We like Captiva Island, and have just concluded our third visit there. The attraction for us is the shelling opportunity on the beaches. This was our second visit to the Tween Waters Inn, the first being in 2003. The first time on Captiva, we stayed at the South Seas Plantation resort. We feel that Tween Waters is more our pace. The thing about the South Seas, is that it is so large, and the options for lodging so varied, that it is difficult to get one's mind around what actual type of situation one would find ones self in when booking a place there. Tween Waters is like a comfortable pair of old jeans, not the most flashy, but very adequate for a relaxed vacation on the beach. It helps that its location is not all the way at the end of the island. The drive out from Ft Myers can be long enough. We stayed in an upstairs unit with a kitchen (small fridge, 2 burner stove, and microwave), living area, bedroom with 2 queen beds and balcony with access from both the living room and the bedroom. The balcony is screened in, so one can leave open the sliding doors without fear of bugs. The condition of the furnishings is a little worn and could use a refreshing, but it was comfortable and clean. I felt that the place was reasonably quiet, while we were there, including the airconditioning. Our unit was not facing the gulf, nor was it around the pool, and it faced the parking lot of the restaurant. The was a flat screened TV in the living room, and tube TV in the bedroom. Free wifi was available, but the signal was little spotty.
The best thing about Tween Waters is its location, on a narrow stretch of the island, with the gulf facing beach across the main road (Captiva Dr.), and the bay side marina at the opposite side of the property. Since the property is flanked by private homes, and there is no public parking, the beach is fairly empty. We found the shelling quite good after some stormy weather.
Another nice thing is the free breakfast included with the room. Served in the Old Captiva dining room every morning, it used to be better when they also served some hot items, but it is now an entirely adequate continental breakfast buffet, and the setting, whether inside or outside, is very pleasant. It is also possible to order cooked items off a menu, at a very reasonable extra price, for what you get.
The resort has a decent sized pool and hot tub, but we didn't get to use it much because of the weather.
Tween Waters provides a low key, family atmosphere for relaxing and having fun. Staff are friendly and helpful. It is not glitzy, the parking lot is sand, my feeling is that this place gets a lot of return visitors, and may be a tradition with quite a few. We certainly consider it our vacation home when we visit Captiva.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Inn on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tween Waters Hotel Captiva Island
- Tween Water Inn
- Tween Waters Inn
- Tween Waters Captiva Island
- 'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa Captiva Island, Florida