Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just west of Fort Myers, are two pristine sister islands: Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Two of my best friends recently got married, destination wedding style, in Captiva Island. Before the wedding activities, I’d never spent time on the West Coast of Florida before. Anyone that I’d told I was going beforehand, would start RAVING about how gorgeous it was and how much I was going to love it. Expectations were high, and I’m happy to report that they were indeed surpassed.

I’m grateful that my friends decided to hold their wedding in such a gorgeous setting, and in turn clueing their loved ones in on such an epic destination. This is a really a wonderful aspect of going to a destination wedding: oftentimes, you’ll end up discovering a new favorite place of your own!

Captiva Island is now that place for me.

Captiva Island is a small but intimate island setting. It reminded me of a less touristy version of Nassau, Bahamas. And I hadn’t even left the continental United States!

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The wedding took place at the South Seas Island Resort, which I can not say enough good things about. A sprawling resort located on one of the most beautiful beaches (turquoise water included) I’ve ever seen.

They have a trolley that will take you around the resort.  Or to reduce travel time around the resort and therefore maximize your time there, you can rent a golf cart for your stay. We had A LOT of fun, and added bonding time, while using the golf carts. If it’s within your means to rent one, I’d highly recommend doing so.

Because so many of my friends were also staying at the same resort, by association I got to see a lot of the different types of accommodations available, and I can confirm that every one of them had an excellent view! You have options to stay at the more expensive tennis or beach villas, or in the Harbourside area. All are surrounded by the bluest of water. I personally stayed in the Harbourside area(which was the cheapest option). Have a look for yourself:

 

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view from the balcony of our Harbourside room 

The Harbourside area was closer to the resort’s main (and quite extensive) pool complex, and a short (10 minute walk) to the beach. The resort’s beach property was not only insanely gorgeous, but also incredibly peaceful. It ‘s hard to even express just how blown away I was by this beach. The water was akin to bathwater. Who doesn’t love that?

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My favorite dining experience we had over the weekend was at an off-property restaurant called Green Flash (after the phenomenon that takes place during a sunset, which I have yet to witness for myself). Absolutely fantastic menu featuring the freshest of fish, decent prices, and great views/ambiance. On a return visit to Captiva Island, I’d make sure to return to Green Flash again.

Each morning, we got breakfast sandwiches at the Captiva Provision Company, a market located nearby the lobby building in the South Village. There’s a Starbucks there too. Although the hotel had plenty of seaside dining options for breakfast, we were an ham, egg & cheese crowd through and through, and were happy there was a great place to fulfill this much-needed hangover cure each morning.

As with most 5-star waterfront resorts, it also felt like there was an endless amount of activities available. Sailing, fishing, kayaking, waverunners, banana boats, and even extensive shell-seeking as the beaches in this area are world-renowned for their 250+ species of shells. The resort also features it’s own marina, making it a one-stop-shop for the perfect trifecta of pool, beach and boating.

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The flora and fauna of Captiva Island were completely mesmerizing. We even spotted dolphins on more than one occasion.

I’d absolutely recommend Captiva to anyone, particularly including a stay the South Seas Resort. Whether you’re looking for a perfect family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a memorable location for your wedding. :)

We’ve already started bugging the newlyweds about a reunion for their first anniversary so we can do it all again!

 

This post was not sponsored in any way by either the South Seas Island Resort or Captiva Island. I just had such a wonderful stay there that I had to share! Opinions are 100% my own.