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Mike Callahan

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Beachfront Vacation Condo at South Seas~Lower Level~Stunning sunsets

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Florida Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 4)

Enjoy picturesque sunsets year round from the screened lanai overlooking the blue Gulf of Mexico and long walks on the uncrowded beach of Captiva Island while residing within the gates of South Seas Island Resort (formerly South Seas Plantation). Usually about 37% to 40% less than what South Seas charges.

Located in the highly desirable Beach Villas at the south end of South Seas Island Resort, this property has a wonderful view of the Gulf of Mexico and the often stunning sunsets. This specific unit was chosen so as to not have any pool area directly in front of the unit, where the surrounding plantings could obscure the view. The view is superior to many of the higher up units. Our property is conveniently located within walking distance of the Captiva village where you will find dinning and shopping.

This property is very well equipped and you will find most of the accommodations of home. Some of the amenities included are; fully equipped kitchen, full size refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, separate bedroom with king size bed (queen sofa sleeper out in living room), coin laundry (down stairs), stereo with ipod and mp3 attachment, 2 flat panel TVs (42' living room & 20' bedroom), cable TV with HBO, hair dryer, Iron, Ironing Board, free WI-Fi internet connection, plantation shutters, and porcelain tile flooring throughout. There is an elevator, but you may not need it since the condo is on the first level, up only one flight of steps. This particular unit was chosen for the prime ocean view without having to go up and down additional steps every time you go somewhere. And, Captiva does beckon you to get out and go.

We are always looking to make improvements to our property. We have replaced all the flooring with new 20” porcelain tile throughout the unit. The air conditioner has also been replaced. The Bedroom window has been replaced with a double pane, vinyl frame, hurricane approved window, which significantly reduces the occasional noise from the Beach Villas breezeway as other guests in the building make their way up and down the steps. Very few Beach Villas have gone to the expense of this upgrade, but my guests are worth it. Kitchen and dinning table ceiling light fixtures have been replaced. There are new ceiling fans in the bedroom and on the lanai. We have Plantation Shutters for the sliding glass doors rather than cloth curtains, which helps to keep dust to a minimum. Each year we examine and implement what improvements can be made in an effort to achieve the highest satisfaction from our guests. I do my best to keep my property up to date giving my guests a fresh clean feel and I encourage guest input because I want them to want to come back. We vacation here too.

Captiva is a sub-tropical barrier island off the coast of Fort Myers, FL and enjoys fine weather year round thanks to the moderating waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The island is about 5 miles long and there are no traffic lights. There is a four way stop sign in the Village. Golf carts are permitted on the roads at the north half of the island. You will not find any high rise hotels on Captiva or Sanibel Island. There is a $6.00 toll at the causeway bridge to get onto Sanibel/Captiva, which reduces the amount of traffic coming onto our islands. There is plenty of free parking at the condo.

Our condominium complex has 3 heated pools, tennis courts (for a fee) and BBQ grills along with other amenities conveniently located nearby and available for your use. We have provided two 7' Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas and Tommy Bahama beach chairs for your use. We are also within walking distance (1/2 mile) via the beach or along the road to the Captiva Village where you will find several restaurants with entertainment and shopping. Several of the restaurants have live music nightly for your enjoyment. During a one week stay you could easily eat dinner at a different restaurant on Captiva without eating at the same one twice. Necessities like bikes, cribs, strollers and other items can be delivered directly to your condo by local businesses.

Once you get to your condo, you could easily not drive anywhere for the entire week. Just remember where you put your keys!

Getting here is easy, yet you will feel like you are worlds away, typically in just about an hour from the Airport. From I75 exit 131 and Southwest Florida International (RSW) take Daniels Pkwy west (follow signs for Sanibel, Captiva and beaches), you will bear left onto Summerlin Road to the Causeway and onto Sanibel Island. Once on Sanibel follow signs to Captiva. Once on Captiva follow the road to South Seas Island Resort on right just before the road ends.

I use a well known real estate company on the islands for my 24/7 on call maintenance, key pick up/drop off and billing. For convenience all payments are handled directly through them after you have reserved the property. They have a large presence on the islands and one of the best reputations on the islands. Should one of my guests need anything, they are always right there to help. Another reason that I use them is because they take care of the sales taxes with the State of Florida for me. VRBO won't do that. So call me or send me an email directly and save.


**A Note About South Seas Amenities

South Seas Resort Amenities are NOT included. Those amenities are the 9 hole executive golf course, the pool complex 2 miles north of our property (we have our own heated pools at the Beach Villas), the trolly, the restaurants also at the north end of the resort by the pools, the gym and the resort beach chairs and umbrellas (we have provided two 7' Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas and four Tommy Bahama beach chairs for your use). There is not daily maid service, but it is available for an additional charge. Per state law, there are no private beaches in the State of Florida, so you may put up your beach umbrella and chairs anywhere on the beach that you desire.

You may be asking yourself why you shouldn’t reserve a property directly through the resort. The answer is simply this—we provide an equivalent unit and atmosphere that the resort does, at a much reduced rate. You also get to see the pictures of your unit here on VRBO. The pictures that the resort publishes may not represent the unit that you are renting, because all units in the Beach Villas are individually owned and decorated. Really...check out their rates! And then send me an email or give me a call.

Please give us a call with any questions. We would love an opportunity to share our piece of paradise with with you!

* I will do my best to get back to your inquiry in a timely manner.

* As noted above, the unit sleeps a maximum of 4, which includes children, due to the owners association rules.

* Typically our property rents for one week or more. On occasion we will rent our property for a shorter term rental (5-6 nights), but that is primarily during the off season and with last minute arrangements. I also prefer a Saturday check in or check out.

* Please try to give as much advance notice of your intention of renting my property. Unfortunately, my work schedule does not always allow me to make arrangements with short notice.

* Until booking is complete, prices are subject to change without notice.

Keywords: Apartment, Villa, Condominium, Beach

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mike Callahan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Mike Callahan

I grew up in the Rochester, NY area and have lived in Syracuse, NY, Greenville, SC, Marietta, GA and now call Acworth, GA home with my wife of 28yrs. We enjoy going to a quiet beach where you can go for long peaceful walks or lounge under an umbrella with a good book. We bring our Paddle Boards with us, and have been from one end of Captiva to the other on the water while encountering various types of fish, Dolphin and even Manatee. There are also plenty of sea birds including Pelicans, Osprey and Heron often hunting for their next meal. I make a living as a Field Service Engineer working with all kinds of medical lasers.

Mike Callahan purchased this condo in 1978

Why Mike Callahan chose Florida

This property has been in my family since 1978 which was the year it was built. The particular unit was chosen for the best unobstructed ocean view without having to go up and down additional steps every time you go somewhere. As you can tell from the photos, the view from this condominium is better than many of the higher up units. It was purchased for the unique feel of seclusion, remoteness and the closeness with nature. The islands have maintained the feel through the years due to the limited commercial build up. Being located in southwest Florida also provides a better chance of swimming weather, even in the coldest of North American months.

Many in my family have vacationed and honeymooned here, including us. There are lots of wonderful memories. We hope that you too will soon have memories to cherish for years to come.

What makes this condo unique

When staying here we feel like we are a million miles away from everything. It is so hard to leave and go back to reality. We are close enough to the village to walk via the beach or the road where we will go for breakfast, lunch and dinner unless we decided to eat in since we have a fully equipped kitchen. We can be sure that we will have had a relaxing and enjoyable vacation when we stay at the South Seas Beach Villa. We work hard to make the condo a nice place to stay, but please get out and enjoy the unique scenery of Captiva. That's really what this place is all about. Be sure to click on the video link at the top of the listing to see exactly what my unit looks like. I can also send you a newer video from this past May that shows some of the upgrades to the unit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved our stay at this condo. Extremely clean and all the amenities of home. Especially loved the beach chairs, umbrellas and push cart to get to the beach. The ocean is a short walk and the pool area was very relaxing. Can't say enough about the owners who were very helpful with places to eat and things to do. We would definitely stay here again.
Oct 2013
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Beachfront Vacation Condo at South Seas~Lower Level~Stunning sunsets
average rating of 4.785714 based on 22 reviews
Waunakee, WI

Great Place for a Quite & Relaxation Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This condo is clean and had every thing we needed. We cooked our own breakfast and lunches and ate dinner at the local restaurants. The kitchen has everything we needed. For dinner, there are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. The beach and pool are a very short (like two minute) walk from the condo. Either are great places to relax and/or get a tan. The beach is not over crowded like many are during Spring Break. The owner provided three chairs and umbrellas for the beach. This is a wonderful spot for sunsets, either on the beach or from screened in deck on the condo. Our kids (two young adults) slept on the sofa sleep, and while cozy, were fine with it. The screened in deck was a great place to relax if you do not want to go to the pool/beach. The owner and management company are extremely easy to work with and the owner's recommendations were wonderful and appreciated. You cannot go wrong staying here.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to hear that another guest has enjoyed their time on Captiva. The relatively uncrowded beach is a treasure unto its own. I do feel bad that a fourth beach chair wasn't put out for you. There are several more beach chairs in my storage closet downstairs. I know the rack on the lanai only holds three chairs, but I will address that and see if I can get the cleaning crew to bring another chair up when I have four guests staying. Sorry about that. We do hope that you have an opportunity to visit again for future travel and thank you for being our guests.
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Fabulous Beach Front Location

