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Recent Florida South West reviews

  • Lovely and pet friendly.

    "We loved our stay at Sienna Park rental. Bea, was kind, accommodating and extremely informative. We stayed a whole month, while looking for a place to live. The apartment came fully equipped with daily necessities: iron, beach chairs, coffee maker, etc... Close to shopping and siesta key. My little dog loved how many dogs were around the area. The king size bed was comfortable and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend. :)"
    Guest: Ale Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 12, 2014
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  • Candy & Rob

    "We spent a week in Anna Maria and it was like going to another world, unlike anything we see in Illinois where were from. The atmosphere is so up lifting and the food is so good. The Pink Bungalow that we stayed in was perfect for just the two of us and even though we had cold weather we were still able to swim in the heated pool. Oh, and did I mention, we got married too. The property manager's husband just happened to be a minister and he married us on the beach. Our stay will provide us with great memories that will last forever. PS Being I've worked in Security for a lot of years what really stood out immediately with me was that you get the feeling that you could walk around the neighborhood any time of the day or night and be safe, that means everything to me."
    Guest: Robert Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 25, 2015
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  • Loved our stay here!

    "Stayed here as 2 couples and had a wonderful time. Plenty of space. We enjoyed sitting by the pool and watching birds on lake and catching the sunsets. A couple of minor problems were dealt with quickly and efficiently by the manager and all our contact with the owners was very straightforward. Would definitely recommend and hopefully we'll return some time."
    Guest: Jo Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 13, 2014
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  • Great place to stay

    "We spent almost 4 weeks here had a great time, condo was clean had every thing we needed. Close by there were bars and restaurants all within easy walking distance, beach access across the road. However we preferred the beach around time square area more to see and things to do. Favourite eating/drinking places Nervous Nellies, close second Flippers at lovers key. Great shopping. Can't wait to return. Chuck, our stay was everything you said it would be."
    Guest: gloria/dave Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 4, 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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