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Manatee Haven: Upscale Beach View Home with Screened-in Pool, Spa & Elevator.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 8), 3.5+ Baths, Elevator, Screened-In Pool Home

Manatee Haven is an upscale, non-smoking, beachview home that offers four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms with an elevator to all three levels. It is professionally decorated, has a swimming pool and hot tub located in a 3,200 sq. feet private screened-in patio that encompasses all three levels of living area. Our home offers every amenity for its guests, including access to the private North Captiva Island Club facilities, Wi-Fi Broadband internet connection, free long-distance phone calls within the US, and a private beach just 500 feet away.

The first level of Manatee Haven has four bedrooms, two kings, one queen and two twins, in addition to two full baths. Each of the bedrooms is fully tiled and beautifully appointed with island themes. DirecTV (with free Netflix) is available in the Great room, and in all four bedrooms. There is also a private screened lanai off the master bedroom that overlooks the pool and patio.

The second floor has a fully-equipped kitchen with Granite countertops and a bar for an enjoyable breakfast or lunch. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the Gulf views from a Natuzzi leather sectional, watch 700+ DVD's, stored in eleven 3-ring binders, on a 55' Smart HD/TV w/ surround sound and FREE Netflix access, or listen to 100+ CD's on a Stereo with IPod input. A dining area is off the kitchen and has a full glass/wood table with extensions and six chairs. In addition there is a bar with a separate small refrigerator to keep your favorite drinks cold as well as one exclusively for wine bottles. In addition there is a full bath on the second level. A 25X11 foot lanai is off the great room and faces the Gulf where you can take pleasure in the view and relax with the Gulf breezes. The lanai features a 6-person patio table, a CharBroil infra-red grill and a small sofa and chairs for enjoying the ocean breeze.

From the screened lanai there is a spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck, 49 feet above ground, with a grand 360-degree view of North Captiva Island, the gulf, bay and surrounding islands. A telescope is available to view the night sky. A screened heated 15 by 33-feet heated pool that is one of the largest on the island along with a hot tub and elevator in a large screened-in patio that is on the ground level. A large and smaller George Foreman grill are available to use. Swim laps, play pool games of basketball, volleyball, or just sit and relax in the spa. A private hot/cold shower is available off the pool and a Weber charcoal grill is ready for your poolside dining. A golf cart is included with your rental.

Keywords: Beach View Home

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Mike & Piper Swinford
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Mike & Piper Swinford

We are an active couple with two beautiful kids from Lakeway, Texas. We are “water babies” and love to live and relax around lakes and the ocean. We stumbled across the magical island of North Captiva back in 2010 when planning a vacation. We fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the island. It is a true getaway from the fast paced lifestyle of the mainland. The island allows us a place to get away with our kids and create lifelong memories with each other. In 2012 we discovered Manatee Haven, a truly exceptional home on North Captiva. We loved Manatee Haven so much we kept coming back year after year, and then were blessed to be able to purchase Manatee Haven from the original owners, Kay and Jake Stieger.

Kay and Jake built Manatee Haven in 2002 and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere. They have taken great care of their island home ever since. The reviews of the house speak volumes to the meticulous cleaning and upkeep the Stiegers have put into it for 14 years. We have kept all the furnishings, décor and amenities exactly the same as Kay left them. When you see Manatee Haven you will see it’s not just a house, it’s a home – a vacation home where you will feel comfortable and relaxed with any amenity you need.

Mike & Piper Swinford purchased this house in 2002

Why Mike & Piper Swinford chose Captiva

We purchased Manatee Haven and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere.

What makes this house unique

Manatee Haven is unique in that when you enter the home it is completely under a 3-story screen enclosure on a large deck (3,200 sq. ft) with elevator, a 33 ft. long and 15 ft. wide heated swimming pool, hot-tub, enclosed hot & cold water shower, small refrigerator, swimming pool games and toys and plenty of outdoor furniture to relax and enjoy yourself. This enclosure keeps the bugs out and no sunscreen lotion would be necessary.


Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outdoor Shower / Toilet - toilet , outdoor shower , Pool Deck Hot/Cold Shower . / Toilet in Garage
    Master Ensuite Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite full bath in master bedroom
    Bedroom Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom on bedroom level shared by bedrooms
    Living level bathroom - toilet , shower , Full bath with shower on main living floor
  • We have 3 full bathrooms in the main house. One in the master bedroom. Anther shared by the additional bedrooms. Third is on the top level living/dining floor. We also have a fabulous outdoor shower on the pool deck area that is a hot/cold shower. There is a toilet in the garage so swimmers don't need to go all the way up into the house.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    King Bedroom - 1 king
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    Twins Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf Cart
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Free Phone Calls within the USA, 55' HD/TV, Satellite TV (5), DVD (5) VCR(1), CD Player with I-Pod I/P, Wi-Fi Broadband Internet Connection, Refrigerator w/ Icemaker plus a smaller refrigerator, Private Pool and Spa, Weber Charcoal Grill and George Foreman Grills (2)


