Details for South Seas Resort
Name

South Seas Resort
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.4 stars from 43 reviews

Address 5400 Plantation Rd
Captiva, FL 33924

Phone1-888-777-3625 (office) 239-472-7511 (fax)

After hours contact

N/A Call between 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

Notes



VHF channel

16,68

Web sitewww.southseas.com

Email contact

cmartz@southseas.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster

Charles

Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Amex, MC, Visa, Discover

Payment discounts

None

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

Can be approached from the Gulf of Mexico via Redfish Pass or through a channel off the ICW. New channel was put in place in summer 2009. From the ICW headed towards South Seas Resort the channel begins between Intracoastal R38 and R40. The first South Seas Resort channel mark is R24 which is left to port. This is exactly opposite of what is shown on many older charts. Keep reds on your port side. Follow the channel closely as the numbers count down. When you get between R10 and G11, turn to port where you will see G21. Follow this around to the marina.

Redfish Pass is an easy in and out from the Gulf. Watch the markers but plenty of water. Stay to starboard once in the inlet and follow around to the South Seas Harbor entrance.

From the Intracostal Waterway:
The new channel has a 7-foot controlled depth. It begins just north of the Intracoastal Waterway at R38, approximately 25 yards north. First alternate channel marker will be a R24. Keep the red markers to port (left). Keep the green markers to starboard (right).
The alternate channel will head west/southwest and at G19 and R20.

The channel will turn to the Northwest towards Redfish Pass. Keep the red markers to port (left). Keep the green markers to starboard (right). Once the boat reaches marker R10 and G11 in the alternate channel, South Seas Marina will be on the left.

From the Gulf of Mexico through Redfish Pass:
Do not follow GPS on boat or boating charts. This pass is local knowledge only. Water ranges from 8 feet to 30 feet through Redfish Pass. There are 3 floating markers outside of Redfish Pass.
G1, R4, and G5. To pick up the G1 the boat must be 1 mile due west of Redfish Pass. When G1 is located, put the
green floating marker to port (left) and take a compass heading 90 degrees east. Once the boat comes through Redfish Pass turn south along the sea wall for about 400 yards. Pass G7 and G9 to port,
South Seas Marina will be on the right.

Tide

1.5

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info

All ties are alongside.

Depths

Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info: Some docks can accommodate deeper draft vessels. Make sure you request these docks if draft required is over 4 feet.


Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 127
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 60
Total: 60
Transient price: $3.60/ft (2016-11-28)

Other price info: All slips are alongside tie, port or starboard, potable water, cable TV, and WiFi are included.

Moorings

Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 30 amp is $10 per night.
50 amp or (2) 30 amp is $15 per night per cord.
100 amp single phase is $45 per night.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $15.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes - At all slips.

Dinghy access

Yes - Easy in and out dinghy access, small anchorage just outside the harbor.

Liveaboard info

No

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas price$3.48/gal (2016-11-28)

Other price info: Includes taxes. No ethanol.

Diesel price$2.35/gal (2016-11-28)

Other price info: Includes taxes.

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There are grassy areas to walk your dog and they have bags to pick up after them.

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

Yes - Pump out at the T-dock.

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - At the head of each dock.

Showers

Yes - Very nice. Towel service, shampoo's, body soap, and blow dryers. 4 shower stalls in both men's and womens facility.

Heads

Yes - Very nice.

Laundry

Yes - 4 washers ($1.50) and 3 dryers ($1.50) - in same building with showers, next to the ship store.

Grocery

Yes - Small, well equipped grocery and liquor store near the docks.

Hardware



Restaurants

Yes - Luxury restaurant, casual pool restaurant, pizza and ice cream place.

Bars

Yes - On premises.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Daily and weekly rental rooms available.

Repair capabilities

Yes

Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies

Yes

Chartering capabilities

Yes

Internet access

Yes - WiFi available with dockage.

Boat ramp availability

Yes

Transportation

Yes - Trolly to Captiva leaves each 1/2 hour. Included in dockage rate.

Other services

Gorgeous pool, included in dockage rate.

Attractions

Golf course, beach, pools, and tennis.

Reviews for South Seas Resort
Fabulous!!!!, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (114)

I am a regular at this marina. Charles is great and always greets us with a smile on his face. He is very helpful and is hapy to do whatever he can to make your stay more enjoyable. Our iron broke one day and my wife needed to iron a blouse. She ask Charles if one was available, and within minutes he was back with one for her to use. This marina is absolutely beautiful and is a perfect get away for a long weekend. Highly recommended.



