Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a peaceful paradise off the South West coast of Florida, near Ft. Myers. Sanibel is a delightful blend of comfort and wilderness. It has a small town atmosphere yet offers a vast variety of recreation. You can take a morning kayak trip through a jungle of mangroves  and then have a delicious lunch of fresh grouper at Lazy Flamingo.  Sanibel Island is a perfect place for photography, shelling, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, windsailing, boating, tennis, golf and nature study.  2/3 of the island is the Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary.  Sanibel’s beaches have been acclaimed for world-class shelling.

What makes Sanibel Island unique?

  • No traffic lights
  •  No billboards
  • No fast food chains (except a Dairy Queen grandfathered in that looks retro)
  • Mild tropical climate, average highs vary from 72 F in January  to 90.5 F in August
  • 22 miles of paved paths where you can bike, walk, run or rollerblade and most everything is accessable by the paths
  • Mangroves and part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail,  where you can kayak or canoe and see thousands of birds and animals
  • Shell-strewn beaches unspoiled for miles
  • Fishing and boating
  • Unique shopping
  • Fine restaurants, although most are casual dress
  • 60% of the island is Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, complete with a nature center and shell museum
  • no building higher than 3 stories