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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Beautiful

    "My husband and I stayed for ten days in December, 2013....we had the best time ever. The Condo was spacious and clean. It was very updated and has everything anybody would need. Location, location, location...that is what is all about and this condo has it. You can't get any closer to the water than this condo, we saw dolphin every day. Get on your bike and you are minutes from everything. The outside storage area with the bikes, chairs, umbrellas, beach toys and more was great. The owner was also great to work with, he was very nice. Would love to stay here again."
    Guest: lora s. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014
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  • Paradise!

    "Perfect location, this condo was exactly what the owners had stated. Best location at Sanibel Beach steps from the sand it was equipped with everything we needed for our relaxing week. Very clean amazing view from the Lanai and the layout worked perfectly for my husband and I. It was our first trip to Sanibel and we absolutely loved it, wonderful Island to kick back relax and just enjoy vacation. Lots of nice local places to dine, we enjoyed the Sanibel Café for breakfast/brunch as well as the Over Easy Café, give the Fish House a try we had great service and a very good Grouper Basket for dinner. For all your groceries needs Jerry's is a nice little stop and Most of All rent the bicycles what a great way to see the Island and stop for some Ice Cream. I enjoyed morning walks on the beach during sunrise and made a trip to the Sanibel Lighthouse one morning as well as driving to Captiva Island for the amazing sunset multiple times. This is truly a little piece of heaven."
    Guest: The Getaways Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014
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  • Wonderful!

    "This condo is wonderful. It is very comfortable and clean with every convenience you could ask for. The location is the best. The view of the courtyard and ocean is beautiful. We enjoyed biking, walking the beautiful sandy beaches and dined out at great restaurants nearby. We recommend the Ding Darling tram tour and museum. We will definitely go back to this condo. Loved it!"
    Guest: kate Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 31, 2013
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  • Unit 405 Great

    "The Sandpiper Beach complex is small, private, secluded, off the main roads and immaculately landscaped and kept. The heated pool is fabulous. We stayed in unit 405 ( building 4, top floor, middle) for 2 weeks and it was perfect, with a wonderful view of the gulf. The unit has a nice bright kitchen equipped with all one could ask for- (a coffee maker, AND a Keurig machine were available) and the unit is fresh and clean. The decor and furniture, including wonderful master bed, are very comfortable. Plus the place is adorably decorated. The bathrooms, as in most of these units ( built 20 yrs ago) are small, nor are they updated but perfectly fine. I've stayed in vacation rentals in the past that are dank, dark, and crummy- that was not the case here. The owner offers 4 bikes in great condition, helmets, beach chairs, umbrellas and sand toys- all in tiptop condition. The owners were very responsive to emails, questions ,and had helpful suggestions. The only note the complex is for us seniors: the complex doesn't have an elevator- May be an issue for some."
    Guest: Patt P Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 5, 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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