Getting High Over Captiva.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa is excited to announce that now, we can take your Captiva beach vacation experience to new heights!

That’s right, parasailing has come to ‘Tween Waters Inn — and getting high over Captiva is as easy as making your reservation at Captiva Water Sports at our Marina!

Rates are $90 per person (single) or $80 per person (two or three people), and up to three persons can take flight at the same time. Captiva Water Sports will make sure you’re safe and secure, and it’s as easy as sitting back and taking off — up, up, up above the Gulf of Mexico to a panoramic, breathtaking, beautiful and perfectly peaceful view of our islands that compares to, well, truly nothing else! Note: “bottoms up” dip in the Gulf waters upon return no extra charge.

Just click here to book your parasail adventure now or call 239.472.6336 for the time of your life!




Shopping for Summer on Captiva Island, Florida

Pelican’s Roost puts the tropical in your closet.

Since summer is year-round at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, you can find the best stock of warm-weather fashions, accessories, home décor, and supplies in its two retail shops and in one-of-a-kind boutiques in “downtown Captiva.”

I like to start at the resort’s Pelican’s Roost Sportswear, bayside at the marina. It’s like a mini department store. I head for the upstairs women’s clothing section, because I’m a big fan of Jams World shirts and dresses, and I also love the Brighton footwear and fun Wallaroo hats. Surprises lurk in every corner, such as whimsical wall clocks and bags that are “Feeling Nauti.”

Whimsical clocks at Pelican’s Roost

Of course there are men’s fashions also – name brands such as Royal Robbins, Fishware, Sperry, and Reef that fit the ‘Tween Waters salty lifestyle.

Downstairs you will find kids’ wear, swimsuits, and shelves full of practical necessities and fishing and boating sundries.

Next stop, T.H. Osprey, a delightful segue between Captiva House and Crow’s Nest restaurants. It is literally stuffed with stuff. And I mean good stuff.

Here’s where you will find a gift for everyone on your list – from the cat sitter to the grandkids. Buy her some SeaJewels toiletries or a clever Vinbrella (an umbrella in the shape of a wine bottle). Thrill them with sea-themed kids books or an animal puppet. And don’t forget a ‘Tween Waters Tervis Tumbler or a seashell wreath for yourself.

INNSIDER TIP: Score a free pina colada with the purchase of a logo Tervis Tumbler.
Vinbrellas at T.H. Osprey



Olympics at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa

Kayak Captiva

The much-anticipated Olympics have arrived, and we’re enjoying every minute watching athletes compete on television, but you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy some of the events you see — you can do it all righOlympics Beach Volleyballt here on your next vacation to ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa. Which sport will you take on for the gold?

Swimming: ‘Tween Waters Inn is home to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which means not only can you race laps against your bestie, but it’ll be official size requirements too. So get your Phelps on, and swim laps — just don’t plan on any Olympic diving — it’s strictly prohibited.

Beach Volleyball: We can’t all look as great at diving in the sand as Misty May or Kerri Walsh, but we can have fun trying! You’ll find a beach volleyball net set up on our private beach, with volleyballs to rent at the front desk, for your fun in the sun.

Canoeing/Kayaking: Did you know that canoeing was an Olympic sport? It’s certainly not the most notorious, but it is definitely a fun way to get out on the water and enjoy a little competition. Go for gold and try out your speed canoeing or kayaking, with ‘Tween Waters Inn’s peaceful open waters in the Bay.

Innsider Tip: For less aerobic exercise, catch Olympic events on live television at the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille, and enjoy a drink!

Tween_waters_inn__captiva_island-5554Tennis: It’s iconic. It’s a cardio workout. And the resort has four courts to try out your best backhand. If you’re looking for more info on the tennis courts, check out fellow Innsider Lyle’s hilarious article as he tackles tennis at ‘Tweenies.

Sailing: It’s great to get out on the open water any time you visit ‘Tween Waters Inn, but what better way to do it than sailing our beautiful sea? What’s better, the resort has a sailboat docked on at the property — New Moon Sailing — to charter, complete with sailing captain. If you’re looking for more competitive sailing, or even to try some lessons, Captiva is home to America’s #1 sailing school — Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School.

