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Christina Zeller

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english, german

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

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Florida 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

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Christina Zeller (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

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

Had a great time,thank you for the crib,we will be back at Life's a Beach for sure
Apr 2010
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based on 33 traveler reviews

Life's a Beach: Walk to Private Beach & Village in 5 Minutes
average rating of 4.909091 based on 35 reviews

Great Place on a great island!

  • 4 of 5

I've been coming to Captiva for decades and this year had a family get together on the island that required renting a house. Life's a Beach was the perfect tonic. Short walk down private road to the beach, short walk to the "crossroads" and the island market and most of the restaurants on the island. Once you park, you don't have to get back into the car until that unfortunate day when it's time to go. Beds comfortable, house is well appointed and decorated.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave us a feedback and we are very happy you enjoyed your stay on beautiful Captiva Island. There seams to be room for improvements and please let us know how we can do better to get a 5 star review!
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Souderton, PA, USA


  • 5 of 5

Life's a Beach is truly a subtropical paradise. The cottage has every amenity any traveler could desire. It is bright, clean and in a quiet neighborhood. We were happy to see the one bathroom was updated and there were new beach chairs to use. The owners regularly maintain the property and make nice additions for the guests. This was our second visit, and we've already booked our third. 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. There is a lot to do in the area! Last year we cruised with Captiva Cruises to Cabbage Key and saw many dolphins (check for coupons at or the Sanibel visitor's center). This year we took a shelling cruise to Cayo Costa State Park with Captiva Cruises, kayaked through Buck Key with Adventure Sea Kayak, visited the Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum and walked the beaches at the Sanibel lighthouse, Captiva and Blind Pass. We enjoy driving through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to see birds (and this year an alligator). I highly recommend Life's a Beach!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for being one of many returning guests. We will try our best to make your stay great every time. Thank you.
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Encinitas, Ca. USA

Tropical Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I arrived during a beautiful sunset after a long day, and were uplifted the moment we saw the colorful hand made entry sign welcoming us to Life's A Beach Cottage.

We felt a true sense of home as we entered and settled in for our 4 days on Captiva Island.

Every detail is attended to from the fully appointed and colorful kitchen, to the super comfortable beds and beautifully decorated rooms. The gorgeous island inspired paintings throughout the house add to the exotic tropical feeling, as do the lovely fabrics and coordinated colors in each room. We tried to do much of what was suggested by the owner and in the information booklet, from kayaking in Tarpon Bay, wildlife viewing in Ding Darling, and the famous shell museum, (Sanibel) to Manatee watching at the marina, sunset at Mucky Duck, and a super fun dinner at The Bubble Room. All were wonderful experiences! The cottage is perfectly located so we could walk to most everything, including the very close beach, yet its set in the middle of a short quiet street so we had calm, peaceful evenings. My daughter and I loved every minute here, and only wished we had more days to stay. There would be plenty of room for our whole family or a few friends to stay as well, but it retains a cute cozy feel with an artistic, sophisticated flair.

Icing on the cake, the full moon peeking out from the clouds directly above, through the living room sky light. We would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olten Switzerland

Best Spot On Captiva

  • 5 of 5

We travelled from Switzerland and just loved the Life's a Beach cottage and Captiva island. The location is the best on teh island,quiet small street but just minutes from teh beach and village.

Rented a boat at Jensens marina to go to Upper Captiva which was also amazing and just great to be on teh water.

Our teenage sons also enjoyed the trip since there is allot of nature activities such as kayaking,boating,fishing etc.

The cottage was perfect and offered everything we needed.It is well kept and we enjoyed the tropical colorful decor.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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pros and cons

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here for a week. Very charming little house in a fantastic location. Some things do need to be updated though...the beds were a bit rough and pillows were very old. Had to put books underneath one of the mattresses to even it out. Beach umbrella was broken, chairs were rusted and the coolers were so dirty, we went out and bought our own. Living room has only space for 4 people so be prepared for that.

Renting was easy and the people were fantastic to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thank you. We would certainly like to reimburse you for any expenses you may have had buying new beach gear. Beach supply does not keep long in Florida environment and we try to update when ever needed through the busy summer season. Our managers on site should certainly have checked. We just finished the complete remodel of the new bathroom and we continue to improve the beach cottage. We appreciate your feedback and will address your remarks. I thank you for the 4star review and hope you be back another time.
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Perfect vacation in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Life's a Beach was such a perfect addition to my vacation! It was equipped with everything I needed, it was vibrant with Island artwork, and it was so close to the beach. The best part was the jacuzzi!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Island 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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Florida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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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