Mermaid Home 2 BD 2 BR

Mermaid Home - Captiva Vacation Rentals.

Mermaid Home – Captiva Vacation Rentals!

Captiva Vacation Rentals – Mermaid Home – Well maintained and equipped, this classic Captiva cottage style house sleeps 6

Experience the laid back, easy Captiva Island lifestyle with this classic 2 bedroom, 2 full bath cottage with no stairs to deal with. Mermaid Home is an extremely easy home to entertain children.

Its private, secluded, 26×14 ft heated and newly re-surfaced pool with paver stone deck is just off the double French doors of the living room. The Mermaid Home may be called a cottage, but this house is as well updated and equipped as a new luxury home.

**** NOTE! We’re heavily booked this season. The Mermaid has not had a single unrented week since January 2013! If our always updated calendar shows your date preference is already reserved, send us a request for alternate suggestions. With a Florida Realtor’s license and extensive knowledge of the Captiva rental inventory, we’ll respond with available Captiva homes we know and trust. Perhaps our Sun & Moon, also on this site, is available. ****

Included are a 42′ HDTV, a 6 disc CD player with large music selection, iPod docking to our 100 watt Onkyo receiver and Bose inside and Yamaha outside pool speakers. Wireless Internet is in place.

The master bedroom has a King bed with HDTV and iPod dock and a master bath with step down shower large enough for two and is equipped with 2 shower heads. The guest bedroom is twin equipped and has an HDTV with DVD and iPod dock. The living room provides a very comfortable Italian leather queen size sleeper sofa, The hallway full bath services the guest room and living room guests.

The kitchen is fully equipped with an Ice making refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, coffee and espresso machines and all utensils. A Weber gas grill is outside the kitchen and pool area. A washer and dryer are provided in the adjacent laundry room.

The adjacent open dining area has a table for 4 and stools at the kitchen bar for 2 more.

7-speed bicycles are included along with a handy beach cart to haul all the beach chairs, umbrellas, cooler, beach toys and beach towels to the beach

The grounds are covered with many varieties of tropical flowering plants, the beach is a short two-minute walk and the docks of the bay are even closer. Captiva’s charming village center is a five-minute walk.

Personally maintained by the owners. This home is one of the very few Captiva rental houses not managed by a management company. We personally supervise and assist our cleaning staff each Saturday. As the last to walk out the door prior to your arrival, we can assure you the Mermaid Home is one of the most immaculate and best-prepared homes on Captiva, both inside and outside.

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Captiva Island: Background, History, Hurricanes & Rise As A Quiet Sport Fishing & Family-oriented Vacation Island. Mermaid Home & Many More Captiva Vacation Rentals.

“Where ‘somebuddies’ go to be ‘nobuddies.'”
Mermaid Home - Captiva Vacation Rentals.
Mermaid Home – Captiva Vacation Rentals.

“Captiva Island is an island in Lee County in southwest Florida, located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island is just north of Sanibel Island.

The Wall Street Journal selected Sanibel and Captiva Islands as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010.[6]

Captiva was the full-time home of artist Robert Rauschenberg. His home still stands there.

Roy Lichtenstein, the American pop artist, also had a home on Captiva.”

History

“According to local folklore, Captiva got its name because the pirate captain José Gaspar (Gasparilla) held his female prisoners on the island for ransom (or worse). However, the

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Teddy Roosevelt On Boat In Captiva, Courtesy Of Captiva Historical Society.
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Teddy Roosevelt On Boat In Captiva, Courtesy Of Captiva Historical Society.

supposed existence of José Gaspar is sourced from an advertising brochure of an early 20th-century developer and may be a fabrication.

Around 3000 B.C., the sands of Captiva started to erode, resulting in the eventual formation of Sanibel Island. The Gulf of Mexico waters were eight feet lower than they are today. It is said that the first inhabitants of Captiva were The Calusa Indians.[1] The population of the Calusa is believed to have reached as many as 50,000 people. “Calusa” means “fierce people”, and they were described as a war-like people. The Calusa Indians were resistant to colonization and attacked any explorers who came into their territory. Calusa Indians built their houses on stilts without walls. They wove palmetto leaves together to build roves (twisted strands of fibers). The Calusa Indians fished for food on the coast, bays, rivers, and waterways. They did not farm. “The men and boys of the tribe made nets from palm tree webbing to catch mullet, pinfish, pigfish, and catfish. They used spears to catch eels and turtles. They made fish bone arrowheads to hunt for animals such as deer. The women and children learned to catch shellfish like conchs, crabs, clams, lobsters, and oysters.”[citation needed] The Calusa Indians used the shells on the island for utensils, jewelry, tools, weapons, and ornaments.

