Tween Waters Inn in Captiva Island – A Quick Getaway

Needing a “breakation” and wanting a quick getaway, awe decided to go to Captiva Island for the weekend. There were 6 people in our party: my wife and I and our 4-year-old daughter, my mother-in-law and my wife’s grandparents. The Tween Waters Inn was the perfect place for my family because we were able to get a small suite that easily handled our group, offering 2 double beds and a pull out couch.

I had read about the legendary Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Florida for many years and now I had a chance to try it. We were excited to relax on the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, kayak on Pine Island Sound east, and enjoy everything the resort had to offer.

The resort is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound and boasts 13 picturesque acres of luxury resort including an extensive stretch of sugary, white-sand beach named “America’s Most Romantic Beach” by Travelocity.

Dating back to 1931, what began as a collection of fishing cottages now includes 137 units and cottages that vary from standard guest rooms, studios and three-bedroom suites to two- and three-bedroom historic cottages. Decorated in a rustic luxury style, many of the 19 historic cottages are named after the resort’s famous past visitors including Anne Morrow Lindbergh, J.N. “Ding” Darling and Theodore Roosevelt.

While the rooms are comfortable and cozy, we came to ‘Tween Waters Inn for the miles of pristine beaches on its Gulf of Mexico side. Captiva and its sister island, Sanibel, are known to have some of the best shelling beaches in the world. You’ll see many guests bent in the “Captiva Crouch,” searching for the perfect specimens of shells for hours on end.

Hotel Location

Nestled on the beach, this Captiva inn is west of Fort Myers, Florida. The tropical drive from Fort Myers through Sanibel Island and then onward to Captiva Island is really beautiful with water views all around.  Tween Water Inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of McCarthy’s Marina and Captiva Chapel by the Sea. Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Tween Waters Inn Captiva Island FL

Property Features

At Tween Waters Inn, you can spend the day on the private beach and enjoy motor boating, then return for a meal at one of the inn’s 2 restaurants, the Crow’s Nest, which offers family-style dining, and Captiva House, which offers a fine dining experience. In fact, in the Crows Nest, they play live music at night and my wife and I had a chance to get away and enjoy a little alone time there and have some couple’s fun time as well.

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Hotel and Lodge – 4 – 6 person rooms

Room Amenities

All 137 rooms feature comforts like pillow top beds and premium bedding, while conveniences include sitting areas and refrigerators. Free WiFi and balconies are standard, as are flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Parking at the inn is free for guests.

Each room has a nice big balcony and all windows have blackout drapes/curtains to keep it dark if you want to sleep late. Also, the rooms have coffee/tea makers, free newspapers, free toiletries and daily housekeeping.  The 1-bedroom suite we stayed in had a flat-panel TV in both the bedroom and living room. That was great and let everyone watch what they wanted.

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In the Suite Room – 2 Queen Beds and Pull Out Couch

Family-Friendly Amenities

The resort has a huge fresh water pool with a shade-covered children’s pool.  My 4-year-old daughter could not get enough of the kiddie pool and spent hours playing with the other children. If you plan to stay long, there is a laundry facility for your convenience.

Within walking distance, the resort has its own private beach on the Gulf of Mexico. My family and I rented 2 lounge chair-covered cabanas for only $15 for the entire day. This was great because it gave us plenty of shade and we were allowed to bring our own cooler there to keep our drinks nice and chilled. We spent 6 hours on the beach and did not get burned. It was really nice day and the wild dolphins jumping in the Gulf gave everyone extra entertainment.

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Tween Water Inn Private Room

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning. The buffet was nice but a little different than most breakfasts included at American hotels. They had a hostess great you and sit you down at your table and you had your choice of the free buffet or a paid breakfast. The free buffet had a huge fresh fruit station, with all tropical fruits freshly cut. There were fresh pastries and bagels to toast, yogurts, cold cereals, and freshly-squeezed orange Juice. It was a good selection to choose from.

If you want a hot breakfast, like eggs or pancakes, then you will need to pay for that. Breakfast ranged from $6 and up. Being early risers, my daughter and I enjoyed the breakfasts while my other family members slept in.

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Island Cow to Eat

For lunch and dinner, you can eat on the property or go out to the many restaurants in the area.  We really like the Island Cow because of the casual dress and the come-as-you are attitude. It is only 15 – 20 minutes from the resort by car in Sanibel Island. The restaurant has a whimsical, island-style environment which is perfect for adults and kids of all ages. At the Island Cow, you feel as if you are family. My whole family said this was the best place we ate while on vacation.

