South Seas Island Resort Review

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1850 Family Reviews
5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island FL 33924
Families Recommend

Enter dates for best prices
Enter dates for best prices

We search 200+ sites to find the best hotel prices

Families Rating
Families Recommend
Editor's Rating
Money Value:
Pool & Water Fun:
Kid Activities:
Kids Play Area:

Editor’s Review of South Seas Island Resort

The barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva on Florida's West Coast are famous for their white sand beaches and amazing shelling. Visitors take a three-mile causeway from Fort Myers across San Carlos Bay and find themselves on the palm tree lined island of Sanibel. Here, it's all about enjoying an island lifestyle, complete with cute cafes and resort clothing boutiques and shops selling seashells. Continue north and you'll eventually arrive on the more remote and seemingly wilder Captiva Island, where the long stretches of sugar-white sand beaches and beautiful sunsets are the main attraction. And on the northern end of Captiva Island, you'll find the gulf-front South Seas Island Resort, set on a 350-acre wildlife preserve and with all the ... more amenities of a family-centered retreat.

The resort offers numerous dining choices, tons of family activities and diverse accommodation options. Part of the experience is exploring the property aboard the complimentary South Seas Trolley, which runs continuously between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Another bonus is the colorful restaurants and unique shops of Captiva Village, which are within walking distance of the resort's entrance.

Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, South Seas Island Resort spans 2.5 miles of private, white sand beaches. With more than 400 varieties of shells just waiting to be dropped into your kids' sand pails along the beach, kayaks for hire and a fishing pier, the ocean is a major source of entertainment at this resort. Families that come here also love to visit the newest addition to the Resort Pool Complex, H2WHOA! Water Park. The zero-entry portion of the pool is perfect for toddlers and the waterslides are a thrill for kids of all ages. Once you've completed a full day of water-related fun, hop on the trolley and ride to one of the restaurants on-property. And don't forget to stop by the ice cream shop before calling it a night. Then it's back to your room to rest up -- and, of course, repeat it all the next day. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Gulf-front location
  • Resident manatees in the marina
  • Two waterslides
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 1850 Reviews
Never again!!
Reviewed on 09/15/2015
Never again!!!!!! We are used to traveling in and out of the US and had the fortune to visit and stay in many hotels. Staying at the South Seas Island Resort was THE most unpleasant experience we ever had. First, the room we ...
Read full review
Mermaids and Dolphins
Reviewed on 09/05/2014
The South Seas Island Resort is the best family island getaway in Florida. This was our first visit and we spent two fun-filled days and nights on the beach, swimming in three large pools, and exploring Sanibel Island. Shelling ...
Read full review


As a TripAdvisor company, we searched 200+ sites to find the best hotel prices.

Filter rooms by:

Site Rate

Results For: (clear all filters)

Other Rooms:

Enter dates for best prices
Enter dates for best prices

Compare best prices from the top travel sites


The resort has a total of 465 guestrooms -- including traditional hotel rooms; one-, two- and three-bedroom condos; and private homes. The Harbourside Marina guestrooms have recently been renovated and are the most modern of the accommodations. From the private balcony of these rooms, you can watch the comings and goings of the marina and spot resident manatees frolicking in the Yacht Harbor. Each room has a flat-screen TV, wireless Internet, small refrigerator, coffee maker and a spacious bathroom with granite countertops and a soaking tub.

For families looking for the convenience of a full kitchen, the resort has more than 300 condos ranging from one-to-three bedrooms in size, and private homes with up to six bedrooms. Many of the condos have gulf or bay views, while several of the homes sit directly on the sand with private pools and porches for taking in the sunset. The décor and condition of the condos and houses vary, but all have fully stocked kitchens, sleeper sofas, in-unit washers and dryers and plenty of storage space for beach toys.

South Seas Resort offers both Pack 'N Plays and rollaway beds. The first Pack 'N Play is complimentary and any additional playpens are $20 each for the duration of your stay; rollaway beds are available for $20 each per night.


Traveling Family with Baby

Your personal family vacation planning starts now

Get expert advice, handpicked recommendations, and tips for your family all year round!