The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
Offshore Sailing School’s Newest Home in Sunny Southwest Florida
When we searched for the perfect marina and resort facility for our learn to sail courses in southwest Florida, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village stood out by far as our #1 choice. Having gone through Hurricane Irma last fall, we wanted a location where our boats would be well protected from excessive wind and storm surge. The age and condition of the resort was also paramount. After careful consideration, we think we’ve found the ideal location for sailing in southwest Florida.
Perfect Marina Setting
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is the newest luxury resort in the area with a beautiful marina that was upgraded and expanded in the summer of 2017. Located on the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island, with access to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, the resort’s beautiful, protected marina is just steps from your room, with all the amenities boaters love, surrounded by delightful waterfront dining and shops.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village focuses on environmental sustainability, with guest suites designed to make a positive impact on Florida’s natural resources. Spacious rooms and suites with large private screened-in balconies feature incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River, Marina and Mangrove Preserves. Westin’s Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath® products are in all the rooms. Pet-friendly accommodations featuring Westin’s Heavenly Pet Bed are also available.
Traditional Rooms are 445 sq. ft. with a choice of a king-bedded room for up to two, or two double beds for up to four. These accommodations include a spacious bathroom, private screened balcony for two, and mini fridge.
One-bedroom suites are 824 sq. ft. with the option of a king-bed for up to two guests, or two double-beds for up to four guests in the master bedroom; and these units include a spacious bathroom with adjoining vanity, walk-in closet, fully appointed kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, stove, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and washer and dryer. The open floor plan has two flat screen TVs and includes living room, dining room and private screened-in balcony. There is an extra person charge of $20 for any guest occupancy greater than two in a Traditional Room or 1-Bedroom Suite.
Two-bedroom suites are 1,388 sq. ft. and sleep six in one king and two double beds. These lovely accommodations feature everything in the one-bedroom suite, plus two (not one) walk-in closets, a wet bar, second bedroom with two double beds, and three flat screen TVs. Three-bedroom suites that sleep eight in 1,812 sq. ft, with two king-bedded rooms and one room with double beds, are also available on request. There are excellent groceries nearby if you prefer breakfast on your private lanai or dining in from time to time. Of course, there’s room service too!
Amenities That Make You Feel Special
All rooms are 100% non-smoking, with in-room safes, coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea, Signature White Tea Aloe Bath Products, iron and ironing board, high-speed Internet access, dual-line speaker phones with voicemail and data ports. There’s so much to enjoy at this lovely resort, you should consider staying a few days extra before and after your sailing course in Marina Village. Check out the “Activities and Amenities” tab below for more information.
When you do venture out from your room for a sailing course, our Colgate 26 and Leopard 48 sailboats are located in the marina, just steps from the hotel. This 220 slip, deep-water marina has a ship’s store and many water activities to choose. Here you can rent single and tandem kayaks, arrange for fishing charters and private sightseeing charters, join a sunset cruise and dolphin tour with views of unique wildlife including birds and manatees. You can rent 22′-26′ deck boats and BBQ Donut Boats (barbecue-picnic table-boat all in one).
The Promenade Shops and Eateries in Marina Village
Marina Village offers a variety of shopping outlets, dining options, galleries and a spa and the spa and salon. We doubt you’ll be able to pass up the Gulf Coast Fudge Company where you’ll find more than 20 flavors of fudge, soft pretzels, hand squeezed lemonade, chocolate treats and locally made ice cream. She Sells Shoes & Resort Wear and Eva By The Sea are both neat ladies boutiques. Lorne’s Gallery is a great place to sea and purchase art from the many talented local artists in this area. And the Looke Champagne Boutique provides a bit of champagne as you browse. Within walking distance or a short ride are great restaurants:
- Pinchers Crab Shack – a laid-back seafood eatery with dining at water’s edge
- Gather – a new restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner plus organic coffee, takeout lunches for boaters and a gastro bar with craft food and cocktails created from scratch
- Rumrunners – seafood and steak with outdoor dining on the water
- Fathoms – an electic pub with upscale atmosphere
Learn to Cruise on a Beautiful 40’ Catamaran
If you are new to sailing or haven’t sailed in a while and your goal is start cruising, the 7-day Fast Track to Catamaran Cruising course will take you from “couch to the captain’s chair!” You spend the first three nights and two days at the resort, learning to sail on an exciting Colgate 26, then the next five learning while living board this beautiful Leopard 40 catamaran. You earn three US Sailing certifications and the ultimate confidence to start chartering a big cat with family and friends. If you already have good mid-sized sailboat skills, then you may skip the first two days and take just the Catamaran Live Aboard Cruising course. If you just want to take a Learn to Sail course, you may take the two-day Learn to Sail course on a weekend while staying at the resort.
Become a Confident Boater on a 37′ Motor Yacht
If you prefer boating to sailing, our 6-day Fast Track to Power Cruising course is now available at the Westin Cape Coral in Ft. Myers. You learn on a gorgeous 37′ Fontaine Pajot motor yacht in a six-day program that will give you the skills to start chartering power cats in the Caribbean and abroad, as well as take charge of your own yacht if that is your goal. This Fast Track to Power Cruising course is the same format as the one we have run for years in the British Virgin Islands, and now you can get the same US Powerboat Certification in Florida. For more details on what is covered in this course, please visit this Powerboat Courses page.
How to Get to the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
The resort is 18 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). All national car rental agencies are available at the airport in addition to taxis and Uber. Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) is 32 miles (about 50 minutes) away. Tampa (TPA) and Miami (MIA) airports are each about 3 hours away.
The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village Address
5951 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33914.
For directions: Google Maps.
- Complimentary use of 24-Hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio
- Complimentary three and five-mile RunWESTIN™ running routes providing “welcome back” fresh towel and cold bottled water
- New Balance Gear Lending service – delivered to your room for a fee for use during your stay so you can pack light
- Complimentary use of three outdoor pools
- Complimentary tennis, bocce ball and horseshoes
- Complimentary bicycle use
- The Esterra Spa & Salon for deep tissue massage, signature salon services, holistic therapies and treatments
- Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro
- The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grille
- Gather Restaurant
- M92 Lounge, Clubhouse and Amphitheater
- The Promenade Shops
- Westin Kids Club®
- Complimentary covered self-parking
- Complimentary daily newspaper, high-speed internet access and WiFi
- Complimentary bottled water daily in your room
Water Taxi to Fort Myers Beach
Your package includes complimentary water-taxi service from the resort to Fort Myers Beach for a relaxing day soaking up the sun. To take advantage of this you should add a day or two to your trip, as the taxi departs The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village 10 a.m. and returns back at 3:30 p.m. weather, permitting of course. There are many other activities to participate in, organized by the resort for adults and kids.
Offshore Sailing School never teaches more than four per boat and instructor unless you opt for a Buy the Boat program which allows up to five in a family learning together. Private Couples Courses are also available. Rates vary by season. Please see the “What’s Included” tab for more information. Call 888-4540-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com for rates and course availability.
- 2-Day Accelerated Learn to Sail Course
- Fast Track to Live Aboard Cruising Courses taught on Leopard 40 catamaran
- Catamaran Live Aboard Cruising Courses taught on Leopard 40 catamaran
- Fast Track to Power Cruising Course taught on a Fontaine Pajot MY 37
- Two Hour Sailing Lessons
- Corporate and Group Outings and Team Building
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has Traditional Rooms and suites described above. All units overlook the water or marina with incredible sunrise and sunset views. Please call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com to get a quote for the course and accommodations you desire during your preferred travel time period. Here is an overview of what’s included when you take an Offshore Sailing School course at The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village. Please check the individual courses for more details.
An overview of what’s included:
- Your course tuition
- Accommodations and tax on accommodations
- Per room per night resort fee and taxes
- Your course textbook(s)
- Diploma and logbook
- US Sailing or US Powerboat Course certification when you pass the test
- Other items specific to each course
- All the complimentary amenities listed in the “Activities and Amenities” tab
- Exclusive one-year subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine