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Life's a Beach: Walk to Private Beach & Village in 5 Minutes

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Captiva Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Beach Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come visit tropical Captiva Island paradise and stay in our 'Life's a Beach' cottage. Our property is a lovely ground level cottage nestled in beautiful lush and tropical gardens. Located on wonderful Wightman lane a small private beach road in the heart of Captiva Island. Considered one of the best locations on Captiva. From here walk to private beach and village in just 5 minutes. Relax in your private large hot tub, enjoy outdoor dinning and lounging areas in front and back of your vacation home. Relaxation island style is guaranteed. For dinner and sunset drinks walk to Captiva's beautiful and famous shelling beaches and historic village. Enjoy nightly beach front sunsets and award winning dining and shop the many unique stores and galleries.

Enjoy the warm gulf waters, restaurants, shops, galleries. Huge variety of activities are available on the island. Fishing, boating, boat charter, outer island tours, sunset cruises, dolphin and wildlife cruises. Bird watching, canoe and kayak thru the back bay and mangroves, bike, golf, parasail, skate, shelling, Jet ski, marina.

~Air Conditioning ~Bath Linens ~Stove and Oven ~Blender ~Beach umbrella ~Beach Chairs ~2 Cable TVs ~Phone ~Ceiling Fans ~Outside dinning ~Microwave ~Coffee Maker ~Iron ~Games for Kids ~VCR/DVD ~Hot Tub ~Heating ~Porch ~Refrigerator ~Toaster ~Ironing Board ~Toys for Kids ~Alarm Clock ~On Street Parking ~Bed Linens ~Gas Grill ~Ice Maker ~Washer ~Dryer ~Beach Towels ~Portable Radio ~Radio


~Beachcombing ~Marina ~Boating ~Parasailing ~Deep Sea Fishing ~Tennis ~Beaches ~Surfing ~Sailing ~Canoeing ~Pier Fishing ~Biking ~Groceries ~Swimming ~Yachting ~Kayaking ~Fly Fishing ~Water Park ~Restaurants ~Snorkeling ~Wind Surfing ~Jet Skiing ~Golfing

Area: Our 'Life' a Beach' is just steps to the beach, restaurants and galleries. 10 minute drive to Sanibel Island village were you find an additional variety of restaurants, shops, galleries, gourmet groceries, waterfront restaurants and entertainment. Famous Ding Darling preserve, Tarpon Bay recreation area, shell museum, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and many nature trails and tours are available. Over 50 miles of safe bike lanes on Sanibel. Bike rental.

Keywords: Cottage

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Christina Zeller
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Christina Zeller

We fell in love with Captiva after a short visit to the gulf coast in 1998. We had just build a vacation home in Breckenridge, Colorado but after finding Captiva we decided that we love the warm weather and the beautiful beach more more than the cold. We quickly sold the mountain property and purchased our lovely Life's a Beach cottage located in the heart of the island. We have never regretted buying the cottage and love to spend as much time as possible in Captiva. This island is a wonderful place and the beaches and sunsets magnificent.

We are sure you will fall in love with Captiva and Life's a Beach too.

Christina Zeller purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Christina Zeller chose Florida

Captiva is the most beautiful tropical island in the US.

What makes this cottage unique

The one thing all our quests comment on is that they feel like they have left reality and stress behind and truly felt like living in paradise for a while. Leave all your worries on the mainland and enjoy our beautiful island and our relaxing cottage.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so enjoyed our stay at your fabulous beach cottage. We were trying to figure out how not to leave! Your property feels like one is in the tropics with all the greenery, which also offers a wonderful sense of privacy. The location on Wightman Lane has to be one of the best on the island-close enough to everything within walking distance in town- but also feels like it is far away from civilization. The size is perfect and the kitchen is nicely equipped which is unusual. The colors in the home are so vibrant, perfect for a beach motif! We have already discussed weeks we would like to reserve in October and next spring!
May 2016
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based on 39 traveler reviews

Life's a Beach: Walk to Private Beach & Village in 5 Minutes
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 42 reviews
Souderton, PA, USA

Beach Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Life's a Beach is wonderful, a beach cottage paradise. It has so many amenities, exactly as described. The cottage is bright and clean and in a lovely, very quiet neighborhood. The property is comfortable and well maintained. Each year we notice improvements and new items for guests to use, a new grill this year. Though we didn't cook, other than quick breakfasts, it's nice to have the option, with a grill and full kitchen. This was our third visit, and we've already booked our fourth. I anxiously await our return every year, sometimes watching sunsets on The Mucky Duck webcam. Our favorite things are the beach decor, lush plants and trees, the hot tub, nightly sunsets less than a block away, and good restaurants within easy walking distance or a short drive away. We bought a coupon book through the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club for $35 with many buy one/get one entree coupons (keep an eye on their Facebook page for when they go on sale).