Great Weekend Adventure, 2016-06-20
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (105)

This resort on the North section of Captiva is first rate. Very modern marina with ample docking places for small, medium and large vessels. The dockmaster and his crew were at our spot when we entered the marinal. All amenities are included with the marina charges. We had dinner at the Harborside Bar & Grill, It is a quiet restaurant with an extensive menu overlooking the marina. In addition we ate at the Doc Ford's Rum bar, a laid back Florida experience. We will go back soon for another weekend or longer stay.



Facility is great, dock kids are much improved from years past, 2016-05-24
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (118)

We've come many times. The facility is top notch, with great shower rooms, fun pools, and the best Tiki bar anywhere. Marc is a great bartender. A few years back we had some rude experiences with the dock kids, but not at all lately. The marina restaurant is OK, much better to ride the trolley down to Doc Ford's at the resort entrance. Expensive per foot, but pretty much worth it...



very nice marina, 2016-03-14
Captain: , Bedford, NH (715)

We stayed one night, Mar 11th to 12th. Dock staff very friendly and helpful. Channel well marked from GICW but narrow. I prefer floating docks as it makes it easier to get on and off the boat. At low tide there was quite a jump down to our swim platform. Trolly runs from marina end of resort to the end near town. Short walk or there is a Free shuttle to take you around the area. They even provide soap and towels in the bath house. Restaurant, beach and pool are at the marina end of resort. Very protected from GICW so no rocking.



Great visit, 2015-12-31
Captain: , Centerport, NY (10)

Wonderful staff and facility
Highly recommended!
Would be especially good if traveling with young kids



You get what you pay for..., 2015-06-10
Captain: , Cape Coral Florida (30)

It's a tight approach into the main "Big Boat" Marina, with light shoaling to starboard near the sea wall on your way in, however, even 60'+ with a 5'+ draft should carry in all but the lowest of low tides. Sandy Bottom. Excellent facilities, staff, power, fuel, immaculate shower rooms, and everything you would expect from a world class facility. Charles Martz is the Harbormaster, and runs a tight ship. Highly recommended!



South Seas resort, 2015-05-11
Captain: , Salcombe, UK (150)

Marina good, efficient but expensive.



South Seas is our happy place, 2015-03-28
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, Fl. (95)

We visit the South Seas Resort at least 3 times per year cruising down from our home base in St. Petersburg. We draw 5 1/2' feet and enter through Redfish Pass and to date have never had a problem. The marina staff lead by Charles the dockmaster is always there to help. While the marina can be a bit "tight" depending on the size of your vessel the marina staff does an excellent job of coordinating arrivals and departures. We do a lot of flats fishing near the marina on our 16' Chaos and have a great time. Beautiful property, golf course and beaches are within steps of the marina.



Tourist Attraction, 2015-03-24
Captain: , Barrington RI (475)

This is a nice spot, at the end of Captiva. Caters to large motor vessels, not sailboats. The entrance channel is a quick turn to stbd. from the channel entrance at Redfish Pass. If you are coming from the ICW, there is a long slog down the dredged channel, and you need to pay attention to the markers. Dolphins and manatees are common, so please go slow as you enter and exit.

Once inside the marina, the staff is very helpful, and you will know that you are staying at a resort. The staff rely on tips for much of their compensation, so they will bend over backward to help you. There are condos, shops, and restaurants, and all are overpriced. There is a free trolley that connects the marina, which is at the north end of the resort, with the shops and businesses at the south end of the resort.

If you go, I HIGHLY recommend that you venture off the resort grounds, and stop at the Bubble Room for drinks and desserts.



A beautiful marina, 2015-02-15
Captain: , Norwalk (273)

All the positive and negative criticisms from our previous review still apply... except the main restaurant is definitely not up to the rest of the resort. We will come again but will be eating off site.



excellent but crowded, 2014-06-24
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1663)

Beautiful marina and facilities, excellent food at Marina side restaurant. All staff had a caring helpful attitude, $3.00/ft plus $15 for electric. Excellent gift shops 2 miles away via trolley, Dock Fords restaurant also 2 miles away at front gate. Free pool towels, 3 pools was crowded, lots of lounge chairs but very close together, resort was like a beautiful resort, pool was like Miami Beach. Beautiful beach for swimming and walking. Great ice cream and candy store nearby, beautiful 9 hole golf course.
Could do a much better job of keeping bathrooms clean and neat ,they start out clean but get messed up quickly by the crowds.
Will return. Goes to $3.50/ft Dec 1.All slips are fixed docks, side ties.



