By Vicki Dill
South Seas Island Resort, on the tip of Captiva Island in Florida’s Gulf Coast welcomes your wedding.
“I’ve never met a couple who got married in Captiva that didn’t stay together.” New York Times’ best selling author, Randy Wayne White, who also happens to be a Sanibel Island local, seems to know the secret to a long lasting successful union. That’s just one of many reasons why South Seas Island Resort, on the tip of Captiva Island in Florida’s Gulf Coast, is a perfect place to set sail into a lifetime of blissful marriage.
Warm balmy nights, some of the greatest shelling found in the US, 13 miles of untouched beaches, old fashioned trolleys and a small town feel make this welcoming resort seem like your home away from home. Jimmy Buffett knew it was special back in ‘78 when he wrote Cheeseburgers in Paradise at the nearby Cabbage Key. Imagine your guests arriving to your wedding in a romantic sea blue trolley. They’ll spend the evening mingling under palm trees, stargazing at your reception, enjoying a light ocean breeze while sipping champagne at elegant linen covered tables. South Seas has it covered when it comes to southern, upscale destination weddings. For the ceremony you have your choice of sandy or grassy oceanfront backdrops, the gorgeously manicured golf course with its waterfalls, or the historic King’s Crown.
South Seas isn’t just a beautiful backdrop for a wedding, it provides a variety of activities for you and your guests to make your vacation memorable and your pictures worth posting! The beach area at South Seas provides paddle boarding, snorkeling, wave runners and kayaking!
A tour of the island from the perspective of a wave runner will be the highlight of your trip. Sunny Island Adventures has you covered. Not only is it an adrenaline rush but you’ll experience the glistening waters and wildlife from the ocean. You’ll ride through mangroves, watch the birds swoop in and fly next to you and see the pristine beaches from the ocean. It takes guests around North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa and Useppa Island. Several of these places are only accessible by boat which makes them that more secluded. Golf carts are the main means of transportation and why wouldn’t they be when the weather is warm, the breeze is inviting and everywhere you go is just a hop, skip and a jump! It’s easy to pack your days full of activities with easy transportation. For the guests who are energetic there is a tennis center as well as a gulf front, par 3 golf course with gorgeous views at every hole, onsite fishing and a 24-hour fitness center. Yoga is offered on the beach with Ambu Yoga. If kids are a part of your big celebration it’s important to know that Parents Magazine named South Seas a Top 10 Family Beach Resort. With offerings like Kids Camp at Sanibel Sea School, Camp Skullywags, Kids Night Out and Skully’s Family Interactive Center kids will be more than entertained! Accommodations at South Seas includes a variety of options. There are condos, cottages, waterfront homes as well as traditional hotel rooms. Although South Seas spreads out over 2.5 miles of white sand beach, this large resort feels like a small town. If Sally was seriously selling seashells then South Seas is where she would be most successful. Try saying that five times! Seashell hunting will be a special experience during your trip. As South Seas has so cleverly coined it, it’s a “Shellabration”! The shells come in many shapes and forms and you’ll find yourself taking home buckets of them to remind you of your trip for years to come.
No vacation to South Seas is complete without several evenings of watching their famous sunsets. Every evening you’ll see a kaleidoscope of colors that are worthy of being painted. It’s hard to imagine it could ever be outdone, and then the next evening there will be a different, yet equally breathtaking end to the day. Sipping wine on the beach with your special someone, while watching the sky spread into hues of pink, purple and orange, never gets old. You’ll surely be relaxed during your stay at South Seas, but if you want to really indulge and treat yourself like the royalty you are then book some services at the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique located on the property. They offer services for entire wedding party to get them feeling and looking glamorous for the big event. In addition, spa wedding consultants can help you make a plan that works for your party and leaves them feeling pampered and stress free. South Seas has been sharing the beauty of Florida’s Gulf Coast with their guests for over forty years. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a honeymoon, or a trip with family you’ll come away from this resort village and wildlife sanctuary feeling refreshed and sun kissed with memories to last a lifetime.