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Press Releases

  • Good Housekeeping: My Family Vacations in the Same Spot Over and Over, and All Parents Should Do the Same

    “…there’s something about returning to the same spot over and over again that works for me. Case in point: about seven years ago, my husband, my then-3-year-old daughter, and I visited the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida — a charming little spit of land just off the coast near Ft. Meyers. The weather was perfectly warm and breezy, there were dolphins frolicking just within my view every morning, and my daughter ate crispy french fries by the pool every single day (in between some rather epic tantrums).”

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  • Travel Weekly: Cupid’s on the case at several Fla. resorts

    “Practice your “Captiva crouch” before heading onto the shell-strewn beachfront at the South Seas Island Resort. The enormous resort is surrounded by a 330-acre nature preserve, and there are so many activities to enjoy, couples who love to be outdoors can fill their days with kayaking, parasailing, boating, golf, cycling and yoga. They can charter a boat and head to Cabbage Key or to one of the other barrier islands for a picnic or lazy day spent shelling and spotting dolphins. Rates for a one-bedroom villa over Valentine’s Day weekend start at $559 per night.”

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  • Budget Travel: Seven Great Destinations for An Affordable Weekend Getaway

    “With 250 kinds of shells, 25 miles of bike paths and 15 miles of beaches, Sanibel and Captiva Islands sound like the perfect dreamy escape for a weekend getaway. And if that doesn’t sway you, the fact that it’s cheaper and closer to home than the Caribbean should do it.

    Instead of crowded beaches and costly theme park tickets, the two unspoiled islands have an “old Florida” ambiance, with no stoplights, chain restaurants, or buildings higher than a palm tree. Nestled on the tip of Captiva, South Seas Island Resort is a haven for families and nature lovers, situated on 300 acres of protected wildlife with 2 miles of secluded beachfront. Now start hunting for those 250 varieties of shells!”

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  • Northwest Florida Daily News: 25 Most Romantic Wedding Venues in Florida

    “Choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming, which is why we have done the work for you and rounded up 25 of the most romantic wedding locations in Florida.”

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  • Reebok: Unexpected Yoga Vacations Around the World

    “What to expect: In Captiva, a tiny slice of paradise with fewer than 600 residents, Yali Zawafy runs Ambu Yoga, offering rest guests a complete menu of yoga classes, meditation sessions, stretching exercises and more. On weekends, guests enjoy beach yoga, where gentle waves and warm breezes heighten the practice. In the high season, you can sign up for standup paddleboard yoga adventures, featuring manatees, dolphins, and shorebirds.”

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  • Reader’s Digest: Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways in Every State

    “For a quiet getaway, consider sleepy Sanibel Island on the Gulf of Mexico, which is largely untouched by development with no stoplights and buildings taller than a palm tree. Famous for its shelling (though please leave them on the beach), other outdoor activities include kayaking, exploring the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, and biking around the island and to its lighthouse. The oceanfront Sundial Beach Resort makes a great home base on the island with beach chairs, pools, games, and water rentals, or visit South Seas Island Resort on nearby Captiva Island to join their Labor Day Yacht Rock Festival with live music.”

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  • Daily Mom: South Seas Island Resort Review

    “Do you need a little sun, sand and sea in your life? Are you craving a quick weekend getaway, or planning an elaborate family reunion? No matter what type of vacation plans you’re envisioning, the South Seas Island Resort located on the beautiful Captiva Island, Florida is guaranteed to fulfill your every need and desire year-round, right here in the United States.”

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  • Good Housekeeping: 30+ Best Family Vacations That Will Please Travelers Young and Old Alike

    “The best family vacations take everybody’s priorities into account: Mom and Dad want to relax, the kids want to swim, everyone wants to spend quality time together, and nobody wants to be bored. With that in mind, your whole family will get behind these family vacation destinations, which are loaded up with scenic hikes, record-breaking water slides, kid-friendly golf courses, and (shhh) even a winery for your vacation within the vacation.”

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  • South Florida Luxury Guide: Guide to Staycations

    You don’t have to go far to discover paradise this summer. From brand-new resorts to old favorites that only get better with age, we’ve mapped out the best places within driving distance to fit every staycation style.

