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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • We love this place!

    "I have been to Oceans Reach several times and I think it's one of the best places to stay on the island. This complex is quiet, well maintained and has everything you need. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. My girlfriends and I just spent last week in this beautiful condo and loved it--it's comfortable, beautiful and you can hear the ocean from your bed at night. Since coming to this particular place, it would be tough for me to consider going anywhere else."
    Guest: Susan Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 26, 2014
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  • Our Little Bit of Paradise Found

    "We have just returned from four weeks at this property and I could not recommend it highly enough. We were two couples and it suited us as in effect we had two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms which was what we were looking for. Sanibel is such a relaxing and friendly and safe feeling place. I have to praise the owner highly. If we had any queries and problems he got back to us so promptly by email and the one occasion we had to phone him. His open and friendly manner was so welcoming. The price for four weeks was excellent. We had never spent four weeks in one place before but the area offers so much. We enjoyed particularly a boat trip by Captiva Cruises, a visit to the Edison Ford Winter Estate, the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, the fishing pier and the beaches. In four weeks we never ran out of places to eat. The restaurants on the island are numerous and you will not run out of different places to eat in four weeks. We particularly liked Doc Ford's, Jacaranda and Cips among others. The barbecue at the villa also saw lots of use and was excellent. We certainly found our little paradise both the villa and the place. We hope to be back!"
    Guest: Frances M. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 29, 2014
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  • Fun home base on the bike path

    "[This review assumes you know Sanibel] Pros: -- One short block from the beach; short ride on bike path to Schnapper's Hots; ~2 mi. to Pinocchio's Ice Cream and the lighthouse; 6 mi. to Ding Darling -- Photos are accurate; notice the large propane grill on the deck -- Stocked with beach furniture, coolers, towels, flashlight, all cooking tools, dish soap, laundry soap, salt/pepper, coffee filters, books, DVDs, etc... Pack light! -- Good wi-fi and TVs -- Very very clean -- Comfortable beds and couch Cons: -- [a minor one] Beware: There are 2 properties next door to each other called "Shell Basket 1" -- this pink one and a blue one (with a pool). If you get a delivery it may go to the wrong place (even if you tell Billy's Bikes the exact address, 1153 Nerita St.) -- Shower faucet is odd and gives you choice of cool water or scalding (but cool is fine on sunburn!) -- Manager is nearby but a bit hard to reach in advance for questions -- hopefully this review will answer some."
    Guest: Wicky Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 28, 2015
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  • Return Customer

    "This was our fourth visit to this property. Each time we find it in great shape. The owners are great to work with and keep their home in very good condition. Judging from the guest book most of their customers are repeat customers. We love Sanibel. Spending a month during the peak season was not our first choice but it was the only time the kids could join us. We love the Dunes golf neighborhood the home is located in. It is quiet and easy access even in the busy season. We walk or ride bikes around the course every evening. We recomend this property and its owners to anyone."
    Guest: Hampton gang Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 10, 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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