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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • New Favorite

    "We have been staying on West Gulf Drive for 25 years and tried the East Drive for the first time. We were completely satisfied with the area and this unit. We have fallen in love with the canal view. It was so private and so relaxing that I don't think we will ever go back to beach front. Watched people fish, manatee and dolphin swim past, and b-b-q ed fresh fish. We could not have been more pleased."
    Guest: Canal fan Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 15, 2014
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  • Wonderful Sanibel beachfront condo!

    "We recently returned from another amazing trip to Sanibel Island! This was our first time staying in Coquina Beach Condo 1A and we LOVED IT! The condo was immaculate (we are 'clean freaks') and didn't feel like we had to 'clean' before we unpacked. We were thrilled that we were able to unload our car and immediately head to the beach! The owners have thought of everything that you might need for your vacation trip and have gone to great care to make their condo absolutely perfect!! The location in the complex is 'the best'! You simply walk out your door, down a short path and you are on the beach. We spent alot of time on the lanai that has a great yet private view of the ocean. We also enjoyed the heated salt-water pool within the complex. Our check-in at Royal Shell Vacations was effortless. The owners even emailed me while we were on our trip to make sure everything was okay and to see if we needed anything. I was amazed! We have booked again for next year and plan to make it a yearly vacation trip to Coquina Beach 1A. Believe me, you will not be disappointed!!"
    Guest: Southern Charm Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 18, 2014
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  • Our 23rd Anniversary at Sanibel

    "It was our 4th visit to Sanibel Island including our honeymoon 23 years ago. This was our most enjoyable stay. The accommodations of the condo were just perfect for our needs. It was convenient to everything. It was quiet, relaxing, close to the beach. The neighborhood was clean, friendly with a great property management staff. The condo included all amenities as described (plenty of dishes, towels, silverware, nice screened in patio, private assigned parking spot) We cannot say enough good things about this vacation rental. Our next two anniversaries are booked for an Alaskan Cruise and a 25th Hawaiian Anniversary otherwise we would be right back in Sanibel. We highly recommend this condo rental. It exceeded our expectations"
    Guest: Pete & CaThy Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 3, 2014
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  • Hoping to return to this spot in paradise

    "What a lovely place! This was our first time on Sanibel and it is our new favorite spot! This condo was exactly as pictured and the view was amazing. The porch was screened so we could leave our sliders open and sleep to the sounds of the ocean. We loved to wake up early and walk toward the sunrise and pick up shells. We rented bikes for the week and enjoyed exploring on bikes. The condo has bike racks for storage. The owners closet had chairs, boogie boards, and pool noodles, although I understand this can change. The kitchen was well equipped. The pool was nicer that it looked in the pictures. Pretty landscaping surrounds the pool. We loved the fact that, even though it was Easter week, we never felt like the pool was too busy. The second bedroom was pretty tight but our 3 youngest were happy there, especially because they had their own tv to watch movies! I really can't say enough good things about this property! My parents stayed at a different condo complex and paid the same for a much smaller 1 bedroom, so I think ours was a great value!"
    Guest: Debbie A. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 8, 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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