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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Excellent Location, Sanibel East End Beaches

    "A good house at the quiet East End of Sanibel. Excellent access (short walk on quiet road) to a fabulous beach. Very nice pool and spa in the back yard. Very easy bike ride to the shopping and restaurant areas of the island. House is sized just right for two families of four. Four bedrooms and two baths on the main upper level. Clean and up to date. Everything works. Photos & listing give an accurate impression of the property. Lower level, downstairs, has an additional bedroom, small bath, seating, ping pong, and kitchenette. It's bright with lots of sliding glass doors and is quite separate from the upstairs but feels a little funky for an adult couple. It would be great for teens. Walk-out directly to the pool area. The owners' rep, Tim at Sanibel Conceirge, gave superb and responsive service throughout our rental experience. Just across the street: Lighthouse Cafe with "World's best breakfast", Sporty Seahorse is an excellent island shop, and fab ice-cream at Pinocchio's. We greatly enjoyed our two-family vacation here on Sanibel."
    Guest: Susie, Gene, Karla & Rick Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 2, 2014
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  • Super nice condominium!!

    "After being away from Sanibel for a long time, it was a very refreshing return, especially to this condo. The décor was professionally appointed bringing in the beach-like atmosphere that added to the overall ambiance. We will definitely return to this great vacation condo unit. The SIBC management was extremely helpful in recommending dining and entertainment on the island. Bicycles were readily available at no charge to the resort visitors. Bike trails are easy to follow and offer a tropical self-guided tour of the island with quick stops for ice cream creations or your favorite beverage. Of the many fine restaurants on Sanibel, we were happy to find some of our favorites still serving great fare. Recommended: Lighthouse Café for breakfast and Doc Ford's for a great dinner experience (killer shrimp!!). And don't forget Mucky Duck on Captiva - best sunsets anywhere. The Lazy Flamingo still owns a fantastic Chicken Caesar salad - strongly recommended any time of day or nite. And don't forget to say 'hello' to the birds at Jerry's. Bring your sunscreen, flip-flops and beach attire as you practice your "Sanibel Stoop". Or, you can just relax at the pool or hot tub. We'll be back next year...."
    Guest: Mike and Val Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 25, 2014
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  • Perfect location to enjoy Sanibel/Captiva.

    "My wife and I stayed in this spacious condo for an extended weekend and were not at all disappointed! For the same price (or less) as most hotels on the island, we had two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer. It was also cleaner than many hotels we've stayed in, which is always appreciated, and the A/C was on, so it was nice and cool when we arrived. This being our first trip to Sanibel/Captiva, I wasn't entirely sure where the best place to stay might be. The islands aren't very big, but the low speed limits make travel time a little longer than one might expect. This location was PERFECT. We visited multiple beaches at all points along both islands during our stay, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the beach in front of the complex, which we enjoyed the afternoon of our arrival. I would only say that this might not be an ideal location for someone with mobility problems (third floor walk-up, as stated clearly in the listing), but the assigned parking space is conveniently located immediately next to the staircase. Perhaps most importantly when renting through VRBO or any other site is the owner. I'm happy to report that Kathy was fantastic to deal with. Although we never met personally (the key was waiting for us in a lock box), she was very responsive, very friendly, and very accommodating. We usually prefer to rent like this rather than stay in a hotel if we'll be someplace for more than a couple of days, and she was a standout among owners we've met. If we ever return to Sanibel/Captiva, I would certainly stay here again before considering any other location."
    Guest: Rob B. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014
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  • Exceeded our expectations!

    "This was my family's first trip to Sanibel and it will certainly not be our last. This condo was everything we hoped for and more; perfect location, great view of pool and a very short walk through the courtyard to the ocean. The unit was very spacious, tastefully decorated, and had what appeared to be new carpet. The bikes, wifi, beach chairs, umbrella and towels were extremely appreciated and made our vacation so enjoyable. The complex is very quiet and well maintained. We rented a car but traveled everywhere on the island by bike. The trails were great and ensured a true island experience. We will be back!"
    Guest: Allison Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 19, 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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