Tween Waters Inn, on Captiva Island, has the best family beach vacations and romantic getaways!
You'll want to return again and again to this fun and relaxing resort that has so many amenities.
Some of the things you'll enjoy are swimming and tanning at one of the most beautiful beaches or their resort pool.
You'll also find water sports and boating, kid's and family activities, spa, fitness room, tennis and tennis lessons, access to a golf course on Sanibel, biking, shops, and restaurants. It's also a terrific spot for meetings, parties, weddings, receptions ............ and honeymoons!
Tween Waters Inn gets it's name because it is located on a narrow part of Captiva Island with the Gulf Of Mexico on one side and Pine Island Sound on the other.
For accommodations, you'll find quaint guest rooms, resort suites, studios with either a gulf view or a bay view, and seaside cottages.
Accommodations and amenities are all within walking distance of each other and are connected by sandy lanes.
Come by car, or by boat and dock at their marina ......... watch out for manatees!
When we stayed at the resort, we had a lovely guest room with a view of the bay.
Our room had 2 queen beds with lanai and bathroom, and mini-fridge with coffee maker and microwave.
Beds and pillows were comfy, but if you're in the bed next to the a/c, be aware that you might feel dried out in the morning since it blows air very close to where you're sleeping. You can see our room in the video below:
Tween Waters started out as fishermen's cottages, but became an inn in 1931 when they had their first guest.
Many distinguished guests followed ......... Charles Lindbergh, his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh who was inspired to write her famous book Gift From the Sea. Teddy Roosevelt came to go fishing, and cartoonist and environmentalist JN Ding Darling loved to stay at Tween Waters Inn.
We stayed at the inn in the middle of summer, so we would go to the beach in the morning when it was a bit cooler. Because we live in nearby Cape Coral, we brought our own beach gear, but you can rent chairs, loungers, and other items at Tween Waters.
Watch the video so you can see how beautiful the beach is:
The beach is directly across the street from the front of the resort but traffic on Captiva is very slow, so it's no problem to cross back and forth.
After some sand and surf, we then hit the pool for the afternoon and had lunch poolside at the Oasis Bar.
Their burgers and sandwiches are yummy ....... and there's nothing like one of their smoothies while you're relaxing and lounging by the water.
Little kids will like the wading pool and adults will want to take a dip in one of the hot tubs when it cools off. Live music is played at the pool on weekends, which you can see in the video:
We had never done stand-up paddle boarding before and decided to give it a try. We received some simple instructions and then took off.
It was fun, but you really need to stay focused so you can keep your balance and not fall off! It's not as easy to maneuver as a kayak, but I found that if you crouch down a bit, you can control the paddle better.
We went paddle boarding from the resort's marina into the bay and had a bit of a problem getting to where we were trying to go since we were going against the current. It was easier once we got the hang of it and headed back with the current.
Also at the marina are boat rentals, pleasure cruises, charters, and kayak tours.
Shop for resortwear at the Pelican Roost Boutique, or for souvenirs at Osprey's Gift Shop in the Old Captiva House restaurant.
When we stayed at Tween Waters Inn, we got a package deal that included the fabulous breakfast buffet at their Old Captiva House restaurant, which also offers fine dining at night.
Right next to it is the resort's other restaurant, the Crows Nest, which features casual and family dining, plus a bar.
One thing you absolutely don't want to miss at the Crow's Nest is the crab races on Monday and Thursday nights from October - August. Family shows are at 6PM, the racier adult shows are at 9PM.
Don't forget to rent bikes, play or learn tennis, and get a massage
at the spa! You can also make arrangements for picnics on the beach,
and room service.
Ask about their vacation packages, it works out to be quite affordable and ended up being the third least expensive place for us to stay per night out of the 5 Captiva hotels and resorts.
We got discounts on our room and a coupon booklet with more discounts on food, beverages, boat rentals, spa services, cabana rentals, shop items, and more!
So, if you're looking at Captiva resorts, we really loved staying
here and you will love bringing your family to Tween Waters Inn too!
Tween Waters Inn
15951 Captiva Drive
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