Nearby Activities

There are a few different companies that offer parasailing. We didn’t try that but enjoyed watching parasailers as we lazed on the beach. Ecotours offers all sorts of personal watercraft rentals. Plus, you can get a guided kayak tour through the mangrove islands.

The inn’s state of the art fitness room offers aerobic classes and, if you feel a little competitive, there are tennis courts to use. You can also rent bicycles and ride on a private road from Captiva to Sanibel – no cars to worry about. And for all of you avid fisherman out there, you can either rent a boat or get a fishing charter to catch the big one.

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Family Fun on the Beach

Spa Services

For those that want to get pampered, the resort offers manicures and pedicures, body treatments and facial treatments.

Pets

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 25.00 per pet, per night, plus a deposit of USD 25.00 per day. This is really nice because there are so many pet lovers out there. Only specific rooms allow pets so you will need to book the right room early. There are some restrictions to apply for the pet-friendly rooms and you will need to ask the resort directly.

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Sanibel and Captiva Island – A great place for a family vacation

My family’s breakation was just what everyone needed, and we’ve all agreed we will go back. As I was talking to other guests, many said they make Tween Waters Inn an annual family vacation destination. I can understand why… the great service and family-friendly atmosphere would make anyone come back again and again. If you want to check out room rates, < Click this link >

Have Fun on Beautiful Singer Island

The first record of a settlement on Singer Island dates back to 1906 with Inlet City. Inlet City was a spontaneous community of fishermen and squatters, most of whom came from nearby Riviera Beach and the Bahamas. Fishermen were attracted to the island as a place to dry the cotton nets that they used in those days, and for its proximity to the fertile Gulf Stream (the waters of the Gulf Stream are closer to land on Singer Island than any other place in North America!). So Singer Island has come a long way from those days and now one of the most relaxing and sort after beach destinations in Palm Beach.

There is so much to do, that is why we wrote Have Fun on Beautiful Singer Island <<< Click Here to read our story about the island. Hope you like it.
God Bless,
Johnny

What to Do and See in Daytona Beach

If you have not been to Daytona Beach in awhile, then you need to put this famous beach on your summertime calendar. Beside driving on the beach with your car, you can have so much to do here. I came here the Spring Break of 1980 and it has grown up so much since then and we wrote a story on what to see and do in Daytona Beach. <<< Click Here to Read

You need to read this story to get a better idea of the fun you can have here in North Florida. If you have some great insider travel tips in Daytona Beach, please post something here!

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John

St. Augustine, Florida’s Oldest City

Historically, St. Augustine was established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, and is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. For 235 years it was the political, military, and religious capital of the Province of Florida from which Spain exercised jurisdiction over a vast geographical region. We all think that the oldest settlements are from the 1700’s but no, Florida has St. Augustine, which have to visit if you come to Northern Florida.

I especially love all that you can do in the area, some of the best B&Bs, restaurants, and attractions in the state. Check out my experience in St Augustine and what I thought of the area.<Click Here to Read More>

Please make a comment of your experiences of St. Augustine too!
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Johnny

Waldorf Astoria Orlando Review

Everything was great at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando – luxurious, comfortable , new , great location, great restaurants ( Bull and Bear is fabulous for romantic dinner , La Luce – for family meal, Oscars – great breakfast , worth every penny ), relaxing pool . The fact that you can use both pools ( Hiltons, which is perfect for kids, and the Waldorf’s – very relaxing) is very nice ! Close to Disney , 25 min ride to Universal , which was fine wit

Lush Grounds of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Entrance to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

h for me. My wife and I had amazing time here and enjoyed every minute of our stay ,will definitely stay again and recommend to all our friends and family ! Read my wife’s review of our stay here. Read Here <<<

Taking a Cruise from Miami

Are you a newbie cruise person? Well I was until December 2012 when I took my first cruise. I have journal my experience from my Miami cruise trip. Miami City is the leading cruise port in the world and I see why. It is a beautiful place to start your cruise and going out to sea on a cruise is so exciting. My family and I took a 7 days Western Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Glory. The foreign ports we went to were, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman.

