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Sunrise, sunset at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort

“Sunrise, Sunset:” One of my favorite songs from my all-time favorite musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

Sunrise, sunset: One of my favorite reasons for staying at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island.

True to its name, it settles comfortably between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. For water lovers, that means the best of both worlds: beach and bayside scapes and endless water sports.

To me, it means sunrise, sunset.

In Fiddler, Tevye and Golde express, in song, a bittersweet emotion as they realize their daughter has grown. With a fled-the-nest son of my own, I get that. But nevertheless, the rising and setting of the sun are ever  joyful, introspective happenstances in my life, especially given the beauty of the moments at ‘Tween Waters.

We like to book a bayside room, where coffee and sunrise go together. Sometimes, if my husband is sleeping in, I will sneak down to the marina docks, where all is silent but for the sounds of early birds and lapping water.

From there, I can do a simple sun salutation as I feel the day come alive. Fishermen head out to catch a good tide and manatees often poke their piggy whiskered snouts out of the water. Pelicans kamikaze-dive for breakfast and dolphins arch silently at the surface. It’s magic, with the promise that the day could bring anything at all. Like an unfilled journal page.

The beach, of course, is for sunset, and little can improve upon a sand-based farewell to the day. But at ‘Tween Waters, there’s more than one way to watch sun melt into sea. Charter a sail or motor boat ride, and toast the parfait sky with a bottle of bubbly. Paddle a kayak or board out to meet the sun. Book a seaplane cruise into the gilded clouds.

Meditate on the flow of the day, the swift flight of years. Relive the happiness and tears: the filled journal page.

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Living the top-rated life on Captiva Island at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Recently, Coastal Living magazine published its 2018 list of 20 Best Places to Live on the Coast. Captiva Island made the top 10. My only surprise at that was: It should have placed number one. But of course we’re talking about a board of “experts” who don’t know Captiva Island like I do. And the scope, after all, is worldwide.

IMHO opinion, Captiva Island tops out even if you can only live there for a week or three days. Especially if you are living it up at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, with its prime location balanced between Gulf of Mexico sunsets and Roosevelt Channel sunrises.

In that way and place, the sun dictates how you live on Captiva Island. I like to start with a morning coffee on the marina docks, where I can watch the bustle of morning boaters raring to get out on the water. Ospreys squawk and scold at all the commotion. Manatees and dolphins play undisturbed around the mangroves. Captiva Island comes alive.

In between, there are two swimming pools, a pool bar, a spa, tennis courts, and dining to see you to the other side: the Gulf side, where long beach walks, seashell hunts, and sandy snoozes bring you to the magnificent, near-religious finale of solar adieu. Sunrise, sunset. If that isn’t the way to live life to its fullest, what, I ask you, is?

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Sauntering the Captiva Island Beach from ‘Tween Waters Inn

Walking the beach is my favorite form of exercise and relaxation, as contradictory as that may sound. What can I say?: I’m a type-A Pisces. So, being goal-oriented as I am, I like to plan a destination for my beach walks. A purpose.

When setting out on my beach strolls from ‘Tween Water Inn Beach Resort & Spa on Captiva Island, I have two different routines from which I choose. When I’m looking for serious beach quiet and meditation, I head south toward Blind Pass. The uncluttered beachscape along this 2-mile stretch allows me to commune with nature – from the tiny ghost crabs scooping sand out of their coin-sized holes to the pterodactyl-esque brown pelicans that dive-bomb the surf for breakfast.

Days I’m feeling more social, I aim my flip flops north, where the beach parallels the road and glimpses of majestic beach homes are more likely. My goal on these jaunts? The shops of “downtown Captiva” and perhaps a stop for a pina colada or slice of key lime pie for incentive. Maybe a visit to the cemetery next to Chapel-by-the-Sea, where mourners leave seashells on gravestones rather than flowers.

The return walk always is less energetic. That’s when I do my favorite kind of shopping – searching for seashells and other beachcomber finds. I take it slowly, promising myself the final, most fulfilling goal at the end of the walk: A dip in the new Serenity Pool at ‘Tween Waters, followed by a snooze under a cool blue umbrella.

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What to Do with an Extra Day at ‘Tween Waters Inn

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa’s current offer to earn one free night when you book three nights got me thinking: What would I do with a whole extra day on Captiva Island.

Well, it did not take me long to fill that day, let me tell you. I have not yet tried the Captiva Water Sports’ new parasailing adventure from the resort, for starters. And I love to paddleboard, but somehow I always end up lolling at the beach or having cocktails by the pool, and I never manage to fit in a paddle into the quiet, wildlife-rich back waters. And why not book a jet ski ride, while I’m at it.

And whereas I have had my favorite standard Relaxation Massage at the spa, I would love some more time for a body scrub, facial, and pedicure. You know, really go for the super pamper works.

I always intend to hit the fitness center, but alas, I’ve actually never been inside. And I hear the yoga classes at the resort are zenful. I need some of that.

