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“Perfect spot, but a bit misleading!”
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Captiva Island, Florida

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Christina...
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“Perfect spot, but a bit misleading!”
Reviewed 26 June 2018 for a stay in June 2018

We spent a week here and while it was a great house, it is a DUPLEX with a person living next door. She was really nice and allowed us to use her cooler for the boat, but I thought we had the whole house.

The kitchen was VERY well appointed with crock pot (wish I would have know that was there when planning meals!) very nice kitchen utensils and pots and pans. The only thing I wanted for was a pair of kitchen scissors but that was it! There are absolutely no tools so if you need them for some reason bring them. We needed needle nose pliers and purchased some from Mangos.

We have a family of 5 and the room we put the boys in has an angled ceiling which they cracked their heads on pretty consistently. They are both over 6' tall. My daughters room upstairs on the front of the house was more spacious and the view was stunning. It was weird that the boys bedroom door went to the bathroom and there was some awkward moments due to this.

Overall, I though the location was one of the best on the island. Across the "street" from the nicest beach on the island and right down the road from the docks/pools/stores. It was great having a golf cart to explore the island but we really needed a three row golf cart as all three of my kids could not really fit on the back. Once again they are teenagers, but this house says it sleeps 5-6 people you should have a commiserate golf cart.

It was wonderful having the pool and amenities. Much better experience than Little Gasperilla several years ago! Highly recommend Boats and Fun to rent a boat for a few days, the island is VERY isolated. Unless you are going to go to the beach every day and sit, you will want to go fishing, boating, exploring the barrier islands with a boat. We visited Jensens Marina and docked then rented bikes and road around Captiva. Visited St. James city one day which was a nice boat ride but nothing was really there except a restaurant. Manatee hole was kinda cool, we visited a state park that was an island for the day and fished. Saw TONS of dolphins and manatees. All of the places we visited were preprogrammed into the GPS on the boat which was nice.

It was also nice not having to haul beach towels, chairs, etc and getting them from the club. In addition, using the bikes, kayaks and life preservers was nice to not have to rent as they were provided from 8-4pm each day.

We bought groceries on the mainland at public and they "boat bagged" our groceries which fit in the boxes the ferry gave us at the meeting place. Each person gets a 48 gallon Rubbermaid box with a top. We bought a few freezer bags too for cold items, but everything made it to the house pretty quickly. Highly recommend making a chart of Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, appetizer and dinner for each day so you don't over or under purchase. We allowed to eat out one lunch and one dinner both were VERY expensive on the island for our family of 5 (well over $100 each meal) We flew out of Ft Meyers airport and had a transfer waiting from Asterride/Jayride. It was pricey but he was there early waiting for us and it was a very nice/easy ride versus the people waiting and shuffling to get Uber or order a cab.

This trip takes a bit of planning, but it was nice. Not sure I would do it again but we have some really great memories from this little island. <3

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rabsmo
Boca Raton, Florida
1 review
“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed 29 January 2018 for a stay in January 2018

We greatly enjoyed our stay and used the time to relax and unwind. We enjoyed the beautiful ocean view and the quick walk to the beach where we spent lots of time walking and shelling. The home was comfortable and met all of our needs. The staff at North Captiva Club were friendly and so helpful.

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Claire T
Green Bay, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Absolute relaxation”
Reviewed 13 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We had an outstanding trip to North Captiva and loved our stay at the ByDesign rentals. We traveled with extended family that included senior citizens, teenagers and children, renting both units out. It was perfect for our party. The house is located steps from the beach, which has beautiful sand for swimming and walking and just enough shells for shell hunting. Both units were nicely decorated and had well equipped kitchens. The beds were very comfortable. We loved cooking our own meals, the Publix shopping service was excellent and only a few minor mistakes were made by Publix. I recommend this property! The only thing that could have been an issue, but wasn't, were the flies. While we visited there were gentle breezes off the Gulf that kept the flies away. The one day it was very calm, flies were a problem when we tried to eat out on the deck so I understand why so many vacation rentals have screened porches. It worked out fine for us, though, and we loved eating in the open air!!

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Liked best: The location - on the beach and close to the resort. Comfortably furnished.
Liked least: The North Captiva Island Club resort - the pools/facilities were not as clean as I would have liked.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
20 May 2015
Thank you for taking the time to review. By Design is a great location by the beach We are happy everyone of all ages enjoyed your stay on North Captiva! We hope to see you again soon!

Thank you,

The North Captiva Island Club Team
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Geneva
Reviewed 8 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Management Response
12 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the home and the island! We have great wildlife and love to hear when guests enjoy that aspect of the island.

Hope to see you again soon!

Thank you,

The North Captiva Island Club Team
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NY
Reviewed 23 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Management Response
23 Jan 2014
Hi Martha,

Thank you for taking the time to review. We will pass along your kind words to Laura - she is great! Glad to hear you had great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you,

The North Captiva Island Club Team
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Chicago
Reviewed 19 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013

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Management Response
19 Dec 2013
We are glad you had a perfect getaway and that CJ and Laura were a great help! We will let them know your kind words. Hope to see you again soon!

Thank you,

The North Captiva Island Club Team
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Toronto
Reviewed 26 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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