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Property Details

Updated: May 5, 2015
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

to DirecTV.

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Manatee Haven…Should Be Manatee Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week and wished we could have stayed for a month! My sister, my parents and I stayed at Manatee "Heaven" to celebrate a milestone birthday! We had never been to Upper or North Captiva but it sounded like an adventure! Kay, the owner is extraordinary, she is kind, caring, informative and quick to respond to any questions. The vacation we had was one of the best we have had as a family in Florida. You are totally off the grid, it doesn’t feel like you are in Florida at all, for all you know, you are on a Caribbean island. The experience of being on the island and in the house is so peaceful, calm, and tranquil. The house is beautiful, absolutely anything and everything that you want is there and more, Kay and Jake have thought of it all. The pool and hot tub are both lovely, you can float around, read, play, daydream and there are places for sun and for shade. We loved sitting out on the lanai for dinner looking out to the ocean and watching our osprey fly by with beach debris they were gathering to build their nest. Morning coffee and happy hour was spent on the observation deck with a 360 degree view of the island. Another bonus in the house is the elevator, having the elevator for my parents made all the difference in the world as they both have knee issues and stairs are a challenge. We would go down to the beach every morning and then go back down to sit and watch the sunset, shells were everywhere, but people were not, it was not crowded or busy. The wildlife also was a highlight, you will see gopher turtles walking down the road, osprey everywhere, birds at the beach, dolphins and manatees in the ocean - it is their island and their world and we were sharing it. I haven't mentioned the roads - there are no paved roads! No paved roads means, no cars, no traffic, no noise, we loved that! Everyone drives around the island on sand roads in golf carts, which was very fun and adds a whole new layer to the island. Jane as the manager was so helpful and welcoming and checked it to make sure we were OK. The people that work on the island that we met were so lovely and helpful whether it was at Barnacle Phil's, Boats R Fun or the Island Girl Charters staff that brought us over, they were all great. It’s a vacation where you can just stop and get away from it all! We have already booked for next year and are counting down the days! Thank you to Kay and Jake for sharing this little piece of heaven!
  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Nashville, TN

You Ask Why?

  • 5 of 5
Why rent this property? Let me give you four good reasons: Relaxing, comforting, peaceful and refreshing!

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 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, 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 this spot and you don't need to leave the US to enjoy a tropical feel! It is definitely a hidden gem!
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Had a great stay....again

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I love going to North Cap and staying at Manatee Haven. The house is a much loved home to the owners and not just a rental property. You can tell the difference as soon as you see the house and step inside. The pool area is one of the few on the island that is completely screened in. This means you can swim and sit outside without the insects driving you crazy. For us, it's one of the house's best features. Inside, the house is clean and lacks for nothing. Did you forget something? No problem, chances are Jake and Kay have it :-) Kudos to to Jane and Jeff too. Their smiling faces welcome you at arrival and they are there to get you to the boat for departure.
We could go somewhere else but we choose to return to north Cap and Manatee Haven. That says a lot...
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
St. Augustine

It doesn't get any better than Manatee Haven

It doesn't get any better than Manatee Haven
  • 5 of 5
Three generations of our family spent a week on Cloud Nine at Manatee Haven. The entire experience was fantastic and a perfect final week of summer vacation before the kids went back to school. The owners, managers, the home, the island - - all outstanding. Earlier reviews describe the specifics and I won't waste your time repeating them here. The bottom line, however, is this: if you are looking for a great place to have a truly luxurious, unique getaway, you MUST consider Manatee Haven. You will not be sorry!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

SIX Stars

  • 5 of 5
What else can be said that hasn't been said in the previous 31 reviews - all with perfect scores of 5! I bet you can't find that for any other rental home!

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".
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Manatee Haven: Large Enclosed Pool, Hot Tub & Elevator
+1 -703-779-1771
North Captiva Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Boulder Colorado

Just Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
The first week of June my sister and I took our kids (ages 7 thru 15) to North Captiva island, for 10 days. Choosing to stay at Manatee Haven is what made the entire trip perfect. This house has everything you could ever need. I'm still in amazement. It was so clean, great location and big private pool. Truthfully the combo of the beautiful, peaceful island, The care and expertise the owners of Manatee Haven give to just help organizing your trip to the perfect house with all you could ever need! And having Jane and Jeff there to help out made this by far one of the greatest vacations ever. We will definitely go back and no doubt stay at Manatee Haven! Thank you so much Kay, Jane and Jeff!
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway


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Activity and Interests

Shelling -

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.

Dining -

Barnacle Phil's

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

yellow rice.

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

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



Rental rates


  • 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
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Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Spa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • 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.

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