Located on the quiet East end of the island, the Parrot Nest is a great escape from the real world. The Bay beach is a block away, the Gulf beach about 3 blocks. You can walk or bike on the bike path to the lighthouse, which is a half mile. Close by is the Lighthouse Cafe and an ice cream shop - what more do you need? The Parrot Nest dates from the 50's, so if you're looking for high-tech look somewhere else. We thought it was weird there were no phones in the rooms, but there is a phone at the "office" that you can use anytime, even for long distance, for free. There are also washers and dryers available, and last time we were there, Lenny, the manager's husband, was putting in some miniature golf holes. He used to be the grounds keeper for the Dunes Golf Club, so I'm eager to return and see how they turn out. The Nest is what Florida used to be, before all the corporations swooped in. If you want old-fashioned charm and southern hospitality, the Parrot Nest is the place for you.
There are only six rooms, so it would be a great place to plan a family get-together, or small wedding. Also, the grounds are beautiful with all the tropical foliage. One of the most out-standing characteristics is Brenda, the manager. She'll make you feel like family, or leave you alone, what ever suits you.
the anchor inn is a small motel and a collection of cottages in central sanibel. they have a small pool. they have a good location for those who want to explore the attractions of central sanibel island. like most southwest florida hotels prices are much higher during the winter tourist season.
tween the waters inn was established in 1931. this historic inn is a collection of cottages on the gulf and bay side of captiva. tween the waters has a beautiful private beach. they offer a restaurant, bar, and pool on premises. a very interesting place to stay on captiva island but expensive.
the south seas plantation island resort is located on the northern tip of captiva island. this luxury resort has the advantage of being both on the ocean and bayside of captiva island. the south seas plantation offers all of the amenities of a first class resort. surprisingly this luxury property is an excellent value. in the off season rooms are priced as low as $ 149 per night single. like most southwest florida resort hotels the prices are much higher in the winter tourist season. i highly recommend this resort because of it's fabulous location and very good value.
In theory, this would be a great place to stay. 'in theory'.
It's a housekeeping unit with a full kitchen, living room, appliances and queen bed. They also have free bikes, a hammock and they are less than 1/2 mile from the beach.
Sadly, half the stuff was broken. Fan, broken. Coffee maker, broken. Door latch, broken. Oh, and when we got there, the bed was half made.
Still, the location was great and it is a quiet place.
We have been going to Sanibel for a while now and have stayed in various places on the island. We recently discovered Blind pass condo, on Bowman's beach. ALthough we had heard about it before, we never gave it a try until early March. Aren't we glad we did! Blind Pass condo is a lovely complex surrounded by nature, all the amenities you'll need (pool, tennis, free kayaks, bbqs...)and a very friendly staff. Our unit (F210) was outstanding, we couldn't have asked for more. The shelling was plentiful, as often on Bowman's beach.
We wished we had discovered that place long ago, but we feel that now we know where to go!
Very private and exceptionnally well maintained grounds
Private access to the most beautiful beach on Sanibel with no crowd
Very nice unit
Very quiet and relaxing
Super friendly and efficient staff!
Buttonwood Cottages was an
excellent place to stay at in Sanibel ...
Sad to say, as of the summer of 2005
it is now closed for business ....
The hospitality will be missed
Your stay had many plus sides to it that
you do not find at most the other places ....
2 Hot tubs you can use 24 hours a day ....
2 Kayaks you can use anytime ....
Bicycles to use anytime you want ....
Fishing poles to use anytime you want ....
All the beach items you could need that do
include: beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkling
gear, life vests for the beach and kayaks,
and even beach towels.
There was a nice table and chairs in the back
yard along with hammocks to lie in anytime
you want. You also have a BBQ grill to use
anytime you want. the cottage had a nice
screened in, furnished porch to sit out in
anytime you want ....
And the list goes on to include the inside
furnishings of the cottages.
Each was everything you could want or
need to live in, it was like your home away
from home ....
Very comfortable, ants in kitchen were a slight problem, but it IS AN ISLAND IN FLORIDA for crying out loud, some bugs are a must have! (For the full Florida experience)
Larger, with nice porch, but further from ocean. Also had a hot tub. Full kitchen, one bedroom and living and dining rooms.
All porches seemed to be screened in, and bugs were pesky on the beach at night.
Don't get mad at me, I have to show you the hot tubs out back behind the cottages! Each unit has it's own hot tub too!
With a Buttonwood unit rental you get:
Beach Chairs, Beach Towels, Umbrellas, Kayaks, Fishing Gear, Sand Toys, Outside Shower, Complimentary laundry facility, (and that includes soap and softener), Propane & Charcoal Grills, Hammocks, Two Garden Whirlpools, Bicycles, (including tandem bike).
I travel a lot, and stay a lot of places. This cottage was everything I expected and more! The privacy would make it perfect for a honeymoon cottage.
Private, quiet, clean and so comfortable! The manager Lisa is so nice, and friendly. She makes this place special. Our first cottage was an efficiency type. Very large, and full of homey touches. Stencils on the walls, little ocean touches everywhere. You couldn't ask for more, and the price made it a real bargain to boot!
Price can range from $85.00 a night to $285.00 a night, depending on size of cottage, and season renting.
Hot tub, screened in porch, large kitchen, king size bed. Short walk on private lane to beach. Beach chairs, bikes, kyacks, fishing poles, sand toys, games, washer and dryer on site (free) and complimentary detergent and softener. All that was missing was a private maid to cook and tuck us in!!
The island does offer traditional hotels, small and large, some on the water and some not. The larger facilities will have on-site restuarants and bars which forces you out to mingle with other guests and their towage for each meal....phooey!
All resorts on Sanibel don't offer on-site water sports other than a skiff to fart around. Maybe some wind surfer stuff. None on the gulf at least.
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