Plantation House at South Seas Island Resort is another amazing resort on Captiva Island. This is the 3rd resort I have stayed at on this trip and it is great to be able to compare several resorts in one area.
This is a part of the Hilton Grand Vacations extended network and a wonderful place to stay. I have already enjoyed Plantation Club and Plantation Bay Vilas on this trip.
Moving from one resort to another is a dream like because of the lack of frustration and travel hassle.
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Day One Arrival at Plantation House at South Seas Island Resort
Not sure if anyone would do the transferring from one resort to another that I get to do when I write about these resorts. But I can tell you it is amazing.
For you as the potential vacationer, just follow along with the things to do in the area, and the simple descriptions of the resort accommodations to help you make your own choice.
So far the resort has been similar on this trip. Each with its own charms.
For this resort, the size of the 2 bedrooms is a monster at over 1,100 square feet. These suites also provide a screened-in balcony, which is nice to keep away any insects.
When flipping from one resort to another is easy, you just need to plan for the hours without amenities from the checkout at 10 AM until check typically at 4 PM.
Once checked in we enjoyed the layout and features of this resort.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Washer and Dyer
- In-Room Safe
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Pools
- Business Center
- On-Site Restaurants
- Fitness Center
- Concierge Services
Today, after enjoying the beach and saying goodbye to my friend who has stayed with me at the last two resorts. I went for lunch.
Lunch at Mucky Duck
Here I had a nice full seafood platter, which was a lot for lunch, but when combined with a few drinks and some time just hanging out, it was more than a meal. It was a plan of action.
Mucky Duck even has a nice beach cam.
This area is so nice for the outdoor temps year-round. Look at this free online chart showing the average temperature and conditions. Here in April, you see the average high is 79 and so far on the trip is has only been above 80 for 1 day. So just perfect conditions for the beach or to play on the water.
Day Two Boating
I have already been sailing and fishing on this trip. But today, now that I have seen the area some by water, I wanted to rent something small for a few hours and get out on the water by myself. In general, I do not recommend people go out by themselves on boats. It is always nice having someone with you, just in case.
Myself, I had already been on these local waterways with 2 different local captains this week, and I grew up on the water. I had a boat I could use to travel in before I had a license to drive. I did, however, give the boat renter an idea of my itinerary just in case.
The water on the interior side of the island is calm compared to the gulf side. Still, if the wind picks up, you could be in for a bumpy ride. Today the wind and weather were calm and offered little cloud cover or chance of rain at all.
Note younger boaters born after Jan 1988 are required to have a card saying they have completed the boaters safety course. For half a day here, I got a nice center console boat for a few hundred dollars from CWS Captiva. They fill the boat up with ice and fuel, and you just pay for the fuel you use. Seems fair enough to me.
The 19-foot boat was a good size and they have several other larger boats available if you need more room. I spent most of my time on the water back home on this size or smaller boats unless I was sailing. The sailboats I used to race were 35ft class.
They also have jet skis available and that can be a fun choice though a bit more pricy. I recently rode on a jet ski right past an alligator and it made me choose the boat today. I was in no danger, but it did get my attention.
Being on the water is like cutting the grass on an acre or more of land. It makes you want a cold beer afterward. Well, at least that was my excuse.
I headed to the Crows Nest for a few and some late lunch or early dinner. I picked the crab cakes for dinner. I live in an area in Virginia with some of the best Blue Crab in the world, but like BBQ I can not get too much good crab.
Day Three at Fort Myers
I have been in the area for over a week now, so I chose to finally venture off the island and check out Fort Myers for myself. The added places and options are neat if you are in the area for a while.
I headed out to the Edison Ford winter estates to see their fully restored lab and learn more about Edison that I received during my school years. The laboratory is open from 9 AM-5:30 PM most days and offers a real glimpse of genius from the time period.
Tickets are affordable and there are even membership options with nice benefits if you are interested in supporting further.
Doing a family membership that covers 2 adults and up to 4 children saves your money and gives you unlimited access as well as discounts and access to special events.
Another great spot is the IMAG history and science center. This reminded me of the Virginia Living Museum back home, and I loved the staff and all the exhibits. If you stay in the area and have a rainy day, take the kids here and learn while everyone has fun.
Tickets are $17.50 for adults and less for children based on age range.
I liked the hurricane simulator which allows you to feel a 78 MPH wind of a category 1 firsthand.
On-site there is even a theater and many hands-on activities and demonstrations.
I stopped at the onsite snack house for a sandwich, fries, and a drink and was happy with them. It felt fun, like that kind of place should be for kids and families.
After those two neat and informative spots, I headed back toward the island. But with plans to come to see a baseball game in the area since the Red Socks call a local ballpark their spring camp, and I had a few other spots on my mind as well for next time.
I will need to check Tzort to see if there are any of Fort Myers’ own resorts I need to review. Ah, the pleasures of writing for Tzort never end.