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The Pelican Brief on North Captiva

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 - 8 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Captiva - The Pelican Paradise

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

The Pelican Brief is located on a tropical barrier island bordered by Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico and is situated west of Ft Myers, Florida. Accessible by boat, the island is just minutes from the mainland. This beautifully decorated home boasts of brand new reconstruction following the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. The Pelican is LOCATED RIGHT ON THE WATER!!! Come watch the spectacular sunrises on the bay side or the ocean side atop a 50' widow's walk overlooking amazing Gulf of Mexico sunsets. On our secluded beaches, you can shell, fish, swim, watch the dolphins and manatees at play or the antics of the fabulous waterbirds. Imagine your own private swimming and fishing dock with abundant snook underneath! Whether you plan to spend a week, month or season we can accommodate your every need. Upper Captiva features three restaurants, golf cart rentals, boat rentals, bike rentals, deep sea fishing and much more. Non smoking but pets are permitted with additional deposit.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jim Long
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2016
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Why Jim Long chose Florida

If you want peace and tranquility, relaxation, fishing, swimming, long beach walks, incredible sun rises and sunsets, weve got just the place for you :)

What makes this house unique

Great fishing right at the end of your own private dock.


based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

The Pelican Brief on North Captiva
average rating of 4.64 based on 25 reviews

Exceeding High Expectations

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in much more expensive accommodations, but none more enjoyable than Pelican Brief. As architects we appreciated how well it functioned with both great together spaces and opportunities for individual privacy. Exceeding high expectations the house was well equipped and comfortably furnished. Pelican Brief delivers an overload of spectacular views, natural beauty, and wildlife in every direction. The only drawback was staying for just a week rather than two or more; a mistake we won’t make next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fishing Swimming Fun !

  • 5 of 5

We recently celebated our wedding anniversary with some of our children and grandkids while stayng at Pelican Brief, and we couldnt have fonder memories. The owner, Jim, greeted us at the ferry dock and helped shuttle our crew of 7 promptly to the beach home. The house was clean and tastefully decorated with a fully equiped kitchen and more. Being on the sound side of the island, the home offered beautiful views of the morning sunrise. Dolphins, manatees and all kinds of birds made their way by just about each morning. At night, the fishing action was outstanding all along the beach, walking/casting in between the many docks. Speaking of dock, the property has a terrific dock equipped with fish lights as well as a cleaning station with fresh water! We swam daily and the kids enjoyed snorkeling for shells and treasure. August brings the warmest water temps, as well as your typical late day t-storm, which gave us dramatic sunset pictures with double rainbows over our shoulders! The family all had a great time and want to go back!

Thank you Jim!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You nice folks are most welcome😎😎
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Heavenly. Best spot on the island.

  • 5 of 5

After a long drive down with 3 small kiddos, I think my whole body just sighed with relief & relaxed as soon as Jim picked us up from Barnacle Phil's and I walked into the door at the Pelican Brief.

The house is beautiful. It is immaculate. AND! it has the perfect layout (especially for families with small kids) as there are multiple dining and seating areas-- in case you ever need to ring the bell & send your battling kids to their respective corners :) The kids room, in particular, was decorated beautifully & whimsically for little bittys. They loved their room and we appreciated the extra wonder it gave them.

I can't say enough about this spot. Jim is a pleasure to talk to & do business with, the house is stunning. It is well-appointed with a hammock, kayak, beach chairs, games.

The private beach & dock make you feel like you are the only ones on the island. We saw manatees, dolphins, every kind of sea bird (brown pelicans, ospreys, anhingas), snakes, snook. We were able to grill out & have a private beach party every night.

I cannot recommend Pelican Brief enough. It is a magical place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and your family had a great time and we hope to see you again :)
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D & J

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing on North Captiva Island for 25 years and Pelican Brief is our favorite home on the island to stay in. We consider the location on the bay side beach with the dock perfect in every way for every activity. Walk 50 feet to the beautiful beach, fish off the dock at night or just sit and enjoy the views, which are simply spectacular. On this trip we had both dolphin and manatee about 5 ft from the dock which thrilled the grandkids. The home is always well maintained and the owner is a pleasure to work with. We used to think we would go back to the mainland and do some activities but we have never done so. There just is no need or desire to leave. If you need a spot to unwind and decompress, there is nothing quite like Pelican Brief on North Captiva Island. We found it was the perfect spot for our family vacation as we got a chance to reconnect as a family after dealing with the craziness of life. We started taking our kids there when they were in grade school and now they come down with our grandkids. I almost hate to share this review and have competition for our secret spot. I just cannot recommend it enough. We just plain love it...

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't disagree with these nice people and they are always welcome to love The Pelican
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Winter Springs, FL

Relax and Ejoy!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at The Pelican Brief. The island is the perfect escape from the craziness we call normal life. Upsides are beautiful view and nice floor plan. Downside is that you really can't keep a boat at the dock for long.

Jim gave us the full tour of the house and explained the items needing attention. We had only one issue when the AC quit working. There is a float switch at the downstairs handler that keeps water from flowing over when the drain pipe clogs. Clearing the drain pipe and pulling the float out and replacing it fixed the problem.

Would definitely recommend if you don't own a boat and enjoy getting away from traffic jams!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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lewis center

Wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

My sister and my family rented from Jim during thanks giving week. It was a very wonderful stay. The place was very clean and well prepared for our arrival. It was very nice having the beach outfront and the pier to do night fishing. We were able to fish off the pier almost every night and caught a good amount of fishes for dinner. I had forgotten some items in the house when we left and Jim was very helpful in sending them back. Overall, a great experience. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you nice folks for your comments and we are delighted you had a great vacation. Hope to see you again next year :)
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
SouthWest Florida Regional Airport
Car: not necessary

We are right on the beach with an incredible sundeck on the roof. If you like relaxation we have just what the doctor ordered :)

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Captiva, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Feb 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 30 Dec 2017
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £247
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Captiva, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 2 Air Mattresses
  • All bedrooms have ensuite full bathrooms
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Crow's Nest
  • Terrace
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf Cart
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Dual air conditioning.

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