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“I love this place.” 4 of 5 stars
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Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   6460 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Key West, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“I love this place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

A piece of sweet, unpretentious Old Florida. Take off your shoes and walk on the beach and sink back in time.

My last visit was May '09 and I am longing to go back. I visited with a girl friend and my dog and we stayed in one of the beach side cottages. Long barefoot walks, shell-collecting galore. My friend made a wreath for me out of the shells we collected and it hangs on my front door year round.

A shell collector's paradise: read Gift From The Sea by Ann Lindbergh

Room Tip: If you like fancy, this is not it. If you like to re-experience the 1950's (as I do) this is a h...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carole W, Manager at Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
We are so glad that you found the perfect place for your vacation. We are very proud of our property and that we keep the old florida charm for our guests. Our cottages are upgraded but keep that old florida feel. Please come back and see us soon. Our shells and beach are waiting for you.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed in cabin 11 for 4 nights in November. The cottage is as its described on the Castaways website. Chris was helpful at check-in. Our cabin was clean and ready when we arrived after 4:00. Everything worked as it should. We enjoyed the screened porch the most. The view of the Gulf was great and the short walk to the beach supplied us with entertainment from the Dolphin, Pelicans and Osprey. Excellent sunsets. The only bad thing was the no see ums. Put your bug spray on before going to the beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Castaways cottage #1 was clean and well located in Sanibel Island. It was affordable and in front of the beach. We stayed 2 nights and were 6 people. The bathrooms and kitchen were clean and beds comfortable. It is not fancy but had what we need for the weekend. All the group enjoyed the view, the silence and Sanibel. We will come back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Magog, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Castaways cottages are clean, well located in Sanibel Island. Affordable and very close to the beach. Sanible is amazing, what an amazing place to visit. No junk food and gorgious views. A place to see and visit. People at reception were very nice and gave lots of explanations about things to see,restaurants and more.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We went for a getaway weekend and stayed in #16.....perfect small cozy room !!!! Everyone at Castaways was very friendly and helpful.....Me and my husband loved being able to fish as much as we could from the beach.....Perfect sunsets, every evening different, We had a memorable weekend in the Island!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Carole W, Manager at Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. The fishing has been really great this year.
We all enjoy our work here at Castaways and it is our pleasure to ensure our guests enjoy their stay on this beautiful island. We thank you for your review and look forward to your return to Castaways
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Weston, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We did a quick weekend trip and stayed in #27...perfect choice! Everyone at Castaways was so friendly and my husband loved being able to step out of our cottage & fish later in the evening! We found the cottage clean and comfortable. Being able to walk across the street to the beach was perfect. We appreciated that we were able to bring out large dog...so many places will only accomadate 20lb and under...so we were so excited that we could bring our German Shepherd. Loved the screened in patio. Can't wait to visit again & plan a longer trip. Just the place we needed so we could disconnect. Our 2 and 1/2 year old & dog loved it too!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Carole W, Manager at Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to review The Castaways on Trip Advisor. We love that you enjoyed your stay here and that your German Shepherd enjoyed the vacation too! The fishing has been excellent and it was great that your husband could fish right from the dock outside of your cottage. We look forward to your return to Castaways. Thank you again.
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Lake Worth, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We've been coming here every year for 22 years and hope to come back for another 22! It's not perfect, no one is going to serve you drinks poolside, but if you want a little slice of heaven, this is it! These are older cottages, but the staff is excellent. Enjoy shelling, sunsets, and starry nights! Great place for families and pet friendly, too. Three restaurants within easy walking distance and lots of great places to dine on both islands...or grill some fresh fish right outside your cottage!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carole W, Manager at Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you for your review of The Castaways. We value your comments and love the fact that you are one of our long term repeat guests. 22 years WOW, thats fabulous. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Thank you again.
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Address: 6460 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Sanibel Island
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterview cottages, efficiencies, or motel units are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and beautiful Sunset Bay. Discover miles of sandy beaches, shelling, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing Island style. The Castaways is a touch of paradise you're sure to remember. World-class shelling and bird-watching. Great fishing from our private docks or in the Gulf of Mexico.Marina with canoe,kayak and bicycle rentals, charter captains, bait and other sundry items.Three restaurants and general store within walking distance. Heated swimming pool. Pet-friendly units available for guests who want their 4-footed friends to enjoy a true family vacation. ... more   less 
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