House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 8 Sleeps
Manatee Haven is located on a private island where there are no cars
(golf carts only). This four-bedroom/three and a half-bath, air-
conditioned home overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
The ground level patio is fully enclosed with a 25 foot high screen
for an elevator, hot tub, large swimming pool and private shower.
Manatee Haven is an 'upside down' stilt home offering its bedrooms
on the first level, and the great room, kitchen, and expansive
screened patio on the second level. The third level features a crow's
nest. There are two king bedrooms, one queen bedroom, and one
twin suite. Three bedrooms are equipped with Satellite TV and DVD/VHS
players for your private enjoyment. There is a PS2 in the special
twin bedroom suite. There is a screened lanai off the master bedroom.
The second floor has a fully-equipped kitchen with Corian countertops
and a bar. The great room is fully furnished for dining and watching
665+ DVD movies on a 42-in wide HD TV which is connected
Manatee Haven…Should Be Manatee Heaven!!
About the Owner
5 based on 36 traveler reviews
Manatee Haven…Should Be Manatee Heaven!!
You Ask Why?
This was a return visit for my husband and I and it was exactly what we needed. This year we even brought a friend. With the rush and stress of everyday life we enjoy a vacation filled with all of the above. Once again, we found it! We relaxed every day....by the pool, on the beach, in the hot tub, watching a movie....every day!! What a life! It was comfortable....plenty of seating, nice beds to rest in, towels, towels and more towels! You name it, we had everything we needed! The home and its surroundings provide a peaceful environment where you can hear the sounds of nature and see the amazing wildlife. Eagles, hawks, sand pipers, sand sharks, manatees, dolphins....so much to enjoy. And at the end of the week you are refreshed.
So I would ask, why not? This is the place that you cannot pass up and you will not regret! The place is extremely clean and well maintained. These owners care that you have a wonderful stay and make many special memories. We plan to return again....love this spot and you don't need to leave the US to enjoy a tropical feel! It is definitely a hidden gem!
Had a great stay....again
We could go somewhere else but we choose to return to north Cap and Manatee Haven. That says a lot...
It doesn't get any better than Manatee HavenIt doesn't get any better than Manatee Haven
Here's the scoop as experienced by my wife and I earlier this month:
STAR 1 - The OWNERS are extremely responsive at any time of the process - from the initial inquiry through following up after your stay. I don't recall ever waiting as much a day for an email response. I am confident that their main objective is to make the experiences of their quests memorable and to continuously improve their home.
STAR 2 - The on island PROPERTY MANAGERS are top notch. They are extremely personable and respond immediately to a phone call if you have a concern or a need. They are very approachable.
STAR 3 - The HOME. You feel comfortable from the time your drive your golf cart into the driveway. It's extremely clean and neat - and has practically everything you would want. The pool and hot tub are outstanding. Once inside you feel like you belong there. Kudos to the cleaning crew. Read all the other reviews for more details on the amenities of the home - they are all accurate.
STAR 4 - The ISLAND - miles of soft sand beaches nearly desolate. A wonderful nature preserve that is an easy 25 minute hike through a sandy path ending in more isolated beaches away from everything. You must take this walk and be sure to wear your sneakers. Bring a backpack with some goodies and some cool drinks!
STAR 5 - The WILDLIFE - Do you like kayaking with the dolphins, perhaps a catching a glimpse of manatee. How about watching a gopher tortoise amble across one of the sandy paths (no black top on these roads). There are also various species of birds, bunny rabbits, and various fish in the gulf if you like to fish.
STAR 6 - RELAXATION - The five preceding Stars lead up to this one. If you're looking for crowds, night clubs, and load noises - this is not the vacation for you. If your looking to relax and have fun - look no further. Manatee Haven is the place for you. Do miss out on a vacation of a lifetime.
I have to rate Manatee Haven a "6".
Activity and Interests
North Captiva is well known as a shelling collector's paradise.
Examples of shells you may find include: lightning whelks, cockles,
cones, pens, olives, tellins, coquinas and conch. We have many
shell books at our home to help you identify your collection of
shells. The best shelling season is in the winter months when we have
a "nor'easter" but you can still be successful in shelling at low
tide during any season of the year. Some of the best shelling is
down on the state land at the new cut created by Hurricane Charley in 2004.
Barnacle Phil's is a favorite with local fishermen, boaters who come
from neighboring islands and vacationers to North Captiva. You have a
choice of dining in or dining out by the docks. Barnacle Phil's has
an eclectic menu that offers fresh fish, chicken, veal, beef and
chef's specials. A must try is Roberta's world famous black beans and
Mango Island Cafe
Mango Island Cafe is a private delightful tropical restaurant
overlooking Hidden Cove and the Florida Wildlife Sanctuary. You can
enjoy your favorite drinks and a delicious island meal while you
watch osprey and pelicans soar by and you may even spot a wondering
manatee in the cove. Mango Island Cafe is at the North Captiva Island Club.
Island Deli at the North Captiva Island Club offers a wide variety of
deli sandwiches and boxed lunches for your boating trips or for lunch
at home. There is also a well stocked grocery store and they also
make pizza daily and also some evenings.
Shopping - We have two wonderful shops on our island that sell a wide
variety of items that you may wish to purchase for friends back home
or for yourself as a wonderful memory of our beautiful island.
