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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Beautiful Views!

    "The view of the ocean and beach from this top floor condo was wonderful. This is our main reason for picking this unit. We were not disappointed. The lanai is incorporated into the living space, which was great for us. You can see the ocean and hear the waves from the master bedroom too. The condo was roomy, wider than most we’ve rented. The beds must have been replaced since that one review because they (and the bedding) were comfortable. There were just a couple little things, bathrooms were small, little counter space for our two week stay. The master bath door was noisy when sliding closed. There were plenty of towels, however. Shower heads were good. The condo is decorated in beach motif, which we enjoyed. This unit is not like-new; it didn’t appear real clean. There were ants on the kitchen counter, above the kitchen window by ceiling, and crawling on the cupboard that holds the glasses. The rental agency did have a sheet saying that the whole island is battling the tiny ants, but this was the first time we saw them in a condo we rented. They didn’t show for the first few days, so I assume the cleaning crew tries to control them. We don’t cook at the condo (because I cook almost every day at home). So, on vacation, we eat out every meal. Not one pan or kettle or serving item was touched while we were there. So I was surprised to see the ants since we had no food. We did have our shells drying on the counter (after using the wonderful shelling station by the pool to clean the sand off the shells), so maybe they were attracted to them. I can imagine how hard it is to upkeep with so many users. The coffee pot was new, ice tray fast, that’s about all I can comment on for kitchen items. The washer and dryer were nice. There were two loads of wash detergent for us. There were plenty of beach towels, very nice. The beach chairs were awesome! The Tommy Bahamas had not only storage in the back, but a cooler compartment. There were two umbrellas, only one unbroken, but we only needed one. The owner went beyond by supplying a fantastic device attached to the end of the pole to aid in screwing the umbrella into the sand. No standalone cooler, which would have been real nice. We thought being in a smaller complex on the west end would be the ‘higher end’ and quiet, so were disappointed that the pubic beach access was next to us. It was very, very busy there. I heard, though, that Sanibel was busier this Easter than any other time, ever. So, maybe t"
    Guest: Sue H. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 20, 2015
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  • GREAT STAY!!!

    "The unit and property were in tip top shape and clean! Communications with Carlton prior to and during my stay was great! The keyless entry to the unit is a great benefit. No worrying about who has the keys or if they may be lost or left somewhere. Nice pool on-site. Bike rental on-site. Close to a very nice beach. Quiet at night. My security deposit was back into my bank account before I even landed at home."
    Guest: Shane Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 10, 2015
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  • Fabulous vacation!

    "We just got back from our stay at this fabulous condo! As many of the reviews state, the condo was clean, comfortable and a perfect getaway location for those looking to relax (& explore!). Check in/Check out was super easy and convenient (we even had a late arrival and early check out - no problems at all!). The condo was equipped with everything you would need - just don't forget beach towels! We did...oops! I think they do have a towel rental on site - but we just got some at a local store...souvenirs. :) The beaches were clean, had LOTS of shells, and were nice and quiet. We also took a nice long bike ride around the island, and took a day trip up to Captiva - lots to do outdoors if you're looking for something more active. Overall, fantastic trip - thank you Pat! We will be back!!"
    Guest: Rebecca Z. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
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  • A delightful winter break

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this comfortable home located near the quiet western end of Sanibel Island. The house is well furnished and equipped with everything we needed. It's just a short walk to the beach where we took a long walk every morning and is a short drive to the wildlife refuge where we spent most afternoons watching the spectacular birds. The owners were helpful in every possible way and provided many suggestions for the good restaurants located nearby. Yucatan Shrimp at Doc Ford's is delicious. We hope to visit again next year."
    Guest: Beach and Bird Lovers Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 1, 2015
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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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