Extra nice facility, 2014-05-20
Captain: , Orange Beach Alabama (90)

Beautiful marina and a great restaurant sttached. Walk across to the beach and golf course. Dock hands stayed after closing to help with the lines in the middle of a storm. The next morning at the fuel dock they were again very helpful. Will definitely be back.



very nice facility, 2014-02-25
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1897)

A good stop but a little pricey, we had our Defever Rendeavous here which was excellent the food was superb and the location is great
The entrance channel to the resort is a little tight but plenty of water for our 5' draft.
All the docks are side ties which is good for us although a little exposed to wind.



South Seas Resort/Marina, 2013-12-24
Captain: , Sandwich (692)

Had we not received notice thru a MarinaLife email post of the Christmas Decorate Your Boat $1.25/ft special we probably would have passed up staying. The resort decorated the marina harbor into Santa's Enchanted Village. Many of the boats were decked out from bow to stern. What an incredible display of lights and decorations. Really put everyone in the Christmas spirit. A great stay even if there is no holiday. Make it your own.



Yachty Pricey, 2013-11-03
Captain: , Ft. Myers Fl (230)

Beautiful, bring your wallet. Every amenity possible, gorgeous golf course next to miles of white sand beaches. Excellent shelling after storms.



Not flexible around holidays, 2013-05-09
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (250)

Wanted to stay a couple of days BEFORE July 4, departing on the 2nd, and they still have a minimum 3 night stay and rate goes to $5 a foot... I can understand if we stayed on July 4, but the same minimum and rate even before? I have stayed here and it is a nice resort, but just not worth it this time.



Great resort and marina, 2013-05-04
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (880)

The marina is more pricey than others, but you get the use of the entire 5 Star resort, which is an excellent property. We have cruised here many times alone and with our yacht club. Both experiences very good. Charles the harbormaster is great to work with. Docks are side tie and excellent condition. Staff always there to help you dock. Fuel/pump out easy access. Showers/laundry/ship store/restaurant/ice cream and pizza parlor/kids club/pool and cabanas/gorgeous sand beach/golf/tennis/loaner bikes---all close to the docks. Trolley takes you to downtown Captiva for several restaurants and shops. Good biking all the way to Sanibel Island (Ding Darling Preserve) Colgate Sailing School and Parasail onsite. Guest rooms can be rented for extra company. Great resort for a family reunion. Lower rates off season(summer/fall)



Stay at least once, 2013-05-02
Captain: , Sarasota (110)

It's that kind of place. Pricy, but not a place our crew would be likely to visit other than to dock. We stayed one night, 4/27/13, after the eally busy season. The overall facility is top notch. The grounds are immaculant. It IS a full service Resort but not a full service Marina. We took their free tram off site to a restaurant area south of the main property. It was a good way to see the rest of the resort. Manatees gathered at the end of our dock.



Pleasant stopover, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Stuart FL Middletown RI (240)

The marina at South Seas Resort is well maintained and the setting is attractive. The shoreside facilities -- heads and showers -- are very nice and even supply towels for your use.

With fixed docks we appreciated the competent dockhand who helped us secure our boat but we were surprised that such an upscale and expensive marina lacked floating docks. The docks require careful placement of fenders to avoid scraping against wooden pilings as the docks are lay-alongside.

The resort has a trolley system that runs continuously so it is easy to visit the small grocery store and shops at the south end of the resort. When we visited in April we headed toward the huge swimming pool area but it was not as relaxing as we hoped -- all three pools were packed with noisy kids.

There were two restaurants next to the marina and we found the poolside cafe had decent food and reasonable prices. The small ships store the next morning offered coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

Overall South Seas Resort marina was a very pleasant place to visit -- we will stop there again if we cruise the area.



Perfect stop, 2013-02-11
Captain: , Houma, LA (387)

We spent three days here and loved it. The food was superb at the marina restaurant. Sunset beach is a great place to enjoy sunsets, and the pools are wonderful. The marina staff was very helpful and the marina first rate. There are many families here and the kids can go to a sea school on site. Shelling, beaches, pools- this place has it all. As others have said, it is a bit tight docking at the alongside piers if other boats are already there, just take it slow, and the dockhand is helpful. Note that the channel from the ICW has been relocated and is not as marked on the charts. We left via Redfish Pass, and there are shallow spots of 6-8 feet at times.



