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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"We always judge how good our vacation is by how fast we can convert from high-stress working mode to relaxed vacation mode. As soon as we walked into this condo and saw the views our blood pressure instantly went down and we started to relax. The condo is as good if not better than the pictures depict. The kitchen is fully loaded, the downstairs closet has all your beach needs (chairs, umbrellas, towels, pool toys, etc), and the condo itself is clean and well maintained. I would wake up early every morning to watch the sunrise on the pool deck and then every evening we would walk the 3-4 blocks to the other side of the island to watch the sunset and enjoy the party (appropriate for families with young children) by Mucky Ducks. We also loved being able to walk to many of the activities and restaurants around the island and not always have to get in the car.
The island itself is beautiful and if you want to be a beach bum this is the place to go. My only advice is before you pay the $6 toll to cross the bridge from Fort Myers to Sanibel/Captiva, go to a grocery store (I think there is a Publix on every corner from the airport to the bridge) and stock up on food and beverages. Grocery prices will give you some sticker shock if you buy everything on the island. The Island Store does have a great selection but you will pay 2-4x more for the convenience of shopping in your bathing suits & flip-flops.
Back to the condo.... I am a total beach person but my kids do prefer the pool. I felt like I had the best of both worlds at this condo. The kids could play in the pool while I sat and watched them, the water & dolphins playing in the background all at the same time. This was one of our best vacations in a long time. Thank you Cindy & John!"
Guest: Erin B.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 19, 2015
"This was our first trip to Captiva and we absolutely loved it. We were with extended family and the Bird of Paradise accommodated all needs. The younger children had toys to play with on the beach, along with umbrellas to sit under. The older children had games to play , movies to watch on a rainy day and ping pong, foosball and a pool table. After a morning at the beach,the swimming pool is very relaxing with an optional fountain to turn on. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils to meet all your cooking needs. However, if you would like to go to a restaurant, there are several within walking distance. The house itself felt more like a home than a vacation house. The bedrooms are set to sleep 10 comfortably. The furnishings are comfortable to sit on or take a nap. We utilized the marina to rent fishing poles and a boat for a half day fishing excursion. They were very easy to work with. We would recommend this property for a, large family, vacation."
Guest: LisaDate of Stay: June 2015Review Submitted: June 29, 2015
"My wife and I gave our four children, three in-laws, and five grandchildren a week on Captiva with us for the week after Christmas. We had a great time, and the Dolphin Cove home worked exceptionally well for us. We found we could get a day pass to the beach and pool at 'Tween Waters for a reasonable price, so we had all of the advantages of a great resort with the privacy and reduced food costs of a private home. The home itself is in a great location, very private, and the enclosed pool adjacent to the living room was great. There are six (NOT seven) bedrooms, so we had plenty of room for everyone. We rented a boat for a day, so the dock was very useful. The wildlife viewing was great -- dolphins, ospreys, even a bobcat! The kitchen is very functional and we saved a fortune (and reduced stress by not having to wrangle small children in restaurants) by cooking most of our meals in. Upsides: Captiva is a great place, very relaxing, with wonderful beaches as well as pleasant shopping, restaurants, and wildlife refuges close at hand. Downsides: a lot of deferred maintenance on the exterior of the house, and light switches and exterior lights that did not function."
Guest: Fast10kDate of Stay: December 2014Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
"We have just returned from a family reunion at this wonderful home, I went armed with various kitchen appliances as this was family time and we were eating together at home, so wanted my tools around me, didn't need them, this home is so well equipped, everything thought of even down to the cart to take the chairs, umbrellas and picnics to the beach which is just across the road. A very spacious home and a screened porch also, very secluded , relaxing , yet modern and very clean. We will be back. Thank you Margarethe and Rene"
Guest: GillyDate of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: July 14, 2015