Plus there’s even more ways to enjoy the Olympics while visiting your favorite Captiva resort — try Golf at Sanibel Island Golf Club (where ‘Tween Waters Inn guests receive a discount), synchronized swimming, cycling (rent bikes right on property!), combine events for a triathlon, or simply take a sprint down the beach. You might even try rhythmic gymnastics — I’ll come take pictures if you do!


Top 5 Things to Splurge on For Your Wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Every bride and groom has a budget, and everyone goes over that budget by a little (or sometimes a lot). But wedding planning is full of tough choices and most of them come down to budget. Do I splurge on cupcakes instead of a cake? Do I spend more on a dress that really flatters me? Do I buy expensive gifts for my wedding party? Well, say no more. I’ve done the dirty work for you and narrowed down the top five splurges you should consider for your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn.


  • HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER. Okay, I should preempt this with, hire the best photographer ever, and THEN hire a videographer as well. This day goes so fast, and while you think that everyone will be taking video of your big day, you’d be surprised when it comes time to rounding up video, how many of your friend Maggie’s videos were deleted to make room on her phone. Plus, you’ll want to relive this day again and again, and what better way to do that with good photography and video.
  • PRE- OR POST-WEDDING ACTIVITY. Skip the in-room gifts for guests like beach towels and sand shovels (don’t worry, ‘Tween Waters Inn has nice luxury towels available for all guests anyway) and instead, spend the money on a cool activity that your guests or bridal party can enjoy together. Take out the kayaks and canoes, rent bikes or spend the day on the water with few boat captains.
  • Food. Food. FOOD. I’ve attended countless weddings where the food was forgettable.
    INNSIDER TIP: Hire our Executive Chef Jason Miller to do a cooking demonstration for your bridal party! It’s a fun way to get everyone together plus learn from a pro!
    If your reception is at ‘Tween Waters Inn, you’ll never have to worry about forgettable food, but you might consider splurging on a little on something extra like pizza at the end of the night or special dessert.
  • Captiva WeddingPAMPER YOURSELF. A lot of time was spent on my hair for the wedding, so I was definitely rushed to “don” my dress and get out of the door on time. I regret not taking the time instead to pamper myself with a massage in the morning and a little R&R before the ceremony. Brides and grooms (and friends and family) will love The Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn — complete with massage rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, sauna and even a whirlpool spa tub.
  • TIME. Okay, this one’s a little abstract, but hear me out. Spend the extra few days off from work to enjoy your time at a Captiva Island resort, with all of your friends and family. My pre- and post-wedding celebrations were some of the best moments of my wedding experience, so don’t just stay the night, stay the week! Enjoy all the amenities of the resort — beach, spa, marina, restaurants, pool, pool bar (!), and more — and consider it your wedding gift, to you.

No matter where you spend or where you cut, there’s no going wrong with a wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn. It will be the kiss you’ll remember for a lifetime, with the love of a lifetime.



Valentine’s Day on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I love LOVE. Valentine’s Day may be a card-selling, candy-making corporate ploy, but it’s also a great day to celebrate love and romance. And what better place to do that, than in the setting of “America’s Most Romantic Sunset.”

I’ve planned ahead this year (which, let’s be honest, is a first for me!) and ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa has me all set for this to be the best, ultimate romantic Valentine’s date.

First, I’ve got plans for a couple’s massage at the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn, located right on property next to the Areca building, for Saturday before the big day. Couple’s massages are a fun way to relax and enjoy a massage, while still spending time together (rather than him on the golf course and you at the spa!). To book a massage, call and speak to Georgie or any of the friendly spa receptionists at: 800-223-5865.

INNSIDER TIP: Valentine’s Day is a busy day at ‘Tween Waters Inn, so be sure to book in advance and call for reservations!

While I enjoy watching America’s Most Romantic Sunset from the beach, my plan for Valentine’s Day involves getting dressed up in my LBD and sand dollar necklace from T.H. Osprey (the on-property gift-shop at ‘Tween Waters Inn), which doesn’t mix well with cuddling on a blanket in the sand, so instead, we’ll pay respect to the sun from the porch at Captiva House and Crow’s Nest — a can’t miss seat to SWFL’s main attraction.

