Sanibel Captiva Island, FL

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Sanibel Captiva Island
This barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its seashells, and charms visitors with its sunsets, watersports and family-friendly resorts.

With white-sand bays, wildlife reserves and oceanfront resorts, Sanibel Island is a holiday destination of choice. Celebrated for its natural beauty, this island off the west coast of Florida has 15 miles (24 kilometers) of beach, mangrove forests and coral reefs teeming with fish.Sanibel Island is a city and barrier island, connected to the mainland by a tollroad. On this small island you will not be going anywhere in a hurry. You can rent a bike and follow the 22 miles (35 kilometers) of bike trails traversing the island. With very few hills, this is not too strenuous, but note that there are no streetlights after dark.On the beaches you can stand ankle deep in seashells. Take part in the “Sanibel Stoop,” a ritual for locals and tourists alike, which involves walking along the seashore to collect the shells washed up daily from the Caribbean and southern seas. Learn about the history and science of shells at Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Go snorkeling, paddleboarding or windsurfing to try some of the water-based activities on offer. To get a break from the beach, enjoy the events at the Big Arts cultural center, including jazz concerts and dance performances. For a slice of history, join a guided tour of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and learn about local pioneer families.Over two-thirds of Sanibel Island is a designated nature reserve. Be sure to visit J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This undeveloped mangrove ecosystem is named after Jay Norwood Darling, a cartoonist who fought to protect the island from developers. Join a kayaking tour to discover the varied flora and fauna, including horseshoe crabs and woodpeckers. Visit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife to see who takes care of the island’s injured birds and animals.Sanibel Island places a strong emphasis on independent stores and restaurants. A prime example is Bailey’s General Store. The Baileys, one of the city’s original families, have been running the store since 1899. If you decide to try your hand at fishing during your visit to Sanibel Island, some of the restaurants are willing to cook your catch.

Where to stay in Sanibel Captiva Island

Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3 out of 5
1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL, 33957
The price is $199 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Sanibel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,091 reviews)
"Our stay was fabulous and Melton at the tiki bar was awesome!!"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL, 33957
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $309 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Sanibel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,568 reviews)
"Just do it! This place is amazing! I loved having the beach umbrellas and chairs included. Also bikes, we rode up to the lighthouse, it was beautiful! There was nothing I didn’t like!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 South Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL, 33924
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Captiva. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 8 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island is just amazing."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

South Seas Island Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL, 33957
The price is $229 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Sanibel. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,381 reviews)
"A very peaceful location, quiet, and enjoyed eating our breakfast around the pool each morning. Great access to the beach, and we enjoyed using the bikes and stand-up paddleboards."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Seaside Inn
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL, 33957
The price is $309 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Sanibel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,568 reviews)
"Just do it! This place is amazing! I loved having the beach umbrellas and chairs included. Also bikes, we rode up to the lighthouse, it was beautiful! There was nothing I didn’t like!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn
3 out of 5
937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL, 33957
The price is $249 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Sanibel. Enjoy a private beach, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,259 reviews)
"Perfect weekend getaway. Quaint and relaxing"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Sanibel Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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