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Sanibel Island

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Recent Florida South West reviews

  • Exactly what we were looking for !!!

    "I was looking for a waterfront vacation rental that I could share with my 92-year-old dad on a little mini-vacation. We wanted a place large enough for the two of us, with a view of the water, and a coffee shop and restaurant within easy walking distance from our condo. Not asking too much !!! Lori's condo was a perfect choice. My dad could easily navigate around the complex. We had coffee every morning at Run Agrounds (we sat outside at the dog-friendly seating overlooking the marina, and enjoyed talking to the "regulars" who gave us tips on restaurants, etc.), had a great lunch at Rum Runners, shopped at the beautiful onsite art gallery displaying local artists' work -- all without leaving the property. We spent every evening on the large screened lanais drinking our martini (dad !) and wine (me) watching the boats come in and go out of the harbour. It was fun to watch, and the view was incredible. The condo is beautifully decorated, very spacious, with any kitchen item you'd want, very comfortable beds and furniture, and 2 screened lanais that face southwest -- with beautiful views of Sanibel in the distance, and cooler than the full west-facing views. Lori was wonderful to work with -- very responsive, flexible, and informative. It was nice to be able to spend so much time with my dad, and staying at this terrific condo was icing on the cake. I highly recommend it as a place to get away, relax, and enjoy life. Thanks, Lori!"
    Guest: Beth from Florida Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 17, 2014
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  • Very Nice Englewood Rental

    "A group of 3 of us stayed in this home for a long weekend while visiting family who live in Englewood. Upon arrival we found the home as described on the site. The property had recently been cleaned and the furnishings were nice. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet and also well-kept. The house is within just a few minutes drive from Dearborn St and Englewood Beach. The owner of the property was easy to reach and was very quick to respond to questions. We will definitely be looking to stay here again during future family visits."
    Guest: JH Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 21, 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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