I really wanted an exceptional and unique dining experience this year. We’ve dined for Valentine’s Day at a variety of establishments — everything from Olive Garden to dinner in New York City — but this year, I wanted something unique and “pure romance.” I didn’t have to look far — Captiva House is boasting a special Valentine’s Day Menu from Chef Jason Miller and sous chefs Kit Dillon and Eddy Alexander. Picture this: The backdrop of a dusk as the sun has set. Low candlelight. Live piano music drifting through French doors. White table clothes with a setting for two. Savory entrees. A bottle of wine between the two of you. And something sweet to share? Umm, sold.

INNSIDER TIP: ‘Tween Waters Inn sells Captiva Dining cards, $100 buys you $120 dining — saving you $20. Must buy in advance and have mailed to your home. 

As the official romance expert at ‘Tween Waters Inn and a lover of love, I am confident this Valentine’s Day will be the. best. ever. At the rate I’m going, I better plan for St. Patrick’s Day while I’m at it.



Trick or treating might be over, but I have a treat for you! As an Innsider, I’ve privy to all of the ways to save at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and I’ve rounded them up for you! The fall and winter are great times to visit Captiva Island, and if you’re looking to save on vacation before the big holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what this top-rated resort hotel has in store for you if you book now:

BOGO: Stay one night, get another night free, midweek, Sunday through Thursday in any guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, now to November 24. You can find details for this deal here:

Stay 2, Get Another FREE + $50 Dining: So if you can only stay 2 nights, the offer above is perfect for you, but if you’re ready to stay THREE nights, you’ll get one of those nights FREE, plus $50 in dining credits! This is also a midweek, Sunday-Thursday offer, but is valid through December 17, so there’s more opportunities to stay and save! Also excludes two- and three-bedroom suites and all cottages. Check out the details here:

30% or 50% Winter Savings: Okay, so you want to stay in a two- or three-bedroom suite or cottage, but the above offers don’t apply? ‘Tween Waters Inn has you covered! Stay November 29 to December 17, midweek, Sunday-Thursday, and you’ll save 30%! Or stay in a guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, and they’ll give you 50% off! Call for details on this offer, some exclusions do apply: 800-223-5865.


And just because your vacation doesn’t fit into some of these parameters, doesn’t mean you can’t save. ‘Tween Waters Inn pro-rates or mixes three- and five-night package rates with these offers if you stay on the weekend, so be certain to call and speak with the friendly reservationists to find out all the ways to save big.

As an Innsider, I can tell you that these are not only the best deals of the fall, but these are some of the best deals I have seen all year! It’s a great time to visit Captiva Island, so begin your planning and book now!

*All offers are midweek, Sunday-Thursday and exclude holidays.


Seashells on Captiva Island — Treasure at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Having now lived in Florida for seven years, one would think I knew a little more about the largest attraction to SWFL — the seashells — but in fact, I have kept myself fairly blissfully ignorant. I say, “blissfully ignorant” because I know that if I would ever learn the names of the shells, which shells were rare, which shells to look for and how to find the best ones, I could never simply walk down a Southwest Florida beach again without a bloodthirsty search for perfect hidden treasure.

IMG_2667-1But alas, it was time I take the plunge, stoop on Sanibel, crouch on Captiva, and educate myself on this treasure from the sea. I enlisted the help of a friend to help identify some of what is said to be 250 species of shells on these barrier islands, but if you’re not as lucky as me to have a local shell-educated friend, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Captiva Island and Sanibel Island boast a variety of local experts willing to take guests on shelling expeditions in search of knowledge and the perfect souvenir (for a small fee of course).

I learned five of the easier shell names to remember and identify, including angel wings, kitten’s paw, shark’s eye moon shell (my favorite, not only for the name but the stunning swirl of colors), calico scallop and lighting whelk — only 245 more species to remember!

