Instagram Tour: South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida

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    Island Paradise, No Passport Required

    South Seas Island Resort pool
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    From its beautiful beaches and kid-friendly pools to an endless array of activities for the whole family, South Seas Island Resort on Florida's dreamy Captiva Island offers a family vacation that feels laid-back and yet luxurious. (See the islands on a map.) Here's a view of one of nearly two dozen pools at the resort.

    Follow me on Instagram for a tour of some of the highlights of our stay in early May.

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    Idyllic Weather

    South Seas Island Resort weather
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Captiva Island's subtropical climate and Gulf of Mexico location mean the weather is idyllic year-round. Even when the temperatures are high, there's always a breeze.

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    Seashells 101

    South Seas Island Resort seashell board
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Sanibel and Captiva Islands are famous for their abundance and variety of seashells. This seashell bulletin board is posted outside the on-site Sanibel Sea School at South Seas Island Resort. You guess the kind of shell and then reveal the answer.

    Here's the image on Instagram

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    Happiness is a Bike for Exploring

    South Seas Island Resor bike rental
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Like Sanibel and Captiva Islands, sprawling South Seas Island Resort is flat and extremely bike-friendly, with miles of wide paths, sidewalks and roads that take you everywhere you want to go. Many families rent golf carts to get around and there's also a trolley service with stops all over the resort. I rented this bike for $5 for my stay.

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    Morning at the Marina

    South Seas Island Resort Marina
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Home to yachts and an award-winning sailing school, the resort's marina is a popular place for fishing and manatee spotting.

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    Scoops & Slices

    South Seas Island Resort Scoops & Slices
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Welcome to kid heaven. Scoops & Slices is a 50s-style ice cream shop-cum-pizza parlor with (wait for it) penny candy. There's also gluten-free pizza and frozen yogurt.

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    Pelicans and Manatees and Dolphins--Oh My!

    South Seas Island Resort birdwatching
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Captiva Island is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Surrounded on three sides by water, South Seas Island Resort offers ample opportunity to spy seabirds as well as dolphins and manatees.

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    ScoutAbout

    South Seas Island Resort ScoutAbout
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    ScoutAbout is a self-guided activity tour with 15 "points of discovery" inside the resort where kids learn about everything from dolphins and manatees to keylime trees and osprey.

    Here's the image on Instagram

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    HQ for Watersports Fun

    South Seas Island Resort T-Dock
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    This is the resort's T-Dock, mecca for off-pier fishing as well as JetSki, kayak, and paddleboard rentals, banana boat rides, and parasailing. 

    Here's the image on Instagram.

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    Spectacular Sunsets

    South Seas Island Resort sunset
    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Yet another don't-miss experience at South Seas Island Resort is watching the sun go down at westward-facing Sunset Beach.

    Here's the image on Instagram