David’s 3rd Florida postcard!
Although I’d heard a lot of good things about Sanibel Island, its smaller neighbour Captiva had never been on my radar before Roz and I arrived at the upmarket, intimate ’Tween Waters Inn. And it couldn’t have been a better first-time experience of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
We took long walks along the beautiful beaches, ate beautiful meals at the Old Captiva House and Sunshine Seafood Café, went wildlife-spotting on Sanibel and generally enjoyed the rather surreal atmosphere of the build-up to Christmas in a warm climate. No chance whatsoever of a White Christmas here!
Locals and visitors on Captiva and Sanibel really get into the festive spirit, and no-one more so than the boat owners. After a spectacular sunset cruise, it was an added pleasure to return to the marina and see how they had gone to town on decorating their vessels for the holiday season.
After three wonderful nights here it was time for a short drive to Cape Coral and the Westin at Marina Village. This is a much bigger property but the staff were great and the one-bedroom suite we got was really impressive, with a fantastic view of the densely wooded coastline.
A couple of pool days later it was time to leave the Gulf Coast and head for the final stop on our Florida adventure – Orlando …
With thanks to the ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village and Dollar Rent A Car.