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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island property reviews

  • Sanibel beachfront townhome

    "The listing is exactly what it said it was! The location of this beautiful property is perfect for shelling and watching sunsets...the widows peak is one of a kind! The inside is beautifully decorated and updated as well as clean. The modern kitchen had everything needed to prepare snacks or meals. Within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and nature lovers sites. Nice screened in porch to view all of nature at its finest. Would definitely recommend this to anyone...very enjoyable and owner was quite accommodating!"
    Guest: Linda Date of Stay: December 2010 Review Submitted: January 20, 2011
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  • Exceptionally clean and cozy!

    "We rent condos for vacations often and would absolutely recommend this unit to anyone, cant get much closer to the beach and the beach/lawn access is great ,no stairs or elevators!!! Photos and description are accurate. The complex itself is clean, very well maintained and staff are super friendly and helpful,"
    Guest: gatekeepercapecod Date of Stay: May 2012 Review Submitted: May 30, 2012
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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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  • Fantastic Condo!

    "This condo is absolutely WONDERFUL! The view is truly amazing!. We have been vacationing on Sanibel for almost 25 years and I think this was the best view we have ever experienced. The lanai is lovely and the large windows in the living room make it seem so open. You truly feel like you are right on the beach. It is great! I also appreciated so much that it is stocked so well and that everything is clean and well taken care of. There are plenty of towels, the kitchen is well equipped and everything is in great shape. It is very spacious and comfortable. The complex itself is well taken care of and everyone is very friendly and welcoming. It was great to have everything we needed and more. It was a wonderful week and a great place to call "home"."
    Guest: Diane Date of Stay: March 2013 Review Submitted: April 24, 2013
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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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