At Barnacle Phil's is a wonderful eclectic boutique that its owner and manager has carefully chosen for visitors to North Captiva Island. You can't leave this small
store without purchasing the perfect outfit for sun/play in addition
to various whimsical t-shirts, baseball caps, and sweat shirts.
The ice cream shop at Barnacle Phil's is a daily must for many islanders. They happily accommodate your needs with the best ice cream ever. They also sell Barnacle Phil's t-shirts as well as a wide variety of art work and other neat gift items.
Grocery items such as canned goods, dairy products, cleaning
supplies, sundries, sodas, beer and wine can be purchased at North
Captiva Island Club. They also have hot coffee available in the
morning along with two daily newspapers, The Fort Myers Press and USA
Bird Watching - Bird watching is a favorite activity of most visitors
to our wonderful island. North Captiva is an island sanctuary for
many species of birds including osprey, ibis, cormorants, egrets,
bald eagles, terns, brown and white pelicans and many more. We have
binoculars to get a closer view of the various birds and also many
books and videos to help you learn about the birds you have
Swimming - Manatee Haven has a screened pool on the sunny side of our
home. There are many water games for entertainment including water
basketball and water volleyball. Manatee Haven guests also
have a private beach access that is approximately 200 feet from our
home. Boogie boards, sun umbrellas, beach mats, sand toys, fishing
gear and beach towels are available for your use and enjoyment.
Fishing - Fish abound in the waters of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf
of Mexico. The back bay of the sound is good for sea trout, grunts,
snook, tarpon, redfish, and ladyfish. The Gulf and passes are
great for sheephead, tarpon, mackerel, snook and grouper. The best
fishing is in the early evening or during the day up by the air strip
or over by the fish house.
Fishing boats can be rented from Captain Charlie. All of his boats
are 16 feet long, very stable, 25 hp motors, and are equipped with
all Coast Guard approved safety gear. They are perfect for fishing
the waters around North Captiva. The skiffs can also be used for eco-
touring activities such as Dolphin and Manatee observations and
exploration of Pine Island Sound, including the many areas too
shallow for other types of boats.
Fishing boats, 18 feet Center Consoles with 90 hp outboard motors are
available for rental at Island Personal Watercraft Rentals which is
at the North Captiva Island Club. They have a complete
inventory of boats, waverunners, guided tours, fishing trips, kayak
tours available for your enjoyment. They can even create a complete
tour for you to meet your needs or you can tell them what you would
like to see and do and they will plan it for you. They also have
sunset cruises aboard their 22 foot deck boat, or their 24 foot
pontoon boat. The guided tours on the waverunners is a fun afternoon
for all family members.
Star Gazing - From our second level there is a winding staircase that
leads to a private deck, or Crow's Nest, for enjoying sunrises and
sunsets and also for star gazing. We have an easily portable
- Weekly Rate: $2350 - $3950
Off Season weekly rate: $ 2,350
Summer Season weekly rate: $ 2,600
Shoulder Season weekly rate: $ 3,100
Peak Season weekly rate: $ 3,950
- Air Conditioning
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- Beach View
- 3 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Outdoor Grill
- Manatee Haven, a vacation home on North Captiva Island, has all the comforts of home. A stay at our home requires you to pack some clothes and obtain your needed groceries. We provide almost everything else. Our home features an enclosed patio and private swimming pool and hot tub, elevator access to all floors and an observation deck from which some serious stargazing can take place with the portable Edmund's Scientific Astroscan Telescope and a new SkyQuest Orion Telescope. For entertainment we have provided satellite transmission programming (DirecTV) to 5 television sets including the 42 inch HD/TV in the great room, 5 DVD players, 1 VCR, books, board games for all ages, toys, playing cards, binoculars, 665+ DVD movies which are in 12 DVD 3-ring binders identified as G to PG and PG 13 to R, 50+ VCR movie tapes, 20+ PS3 games and 100+ music CDs. Manatee Haven can provide you with free use of a laptop computer that has a WIFI broadband highspeed internet connection or you can bring your own laptop computer. Also available is a printer/fax/copy machine. Telephone service includes free long distance calls throughout the United States only. For your comfort and convenience, Manatee Haven is completely air conditioned and has ceiling fans in all rooms including four in the great room. It has a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator with filtered water, smooth-top stove/oven, disposal, ice maker, all cooking and baking supplies, an expresso/latte machine, electric grill, electric cooker, and kitchen linens. The bedrooms all are beautifully decorated with island themes and each has a TV, clock/radio. telephone and additional linens. The two bathrooms on the bedroom level have both a combination tub/shower, island theme towels, and hair dryers. The bathroom on the second level has a shower, towels and a hair dryer. We have additional towels in the linen closet on the bedroom level and also two port-a-cribs, high chair and an extension for the dining table in a separate closet by the laundry room. The laundry facilities are on the bedroom level and have a separate washer, dryer and also a washing tub. There is a storage area above the washer and dryer where you will find an iron, ironing board and other laundry needs. For recreation, we provide beach towels, beach mats, beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, snorkels, sand toys, fishing gear, numerous water games for the private pool, outdoor Weber grill, outdoor kitchen cabinet, outdoor refrigerator, George Forman electric grills and dining and lounging furniture. As the only mode of transportation permitted on the island is by golf cart, we have provided a special Manatee Haven cart for you in our enclosed garage. All guests have access to the facilities of the North Captiva Island Club.