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Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927 Captiva Island Village.... short stroll to the beach!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,211 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 en-suite BR+ Den, 4.5 BA (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to our luxury vacation home, Absentminded. Our beautiful well-appointed home is located in the center of the Village of Captiva with the beach or the bay just a short block away! You will appreciate staying in the Village in that we are walking distance to everything...beach, restaurants, marinas, shopping etc.

This spacious 3,200 square feet home four bedroom/4.5 bath private home comfortably sleeps 10 (easily handles multiple couples or your extended crew) and is designer finished in island style. The house features four private suites (each with a private bathroom), a three story caged lanai (one of the few fully screened-in lanai's in Captiva ....our guests' love it's privacy and the protection that it provides so don't settle...arguably the best lanai in Captiva) with a large heated pool with spa and many great amenities including a built-in gas grill on the pool level, a ping pong table, Jenga, plus many toys and games for children young and old!

We are truly in the middle of the island and just steps to...

the beach for shelling, sunbathing and swimming... the Bay for watching the sunrise, fishing, boating, and manatee watching... fun restaurants like the famous Bubble Room (in one direction), to Southseas Resort and Doc Ford's (other direction) or to the fabulous Mucky Duck (at the beach) for romantic sunsets. And, if you can't wait for that first cup of coffee the island's Starbuck's is a short one block walk away. Captiva Island is only about 600 yards at its widest point so you are literally steps away from the beach no matter where you are. Once you arrive and park your car, you might not leave the island for the rest of your vacation.

Welcome to the Sunshine!!! Welcome to the Islands!

Our ground floor entrance is inviting and functional with four separate lockers to store all your beach supplies (or those nasty winter coats) while you enjoy the Captiva sunshine . The beach towels are here so quickly grab one and head to the beach which is just a short stroll across the street and down sandy Laika Lane for our amazing world famous beach, playful dolphins and truly wonderful sunsets. The two car garage has plenty of beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach toys and beach carts for your short walk to the beach, shopping or our many restaurants. The garage features elevator access (for our guests requiring accessibility), and an extra refrigerator and freezer. The ground floor lower level has a half-bath powder room convenient to the three story screened-in entertainment/pool area with a built-in BBQ grill, bar height table, teak bar, and multiple lounge chairs for lazing around the pool and spa. The large pool deck is a great area to keep the little ones busy and having fun playing in the pool or with board games while adults will find a relaxing peaceful spot to take a mid-afternoon nap before heading to the Mucky Duck for another beautiful sunset. And if the weather turns inclement (reminder we are in the islands!) , don't worry there is plenty of the pool deck under cover to entertain your guests! The pool deck also features an outdoor shower and a changing room . This pool deck is an amazing outdoor may never want to leave the house! Our repeat guests have reported the three story screened-in lanai was a key difference maker...good weather or bad.

Walking onto the main floor of the house, you're greeted by the Florida sunshine as it streams through plantation shutters into a very open floor plan AND the Shelly the Turtle prominently displayed on the main wall of the cozy Great Room. There is plenty of seating for all of our guests, a 55 inch flat screen LCD TV, DVD player (with plenty of DVDs), XBOX One (so bring your favorite games), cathedral ceilings with a ceiling fan, and a wall of windows with French doors leading out to the screened upper living-room lanai with a spiral staircase to the pool deck below. The well equipped and large kitchen with breakfast nook is inviting for the cook and the take-out crowd alike---did we mention that there are eight restaurants within roughly a block or two? The adjacent dining room has seating for ten guests and double French doors out to yet another screened deck overlooking the pool. The main floor king-size bedroom suite has a full bathroom with step-in shower. The office/den includes a desk (for those extended guests that must conduct some work), a printer, book cases and extra sleeping space for two with a daybed and trundle. The main level is also equipped with a washer and dryer in it's own laundry so pack light!! And, the house has Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the house.

We know you value your privacy so we have THREE upper level bedroom suites!! Walk up a few stairs to the third level and find the first suite, the Black and White Room, with a king-sized bed with a large full bathroom with step-in shower. The second suite features a king-sized bed with an attached bathroom with a full size tub for bathing the little ones. The master suite has a king-size bed, en-suite large bathroom with double vanity sinks, Jacuzzi tub to pamper yourself, a separate shower, and a dressing table with a dressing chair. The master suite guests will lounge on the private deck in their "cuddle chairs" overlooking the pool area below. Look to your left to view the beauty of Pine Island Sound!!

Sanibel and Captiva was named by Frommer in 2012 as the Number One Destination in the world (yes, even over Paris, Tahiti etc.). In 2016, our Captiva sunset was ranked Number One Sunset. Our beach is consistently voted as one of the top Florida beaches and is Number One for shelling. WOW! It's likely you won't want to leave the Village, but if you do jump in your car, please enjoy the world famous 7,000 acre Ding Darling Nature Preserve or the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, terrific shopping areas and dozens of other fabulous restaurants on Sanibel. Sanibel has over 20 miles of walking/cycling paths. I know I have mentioned our fabulous sunsets and beaches but our favorite Captiva memories are heading to the bay early in the morning with our daughters to view the sunrise and enjoy the manatees!

