Breathtaking Views and Daily Dolphin Watching!*****4 bedrooms/2.5 baths
About Sandy Cooper
The Cooper family loves enjoying North Captiva with friends and family. They designed and built Sea Urchins with this in mind and incorporated their favorite features into the house. When they are not busy working on island projects, Charlie flies 777s for United Airlines, Mike and Jesse attend University of Florida, Zac attends Fort Myers High and Sandy lends support services.
Sandy Cooper purchased this House in 2014
Why Sandy Cooper chose Captiva
Sea Urchins is located on over an acre of land. More than half of the property is set aside as preserve area, that was restored to native vegetation when we prepared our homesite. We carefully constructed a boat dock along the Safety Harbor, and now can accommodate boats for our guests. As part of of State permitting we were required to elevate our house on pilings over 17 feet above sea level. The result is a breathtaking views of Pine Island Sound and the surrounding Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. Safety Harbor, the Gulf of Mexico, Captiva Pass, Cayo Costa Island, Cabbage Key, Use, and the historic fishing shacks of Pine Island Sound can all be viewed from the house. Sea Urchins is located adjacent to Salty Approach, the grass airstrip, and typically, once or twice a day small airplanes land or takeoff. Because of the house orientation, landing aircraft pass right by the porches--it is thrill to watch! The waters right in front of the runway are a favorite hangout for dolphin families and they are sighted daily playing and fishing along the beach. Occasional pods of manatees are also sighted along the shore and off the dock in Safety Harbor. Shorebirds abound and ospreys and pelicans drift past the house porches on the sea breezes. Sea Urchins is like no other property on the North Captiva or anywhere else--we look forward to sharing it with you!
Pool / Spa
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Sea Urchins, No. Captiva
This home and property is extraordinary!!
My family and I had the most amazing week at this luxurious home! We woke up every morning to incredible sunsets, biked all over the island, fished, kayaked out to sandbars, swamin the gulf and gorgeous pool, and even paddle boarded with the dolphin! The Sea Urchins provides everything you need!! Words really can’t explain how perfect this home truly is. The Cooper’s were the most wonderful, and welcoming people!! We feel like we are part of the Sea Urchins family and we cannot wait to return!! Thank you Cooper Family for the most amazing vacation we ever had!! J Hunter ❤️
For sure, are part of the Sea Urchins family! Sunrises, sunsets, kayaking to sandbars, paddleboarding with dolphins, making memories with your favorite people...these are all our favorites too:) We are so glad that Sea Urchins was the perfect place for your vacation. Your review brought big smiles to our faces and warmed our hearts. We love repeat 'urchins' and we look forward to seeing you all again soon! Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review and for being such super nice guests!
Wishing you all the best,
Sandy and Charlie
We just left our beach vacation at Sea Urchins today, and the worst part is definitely leaving! This has been our favorite family vacation by far. We have three kids, 6, 11 and 12, and everyone had the time of their lives. It’s so fun and easy to get everywhere by bike or golf cart. The paddle boards and kayaks pretty much made our vacation. Sandy is wonderful and the house is immaculate!! There is nothing like waking up every morning staring straight onto the gorgeous ocean!! Thank you, Sandy, for the yummy cookies when we arrived and for all the extras you supplied for our stay. It was heaven!!!
Sea Urchins has it all!
We know vacation rentals as we own them ourselves...and North Captiva because we've rented homes numerous times on the island...Sea Urchins is a new property AND HAS IT ALL FOR THE GREAT NORTH CAPTIVA VACATION!
We stayed a week and experienced a beautiful home that's tastefully decorated, great layout for families or couples, kitchen well stocked for a discerning cook, comfortable beds, beautiful sunrises over the bay, huge ground level platform deck (not dirt like other homes) with pool, games, paddle boards, kayaks, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc....even a commercial ice maker (awesome!), golf cart to take you anywhere on the island in minutes (gulf beaches, sunsets, walks, shelling), deep water boat dock at property for cruising and fishing, 1 min walk to Barnacles for lunch/dinner......seriously, this place has it all for fun and good memories.
Finally, Sandy (and her family), the owner, is exactly who you want as your host as they really care to make sure your stay the best it can be. We will, no doubt, be back to Sea Urchins!
