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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Wonderful Sanibel Vacation!

    "It was our first time to Sanibel Island. And this was an awesome spacious condo unit with beautiful views!! Our family was very comfortable here with easy access to the beach and pool!"
    Guest: Angie S. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 2015
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  • Reminds me of Old Florida

    "Sanibel reminds me of my childhood vacations in Florida (before hi-rise hotels and over-development). This cottage is a classic beach house, but it's bright with lots of windows and a cheery decor. The location is a couple blocks from the best shelling beach. The bike trail is right across the street. Who needs a car? The house is well-maintained and well-supplied with all you need. It's big enough to have the kids and grandkids (for a weekend) especially with a warm pool. The owner is very good about answering all questions immediately! Yes, I would recommend it to friends who are tired of condo living - it's quiet and private. Though there are many restaurants nearby, we enjoy our own cooking. We recommend the Shell Museum, the kayak trail in Ding Darling, all the bike trails and of course, collecting shells."
    Guest: Katkat Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 2, 2014
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  • A dream spot

    "This condo is super clean and truly peaceful. It has nice furnishings and everything that you need for the perfect trip. The condo even includes beach towels and fun noodles. It was on the bottom floor and that made coming and going so convenient. My mother has a hard time walking far distances and so it was perfect for her. The condo pool and tennis courts were very well maintained and not crowded at all. It has a beautiful view of the palm trees and water. It is so quick to the beach and such a short walk or bike ride to the lighthouse. We loved all of the shells. We enjoyed renting bikes and were pleased to know there is a place for them there and the bike rental will even deliver. This was an ideal location for our family vacation and we very much look forward to our next stay. Thanks for sharing your wonderful bit of paradise."
    Guest: Mike Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 13, 2015
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  • Awesome Condo

    "This condo exceeded our expectations. It is easily accessible by the elevator, is directly on the beach with amazing views, and is beautifully decorated. We loved the screened in lanai and the rooftop deck too. The property and the unit were both very well maintained. The kitchen has everything you need if you want to cook but there are a lot of great restaurants on the island if you don't! A couple of our favorites were Lazy Flamingo (seafood) and Matzaluna (Italian). Pointe Santo provides an abundant number of lounge chairs on and near the beach. We also took advantage of the shell cleaning station! David S. was great to work with - very responsive and he returned the security deposit very promptly. We highly recommend this condo to anyone who wants a quiet, relaxing getaway in a luxurious condo on the beach."
    Guest: Tina K. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 6, 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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