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Never a Resort Fee and Other Free Treats

Since it’s fall and everyone’s thinking about trick or treating, that got me thinking about all the ‘treats’ that guests of ‘Tween Waters Inn get to enjoy. For starters, there is no resort fee at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Unlike other hotels in the area, you can use the pool, the beach, the luxury pool towels, and the onsite fitness center as much as you want – complimentary. You’ll even get a daily newspaper delivered right to your door, for free.

What about Wifi, you ask? No charge. You will get free Wi-fi during your entire stay. You’ll be given the pass codes at check in and you can access it from your room, or anywhere on the premises, without hassle. And it’s plenty fast.

How about parking? Yep, it’s free. You’ll be given a parking tag for your car upon check-in (just hang it on your rear view mirror). Some units even have covered parking (the Bay view suites for instance).

What’s more, guests of ‘Tween Waters Inn are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast buffet every day of the week. You’ll find a beautiful display of fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals, breads, pastries, muffins, even cheeses. My younger son is a picky eater and he loves the breakfast buffet.

And of course, don’t forget those nightly spectacular sunsets at the beach – which are without a doubt, priceless.

So, don’t be tricked into paying resort fees when you can treat your family to these complimentary goodies at ‘Tween Waters Inn – year round. Happy fall!

 

Volleyball on the beach all you want.
Volleyball on the beach all you want.
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Rainy Day Guide to Captiva and Sanibel

You’re on a beach vacation – so what happens when it rains? Thunderstorms usually blow in fast and leave just as quickly on these barrier islands, but if the rain continues to fall, you can still have a great time with your kids. Here’s your Rainy Day Guide to Fun on Captiva and Sanibel:

In-room Movies

At ‘Tween Waters Inn, you can watch Pay-Per-View movies right in your room. You’ll find a variety of titles including new releases.

 

Island Cinema

First-run movies are shown in two theaters using state-of-the-art projection. Seats are super comfy but the space is small so they frequently sell out. Movies start late afternoon and early evening. Go early.

 

J.N. Ding Darling Visitor & Education Center

This is a family favorite. Many exhibits are hands-on (create an animal rubbing, press buttons and make things light up, touch bones, solve a mystery, and much more). Best of all, it’s FREE. Open every day at 9 am.

 

Wildlife Drive

For $5 per vehicle, explore a 4-mile winding road through the J.N. Ding Darling Refuge. (For $12 cash, buy a yearly pass.) You may see alligators, spoonbills, and manatees…from the comfort of your car. Closed on Fridays. Download the Ding Darling app for educational fun.

 

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

With live tank talks at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and activities like a shell scavenger hunt, arts & crafts and Shell Bingo, this is a must-do, rain or shine. Don’t miss the life-size giant squid model (like you could miss that). Open every day.

Be Puzzled

Here are 1,000 reasons to stay inside. There’s a rather infamous jigsaw puzzle of “Sanibel & Captiva Islands” that you can purchase in the Osprey Gift Shop.

 

Public Library

Captiva has a public library around the corner from ‘Tween Waters Inn, but the one on Sanibel has a large children’s area complete with a rowboat (the S.L. Readmore). There is something for every age, including toddler time and craft day.

I hope your vacation is filled with sunshine and seashells, but if the skies open up and shower you with ‘liquid sunshine’, I hope you’ll enjoy some of my favorite rainy day island activities.

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