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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • our stay at Sanibel

    "The condo is well appointed and in a great location on the beach. Enjoy the view from your screened in patio! This property is well maintained with gorgeous plantings. (There is a pool and elevator for these condos.) Our condo was large and perfectly wonderful. We enjoyed Sanibel; ate at MANY restaurants as there are numerous restaurants on the island. There is a large grocery store also on the island...so no problem if you prefer to cook. There is an excellent notebook left for you by the owners that have many restaurant menus...try them all! Shelling is great! Walk the clean beaches ...& Enjoy the island ...and also drive to Captiva...easy access...but I definitely preferred Sanibel for our stay! You will have a great time in this condo!!!"
    Guest: barbara Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 6, 2014
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  • Very Nice with a great vacation feel to it.

    "Everything a family could want while on vacation in terms of kitchen/amenities/being comfortable. Owner was quick to respond and answer questions. Rental Agency was great too - responded to two calls quickly and fixed both small issues. Some vacation homes have decor that while upscale and nice feel like your home in suburbia, etc. This place, while upscale, has a nice relaxing beach decor that instantly conveys 'relax, you're on vacation.' Appreciated all the beach/kid stuff in the storage room. I wish people would leave it in better shape - I spent a little time organizing so you walk into it gathering what you needed. Pool and complex are great. Easy walk to the beach. Would absolutely recommend to a friend or fellow employee."
    Guest: Mike Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 15, 2014
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  • So close to the beach!

    "We stayed at one of the condos at Sandy Bend, a small complex of 8 units. Our condo had a fantastic view of the ocean from the double wide lanai, and was not only screened in, but had sliding glass doors if one wanted to use the a/c but still sit there and enjoy the views. The manager was friendly and most accommodating, arranging a very last minute, day before arrival, stay. Parking is right at the building, and there is an elevator to use which came in handy while carrying in luggage and groceries which I recommend you buy before you cross the causeway to Sanibel because groceries are very expensive on the island. There are beach chairs and loungers out in front of the building which you can take to use on the beach, with no extra charge. The condo was well-appointed, with furniture that was Floridian without being kitschy. We had two users of laptops and there were no issues whatsoever with the internet. One note is that there is no pool. Also, the rate was a bit spendy but the view and the proximity to the beach makes the price well worth the splurge for a fabulous stay. And, of course, shelling was great!"
    Guest: Mary Kay S. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: November 10, 2013
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  • Love Sundial and this condo

    "Love Sundial and specifically this condo. It was a perfect location to the beach and pool. We got to the resort a day early and had to rent another condo in Sundial for one night. Glad we didn't have to stay in this condo for more than one night. Once we moved to Dr. Frank's condo we were so much happier. It's big, clean and has a lanai. It also has a beach view and the pool is right next store. Hope to rent again next year. Also great price and had everything we needed. Dr. Frank spent a lot of time with us telling us what to do in the area."
    Guest: Shelly Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 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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