Visiting Sanibel Island

Even though Sanibel Island is a short drive from Fort Myers, it feels more remote.

There are actually no stoplights on Sanibel and no buildings that are taller than the tallest palm tree. Reaching the island from the causeway feels as though you’ve time traveled to a different time and place. Wild, white sand beaches covered with shells and a family-friendly village atmosphere are major allures for families.

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What To Do

  • If you have a craving to get out on the water, choose between boating, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, or canoeing. Don’t miss out on the chance to go out for a dolphin tour and encounter these incredible creatures in their natural environment.

  • The place is known for its beautiful seashells, of all pastel colors, lining the shore. Get the family together for a stroll along the beach, and you might just be amazed at all the different shell varieties, colors, and shapes you come upon.

  • This island is full of incredible wildlife and opportunities to spot these creatures in their natural habitats. The most popular activity for this is definitely dolphin tours, but there are other things to do as well. Spend a day bird watching and you will encounter pelicans and elegant herons. If you’re an avid bird watcher, a local tour guide can help you to find a variety of colorful species all over the island.

  • There are a variety of beaches in Sanibel Island and they all offer their own pleasures. Bowman’s Beach is a quiet, secluded beach. Here you will find barbecue grills if you want to plan a family picnic. The Causeway beaches are known for having lots of shade. Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier is for more adventurous travelers. Here you will cross a boardwalk nature trail across wetlands to reach the beach.

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Where to Stay

The sound of the ocean will be the only thing you hear instead of noisy neighbors if you choose to stay in a vacation rental. Your family will have all the room they need to spread out, and it will be easier to plan quality time when you have a living room and kitchen to utilize. Watching the sunset from your private balcony, you will be glad you chose to stay in a Sanibel Island vacation rental. property #906306

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