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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Great friends weekend

    "The owners and Allie were extremely easy to work with for our stay. The condo is beautiful, large, and very comfortable. The location is great and very convenient. The pool is beautiful, the deck overlooking the water is great, and the laundry is very convenient. Thank you for letting us rent your beautiful home."
    Guest: Friends Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 14, 2014
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  • Something for Everyone!

    "We love Sanibel, and are excited to have found the perfect house for our family when we visit in the winter. The main house has a master suite and two additional bedrooms. There's a separate suite off the lanai and another room downstairs with futons, and its own bathroom so large groups have plenty of space, and even some privacy. The entire lanai and pool are enclosed in a mesh cage, making outdoor activities free of worries about bugs and weather. We loved reading, talking and eating out there. The swimming pool was the perfect temperature, and the spa a nice way to relax at the end of the day. Our techie grandson loved that there were wall-mounted TVs & integrated systems throughout the house. He and our grand daughter liked to use the playstation for games in the little downtime we had. Our other grandson liked to have a place to watch movies on the big screen. The kitchen is well-equipped and there are numerous spaces for large family gatherings. There are bicycles, beach chairs, sand toys and floats to use, so we didn't need to get our own. The walk to the beach through a tropical setting was magical, especially when we unexpectedly popped out on West Gulf Drive! Once crossing the street, the beach was an easy walk via a deeded walkway. The beach was never crowded, always a plus when with a large group. The location is ideal as the house is in a private, quiet development, yet with easy access to all points on the island. Jerry's & Bailey's grocery stores and shopping centers are both within walking distance. Laura, the owner, was wonderful to work with & responsive to all our requests. Her on island manager, Diane, was very helpful as well. We've rented many places on Sanibel, each with something special about it. Everyone agreed that L'Etoioe de Mer is the best!"
    Guest: WITraveler Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: March 10, 2014
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  • Spring-Break

    "We enjoyed the warm weather in Florida and the stay at Dolphin House very much. There was plenty of space and we found everything we needed."
    Guest: Jan-Steffen K. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 19, 2014
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  • Super Clean and Comfortable!

    "We greatly enjoyed your condo last week. Love the openness of the kitchen and living room. Everything was very comfortable(beds, couch, etc). Enjoyed the screened in porch during the thunderstorm. Loved having the beach just across the parking lot. This part of the island is the perfect spot for playing in the gulf. Gathered lots of shells and enjoyed the herons, egrets, and other water birds. We did notice that there is a small rip in the screened in porch near the screen door. Might want to have that checked. But we really had a great family vacation and your spacious condo was a fabulous home for the week."
    Guest: K & L Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 30, 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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