Innsider Tip: If you’re the type the usually wins the a raffle or lottery, then be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the prized Junonia shell — it is not only fairly elusive, but also considered lucky if you should unearth one.

With an abundance of shells, it should be easy work to find a small souvenir to fit in your suitcase, but if you’re seeking the full shelling experience, I also picked up a few tips on digging up the best of the best in crustaceous treasure:

  • Make certain to have a container to keep your shells in as you search: As an inexperienced “sheller,” my pockets and hands did not have nearly the capacity necessary.
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen: Typically, you have to get up early in the morning around low tide, to snatch up the perfect shell before your competitors, but it’s still hot and still sunny.
  • Pay attention to moon phases and tides: It’s amazing what a difference a full moon can make on the extremity of the tides!

But the best recommendation I can give to an inexperienced sheller is simply to stop and enjoy the experience. There is no better sound than the tinkling give and take of the shells being pulled into the ocean by the waves!


Beach Weddings on Sanibel & Captiva Islands — Top 5 Trends You Need to Know

Sanibel Captiva Beach Wedding

I sat down with the Wedding Sales team to give me the Innside scoop on the latest beach wedding trends, in five short questions.


What is the average size of a beach wedding?

Out with the big affairs and in with the intimate. The cozy setting of a sunset ceremony is coupled with a fun but intimate party with close friends and family. We’re seeing average weddings of under 100 people these days, when in the past, weddings were 300 to 500 of your closest friends!


So give me the long and short of it. Are brides wearing traditional gowns or tea-length dresses on the beach?

It’s a brides’ prerogative to wear what she wants on her wedding. We’re still seeing a lot of long dresses out on the beach. They’re not typically the heavy, “cupcake” dresses, but more flowing, soft gowns.

Aren’t the brides hot?

A lot of brides are only on the beach for a short ceremony and photos. Then they come indoors to air conditioned rooms and evening temperatures. The trend now is to have two gowns — one for the ceremony and one for the reception. We see a lot of shorter dresses for the reception, once pictures have been taken.


What’s the hottest beach wedding trend you’ve seen?

We’ve seen a lot of “trash the dresses,” where the bride and groom stand in the ocean or bay and get a little wet and dirty. The photos are phenomenal, but you have to be in the moment to have this done, and you need to select a great photographer for the job. Any one of our preferred photographers would do a fantastic job.


You’ve spoken a lot about intimate settings — is it possible to have a big bash at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Yes! We’re willing and able to modify any wedding package to fit a brides needs. We have the opportunity to host weddings in the on-property restaurant, Captiva House — a building rich with history and charm, which can hold up to 160. We’ve hosted larger weddings on the tennis courts under beautiful tents as well.


Why choose to have your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Everybody’s wedding is unique, and at ‘Tween Waters Inn, we truly strive to cater to your vision. Our venue alone, set against the backdrop of a setting sun or gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, changes hourly, making for a unique wedding every time. If a bride dreams of a stunning beach wedding, they’ll find it here.


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newwebsite‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort launched a new website at 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:


‘Tween Waters Inn Hosts a Roast and First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby

Fishing at 'Tween Waters InnSpend Independence Day honoring tradition and starting a few new traditions of your own at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort.  Fourth of July at ‘Tween Waters Inn is a fun-filled day, starting with the First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby — a half-day tournament free to all guests with Fourth of July reservations for three or more nights. After a fish-filled day with your family, enjoy a mouth-watering Island Tradition: a Captiva Island Luau Roast, replete with slow roasted pig.

The fishing tournament will begin at 8 a.m., and is free and fun for all ages, with a three-day reservation or more. Complete the Fourth of July evening with the all-you-can-eat Captiva Island Luau Roast, from 5 to 9 p.m. Both the fishing tournament and luau are free to guests staying three or more nights (limit of 2, children under 12 eat free). Visitors are encouraged to dig in, despite staying the night or three, for only $17.95 per person.

The recently renovated Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn will “host the roast” so join in the fun and sample the delicious menu items including: slow roasted suckling pig, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, a basket of swamp cabbage fritters, and Key lime tarts. These tasty items partner perfect with “two for one” draft beer.  The regular menu will also be available.