By the late 1700s, most of the Calusa Indians had died out. Many were captured and sold as slaves while others died from diseases such as smallpox and measles.

An Austrian named Binder (b. 1850) was on a German freighter headed to New Orleans when the ship crashed and he was shipwrecked off Boca Grande. He then washed up to shore on what has been since 1921, Upper Captiva. “He lived for several weeks on what the unoccupied

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Teddy Roosevelt, Captiva Island, At Snyder Outdoor School for Boys, Courtesy Of Captiva Island Historical Society.
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Teddy Roosevelt, Captiva Island, At Snyder Outdoor School for Boys, Courtesy Of Captiva Island Historical Society.

island had to offer, built a makeshift raft, and got himself to Pine Island, where he was helped to return to his home. By 1888, due to his having fought with the U.S. Army, he became naturalized and was allowed to homestead on Captiva in 1888, when he was 38 years old. For 10 years he was Captiva’s first and only inhabitant. He died in 1932.” [2]

Geography

“Originally part of neighboring Sanibel Island to the southeast, it was severed in 1926 when a hurricane‘s storm surge created a new channel, Blind Pass. The channel filled in over subsequent years but was reopened by dredging in the summer of 2009. Like Sanibel, Captiva is a barrier island to Pine Island (to the east of Captiva and north of Sanibel), however, it is much narrower. The only automobile access to Captiva is via the Sanibel Causeway and Sanibel-Captiva Road, which ends in the CDP of Captiva, the island’s only CDP. Captiva was homesteaded in 1888 and a tiny cemetery next to The Chapel by the Sea has the grave of the original resident, William Herbert Binder (1850–1932), an Austrian. Half the island is in private ownership, with “Millionaire’s Row”, luxury homes on gulf and bay side of Captiva Drive. The South Seas Island Resort entry gate is at the end of this road. Roosevelt Channel on the east side of the island is named for Theodore Roosevelt who fished there.

North Captiva Island or Upper Captiva is another island, in turn, severed from Captiva in a 1921 hurricane, creating Redfish Pass. North Captiva has power from lines that originate on the north end of Captiva and is privately owned. With about 300 homes built and 300 vacant lots, the island is about halfway to build-out. Since the island can be accessed by boat or small plane only, North Captiva real estate values are generally lower than on Captiva.”

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Hurricane Charley, August 2004

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“Captiva was seriously damaged in August 2004 when the eastern eyewall of Hurricane Charley struck North Captiva, immediately before hitting Charlotte Harbor to the north-northeast.

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Manatees, Captiva Island, December 2017.
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Manatees, Captiva Island, December 2017.

Initial reports indicated that 160 buildings were destroyed and another 160 seriously damaged. Reports indicate that the storm surge cut a path 491 yards (449 m) wide across the narrowest part of North Captiva, separating the island. The separation of the two halves of the island began three years earlier during a series of tornadoes caused by Tropical Storm Gabrielle that passed through the area in September 2001.[3]

The new pass filled in within a few years and is now back to its pre-Charley state. Most of the invasive Australian pines on the island blew over in the hurricane, making room for native mangroves and sabal palms.”

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Hurricane Irma, September 2017

Captiva Island escaped Hurricane Irma largely unscathed.

There was some tree damage and a lot of foliage cleanup post the storm, but the storm shifted

Captiva Vacation Rentals: Snook A Smile, Captiva Island, November 2017.
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Snook A Smile, Captiva Island, November 2017.

east after Hurricane Irma’s “second landfall was made, as a Category 3 hurricane, at Marco Island at 3:35 pm. EDT [on September 10, 2017].[239]

A 7 ft (2.1 m) storm surge occurred in Naples, which Irma passed over as a Category 2 hurricane after being downgraded at 5 pm. EDT.[240][241][242]

Part of Tampa Bay (at Hillsborough Bay) was drained in a reverse storm surge caused by strong offshore winds, prior to the arrival of the eye of the hurricane.[243]

Sarasota Bay was also drained, resulting in the stranding of two manatees which were then rescued.[244][245] The hurricane was downgraded to Category 1, prior to reaching Tampa.[246]”

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