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  • New York Amsterdam News: Much to Love in Southwest Florida

    “When people think Florida, Orlando or Miami often come to mind. But there’s a whole lot more to the Sunshine State. Take for example Southwest Florida. Fly into Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands await. That trio is a winning combo for a fun-filled vacay.”

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  • The Matador Network: 8 adventures on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel that you’ll remember forever

    There are two kinds of adventures: the ones you wish you weren’t having — locking the keys in the car, gulping down a third cup of coffee to power you through a slammed day at work — and the ones you wish you were, like the ones on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

    Here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, you’ll only need that three-cup caffeine rush to tackle a full day of gathering shells, kayaking among manatees, and reeling in silver tarpon. With or without a camera, here are eight adventures you’ll never forget.

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  • Kelly in the City: Guide to Captiva, Florida

    “This blog post has been months in the making. Our trip to Captiva was the result of a canceled flight due to the coldest weather in Chicago in decades. Yes, we were those jerks who happened to be in Florida for that whole thing. And instead of flying back we decided to stay an extra week… on Captiva, of all places. It was pretty great, haha….”

    “Here you’ll find a quick guide to where we stayed, what we ate, and what we did. I hope to expand upon this guide in the years to come because Captiva is the kind of place I hope to revisit over and over again.”

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  • Travel Channel: 10 Secret Florida Destinations Where Tourists Can’t Find You

    “Sunny Florida’s most popular destinations, like Orlando and Key West, are mobbed by tourists most months of the year. Instead, escape to one of Florida’s hidden gems that some state residents don’t even know exist.”

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  • Family Vacation Critic: 10 Dreamy Summer Vacations You’ll Love (and Your Kids Will, Too)

    “Let’s be honest—family vacations can be a lot of work for parents, and most of the focus is usually on the kids. But parents should be able to enjoy themselves, too. The good news is you don’t need to escape the kids to also have some grown-up fun. There are plenty of vacation destinations that both parents and kids can feel equally excited about visiting. Here are 10 North American destinations where parents can enjoy a dreamy summer getaway while still keeping the kids happy and entertained.”

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  • Travel Pulse: Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family in Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva

    “If you wake up early for a sunrise walk on the beaches of Captiva Island, don’t expect to have the shoreline all to yourself! You might see parents clutching their coffees while their kids scoop up handfuls of shells, couples enjoying a romantic stroll and friendly locals using shell shovels. This enthusiasm for nature and being outdoors is what keeps drawing families back to Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Island, year after year.”

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  • MSN: 13 Summer Vacation Packages Worth the Money

    “Take advantage of 330-acres of fun in the sun at South Seas Island Resort. Keep it simple by looking for seashells on the resort’s two and a half miles of beach, or get active and fish, bicycle, jet ski, or kayak; you can even hit the tennis courts. Or just curl up with a good book under a beach umbrella. Camp Skullywags entertains and educates 3-11 year-olds. Golfers can play a beachfront course. The Summer Getaway package offers a fourth night free and rates from $209 a night, making the average for a four-night stay $157. Kids 12 and under eat breakfast free. You’ll get a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets, from golf, watersports, island cruises, spa services, dining, shopping, and more.”

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  • Smart Meetings: The Best of the Best: 2018 Platinum Choice Winners

    “With each passing year, the bar is raised. The competition stiffens. The contenders multiply. It’s nothing short of a tribute to the global landscape of leading hotels, resorts, CVBs, conference centers and destination marketing organizations that our painstaking review of stand-out properties and organizations never gets easier.

    Yet we confidently announce this year’s winners of our Platinum Choice Awards as the most distinguished and selective ever.

    They all deliver brilliant experiences. They all have earned the trust of meetings professionals. They all deserve congratulations for being the best of the best. “

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  • Sanibel-Captiva Islander: On-Island Celebrations to Kick Off Holiday Festivities

    “Two island events coming up in the next few days will help to kick off the holiday season. ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa will host its 2018 Sunset Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 23, while South Seas Island Resort will hold its Annual Tree Lighting on Nov. 24 for the community.”

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  • The Knot: 6 Spots to Minimoon in Florida

    “Wedding planning can be stressful at times (we get it), so thinking about planning a full-on epic honeymoon could sometimes seem like a daunting task. If you want to wait until after your wedding to start figuring out your honeymoon so you can focus on putting together a trip of a lifetime, we say go for it. (Lots of couples are choosing to honeymoon a few weeks or even months after they’re official.) But on caveat: You still deserve some quality R&R time with your new spouse right after your “I dos” (you’ve earned it!). Enter the Sunshine State. Florida has lots to offer, and is just a quick (and mostly inexpensive) flight away from many US cities. Here are five spots to check out for a minimoon with your one and only.”

