We were only here one night (most guests seem to be here for an extended time frame). Rented cabin #27. Small and cozy but definately dated and not 100% clean (dog hair all over everything and very dated old furniture). But it was nice for the price we paid considering that everything else on the island is super expensive.
Pros: nice location, right next to general store and a couple of great restaurants (try the Mad Hatter across the street, best restaurant on the island.) Beach is perfect to watch sunset, pool area small but clean. Very quiet, we found that most people there were quiet and older and made it very comfortable to enjoy the setting. Hosts are gracious and are there if you need anything during business hours. Sister property Tween waters is available for you to enjoy the pool and activities at, which was nice.
Cons: Dated and old rooms. Furniture has seen better days, and needs to be replaced. Many of our windows didn't open even when we tried. Cabin was worn and dirty and had a old cigarette smell in it.
Overall, I would probably stay here again, for the price we paid it was worth it, and we knew that it wasn't going to be the Ritz going in. As long as you can look beyond and take in the beauty of the island, you will be fine.
Helpful hints: I wolud reccomend that if you do rent a cottage, do not get the one next to the restaurant. Also, if you rent the cottageson the gulf side, know that the road is right out your front door, and people are walking around your cabin getting to/from beach, so there is no privacy. We had the bay side and found it much more quiet, even though we had to cross the road to get to the beach. Parking is a JOKE on the entire island, and if I were to do this trip all over, I would probably have spent the $$ for a room at the South Seas in Captiva, then walked around that town (because you can't drive there and park anywhere for an extended period of time). Then taken a trolley or shuttle to Sanibel to see that town. I know that I will get flack for saying this, but in my opinion, Sanibel and Captiva are too crowded and have very poor planning. There were many cars on the road at all times and no place to park. I can't help to think along with the hundreds of other cars turning around on the road in Captiva that the stores and restaurants are missing an opportunity to take in business because of this problem. Sure you can drive into Captiva and park in the lot of the store, but once you are done at that store, they are clear that you must take your car 20 ft to the next store parking area while you shop there. This is completely absurd. Overall, I don't think we will return to Sanibel, in my opinion Gasparilla Island has this place beat by a mile.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Castaways Beach And Bay Cottages Hotel Sanibel Island
- Castaways Beach And Bay Hotel
- Castaways Beach And Bay Resort