There is so much to do in the Captiva-Sanibel area! We simply love it and take full advantage of what there is to do, plus relaxing, of course! This year we went shelling at low tide at Bowman's Beach (score!), attended a beach walk with a marine biologist at Island Inn in Sanibel (register through Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum, in person or on their website), kayaked around Buck Key with Adventure Sea Kayak from Tween Waters property (many birds, a small shark, dolphins swimming not even six feet away, a cormorant named Carl that lands on the kayaks watching for fish stirred up by the paddles), drove through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to see birds, crab races at The Crow's Nest Restaurant at Tween Waters (what a hoot, at least once in a lifetime), and went to hear Randy Wayne White speak about his brand new book in the Hannah series, "Seduced." This series is good, but don't miss his Doc Ford series. We did a one-day trip to Key West from Ft. Myers Beach on the Key West Express catamaran. In Key West, we went to the Butterfly Museum, Ernest Hemingway's home, Southernmost point buoy for pictures, Southernmost Cafe for a delicious lunch, and Schooner Wharf bar for a quick drink before boarding for our return.

I highly recommend Life's a Beach!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the awesome info on how to fully enjoy the islands. We appreciate you booked again and thank you for a great review. We are very serious about keeping the cottage updated and welcome any feedback.
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Perfect Captiva

  • 5 of 5

The property was wonderful. Perfectly located, well maintained and private. My wife and I had a fantastic time and will definitely book with you again.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect beach retreat

  • 5 of 5

Everything at life's a beach was as described. It was very relaxing, and decorated so perfectly we wanted to stay forever. Close to the beach and local restaurants . We will definatly return couldn't have wished for a better place to stay .

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we are happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcome you back soon.
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Could use a little polish

  • 4 of 5

Overall for the money this location is ideal...very cozy feel...also was a great place because they accepted pets which was my primary reason for taking this place ...however ...I wish the owner would go there when it is not rented ...the dryer hood is completely rusted out ...the beach toy area needs attention ...the shower faucet in the master needs to be looked at ...many bulbs are out..the refrigerator needed attention when we were there it wasn't cold enough...maybe it's because it's next to the oven ??? Positive is it is cozy and shabby chic and 5 minutes to the beach ...but I will look around next time we go to captiva...we always stayed at sundial for many years and decided to try a house because of my dogs but if we decide next year to do the house thing I will do my research .

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a responds. We are glad you had a nice stay. I have a personal property manager on the island that will be more than happy to replace burned out light bulbs and check the fridge. They are glad to fallow up with any concerns are guests have. Outside washer and dryer are unfortunately exposed to the elements but they was and dry just the same. Same with the outdoor toy storage area. I be happy to address these issues with my manger. We are happy to accommodate guests with pets as we know many travelers dont want to leave pets behind.
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Captiva life

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I rented this cute house for a week. We had a blast. Lots of laughs. Beach everyday. The water was amazing. We rented bikes rode around checked out the neighborhood. Will return.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and I hope you will be back for more beach fun.
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Great location. Everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Visited my wife and 3 kids under 5 in February 2016. The location of the cottage is fantastic, it is clean and comfortable. There were a few little things to fix, as with any home, but the maintenance company were great and responded immediately.

I missed the opportunity to book again for 2017, but will definitely come again.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay at our family beach cottage. Sorry you missed the opportunity to rebook but I hope you will be back soon. We have an excellent property manager and we try to address all issues as fast as possible so your stay is perfect. Thank you.
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Bowman's Beach
"Just beautiful"
Cayo Costa State Park
"Take a boat out to the park and feel like you have your own private island. Jensen,s Marina..."
The Mucky Duck
"THE BEST place to see Captiva's most amazing nightly sunsets and watch dolphins go by, reall..."
The Bubble Room Restaurant
"Red velvet cake....."
Yolo Watersports Inc
"Marcel has everything you possibly want and need to make your vacation a great one after all..."
Green Flash
"Best shrimp bisque on the planet and best bar in Captiva"
Captiva House
"Old Captiva at its best"
Chapel By The Sea
"Such a great spot for reflection and quiet time...."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Fort Myers International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Mucky Duck
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Captiva beach
Car: not necessary

World famous Ding Darling natural preserve just 10 minutes away

Sanibel brand new Rec Center 10 minutes


Rates & Availability

Captiva Cottage Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Booking fee $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please contact owner with any questions. We get back to you within hours. Booking fee $55

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Captiva Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen size in master, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 twin beds in 2 bedrooms each.Can be put together to make one king size bed, a baby crib can be rented.There is a high chair/booster seat at the cottage.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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