Guest Reviews


Amazing house, amazing island, amazing vacation!

Stayed here for 2 weeks with my dad, sister, brother-in-law, 2 year old nephew and dog at the end of August. It is a great house, very comfortable and well-equipped. We didn't ever really want for anything. The pool is awesome & huge and has so many pool toys. The outdoor kitchen looks brand new. The bedrooms are large and comfortable. A minor issue is that the washing machine leaked a little and the fridge was missing a shelf but it wasn't a big deal at all. Overall for an island property it is maintained well and we were very happy with it.

The location is amazing, just 5 mins walk from a beautiful and secluded beach where I was often the only person in sight. Overall the whole island is just lovely and so relaxing if you want a low key vacation. There are only like 3 restaurants and no groceries on the island so it takes some advance planning.

We were there in August so it was very humid and hot outside and we had a few storms in the afternoons; we were fine with it but we have a pretty high tolerance for hot weather. Also SO MANY MOSQUITOES - TAKE ALL THE BUG SPRAY YOU CAN CARRY. The house is all screened in but they still get in. But overall we had an amazing time notwithstanding!

Our experience with the property managers was fine - 3/5 stars. We ran out of detergent and they brought it right away, and they were on time for pick up and drop off. We noticed that mosquitoes were hatching in the collected rainwater of some plants kept on the pool deck and when we informed them they came to dump them out right away (you may want to check this when you arrive because unless they were swapped out for draining pots after we left, it can happen again after any time it rains).

On the other hand, in the time leading up to the vacation, I didn't find them particularly responsive and had to chase them quite a few times to get certain info e.g. grocery logistics etc. They also said they weren't able to call internationally so I had to delegate all of that to my sister who has a local number (so I am not sure what you would do if everyone in your party was coming from abroad). Lastly, we had requested a crib 1 month in advance and on the day of arrival they said they couldn't find it. We escalated to the property owner and they brought it the next day so it was resolved quickly. We didn't have much other interaction with them besides above so I would say it was a bit mixed on this specific front but still overall a 5/5 experience.

Note From Owner: We have since moved to a new property management team who are much more responsive to our guests.

by Deniz Y. Submitted Date of Stay:

Absolutely Perfect! Every amenity you could imagine! The new kitchen at Pool level is Amazing!

Manatee Haven was by far the best home I have ever rented on VRBO! It surpassed all expectations! Thoroughly appointed with everything you could ever need in a home. The screened in areas of the entire home were just wonderful! The Crows Nest for Sunset was just Gorgeous!

From Water Taxi , to grocery services to luggage delivery to our home! This vacation, truly was just that ! Thank Piper & Mike Swinford for offering this beautiful home and providing professional and amazing services! We enjoyed, and will be back.

by Linda B. from Tampa, FL. Submitted Date of Stay:

Best Vacation Ever!!

Our stay was a unforgettable one at Manatee haven. Every process is conducted so efficiently just like Mike said. I was nervous in the beginning with the steps but once everything is complete it really does go smoothly. The grocery pickup is easy to use but we had a 24 hr delay due to the covid and the system was over loaded with shoppers in the area. But our worries were taken care of by the management at Publix and a wonderful shopping team delivered our groceries for us. I will set up a grocery delivery service next time and pay a extra fee and have no worries about picking it up at the store.

Manatee Haven was perfect for us. The pictures are very accurate. The kids loved the pool and our golf cart rides around the island made it the best vacation. Mike and Piper have everything you need...from soaps and shampoo to laundry detergent and spices at your fingertips. We had a great stock in toilet paper and paper towels also.

We did bring oil with us and parchment paper and HEAVEY DUTY aluminum foil to make our trip easy cleanup. We cooked our fish on the aluminum foil on the grill...was absolutely perfect. And no mess. We ate in every night and I had each meal planned out. And we ate like kings. All of our entrees came from the fish market..outstanding. Alcohol was all purchased prior also.

We had a short 30 sec walk or 10 sec golf cart ride to our private beach. Gorgeous... Or we ventured up the beach path with our cart and enjoyed the next beach and sandbar. Just get ready cause you will find beautiful shells and sand dollars..pack them well) for the plane home. We also enjoyed our kayaking and the boys enjoyed the biking. Saw Manatee, dolphins, tons of geckos and tons of adorable turtles. Also, saw black snakes crabs and tons of fish..including sand sharks.

We had a unexpected ear infection happen but, it was smoothly taken care of after we had a script called in. Even our transportation was awesome and precise from the airport to the ferry. And the boat ride with island girl charters was excellent also. The captain and crew mate was on top of everything. Enjoyed our talks with them.

Thank you Manatee Haven for the wonderful trip. We will definitely return to North Captiva Island.

by Selena M. from Pittsburgh, PA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Absolutely wonderful

Our first time at NCI and will not be out last. Manatee Haven met all our expectations and so much more. The home is situated on a quiet street with a very short walk to the beach. The screened in pool was a perfect respite from the beach with toys galore. The kitchen was fully equipped with any and every appliance we desired. Property managers and home owners were very responsive and accommodating . We would look forward to future visits at Manatee Haven and would strongly recommend to friends and family.

by Lara M. from Lakeland, FL. Submitted Date of Stay:

Manatee Haven January stay

We had a great week at Manatee Haven! The house was excellent/as advertised, and very well stocked! We opted to use the grocery service option to order and stock all our food & beverage's prior to our arrival, which was seamless & wonderful! The heated pool was a fantastic feature in January, which we enjoyed time in every day (along with a dip in the hot tub to warm up further if needed!). We will look at returning next year!

by John A. from Madison, WI. Submitted Date of Stay:

Great Family getaway!

Property was great for getting away during Covid Pandemic. Kitchen & whole house was very well stocked with everything you need! The pool & hot tub were wonderful. Lots of fun family games. Lots of towels & beach chairs & toys. We rented an extra golf cart from home owner which was very nice. We hiked the state park & took the golf carts to the beach every day. The beaches were quiet & not crowded.

We rented a boat from Boats and Fun for a day, went to Cabbage Key For lunch, then on to Cato Costa, saw manatees & fished. Great day trip. North Captiva Island Club was very close & had a lot of fun to offer. We played tennis , took out Kayaks & ordered food for carry out at Mangos.

by Kate N. from Lafayette, IN. Submitted Date of Stay: