Captiva Holiday Village Hoteliers Announce Special Packages

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Captiva Island resorts, inns, cottages and vacation homes will be offering lodging specials in conjunction with this year’s third annual Captiva Holiday Village event.

The village is the heart of the island: a quirky, colorful, pedestrian-friendly hub where people stroll from place to place, enjoying live music, tropical food and drink and the island’s legendary sunsets.

Captiva Island resorts, inns, cottages and vacation homes will be offering lodging specials in conjunction with this year’s third annual Captiva Holiday Village event.

The two-week-long Captiva Holiday Village launches its 2012 spectacular the Friday after Thanksgiving with fireworks, tree lightings, holiday readings, musical performances and more.

Now in its third year, Captiva Holiday Village is a cooperative event sponsored by hoteliers, merchants, attraction owners and restaurateurs of Captiva Island.

From Nov. 23 until Dec. 11, South Seas Island Resort is offering a special discount of $20 off the resort’s best available rate.

Captiva Island Inn offers a special three-day, two-night holiday rate that includes a $50 resort credit to enjoy at one of five award-winning restaurants. Complimentary gourmet breakfast served at Keylime Bistro or R.C. Otters as well as complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas.

American Realty of Captiva has homes available for every budget and group size from beachfront to bayfront, luxury mansions to affordable cottages, tennis, pools, boat docks and more. Special packages include event and concert tickets. 

Royal Shell Vacations’ elves have designated a limited number of properties for Captiva Holiday Village experiences. From Dec. 2 to 23, selected home and condo rentals are being offered on a Friday to Friday rental basis. A few lucky guests will win a weekly golf-cart rental or special event tickets to activities.

Jensen’s Historic Cottages and Marina is offering special rates for two to four guests from Dec. 1 to 18 starting from $180 per night including a free private one-hour boat ride.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, guests at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort can enjoy 15 percent off regular rates on Friday and Saturdays and 50 percent off regular rates Sunday through Thursdays.

Each special-themed weekend, beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 8, will be a fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets. During the event weekends, visitors will enjoy everything from decorated golf-cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo and fire dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade.

All three weekends of events take place in Captiva’s “village” center, where its colorful restaurants and shops will be festively decorated.

The village is the heart of the island: a quirky, colorful, pedestrian-friendly hub where people stroll from place to place, enjoying live music, tropical food and drink and the island’s legendary sunsets.

Back by popular demand, a feature of this year’s Captiva Holiday Village is community Chautauqua, offering educational workshops, entertainment, films, a carol sing, boat cruises, tastings and natural history talks—all offering locals and visitors a chance to learn more about quirky Captiva.

In addition to Holiday Village festivities, the island offers easy access to an abundance of water sports: kayaking, guided fishing, parasailing, world-renowned shelling and wildlife cruises to the outer islands.

Captiva Island, located on the Gulf coast of Florida adjacent to Fort Myers, is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. In 2011, Captiva ranked as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travelers’ Choice U.S. Beach Destinations.

The small island is also known as a destination for celebrities and creative legends. Visitor lodging options include small inns, deluxe resorts, rental homes and condos, and dockage for boats of all sizes.

According to The Weather Channel, the average daily high temperature for Captiva in December is 77 degrees, and it is the driest month annually with just 1.71 inches of rain.

This year’s sponsors include the Golf Cart Parade sponsor - The Royal Shell Companies, the Boat Parade Sponsor - Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, the Junkanoo Parade sponsor - American Realty of Captiva and the Fire Dancing on the Beach sponsor - VIP Realty.

As a highlight of this annual event, local hoteliers and restaurants have once again teamed up to offer six free two-night Captiva Holiday Village weekends for the 2012 event. Online entries are now being accepted at http://www.captivaholidayvillage.com.

For a list of all events and hotel packages, visit http://www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com.

About Captiva Island
Captiva Island is a barrier island in the tranquil Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s southwest coast. North of Sanibel Island and West of Fort Myers, world-renowned Captiva is also just three hours from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale by car. A narrow seashell-laden island famous for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, celebrity visitors and creative residents, Captiva is home to private waterfront estates, two large resorts and several charming small inns. The heart of the island is its vibrant ‘downtown,’ coined “the village,” in which visitors and locals stroll among colorful galleries, shops and restaurants with live music and water views. As the gateway to the out-islands within Pine Island Sound, Captiva is also a watersports destination and offers boaters multiple marinas with overnight dockage. It has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers around the world.

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