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Review 558: North Captiva Island Club Resort, Eagles Nest
3bed/2bath cottage on North Captiva Island, Florida
February 2001, 1 week
Our house was located at the tip of the island leading into the harbor. There were several houses around us but we were very secluded and had the adjacent beach pretty much to ourselves.
There are no paved roads on the island and transportation is by golf cart. We were able to walk from one side of the island to the other to see both sunrise and sunset. A short drive to the reception area (where the boat pulls in) has a small grocery store, pool, tennis, restaurant and gift store.
Built on stilts, 'Eagles Nest' had a large screened in porch. The first floor had an open living and dining area. The kitchen was separated from this area by a counter top bar. Two bedrooms were on this floor and shared a bath. The master suite was accessed by a metal spiral staircase. There was an ensuite bathroom and french doors led outside to a small open deck area that had awesome views of the water.
There was no garden to speak of nor was there a sitting area on the ground level. No matter, the beach was steps away from the house.
The dining area seated six people comfortably. There was nothing notable about the living room and same for the downstairs bedrooms. The furnishings were clean although a little worn. The screened porch had another table set and there was a weber grill for outdoor cooking. Sand chairs were avaiable for the beach.
With 3 couples, each desiring some privacy, it was necessary to have 3 bedrooms. The main bedrooms were not large although they each had a dresser. The bedding was ok, but not terrific. The main bathroom was large and had adequate storage. Upstairs, the master bedroom was oversized with a queen sized bed. The windows allowed the light from the rising sun to stream right in making it difficult to sleep in - but who cared? Again, the bathroom was large and had a shower.
Our resident gourmet cook, loved the kitchen. It came with most of the necessary utensils including a microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. There was a washer/dryer located in a closet right off the kitchen and there was plenty of room for everyone to assist.
Problems or Bonuses
The largest problem we encountered was that we lost water several times during the week for short periods of time. Whether it was because we were at the end of the water line or due to the drought they were experiencing, I don't know. The resort management were sometimes slow to assist us. When we were leaving, we also had problems with our boat transportation so I would advise anyone to leave plenty of time for arriving at the airport.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The booking process was relatively easy this time (we are going back). A deposit was required that is refundable and final payment is not due until 2 weeks prior to arrival. The website is very informative, complete with a map and information about getting to the island.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes!! We have rented Gulf Breeze this time - on the other side of the island. Changes that we will make this time are to take less clothing - shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits and a sweatshirt and pants. Maybe something to dress up for dinner 1 night. Once you are there, unless you have a boat, you're there for the duration. There are tours from the island but not many. Plan ahead - bring what you need. The Publix market, on the mainland, is great. Call ahead with your food order and they will pack and have it ready for your arrival.
Things to do in this area
Walk the beach, watch the birds, look for the dolphins, fish, swim, walk the beach, watch the sunset, get up for the sunrise, walk the beach, and read a book. Oh, did I mention walk the beach? There are only 2 restaurants. Barnacle Phil's is not to be missed. It is a funky kind of place with a boat ramp for day trippers. We only went once to the other restaurant and were unimpressed. We plan on renting a boat for several days to go fishing and shelling (Cayo Costa).
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