We loved this home! It was the perfect house for our family of six. Because this house has two master bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, and a third bedroom with twin beds, and an adorable nautical bathroom across the hall; it was perfect for my husband and I, my parents, and our two children. It was beautifully decorated with newer furnishings, comfy beds and linens, and a well-equipped kitchen with brand new high-end appliances. The house was very clean and true to pictures. The tile in the kitchen and bathrooms are a bit dated, but we got a kick out of the charming pelican and shell tile. We ate most of our meals on one of the many screened in porches, surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. My husband and I watched sunrises from the upstairs master bed with a cup of coffee, and viewed the amazing sunsets from the crow’s nest deck with 360-degree views. Our days were spent at the nearly deserted gorgeous beaches on the south part of the island, or in the private pool; and our evenings were spent having ping-pong and corn hole tournaments. We had one rainy day, and were grateful for all of the board games and movies that the owners provided. We also enjoyed the Island Club membership with the two large pools and complimentary kayaks. Pick up one of their bikes early, as the bikes in better condition get checked out quickly. This was one of the best family vacations that we have ever had. We will definitely be back to North Captiva and Toes In The Sand!
Stayed for a week on North Captiva (with two other couples). The home "Toes in the sand" was beautiful and perfect for our group! Very nicely decorated, super clean, kitchen had everything we need - just bring your groceries! We also enjoyed a couple of restaurants on the island. Top deck was great for watching the sunset and we had fun just roaming the island! Very relaxing vacation. Can't wait to make reservation for next year - maybe two weeks this time!
The house was great loved the porches the pool was dirty house keeping did not do a good job candy wrappers on the floor and it felt gritty when I found the vacuum that was new the container was never emptied and the master shower would not turn off ran all night no hot water for the master bath beautiful tubs but don't work and dirty should inform renters the shower turns on where the water comes out had no idea but over all the house was great
Property was overall fine. The refrigerator and the golf cart were not working upon our arrival. Both of which were around 10 years old and important parts to stays on North Captiva Island. Our food had to be kept in coolers until the employee refrigerator was put in place of the broken unit. It was cleaned out in our house and we had to put our food into this equally dated unit. Pretty gross all around.
The golf cart did not charge and so we were on foot day 1 until another cart was brought to us day 2. No money or perks were offered as compensation for our issues. In fact the management completely ignored my notifications of the issues.
The issues with the rental management company kept going however. This is a unique rustic island that honestly might be better the way it is, but a few upgrades could greatly enhance the experience. If possible rent a home privately and not with the island club due to amenities. The bikes are mostly broken and unkept with 4 hour limits, golf carts are mostly broken and unkept, kayaks have a 4:30pm due in time, when evenings are some of the best time to enjoy the water. It is kinda like a all poorly run all inclusive resort or a socialist economy. All is free but not very nice.
Our friends with private rental homes via VRBO for example had very nice amenities with nice golf carts, bikes, and kayaks.
The best part of the Rental club is the dates for availability are much better than VRBO sites that are not updated as often. If the island club can figure out how to upgrade their product then it could be worth it, but that is not anytime soon.