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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Perfectly Wonderful is all I can say!

    "Many thanks for this fabulous, month-long family vacation. This lovely, private home has stunning views of the Gulf, which as you can see from the photo, is your backyard! Location was perfect for my family with teens to spend quality time together and to regroup before going back to school and work. We were looking for a quieter setting without hustle and bustle. The beach was private other than for the residents in the community. Public beaches were about a mile away on either side. The layout of the home was perfect. Kitchen was well equipped, but on the smaller side (which, if you're on vacation, you don't want to spend much time there anyhow...so not complaining!) We truly had an enjoyable stay. Thank you for your hospitality! If I had the opportunity, I would call this house my own! Truly "Perfectly Wonderful!""
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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  • Long awaited vacation.

    "Our family of six had been waiting for this vacation for 2 years and was not disappointed. The very clean, well maintained condo was incredibly well equipped with plenty of updated furnishings, linens (even beach towels), and good quality dishes! The owner of unit #324 was so helpful with any questions we had and provided use of beach equipment (recommend more sand toys), bikes, and linens for no add'l fees. This made our vacation very enjoyable as we were on a tight budget and cooked almost all of our meals in the condo. The beds were very comfortable which was great since a well rested family is a happy family! The grounds are beautiful, the pool was superb, and the beach great (except for the sand fleas). Our family enjoyed the shuffleboard and tennis courts as well and are thankful that the owner provided tennis rackets and balls for our use. Really our only disappointment was that Loggerhead Cay basically has a "no play" rule on it's property. No balls, frisbees, etc. are to be played with on the grounds as well as no biking around the property. No noodles or pool toys are allowed either. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you have young children. Plan on having to get sandy to play. Our 4 kids are ages 17, 13, 11, and 10 and we managed to stay entertained once the initial shock passed :-) We enjoyed driving through Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge and visiting the educational center there. We enjoyed celebrating our daughter's birthday with dinner at The Island Cow, went for a bike ride around the island, and stopped at Pinocchio's for ice cream... so good! The coffee bar and bakery at Bailey's is wonderful and the frozen yogurt at Zebra was delicious! We enjoyed a few hours shelling and fishing with Captain Peter with Hey Mon http://heymonsanibel.com/. He was great with 4 kids!"
    Guest: R A. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 23, 2014
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  • Total Relaxation Vacation on Sanibel Island

    "What a terrific vacation! This was our family's (2 adults, 2 teenagers) first trip to Sanibel Island and it was great. The condo is very relaxing and offered an excellent view of the beach. We enjoyed falling asleep at night listening to the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the palm leaves swaying in the breeze. The condo had everything we needed, plus having the beach towels, chairs, umbrellas etc. provided by the owner, was definitly appreciated. Also, having the washer and dryer in the condo to do a quick load of laundry was very convenient. As such we ALL over-packed and probably could have brought half the clothes! The condo is situated close to shopping and many fine restaurants. We rented bikes for the week and explored the area at a relaxing pace. We also drove to Captiva Island and enjoyed watching the sun set. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation and would recommend this condo to anyone. We would love to make this a yearly tradition!"
    Guest: Debbie & John S. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 23, 2014
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  • Perfect little house

    "This is the third year in a row that we've rented this house. The owners are great to work with and the location couldn't be better. Private pool, short walk to the beach, fully stocked kitchen, beach towels, bikes, and pet friendly. We love this house so much. It's absolutely adorable. This year the owners enclosed the former small screened in porch to make a comfortable sitting area off the kitchen. The house is always spotless when we arrive and the owners give a courtesy call to make sure all is well upon arrival. How nice! I would love to go back again next year and I would highly recommend it."
    Guest: Mark and Ashley K Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 28, 2014
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Sanibel Island Travel Tips

Just west of Fort Myers you'll find lovely Sanibel Island, known for its beautiful sunsets, welcoming beaches, outdoor spaces and peaceful tranquility.

Whether you're taking a family vacation for spring break, planning a romantic trip for two or craving an escape from the cold with friends, this Floridian island offers a great place to relax, collect seashells and explore the 12 miles of shores. Because of it's location and geographic orientation, it's acts like a scoop, gathering seashells onto its beaches, making Sanibel Island an excellent place to hunt for these unique treasures.

In addition to exciting outdoor attractions, the island offers a plethora of dining options, from laid-back beach eateries to restaurants specializing in, of course, seafood, to upscale spots for a nice night out. And when you're ready to hit the water, spend an afternoon boating or fishing to truly experience living like a local.

Things to Do on Sanibel Island

- Sanibel Island Lighthouse: One of the coolest places to check out during your trip is the Sanibel Island Lighthouse, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. You'll find it situated on the eastern part of the island, and it was built to mark the entrance to San Carlos for ships coming into the port of Punta Rassa. While the lighthouse itself isn't open to the public, the grounds are and it's definitely worth the trip to see the keeper's quarters, catch dinner at the fishing pier or take advantage of the beach access. The lighthouse also makes for great photographs, so don't forget your camera!

- Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum: Sanibel Island is known as the spot to hunt for seashells, so a trip to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a must during your getaway. The museum is named after two pioneer families that lived on the island and features the most comprehensive collection of shells in the U.S. Inside you'll see a variety of shells and mollusks, learn about the history of the area and their scientific and artistic importance. Some of the museum's exhibits include Early Sanibel Shell Collectors; Florida Fossil Shells,; Mollusks, Medicine, and Man and The Scallop, Queen of Conchology, among others.

- J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge: Animals lovers won't be disappointed with a visit the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which was named for Jay Norwood Darling, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and environmentalist. The refuge is home to more than 200 species of birds, more than 50 types of reptiles and 32 different kinds of mammals. If you're hoping to fit in some bird watching, the refuge is an exceptional spot to do so, or you can hit the paths for a bike ride or hike. If you want to paddle a canoe down a winding river path or take a four-mile scenic drive to see all of the natural beauty, like cabbage and sabal palms, red mangrove and a variety of other native plants.

- Sanibel Historical Museum and Village: You'll be transported back in time as you explore a collection of late 19th and early 20th century buildings, including Bailey's General Store, Miss Charlotta's Tea Room, Clarence Rutland's home, the 1926 post office, the island's original schoolhouse and more. Inside, all the buildings are outfitted with items from the early 1900s, and as you wander through the village, you'll see a pioneer garden, antique Model T truck and an old packinghouse replica complete with farm equipment.

Dining on Sanibel Island

- Mad Hatter: For a lovely romantic dinner for two, try Mad Hatter, where you'll find a wonderland of delicious cuisine. You'll be treated to stunning views as you dine on options like phyllo shrimp, black truffle sea scallops, Hudson Valley foie gras or grilled filet mignon. Chefs Kurt and Michelle Jarvis offer a cozy, welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy amazing flavors after a day filled with exploring. Save room for dessert like creme brulee or berry crepes, which you can experience as you watch the sunset.

- The Island Cow: if you want a more laid-back dining experience, head to The Island Cow, which opens for breakfast, so you can have a hearty meal before you start your day. It's also open for dinner when you can eat under the stars on the porch while you listen to live music. Try a po-boy sandwich, cold wildberry bisqueor seafood. You'll get a real feeling of island dining when you come to The Island Cow. There's plenty on the menu here, so you won't be disappointed!

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