It was a really great trip. Read my story of my First Cruise from Miami <<< Click Here to read the story

Please comment about cruise experiences and what cruise lines you enjoy taking and why?
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Johnny

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa

Marco Island beachfront resort sits on the Gulf of Mexico has plenty of white sandy beaches and with the beautiful water of the Gulf of Mexico at its door. This 11-story white-sand beachfront resort sits on the southwest tip of the island within 20 miles of Naples and 40 miles from the Everglades and 2 hours from Ft Lauderdale on the east coast.  This resort is known for it’s Golf, spa, and pools. The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, 3 pools, fitness center, and spa with supervised child care.
Every room has a balcony views. This resort is located in two towers, the 727 guestrooms at this Marriott resort offer minibars, refrigerators, pillowtop mattresses, and furnished, step-out balconies with views of the Gulf or Marco Island.

My wife and I spent the weekend here with our Church on a couples retreat and what a retreat it was. Beside the great teaching from our Pastors, the resort had so many amenities to relax with. We really enjoy the gulf water to go swimming in and we stayed in the warm water for hours. In fact while we were in the water a  wild dolphin was swimming around the beach. This was a real bonus.

The room was really nice and the restaurants and food was delicious!! I would recommend this resort if you need to get refueled.

Here are some photos from our trip:

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Entrance of Marco Island Marriott

Lovely Palm Tree at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa

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Front Entrance Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa

Grand Lobby

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Pool with Waterfall

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5 Restauranst at this Lovely Resort

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Beach to Relax On with Back Bay Water

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Lovely Grounds to Hang Out On and Relax

Has any of you been Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa? We would love to read your reviews. If you want more information on this resort >> Click this Link.
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John

Casa Marina Key West Review

The Casa Marina resort offers amazing amenities, 2 outdoor pools, surrounded by lush lawns and tropical gardens, and numerous water sports; You can dine at luscious restaurants, dining options include an open-air grill, a lobby bar, and a coffee shop. The rooms and suites are some of the best in Key West and the Florida Keys. Arrayed along a 1,100-foot private beach, the resort is 1.5 miles from the shopping, dining, and nightclubs of Duval Street.

Does this introduction make you want to find out more about the beautiful resort? Well you need to read my review of this Classic Resort. < Click Here to read the Casa Marina Review >

The review has a video I did of the resort, so look at my review to see the video to get a good look at the Casa Marina Key West Resort.

Casa Marina Resort

Do you have any comments about this resort?
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Johnny

Allure of the Sea Leaves Fort Lauderdale

Royal Caribbean Allure of the Sea is a beautiful and grand cruise that leaves Fort Lauderdale’s port most Sunday afternoons. While sitting on the beach, I caught some photos of this cruise ship leaving the port. I knew this was one of Royal Caribbeans updated and special ships and have Dream Work characters on board which makes it really special for families.

Here are a few photos of the ship….
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Allure of the Sea Fort Lauderdale

Royal Caribbean Allure of the Sea

When I got back home, I did some research on the ship and to find out what made this ship so special. From what I found out online, its the revolutionary design of Allure of the Seas that will excite any cruise passenger. The ship has the following:

  • One to two-story ocean views contemporary Loft Suites
  • Full-sized carousel on a Boardwalk neighborhood
  • You can spend some quiet time in the adults-only Solarium
  • The kids’ imaginations can run wild in our Youth Zone – the largest dedicated youth area at sea.
  • Jump right into the Pool Zone, where you’ll find the H2O Zone, cantilevered whirlpools, FlowRiders and a thrilling zip-line view of the ship and sea below.
  • When it’s time to unwind, you can go for a stroll in Central Park – a meandering garden and lush public space lined with foliage and fine restaurants
  • You can take in the majestic view from any of the multiple balconies overlooking the AquaTheater, the first amphitheater at sea.
  • The ship has 28 ultra-modern loft suites and 2,700 spacious staterooms,
  • This ship is 16-decks and can prove that the impossible, is possible.

Wow, this ship sounds like it has it all. I have never cruised, so I am counting on some of our readers to give me some feed back of their experiences on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Sea.
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Johnny

Key Largo Hilton Grande

I found this video of the Key Largo Hilton Grande which is one my favorite resorts in Key Largo.  Nestled along the southern boundaries of the Everglades National Park, Hilton Key Largo Resort offers inspired accommodations. This is a true tropical- island paradise, where memorable experiences await. Located less than one hour south of Miami, this exotic Key Largo hotel and resort offers extensive nature trails, a private white- sand beach, exciting water sports, and unparalleled sunsets.

Watch this video I found on YouTube and you see the grounds of the is beautiful resort.

If you want to see more information on this resort < Click Here >
Any feedback on this resort?
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Johnny