Glitz, glamour, European, 2013-01-16
Captain: , St Petersburg FL (110)

This place is so nice it is stunning. They sell diamond chips for the kids to play with in the pool (kidding). It is a really nice place with about seven pools and everything is First Class and expensive. If you want that, it is here. It is a real Resort



Absolutely 5 star facility needs attention, 2012-10-10
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Everything you would want in a resort/marina. Needs more maintenance. Three different power pedastal either inop or corroded so bad they kept popping breaker. Engineering came and fixed. Facilities have all, restaurants, pools etc. Dock came to about 3.70 ft. Stayed here on 10-9-12. Be sure to read approach directions in the General section. Had 10' of water all the way in.



Still A Great Place, 2012-08-14
Captain: , Sarasota, FL (130)

Stayed 3 nights recently. Always enjoyable. Fantastic facilities and a great staff. We were there the week before school starts and the place was packed with kids. Wish they'd designate one of their pools as adults only, but we will return.



Worth the price, 2012-07-27
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (195)

Have stayed here numerous times; beautiful; tight maneuvering in marina; great restaurants on site and free trolley to town restaurants; great beaches; tennis; golf; great pools, watersports, fishing, shelling; pricey but worth it



A wonderful resort, sleepy island, 2012-07-03
Captain: , Sarasota (40)

This is a wonderful resort. Golfing beaches several pools and resturants. Amenities are 4 to 5 star. Great ship store. Nice showers and restrooms. Not much as far as night life but a great get away.



Nice place to stay., 2012-06-22
Captain: , Bayport (79)

But a little pricey. Beautifully kept resort marina. Trolly was an asset to tour area, and to allow dining at Captiva's local restaurants.
Very quiet establishment at night. Would be a good place for families. Staff members were helpful and friendly. Pools are a great asset to the resort.
Dockmaster "Tyler" was very helpful throughout our stay. We will return.
However...the prices for food and drink were a bit over the top. Not many choices for eating. Glad we could get to Captiva's area dining!



Best boat in resort in our area, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Treasure Island, FL (375)

We stayed her two nights (5/23-24) and will definitely be back. Calling up dockmaster on 16 received immediate call back and switch to working channel of 68. He was very helpful. Be aware that the marked channel from the ICW has been moved to the south 1/4 mile as of about 2010. My Navionics Chart was not current. Channel is well marked however and dockmaster made sure to inform all that this channel was new.

We were on K dock which is nice as it is not in the middle of everything but still very close to amenities. A dock is closest to showers which were first rate. 4 clean showers in private rooms, nice separate towel room with sinks and hair dryers.

Best feature is the pool complex of 3 pools, one for kids with slide and two that are family oriented and right on the bay. Views to die for, tons of lounges and umbrellas, towels and drinks at the pools. Drinks were reasonable at 3.50 for sodas and 5 for beer.

A t-dock nearby is great for fishing and golf course on the grounds. We ate at the Key Lime Bistro after waiting an hour for a table at Mucky Duck. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. Great staff, excellent food and live music. DO try their Key Lime Pie....first rate....

We will definitely return....



Great family marina, 2012-01-15
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (40)

Overnight side tie on B-dock on Catalina 32 with 6 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs. Dockmaster very helpful and even gave my grandkids a stuffed manatee that made their day. Pool with slides, manicured grounds, beach short walk away, superb shower facilities. Unfortunately weather very cold in the 40's and couldn't enjoy it as much as we would like. Although pricey, good value per person. Will be back.



Nice fulll service resort for a vacation, 2011-12-08
Captain: , Naples, FL (145)

We live in nearby Naples and usually go here once a year. Its a 'destination resort' for families. Lots to do - golf course, crowded pools for teens and kids. Lots of Manatees live at the south end of the marina in the winter. Beautiful location. Manicured grounds. Trolley to take you around. Fixed docks makes it a little tough on some but adds to the charm. Great shower facility with towels provided. Clean. Nice little marina store to get coffee and a breakfast sandwich to go in the mornings. Staff usually does a great job, but is occasionally overwhelmed. Several restaurants to choose from with good food. Prices are a bit over the top.



Perfect stop, 2011-09-14
Captain: , palmetto (227)

The dockmaster could not have been more helpful, and the grounds are excellent and top notch. This is a resort with many amenities. I docked my boat, and had full access to all of the grounds. If you want a relaxing good time, stop in for a day or two!



Needs an attitude adjustment, 2011-06-27
Captain: , Osprey, FL (10)

If the first person you meet (marina staff) at a hoity-toity resort refers to a marina guest as "you people," it's not a great start. Generously, the welcome was a slight notch above robotic. Nevertheless, my kids loved this place (with a pizza place/ice cream parlor/candy story across from a waterpark, who wouldn't?). The prices are through the roof, and, in my opinion, you do not get your money's worth. If this place plans to maintain it's "exclusive" status, someone needs to have a word with the marina staff. Some are apparently too young to appreciate the significance of their job. Staff elsewhere on the resort, were much better . . . generally.
Eating "off campus" is recommended: Bubble Room for kids (entertainment fun, food is so-so, deserts huge), Mucky Duck (Jimmy Buffet meets British Pub), but if you do the Mucky Duck on a weekend, prepare to wait at least an hour if you arrive after 6 pm.
Marina dockmaster may or may not respond to VHF hailing, or if they do it might be what we had: "Vessel hailing South Seas Resort, please switch to Channel 16" (At the time, we were already transmitting on 16, so off went the dock attendant to the marina's working VHF channel and we were left to guess where that was ... I believe it is 68).
Sam, the security guard at the waterpark, is a gem--kind, funny and efficient. The marina staff could use a few more like him.
Special note: This bad experience was limited to three of the six staff we had contact with ... but bad apples can spoil the bunch. Hopefully, ours was isolated incident -- or just caught a couple people on a bad day. I expect better for my money and found it at the other marinas we visited in the area -- which of course were much cheaper.






Fabulous Marina and Resort, 2011-06-07
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL. (251)

This is probably the best place to stay on the West coast of FL if you like resort style marinas. Sit by the pool or go over to the beach. Trolleys will carry you around the resort to different areas for restaurants or shopping. By far, these are the nicest shower facilities. They provide towels, soap, shampoo, hair dryers all in an air-conditioned facility. Great docks with helpful staff. If you haven't been, it is well worth a visit. You'll be spoiled!



Top Notch at a pricce, 2011-05-28
Captain: , Riviera Dunes, FL (80)

Marina is part of a full service resort very helpful dock staff, they referred me to a great mechanic - The resort pool and beach were great and all include towel service. Marina is clean and the manatee watching is a hoot.



You pay to play, but it's worth it!, 2011-02-16
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach (276)

The fishing on the Pine Island Sound side is just amazing during a low or high tide OR try casting directly into the channel that splits with North Captiva. South Seas is secluded and simply perfect for wanting to get away.



Five Star Resort, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Hernando Beach, Fl (300)

You get what you pay for here, and you'll pay a lot and get a great resort marina experience. Not for the budget minded. Great for a mini vacation.



First Class Resort, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Shelton, Ct (70)

Date-- 2/2/11
Captain Al da Silva MY CASAMAR
Huntington, CT
This is a great resort with great amenities for everyone and decent restaurants on the premises; however, there are good restaurants close by on the island. The staff is very helpfull and very professional. Great place to spend a week or more.



You get what you pay for..., 2011-01-26
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (955)

And in this case, first class from top to bottom. Wonderful resort facilities, great staff, beautiful beach, nice par 3 golf course, excellent restaurant choices, terrific ship's store, huge pool complex, easy access from the ICW or through Redfish Pass.



Pricey but friendly., 2010-11-12
Captain: , Fosters Point, Random Island, Newfoundland (82)

Expensive but the most lux marina we have ever been to. Facilities are great. When we checked out the very nice clerk gave us a sizeable discount on our slip without any prompting. Guess it pays to be friendly.



South Seas Resort, 2009-12-26
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

Wonderful stop. Beautiful setting. Immaculate bathrooms stocked with towels, shampoo, body soap and hair dryers. Outdoor movies on the lawn. Great ice cream store. Beach access across the street.



Everything you want, 2009-05-19
Captain: , Sarasota, FL - Newport, RI (435)

This resort has done a great job after the hurricane and you can't beat it especially if you have kids on board who want the beach and pool!



Beautiful re-build after the Hurricane, 2009-05-07
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (40)

If you like quiet and relaxing, this is your stop



south seas resort, 2008-08-03
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

We just spent the weekend here. Our first time back since they reopened. They have done a tremedous job in the rebuilding. However little was done to the docks other than adding gas grills and tables at the end of most of the piers. It is still pricey, if not more so. Food was good at the dockside restaurant. We also had lunch at the new pool restaurant and it was very good too. Pools are really well done. When you check in they give you a resort card which you must use, since cash or regular credit cards are NOT accepted within the resort. You can not just pop in by boat for lunch anymore. Well you can, but the charge for lunch docking is $50!! They will then give you a resort card to use. I would simply just go toe the Green Flash where you can have a good meal, a little less pricey and complimentary docking.



Posh resort marina, 2008-02-09
Captain: , Burnt Store, FL (489)

One of the best and most expensive marinas in the area. Part of a large resort with golf, pool, restaurants, etc. Very friendly and helpful dock staff.

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