This is an amazing house, built in 2002, professionally designed and completely updated in 2014. It is the perfect spot for a large family or several couples looking to enjoy everything Captiva Island has to offer. Don't believe us; please see the independent reviews below! Our busy seasons fill quickly so please have alternate dates available to experience Absentminded and Captiva. Your family and friends will make memories at Absentminded that will last a life time and, like so many of our regulars, peaceful romantic Captiva and Absentminded will draw you back year after year!

Directions from airport: Take Treeline Road to Daniels Road then follow the signs to Sanibel and Captiva. (If you are driving on I-75, look for Exit 131 and head west.) From Daniels Road, turn left on to Six Mile Cypress which becomes Gladiolus. Look for the Summerlin Road exit. Summerlin takes you directly to the Sanibel Island Causeway.

Lee County charges a $6 round-trip toll for automobiles to access the causeway, so plan ahead with cash or credit card at the ready. Watch out for the speed limit is strictly enforced at 30 MPH (20 MPH on bridges) for the three-mile ride to Sanibel Island but you won’t be in a hurry. Your first view of the ocean will slow you down!

One last thing to put a smile on your face ....please go the following URL that showcases Captiva Island. This short video will sell you that Captiva Island is truly an unique vacation spot that you won't find on the mainland. Enjoy!!


Restaurant Choices:

All of the restaurants in the Captiva village area are within walking distance of the house. Parking around the island is pretty limited so that is a big plus.

Almost directly across Captiva Drive from the house is Sunshine Seafood which has the best seafood. Just a few doors from there is the Captiva Cantina. If you keep heading toward Andy Rosse on Captiva Drive (so back towards Sanibel), at the corner of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse is the famous Bubble Room. The food is good and the desserts are even better. We often grab a piece of cake for an evening snack even if we have had dinner at another spot. On Andy Rosse (turning toward the ocean), you will see Key Lime Bistro and RC Otter just across the street. Both are great restaurants with outdoor seating and have live entertainment in the afternoons and evenings. The Mucky Duck is at the end of Andy Rosse on the beach (Captiva's only beach front restaurant). They have a nice outdoor patio with live music around happy hour time and you can have lunch outside with food service from the bar. They also have more formal dining inside and it is THE location to watch the sunset which is a MUST event in Captiva. Another option is the Green Flash which is a little past Andy Rosse on Captiva Drive. The Green Flash is the only restaurant with a view of the bay. The food is very good and the view is gorgeous. In the other direction from the house, and just at the turn to enter South Seas Resort, is Doc Fords back in the corner of the plaza. We really enjoy the outdoor patio there....also with live music. Starbucks is just across the street If you want to get in the car, a couple of other options are the restaurant at 'Tween Waters (if you consider going there, you might want to combine dinner with an evening at the crab races which are held twice a week and there are two shows, family and adult) and Mad Hatter (going back toward Sanibel and just before crossing the bridge to Sanibel), probably the "nicest" restaurant on Captiva.

More Details

Carol Barnett
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Carol Barnett

We are from St. Louis and know how captivating Island living is for us Northerners and have looked for years for that perfect home and place. Absentminded in Captiva Island is truly a beautiful home in a perfect island spot.

Carol Barnett purchased this house in 2015

Why Carol Barnett chose Captiva

We love Captiva Island. We vacationed here for years with our girls and later our friends and decided to make it our go-to spot. It's a little bit of heaven right off the Florida coast! Truly one of the very few places in the USA where you have that island feel and look!!

What makes this house unique

Our house is truly amazing and will pamper you in every room. And when your beach day is done, our amazing three story screened in enclosed pool is a perfect spot for an afternoon nap or just to play games or swim in our large pool with your family and friends. Florida is truly in the tropics so a screened-in pool area is a must have! And, 50% of the area is under cover and did I mention that we live on an Island (AKA rain is not a stranger ). Absentminded is conveniently located to all Captiva has to offer. The beach is just a short stroll across the street and down the sandy path of Laika Lane and yet only a block or so away from such amazing restaurants and bars like the Bubble Room and the Mucky Duck.

All of the restaurants in the Captiva village area are within walking distance of the house. Parking around the island is very limited so that is a big plus.

A couple more hints about our island living....... in the little strip center across the road from Doc Fords there is a Starbucks at one end and a small shop with a few grocery items as well as sandwiches at the other end. At the corner of Andy Rosse and Captiva Drive there is another small market, The Island Store, that has a little bit of everything including groceries and a liquor store. Around the back of The Island Store you will find Molly Malones which is the local seafood shop. It is not open everyday or all day but it is very good and very convenient! Check the sign for hours or just ask inside the store. Finally, next to RC Otter there is Latte Da also serving coffee as well as ice cream.

