Why vacation on Sanibel Island? The correct answer is: Why not? Sanibel is a favorite for those in the know. Sanibel is a special vacation destination located on the Gulf of Mexico across from Ft. Myers, Florida. The fascinating and educational Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is located here and for good reason: more shells are to be found on this island’s beaches than on any other beach in the United States.
After you cross the causeway coming from Ft. Myers, bear to the left to find the Sanibel Lighthouse and park and beach. Sea turtles come ashore here and elsewhere to lay their eggs. Do not disturb!
There are 15 miles of beaches and 25 miles of bike paths on the island. Your family will enjoy exploring the 5200 acre J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where you will see great scenery and many species of birds and other wild life. As you walk on the island beaches, you will see schools of passing dolphins and spot friendly manatees. There are plenty of hotels, resorts and vacation rentals in this part of paradise. There are also ample restaurants featuring delicious food, tropical drinks, and tasty deserts.
If you tire of sitting on the beach, sightseeing, exploring , and shopping, there are plenty of off island side trip opportunities nearby. The smaller island of Captiva offers its own beach, great restaurants, and beautiful sunsets. Be sure and visit the Bubble Room Restaurant, while on Captiva Island. Allow a full day to visit the Everglades, where you can boat ride through the swamps and out into the Gulf. While there, stop at the Park Ranger Station for informative lectures about alligators, birds and other wildlife which inhabit the Glades, along with a chance to learn about the history of the Everglades and possibly about the effect that climate change will have on these wetlands and south Florida. Another interesting side trip to take is over to the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford located on the Caloosahatchee River.
You will find art galleries and interesting shops on Sanibel. The open air Farmer’s Market held at the city hall each Sunday from October through May features local produce, bakery goods, and other items sold by over 40 vendors. You can also charter a fishing vessel for a full day on the Gulf or fish of the beach or in the inlet between Sanibel and Captiva. Check out the links below for more specific information. Happy travels!
Below are some links that will provide you with information that will be helpful, when planning your trip:
Amazon, Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, Charter Fishing, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce, Best Shopping, Car Rentals, Vacation Rentals, Airlines