  • 4 of 5

This was a terrific location. The pool facilities and the access to the beach were both terrific. Being in mid-island there are miles of beach to walk in both directions. Being just inside the resort gates, it is also a short walk to restaurants and stores. You could easily spend a week without using your car. We also took in Ding Darling Nature Refuge on Sanibel Island and the Captiva Cruise's evening Dolphin Cruise. Both were a great success. We will long remember dinners in the lanai watching the sun go down.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful review! I do my best to paint an accurate picture of our property and even provide recent YouTube video of the unit and immediate surroundings, so that my guests know exactly what they are renting in advance. We hope you have the opportunity to visit Captiva again for future travel. Thanks for being our guests!
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What a slice of Paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about our stay. This condo had everything we needed and the owner was more than helpful. It was clean, it was cozy, and it's location is very tough to beat. Short walk to just about anywhere you would want to go. Absolutely stunning views of the gulf. The sunsets, the pristine beach, the screen porch, everything was just awesome. We fell in love all over again.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you for the review! I try to spell out exactly what our property is like in my listing without over stating, but I too feel the location is absolutely wonderful.
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Will Stay Here Again

  • 5 of 5

Great location and view! The condo was super clean and the furniture was comfortable. Our 11 year old son was just fine on the sofa sleeper. He enjoyed the big TV in the living area. The screened patio was awesome! Easy easy walk to the least crowded beach area and walkable to Starbucks, Doc Fords and everything. The owner was accommodating and the management company was responsive and friendly. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! Kids don't seem to mind using the sofa sleeper and the location really is convenient. We look forward to your return visit!
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

The accomodations were great. Easy access to the beach and short walk to Doc Ford's and the other restaurants. We booked a non conventional week and the owners were very accomodating. Would definitely recommend staying here for carefree enjoyable vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being our guests. We would love to have you back on a return trip. I am usually somewhat flexible during the off season, but I do stick to the Saturday to Saturday stays during the busier months which runs from about mid December to mid August.
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We did not want to leave ! This was our fourth visit to Captiva and our second at this condo. The owners of this condo have thought of everything to insure your visit is the best. The unit is up to date ,always well stocked and very nice décor. We enjoy the pool and access to the beach being so close. Doc Ford's restaurant is very close as well as Starbucks. The owners have provided list to help with suggestions for all entertainment ,groceries and restaurants. We will return....

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First, thank you again for being our guests. We do believe that Captiva Island is a unique place in Florida and love to share our happy place. We too have a difficult time leaving when we visit. Each time we visit we try to think of things that can make the property better and we can usually find something can be improved upon. It's just the nature of property ownership. We hope that you can visit again and we will try to accommodate your dates since you tend to visit during the off season. We also hope that you were able to enjoy the Song Writers Festival. It seems like there are more an more things going on at all times of the year. The Sanibel Farmers Market opens this weekend, Oct 4th and runs through April every Sunday.
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The Mucky Duck
Yolo Watersports Inc
Keylime Bistro
Mad Hatter Restaurant
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva
Lazy Flamingo
Cantina Captiva
RC Otter's Island Eats
Green Flash
The Island Store
Sanibel Island Farmers Market
Lighthouse Park Beach Sanibel
Sunshine Seafood Cafe
Captiva Cruises
The Bubble Room Restaurant
Chapel By The Sea
Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grill
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
Captiva Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Starbucks Coffee
Nearest Point of Interest
Mucky Duck
Nearest Point of Interest
The Bubble Room
Nearest Point of Interest
Island Store
Nearest Point of Interest
RC Otters
Nearest Point of Interest
Key Lime Bistro
Nearest Point of Interest
The Green Flash
Nearest Point of Interest
The Crows Nest
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunshine Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Cantina Captiva
Nearest Point of Interest
Lazy Flamingo
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunset Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
Captiva Discount Liquor
Nearest Point of Interest
Royal Shell Vacations
Nearest Point of Interest
YOLO Watersports
Nearest Point of Interest
Holy Smoke BBQ
Car: recommended

Paddle Boarding,

Captiva Cruises


Rates & Availability

Captiva Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May, June
Apr 30 2016 - May 13 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late June to mid July
May 14 2016 - Jul 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mid July to mid Aug
Jul 16 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mid Aug thru Sept
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
October to mid Nov
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving week
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
End of Nov to mid Dec
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas week
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years week
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb 11 2017 - Feb 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
More winter
Feb 18 2017 - Mar 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring break
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

There is a non refundable 2.5% damage deposit waiver, in lieu of of a large damage deposit, which is included in my base price. VRBO no longer allows me to list that in my fees.
Saturday check in and or check out required.
For stays of two weeks or more please call or email for special rates.
I use a well known real estate company on the islands for my 24/7 on call maintenance, key pick up/drop off and billing. For convenience all payments can be handled directly by them after you have reserved the property. They have an excellent reputation.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

The higher of 20% or $338.85 deposit at time of reservation (can be made by credit card).
Balance due by check 30 days prior to check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Florida Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom with separate dressing area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed (1) in bedroom, Queen Sofa Sleeper (Pull out) out in the living area.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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