So, look at that: Day overfilled, and I haven’t even finished my bucket list. Now I just cannot decide between sushi at Captiva House for dinner or that life-changing shrimp and grits at Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille.

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Getting Wild & Seeing Wildlife: A Girl’s Getaway to ‘Tween Waters Inn

Two frisky manatees
Karaoke crazed!

My gal pals and I plan our annual summer getaway to a place where we can park the car and walk everywhere we need to go. So ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island made the perfect match this year. An easy stroll up the beach takes you to all the island’s shops, restaurants, and bars. But truth be told, we only left the resort once. We found all the entertainment we needed right on property.

That started the afternoon we arrived. I walked out on our balcony overlooking the bay and noticed a swirling disturbance that I immediately recognized as manatees mating – a summer romance ritual not uncommon to the islands. Those frisky manatees! They went at it for the entire weekend right off the sandy shore. I was able to get close enough to snap a couple of quick pictures (I kind of felt I was invading their privacy).

At nightfall, another kind of show grabbed our attention at Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille. It was Wednesday, Karaoke Night, and that usually means trouble. That third cocktail inevitably does it – lubricates our vocal chords and numbs our awareness of our lack of talent. So Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right, I May Be Crazy” seemed appropriate enough.

Following our usual pattern, the second day we spent in quieter pursuits – beaching, shopping, and a lovely dinner at Captiva House. Then a night-cap toast from our balcony to those feisty, amorous, and always loveable manatees – undoubtedly a highlight of our visit.

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

newwebsite‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort launched a new website at www.tween-waters.com today, dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s trip experience to Captiva Island. The new site maintains current content as well as new and expanded content, however boasts a more interactive web 2.0, new messaging, new packages and promotions, and QwickClick VideoTours featuring activities, dining, and fun at the resort.

Introducing new pages such as an image gallery and video tours, the design was focused on creating an experience that would not only be aesthetic, but also more user-friendly and interactive. With easy navigation tabs, the website gives users the ability to book reservations, review the resort, share experiences, view rooms, contact the resort or check rates, while maintaining many of the “fan favorites” such as the beach cam and Tidings blog. Interactive novelties such as the two-minute QwickClick videos allow visitors to receive a more up close and personal introduction to some of the ‘Tween Waters Inn amenities without ever leaving the computer chair.

“Visiting the new website is an experience,” says Jeff Shuff, General Manager of ‘Tween Waters Inn. “It’s not just a place to book reservations or find rates. It’s a place to discover your next big adventure. We are really excited to deliver added value to our customers so that visitors can make informed decisions about their vacations.”

The ‘Tween Waters Inn website was first remodeled in 2004, increasing online reservations and revenue substantially. The resort plans for the new design to continue to increase reservations, but also awareness of the resort with search engine optimization through the site’s novel use of viral video, interactive media and social media. While the enhancements to the website are significant, the location has not changed: www.tween-waters.com.

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN FINDS SUCCESS ON FACEBOOK

twi-facebook‘Tween Waters Inn is gaining Facebook fans like a snowball on a hill (except we’re on a beach and there’s no snow): fast and growing. We’ve recently joined Facebook and, in eight weeks, have swelled to almost 1,500 passionate fans of our legendary island resort. The Facebook fan page covers exclusive offers, new offers, events, videos, photos, opinions, and much more! If you’ve never been to Captiva Island but want to know what you’re missing out on, check out the video tour. If you have been to ‘Tween Waters Inn, and loved it so much you want to share it with others, post your photos to the fan page.

What’s better than a head’s up on all the comings and goings at ‘Tween? Invite your friends, because when ‘Tween Waters Inn has 2,500 Facebook fans, we’re going to offer up something special to FANS ONLY. Plus, once you’re a fan, you are entered automatically to win a two-night Waterview Room stay at the resort Florida Travel + Life Magazine calls “Captiva’s Must Stay.” So take the Facebook plunge and “fan” us here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Captiva-FL/Tween-Waters-Inn-Island-Resort/61256748840?ref=mf.

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IN THE NEWS: Captiva is for Lovers

istock_000000786091largeMaybe this isn’t news to all of you who’ve honeymooned, celebrated anniversaries or simply shared a vacation of a lifetime at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, but another noted travel writer has planted a kiss of praise on Captiva Island and ‘Tween Waters Inn. As Libby McMillian writers on Examiner.com, “Southwest Florida’s tiny Captiva Island is easy to reach and really provides that ‘other-world’ feeling so necessary for unplugging.

The minute you cross the last tiny bridge, come onto the island and witness the Gulf in front of you, you know you’re somewhere special.” She goes on to give ‘Tween Waters Inn three plugs as the place to play and stay on Captiva. View the entire article here or, better yet, come see for yourself with our new Three-Night Delight Values and Five-Night Celebrate Rates that save you 20%-25% January through April!

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