Your Next Gulf Coast Adventure: South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island

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Credit: Jon Warren

A world away from reality awaits at this scenic Gulf Coast oasis. South Seas Island Resort is located on Captiva Island on Florida’s picturesque gulf coast. This expansive family-friendly resort known as a world-class shelling destination has everything and more that you could desire all with privacy and peace of mind.

Captiva Island is connected to Florida’s mainland via the Sanibel Causeway, followed by a bridge at Blind Pass that joins the neighboring Sanibel Island.

South Seas Island Resort is located just over an hour away from Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

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Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Guests will settle in among mangroves and wildlife preserve and estuary. Awake to the gentle calls and splashes of wild dolphins and enjoy the day filled with dozens of activities at your fingertips. These include everything from fishing and golf to spa treatments and scenic boating adventures.

Discover the Destination

Captiva Island where South Seas Island Resort is located, as well as its sister island, Sanibel Island, are well known for their pristine stretches of natural sand, shelling excursions, and abundance of wildlife.

Here you will find more than 250 types of seashells, 230 species of birds, and more than 20 miles of bike paths and renowned fishing experiences.

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Credit: South Seas Island Resort

Many guests spend their mornings bicycling throughout the resort, as well as utilizing their extensive walking and running paths.

Nearby notable excursions include J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Lighthouse Beach, and the spring training facilities of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.

Rooms, Suites & Villas

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Credit: South Seas Island Resort

South Seas Island Resort offers spacious accommodations with a classic island décor. Each of the 434 guestrooms, villas, and private residences are within an easy walking distance to nearby activities, including the pools, beach, eateries, golf course, and more.

Each guestroom features a private balcony with calming views of the marina or Pine Island Sound. The bathrooms have a flat screen TV, refrigerator, ironing set, and coffeemaker. Suites offer a king-size bed, and sitting area with a sleeper sofa.

The Water View Harbourside Hotel Guestrooms offer a more open floor plan. Each of the 30 guestrooms evoke a gorgeous color palette of blues and whites with pops of nature elements.


Below, discover just a small taste of what dining options South Seas Island Resort has to offer their guests. You will never be bored with the wide array of restaurants, bakeries, and food shacks for guests that appeal to everyone of all ages.

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Key Lime Pie. Credit: South Seas Island Resort

Find all sorts of delights across the resort property and on Captiva Island from a surf shack on the beach to a 1950’s themed diner.

Cap off a day at the beach at the appropriately named Attitudes Beach Bar & Latitudes Food Shack. This restaurant offers Mexican-inspired cuisine and casual fare, paired with beach cocktails and live music. Guests of all ages look forward to the festive Sunset Celebration on Sunset Beach every night and sundown, weather permitting.

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Latitudes Food Shack Tacos. Credit: South Seas Island Resort

Scoops & Slices is a 1950’s themed diner at North Pointe Village. This fun, photogenic diner serves a selection of pizza, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and a floor-to-ceiling candy wall selection.

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Harborside Bar & Grill. Credit: South Seas Island Resort

Harborside Bar & Grill offers a seafood-centric menu that also includes a menu of steaks, chops and pasta. The menu also includes an extensive artisan cocktail, beer, spirits, and wine menu. All artisan cocktails are made on-the-spot while mixers are hand-pressed, then blended and sprits are infused in-house.

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Harborside Bar & Grill. Credit: South Seas Island Resort

The iconic Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille serves Caribbean-inspired specialties. These dishes include the original Doc’s Beach Bread, Island Style Shrimp & Grits and the new Macadamia Nut Crusted Grouper.

Recreational Activities

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Credit: South Seas Island Resort


Experience a magnificent 9-hole par-27 beachfront golf course along the Gulf of Mexico. Beachfront golf along the Gulf of Mexico. It is ranked as one of the “Top
Five Short Courses” in the world. Tee time reservations are available between 8am and 2:30pm, seven days a week.


The Blackwood Tennis Academy features 11 courts with tennis instruction for everyone of all levels. Amenities include tennis concierge, private instruction, clinics, and more.

Private tennis lessons may be booked for half hour or hour timeslots, with the first available lesson timeslot beginning at 8am.


Ever wanted to try pickleball? Make your vacation experience at South Seas Island Resort the place to begin your pickleball journey!

Pickleball courts are open 7 days a week beginning at 11am or later. Groups and private lessons are available for guests. Paddles and Balls are available for rent.


Watersports available at South Seas Island Resort include parasailing, kayaking, SUP paddleboarding, jet skiing, and much more with Sunny Island Adventures. These water activities are available to book daily from 9am-5pm.

Spa & Fitness Offerings

South Seas Island Resort offers a wide range of luxurious spa services, group and private fitness classes, and more.

Kay Casperson Spa & Lifestyle Boutique offers treatments including facials & scrubs,
individual & couples’ massages, manicures & pedicures, waxing & tinting, bridal services, and more.

The resort also offers a fully-equipped waterfront fitness center with over 30
different kinds of state-of-the-art exercise machines.

Start or finish your day with a yoga class at the resort’s new studio, Ambu Yoga. Outdoor yoga classes on the ocean lawn are also available. Daily yoga classes are available for booking.

Start your day in the early morning with a walk or run on one of their four scenic trails. The trails run within the resort’s private grounds and stretch from one tip of Captiva Island to the other.

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Private dining. Credit: South Seas Island Resort

Programs for Children

South Seas Island Resort has a number of activities for children, including their Sanibel Sea School. Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization that offers experiential sea-based education programs and exploration of Captiva Island. This is perfect for children who wish to become fully immersed in this Gulf Coast region.

Marine programs are available for children of all ages. These programs include Birdwatching, Shelling, and much more. Advanced registration is required.

Offerings grab and go crafts, camp in the box, outdoor games, and Go! Fish program, South Seas Island Resort also posts events to the calendar monthly showcasing the daily
resort activities.

Book Your Gulf Coast Vacation & Learn More

Click here to learn more about current, exclusive offers for couples and families.

AAA/CAA discounts are also available.

Have a sneak peek into what’s currently happening at South Seas Island Resort by viewing their live cams here.

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Vanessa Gordon
Vanessa Gordon is the Owner and Publisher of East End Taste Magazine. Vanessa is regularly called on as a family travel, personal finance, and Hamptons lifestyle expert. She has been featured in Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Daily News, and many other publications. Vanessa is also the Founder of the annual Hamptons summer event, the Hamptons Interactive Brunch.