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The Pelican Brief on North Captiva

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights


About the property

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.

Jim Long
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Captiva in Lee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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
  • 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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

The Pelican Brief on North Captiva
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews

Island Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five (3 kids under 11) recently spent a week at Pelican Brief. It was absolutely heavenly - a REAL vacation. No rushing around AT ALL. The only places to go were any one of the stunning beaches, Barnacles (an easy, outdoor restaurant with seafood and standard pub fare), or the ice cream shop upstairs with Queenies ice cream (SO GOOD).

Pelican Brief faces East and treats you to gorgeous sunrises daily. If sunset is more your thing, you can watch the it from your perch on the roof deck. There is a lovely wrap around deck and a lower, shaded outdoor area under the house with a hammock to kick back and relax in. In front of the house, the beach has oodles of shells and dock was perfect for the kids to alternate fishing and playing. There are plenty of lounge chairs to relax in with a good book, as well as a table and grill if you prefer to eat al fresco.

Inside, Pelican Brief has an open concept layout on the main level with the kitchen, two bedrooms, bathrooms (one en-suite) and two seating/dining areas which overlook a zen-inducing panoroma to sit, drink your beverage of choice, and watch the dolphins swim by. The second floor holds a spacious master-suite with a king-sized bed, seating area, and large bathroom/walk in shower. No need to pack towels - plenty of bath AND beach towels.

If you think you might get tired of the beach, there is a boat/kayak/water toy rental company on North Captiva (Boats and Fun). We did not take advantage of any fishing charters this trip, but those options are available. Driving around on the golf cart looking for gopher tortoises and watching the prop planes land and take off from the landing strip (usually one or two a day) was fun for the kids.

Jim was extremely responsive to any questions we had and very helpful in giving us tips to coordinate our arrival/departure/food arrangements. I can't speak highly enough of this experience. It's a little off the beaten path....but that's the point.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that we were able to assist this nice family in giving them a nice deserved and memorable vacation that gave them a family lifetime of memories, and we hope to see them again, and again.
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Nice home and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Pelican Brief for 3 weeks recently. Jim and his wife could not have been nicer and more attentive about our visit to their home. The house has a great location and North Captiva is a wonderful place for a relaxing time. I wish I would have known about North Captiva and Jim's home when I was working since it is a perfect place to decompress. We enjoyed our stay and we appreciate Jim sharing his home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pelican Brief is a great bay house with awesome sunrises every day!

  • 5 of 5

Pelican Brief was a fun house to watch daily sunrises, dine breakfast lunch and dinner to dolphins and rays and observe countless shore birds every minute. Jim was hospitable and very polite. On warmer days we used the AC but mostly enjoyed the sea breezes by opening the bay facing sliding doors. Getting around North Captiva was fun using the home's lifted golf cart! North Captiva is a wonderful place to kick back and relax and Pelican Brief was the perfect spot to do just that! Thank you Jim for sharing your island home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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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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, USA

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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 £231.91
Tax Rate 11.0%

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