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and kind review. It really means a lot to us because we know that you have stayed at many other vacation rental properties, and that you have your own vacation rentals back home. We are so glad that the boat dock worked out for your 37' power cat, and that you were able to explore the nearby islands and waters while staying at Sea Urchins. We enjoyed having your adventurous group and we would love to have you all back anytime. We will definitely look you up when our travels take us over to the Pacific Northwest! Thank you again!
Sandy and Charlie
Sea Urchins was absolute perfection for our family of six! Our little ones had an absolute blast, swimming in the calm water and collecting shells. It was absolute paradise, waking up every morning to the sun rising over the water. The house had everything we needed and more (sand toys, floaties, life jackets, industrial-sized ice maker, etc.). We absolutely fell in love with North Captiva and booked our next stay at Sea Urchins, before leaving the island. Sandy was an absolute delight and very quick to respond to email. If you are traveling with little ones, make sure to have your groceries delivered! This was SUCH a huge time-saver for us! I’m counting down the days, until we are back at Sea Urchins ❤️❤️❤️
We are so glad you scheduled your return to Sea Urchins for next year--we love repeat "urchins" and we loved having your family stay! We look forward to having your beach combing family return and we appreciate all the fun photos you forwarded of the mini-mermaids swimming at the beach, enjoying the boat ride to the island, frolicking along the shore at sunset, and napping in the hammock:) We are so happy you all will be back in 2020! Thanks for being such super guests!
Wishing you a great year!
Sandy and Charlie
Beautiful, clean home and great location
The house is beautiful and the owner is extremely responsive and helpful. The house was equipped with kids toys/movies/life jackets/bath toys. There was plenty of soap/toilet paper/paper towel/beach towels/etc . The pool was warm for the kids...I think it was their favorite part. The house was very clean and well taken care of...beds were comfortable. Kitchen had plenty of cookware/plates/mixing bowls/ and even kids plastic-ware! We hope to come back sometime!
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you found the house well equipped and that the kids loved the pool! We look forward to having you all back to Sea Urchins again! Thank you for being such wonderful guests!
All the best,
Sandy and Charlie
This is our second year coming to the island and the first year in this house and it was amazing!!! We have 2 kids under 4 so for starters having a one floor house was perfect for being able to keep an eye on them (last year we were on a 3 floor house and our son liked to go between floors which created plenty of panic moments for us when we couldn't find him). The house also has a bunk room that our 3.5 year old never wanted to leave. Our weather during the stay wasn't great so we discovered some of the other advantages to this property....for starters the beach is right outside the door so when the sun made an appearance we could just run outside and take advantage. Second the property has a dock that we were able to take a private water taxi directly to for our arrival and departure. The 3 days it was in the 50's with ~20 mph winds we were able to go to the dock which was well protected from the winds and take our kids fishing which they loved. It is also around the corner from Barnacles to grab ice cream and a quick golf cart ride away from all the other beaches on the island. One thing I will mention because I don't think the photos show it but they do have a fence surrounding the pool area to keep unattended kids out....wasn't expecting that based on the pictures so it was a VERY pleasant surprise as small kids and pools don't mix. I highly recommend Sea Urchins for families or anyone for that matter. Owners were great to deal with and made the process very easy...we rented an extra golf cart and had groceries delivered and they were all put away with an itemized receipt on the counter (last year we had issues with a property manager and grocery delivery so I was nervous about this but Emily who did the grocery shopping was 100x better than our experience last year). Can't say enough about the property and experience and can't wait to come back (hopefully with better weather!)
Thank you for your 5-star family-friendly rating! We are so glad you found the house layout perfect for your little ones and that the dock offered opportunities for fishing fun during the chilly days! I did see the dolphin you told me about-- he was hanging out by the dock for the next week afterwards -- I think he was looking for you all! :)
Thank you for mentioning the grocery delivery. I passed along your comments to Emily! Yes, she is super and we are lucky to have such great folks to deliver grocery for our guests! It definitely makes it easy and convenient, when guests arrive and their groceries are already stocked in Sea Urchins' pantry and frig. Vacation magic! :)
Thank you again for your thoughtful review and for being such delightful guests!
All the best to you and your family,
Sandy and Charlie