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Manatee Haven: Upscale Beach View Home with Screened-in Pool, Spa & Elevator.
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews

Great house for families

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Manatee Haven. The house was clean and well maintained. We've stayed in North Captiva Island Club houses previously and they are run more like a business. Manatee Haven is more personal and accommodating. We also like the customer service at Island Girl Charters better than NCIC. We had great communication with the house owners and Jeff and Jane were very responsive and helpful on the island. You really can't go wrong with this rental, but book early because it's tough to get the peak weeks.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a wonderful time at Manatee Haven. We always strive to make our home as comfortable for our guests as we expect for ourselves. We'd love to have you back next year.
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St Catharines Ontario Canada

The owners of Manatee Haven have thought of everything to made our visit to North Captiva awesome

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many vacation properties and Manatee Haven is above and beyond. The owners and property managers make a visit to North Captiva effortless. If rest and relaxation is what you crave, in a beautiful home on a one of a kind island. Manatee Haven delivers!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation for 8!

  • 5 of 5

Cannot say enough great things about this home, owners, and management. Beautiful, clean, well appointed home. The kids were in the pool all week! Very much enjoyed the screened in lanai off the living room and the screened in pool deck with AMAZING pool side grill! Kitchen and bathrooms were well stocked with many extras that we didn't expect. Golf carts were both very nice with larger tires to make getting around very easy. The upper roof deck made a perfect spot to watch the sunset and stargaze. We even made use of the huge collection of DVD's for family movie night. This is the perfect place to just drop off the radar and relax. Loved this island, loved this home....will love returning in the future. Thank you for sharing your home Swinfords!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shelley, We are so happy you all had a great Thanksgiving at Manatee Haven. It looked like the weather was incredible for your stay. Love that you enjoyed the new outdoor kitchen area. We think that just put the cherry on top of the pool/spa deck. Let us know when you want to come back. Mike & Piper
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A Real Cut Above

  • 5 of 5

Our family had very high expectations going into this vacation. We were completely blown away with the location, the accommodations, the beauty, the beaches and the ambiance. The house is exquisitely well appointed with everything that one could want or need. Lauren and Duncan were perfect property managers. We didn't have any requests but they stayed in contact with us just in case. My wife and I were accompanied by our two daughters, our sons in law, two grandchildren and my wife's mother. The house is large enough that we never felt crowded. The lookout on top was fantastic for viewing sunsets, sunrises and star gazing. The island is so quiet and peaceful! No autos and no crowds!

We all agreed that this vacation was the most relaxing ever!

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephen, We are so please that you all had a great time at Manatee Haven. We hope you enjoyed the new outdoor kitchen area on the pool deck. We think it really makes that area the best on the island. We'd love to have you all back, just let us know when. Mike & Piper Swinford
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  • 5 of 5

Manatee Haven has everything. All I really needed to bring was my toothbrush and bathing suit! I am especially excited about their new outdoor kitchen on the pool level. Now I can prepare lunch and be with my family, while they are enjoying the pool and hot tub. And the upgraded golf cart is super cool. Thanks for all the upgrades. LOVE this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A weeks stay at Manatee Haven

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th trip to North Captiva. We have stayed at a different house each time.

The house is nicely maintained. It has everything you need to enjoy the island. I love to cook and try to remember what spices to bring as we plan meals. There is a cupboard full of spices. More than I have at home. Love the screen enclosed pool. We were able to enjoy the pool and hot tub well into the evening. There are beach toys, chairs, floatys and anything you need to enjoy the beach. Love the upper deck for when we didn't go to the beach to watch the sunset. Actually saw "the green flash". There is an excellent selection of movies ( 600 or so) and games. This is not a huge house, compared to others we rented. but is a great value. We were trying to save a few bucks because our kids are heading to college. So we ran into each other in the kitchen a bit. We have 3 adult kids. There was a recommendation for a charter boat that we used and we caught enough snapper for 3 meals. Beach is close. It was a great stay. Thank you .

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lesa, We are so happy you all had a great time at Manatee Haven. We hope you'll come back to our little sliver of paradise sometime in the future. We are currently installing a new outdoor kitchen on our pool deck area that will include state of the art gas grill, a sink, a wonderful drawer refrigerator and an ice maker. We think it will be the cherry on top of our pool deck. Sounds like you all had a great time with Captain Tedd - you can't beat fresh snapper. Mike & Piper
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Cayo Costa State Park
Great for shelling
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Southwest International Airport, Ft. Myers, Florid
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
NCIC Pool Bar
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Over The Waterfront in Safety Harbor
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Gulf Beach
Car: not necessary

Manatee Haven is located on a barrier island North Captiva Island. You take a public water-taxi from Pineland Marina on Pine Island, Florida. It takes 25 minutes to get to the island. You use a golf cart to get around the island. There are three restaurants and one snack bar/grocery store. The beach is less than a minute ride by golf cart. The island is very peaceful and quiet as there are no large condo complexes allowed, only single family homes. If you are looking to kick back and relax you have come to the right place.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
2nd Golf Cart $350 + Tax
Booking Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.