We typically do a little grocery shopping in Fort Myers before coming over to the island. Prices are better and there are several stores (i.e. Publix) on the way . Once you are on the islands, there are two nice grocery stores in Sanibel, Bailey's and Jerry's. Bailey's is the closer of the two to our home but only by about a mile. The selection is nice though prices are a little higher than in Fort Myers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank your for sharing "Absentminded" with our family. We had an incredible

vacation. The weather was awesome, the proximity to Andy Rosse Lane and

the beach was great for our 4 teenagers. Everything we needed was within

walking distance. We really enjoyed eating at the "Bubble Room" - such

yummy cake, and "Matzaluna" - great Italian food.

Your house is gorgeous- loved the pool! It was great that every bedroom

had their own bathroom- no arguing between the girls and boys at shower

time! The house had everything we needed for our wonderful stay on

Captiva. We will miss being here...this was our first time visiting

Sanibel/ was more beautiful than expected. Thanks again!
Apr 2009
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Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3211 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master Bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Powder Room on 1st floor - toilet
  • 4 bedrooms have en suite bath plus one utility bathroom on the pool level
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Den - 2 twin/ single , day bed with trundle
  • Baby Crib Rentals available on island
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Golf Cart, Bikes and other toys available for rent just a couple of blocks away at YOLO. All of the restaurants in the Captiva village area are within walking distance of the house. Parking around the island is pretty limited so that is a big plus. Almost directly across Captiva Drive from the house is Sunshine Seafood which we enjoy very much. Just a few doors from there is the Captiva Cantina which we also like. If you keep heading toward Andy Rosse on Captiva Drive (so back towards Sanibel), at the corner of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse is the Bubble Room. The food is good and the desserts are even better. We often grab a piece of cake for an evening snack even if we have had dinner at another spot. On Andy Rosse (turning toward the ocean), you will see Key Lime Bistro and RC Otter just across the street. Both are great restaurants with outdoor seating and both usually have live entertainment in the afternoons and evenings. The Mucky Duck is at the end of Andy Rosse on the beach.


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Wonderful owner, magnificent property

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location, within walking distance of most Captiva restaurants and the beach. The property was well appointed, clean and spot on for our needs. We are glad we selected Absentminded, you can't go wrong!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation home ever!

  • 5 of 5

we loved it! Great accommodations, clean and they had everything that you would need.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Paradise on Captiva...

  • 5 of 5

"Ms. Barnett,

First off, I'm so happy that your beautiful home and the spectacular islands of Sanibel/Captiva saw minimal damage from Hurricane Irma.

I just wanted to write and thank you for allowing my husband and our best friends to spend a glorious week in your beautiful Absentminded. It was, by far, the most beautiful place any of us have ever stayed and certainly, the most beautiful place we've ever stayed when visiting Captiva/Sanibel over the past 20+ years. But, the house was not only beautiful, it was comfortable. You thought of every detail and it shows. We wanted for NOTHING, you thought of literally everything!

I love every single piece of art displayed as well. It was playful and fun, beachy and so, so pretty. The giant turtle in the main room was my favorite (we nicknamed him Inspector Murdock Steelwater because we are goofy like that!)

The beds were super comfortable, the kitchen contained everything you could possibly need to do practically anything, the pool and patio area were amazing and the location was perfection.

I am hopeful that we will get to stay here again next year.

Thank you again, have a wonderful holiday!

Tricia Damron"

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super comfortable and with the perfect Island Charm!

  • 5 of 5

Talk about amenities! Absentminded was more than we could hope for. There were more pool and beach toys than our group of 8 could possible use or need. Beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, coolers and the 2 roomy pull carts to head down Laika Lane to the beach. The home is impeccably decorated, with a full kitchen with eating area for our quick breakfasts and a beautiful formal dining room for 5 wonderful home cooked family sit down meals. The living room had comfortable seating for all of us at one time to cozy up in the evening to watch a show or play a game. Sleeping arrangements were superb, with each room providing it’s own theme and to include very comfortable bedding. Each with their own bath. The elevator added to the ease of bringing luggage up to the third floor. But more importantly it was a real plus, having a person with disabilities in our family. Lastly, I can’t say enough about the beautiful first floor pool area. Fabulous! The pool / spa setting with its 3 story enclosed pool cage was our “family gathering “ area.

Exceptional, THANK YOU Carol Barnett!

I could keep on going about the outdoor shower and the front door foot wash and the beautiful landscape, but you’ll have to book your visit to see what I mean!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Property and an Amazing location

  • 5 of 5


We didn't even rent a car for the week, we just got around on the golf cart.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nice big house, great for our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Thanks! The Clemons from Omaha, Cincinnati and Ft Lauderdale.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ft. Myers, Florida
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
5 bar/restaurants within 1.5 blocks...8 within 3
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
South Seas
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Sunshine Seafood
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Captiva Beach
Car: not necessary

Captiva Island is renowned for its beaches, shelling, tarpon fishing, bay fishing, restaurants, and island atmosphere.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit Waiver $150 + Tax
Linens & Trash $210 + Tax
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Initial deposit is refundable up until 90 days prior to arrival, subject to a $100 cancellation fee charged by our agency. After final payment is made, all funds are forfeited upon cancellation unless same period can be rented to another guest.

Initial deposit is 20% payable at time of booking, payable by credit card. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival, payable by check.

Please inquire about pet fee if interested in bringing a pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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