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“LOVED IT!!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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15107 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, FL 33924   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Moorhead, Minnesota
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“LOVED IT!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

DH and I stayed at Jensen's Twin Palm Resort for almost a week, in cottage #12, on the upper level of the duplex. We absolutely loved our little cottage - it was very clean, well kept up, and had everything we needed, even a corkscrew! :) The only thing that gave us a little pause was a very ,very firm bed. Everything else was perfect in the cottage! Service at check in and out was great, everyone was so friendly and helpful! They have a nice little gift shop on site. Many people come to fish or rent boats from the marina, so the parking for the cottages can tend to get very full during the day, we had a hard time finding parking a couple of times.
Each evening around 5pmish the manatees came in to the dock area. At one time there were 14 of them hanging around, several of them so close we could have touched them (we didn't of course) It has been on my list of 'wants' to see manatees up close and this definitely fulfilled that desire! We spent a good amount of time watching them on each evening of our stay! Make sure you wear bugspray out at that time of day...the no see'ums got me really bad. I have never had this many bites or such a reaction to them before. Even now, a week and a half to almost 2 weeks later I am covered in scabs on my legs and arms. I am sure I was so enthralled watching the manatees, that I didn't even realize the bugs were biting that bad! That will teach me! LOL!
There are several restaurants within walking distance of this resort, and Captiva Beach is accessible about a 2 and a half block walk away.
We also rented a pontoon boat for the day; guests of the resort receive the rental for 50% of the cost. We rode out to Cayo Costa park and docked there, bringing a picnic lunch with us. Very beautiful beach there!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just spent our 22nd anniversary in cottage #8 and I can't imagine staying anywhere else on Captiva. We loved the privacy and the immaculate accommodations. Being such animal/wildlife lovers we both ageed the quality time we had with the manatees was the highlight of our stay. The Jensen's were also unbelievably kind to us when my husband got "lost at sea" in his boat. Please stay at this beautiful space!,

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sylva, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place was great! We could walk to the village easily for food and beach access. There was a nice beachy/dock area at the marina with palapas and chairs in sun or shade. Best of all were the ever present manatees who seem to live at the marina all the time. So fun! the accommodations were very adequate, inside and out. If you are looking for service and amenities, this is not the place for you. They completely leave you alone unless you request help. No bothersome maid knocking, ever.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We LOVED this place. From the moment we checked in we were treated so warmly. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating. We were really made to feel welcome. It's a charming little place. The cottages are clean and inviting and have all you need. We stayed in cottage number two - and it has a great screened in porch with a nice picnic table and two chairs. Our friends stayed in # 11 and it was awesome too. We were able to park our boat at the marina every night and they helped us find room for our trailer. We tried to go to Tween Waters for lunch by boat and were treated so rudely and that has happened several times before. We will not even consider Tween Waters next time. We'll stay here or try Jensen's on the Gulf. They have got the right attitude! We loved our stay:)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clarion, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a WONDERUL little marina on Captiva Island, and we loved staying here. While we weren't there to fish, we loved the atmosphere, the view.........the feeling :) We stayed in the cottage closest to the street. It's is an open floor design with kitchen, bedroom, living room all in one, with a separate bathroom. The cottage was small, but very clean. The Jensen brothers are VERY nice people. We loved watching the manatees, who were at the marina most of the time. The cottages were a very short walk to the island store and numerous restaurants. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We've stayed here and also just rented boats for the day, many times over the last 15yrs and it's always the same great, helpful service. The area is fantastic as are the brothers who run this place. Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Macedon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is not a review of the accommodations but rather the property and owner/staff.
My daughter and her husband own a home in Sunset Captiva and as such are just across the street from this Jensen's site (the other Jensen site is Gulf side).
We have gone over to Jensen's a lot of times during the past 3 years. One of the neat things is to go over there to see the aquatic life (late afternoon for the manatees) up close and personal. About once a month (I'm told) some of the locals gather at Jensen's to play some good old and not so old music. Gotta tell you that when we saw them they put on a great performance.
This past Christmas (I believe it was 12/14/13)we were at Captiva and they held their traditional flotilla of various boats (sail, motorized, etc) decorated for the Christmas season. This is a contest for whoever enters with prizes awarded at the conclusion.
The boats/mini ships (very large, large and small) were beautifully decorated with some playing Christmas tunes or just singing Christmas carols. It truly was a sight to see especially for someone who has never seen such a display.
The parade cruised directly in front of Jensen's (on the bay) down towards Tween waters.
If you are in the area during the Christmas time frame I would put this event on the "to do list" for sure.
Now back to the hospitality of the Jensen's. They aren't like some other property owners in resort areas as they don't post threatening signs saying that "if caught trespassing you'll be fed to the sea creatures or worse". Instead they welcome your visit with a warm greeting and a smile.
We plan on using their cottage's next Christmas as our daughter's home will be packed and we will need to seek alternate shelter and I could not think of a better place to stay.
Keep up the super hospitality and occasional music fests.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15107 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, FL 33924
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Captiva Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jensen's Twin Palm Resort and Marina offers cottages and apartments in our historical bayside marina setting.Family owned and operated, Jensen's Twin Palm Resort and Marina provides a variety of accommodations on our bayside property located directly on the waters of Pine Island Sound. Each of our lodgings hosts a complete kitchen. We have spectacular sunrises and nightly evening stargazing, great fishing, boat rentals, "island car" rentals, bait and tackle, water taxi services, charter guide recommendations, and peace and relaxation.And you also may wish to check into our family's other resort, Jensen's On The Gulf...comfort and relaxation on the Gulf of Mexico side of Captiva Island. ... more   less 
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