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  • Naples Daily News: 40 Thanksgiving restaurants (and counting) open in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel

    “There’s braising to be done. Stuffing, roasting and trimming, too. Not to mention all the baking, chopping and stirring. If you already have a Thanksgiving dinner headache just thinking about it, several chefs in Southwest Florida have come to the rescue. On Nov. 22, restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will offer Thanksgiving meals, specials and buffets. Some are more traditional — think turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie — while others will give fresh, new takes: jerk turkeys, Key lime Gulf grouper and butternut squash ravioli. Here’s where to get your Thanksgiving Day fix in Southwest Florida”

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  • Luxe Recess: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island Florida

    “South Seas Resort and Captiva Island draw many who could easily afford five-star options but who remain loyal to the low-key, island vibe.”

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  • Sanibel-Captiva Islander: South Seas Takes Part in Annual Cleanup

    “South Seas Island Resort employees, along with some immediate family members and friends, volunteered their time over a recent weekend to help remove litter from the property’s beaches. On Oct. 13, over a dozen people took part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup event that focused on the shoreline from South Beach on north to Redfish Pass. Hosted in coordination with Keep Lee County Beautiful, the event has taken place for at least a decade but is not open to the public.”

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  • TripSavvy: Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway Ideas and Deals

    “If you are ready to escape the chilly weather, take the family to a resort in the sun that celebrates Thanksgiving weekend in style.”

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  • The 16 best places to go on vacation with a baby or toddler

    If you’ve always loved travel, there’s no need to check your wanderlust at the nursery room door. Believe it or not, now — while your baby is still, well, a baby — is a great time to get up and go on a getaway. After all, babies and toddlers are lightweight and portable — and it is possible to plan a family vacation with them. Best of all, most airlines and hotels give them a free ride! Not all family vacation spots are created equally, though, if you’ve got young kids in tow. Here, our tips and picks for the best in baby-friendly and kid-friendly destinations.

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  • Trips to Discover: 10 Most Luxurious Beachfront Hotels in Florida

    “The perfect destination for a tranquil beach getaway, Florida’s shores offer a chance to relax and unwind with a tropical cocktail as you dig your toes in the soft white sand and feel the tranquil ocean breeze. You have your pick of beach surroundings, from the party-filled Miami to the quiet shores in North Florida, where you can visit celebrity-filled restaurants or pamper yourself in a luxurious spa. A combination of 5-star amenities with ocean views, these are the most luxurious beachfront hotels in Florida.”

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  • Pennsylvania Meetings + Events: South Seas Island Resort, A Far-Away Feel with a Convenient Florida Address

    Captiva Island on Florida’s southwest coast is blessed with stunning beaches and the warm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its magnificent sunsets and terrific shelling, the island (accessible by bridge) is just an hour’s drive from the Fort Myers airport, making it a convenient choice for planners seeking a warm-weather destination for their next conference, meeting or event.

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  • Prevue Magazine: Groups Experience Island Adventures and Meeting Space for Every Whim

    “Just off of Florida’s Gulf Coast on Captiva Island, a
    45-minute drive from Fort Myers International Airport, is an
    ideal setting for meetings and incentives set on 330 acres
    of wildlife preserve for planners who want to integrate
    water-themed activities and views into their events.”

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  • Trips to Discover: 11 Best Hotels in South Florida for a Staycation

    Trips to Discover: “If the heat and humidity of Florida’s summertime weather have you wanting to hop on a plane for a weekend getaway, consider staying close to home for a laid-back staycation in South Florida. A perfect destination for sleeping in, spending lazy days on the beach, getting pampered at a luxurious spa and sipping on cocktails, these alluring hotels offer the perfect amenities for rest and relaxation without the need of a long flight or road trip. Here is a snapshot of some of the best hotels in South Florida for a staycation.”

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  • South Seas Island Resort Debuts S’mores & More Package

    Perfect for Summer Fun, This Family-Friendly Package complements the nightly Shellebration and Fire Pits at Sunset Beach.

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