best of all there’s a nice balcony to relax on.

We headed straight for the beach to go and find the famous shells.  You can spend endless hours here on the hunt for the perfect shell. I was even able to read my book in peace as I sent Jetlag & Mayhem off on a variety of seashell competitions e.g. find the prettiest, biggest. The ocean is gorgeous and I will never forget the moment where seemingly hundreds of rays brushed past me in the shallows. You do need to watch out for the ‘no-see-ums’, tiny gnats who come out at dusk. Slather yourself in mozzie spray and hope for the best!

On our first night we grabbed a takeaway pizza from the resort’s Scoops & Slices and ate on the balcony.  

Our next full day at South Seas was all about fun. After breakfast on the balcony, we headed straight for the pools. South Seas has three pools, including one with water slides (you can imagine the one we ended up by). A few hours of water sliding and we had earn our lunch – a delicious meal at the adjacent Pointe, I highly recommend the grilled mahi. 

To escape the midday heat we visited Skully’s Family Interactive Centre. There were some paid activities on offer e.g. tie dye t-shirt painting and there’s also an Arcade and baby soft play. 

We couldn’t keep away from the shells for too long and headed back to the beach to continue our Sanibel Stooping.  If you’re more active, you can take advantage of the resort’s water sports, bicycling and tennis.  

For dinner that night we went to a local joint, the Lazy Flamingo about 10 minutes drive from South Seas.  I recommend this place for cheep and cheerful American grub in a family-friendly bar setting.

Would Jetlag & Mayhem recommend Captiva?

Just two months after we left Captiva, the area was hit by Hurricane Irma. Thankfully it has managed to resume normal operations following the storm’s destruction. This is yet another reminder of the force of nature and how vacationing in Florida during the ‘hurricane months’ of August/September can be risky.  

I can wholeheartedly recommend a stay on beautiful Captiva. Even more so to support local businesses who were impacted following the hurricane. There are a variety of different accommodation options but the South Seas Island Resort has got it all from beautiful beaches to fun pools. Be mindful the resort is spread out over a large area. If it’s important to you to be near the beach or near the pool, check the map when you are selecting your room.

For more of our Florida roadtrip check out:


Old World Charm At The Magnificent Lago Mar Beach Resort

Having A Blast At The Kennedy Space Center

A Roaring Good Time At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tips For Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Tips

How To Plan A Day At Epcot



1 comment

  1. Leona

    Wow it looks beautiful. Glad the storm hasn’t disrupted things too much #fearlessfamtrav

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