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Sanibel Island

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Recent Sanibel Island reviews

  • Fantastic stay with 2 little ones

    "We have just returned home from a fantastic week in Sanibel staying in this unit at Shell Island Beach Club. The photos are an exact depiction of what you can expect…the ocean view puts you in vacation mode immediately! The vaulted ceiling really adds to the spacious and bright feel of the condo. All rooms are a good size and the beds and sofas are all very comfy. There are no photos of the bathrooms but they are both very nice and up to date. Each bathroom has a hair dryer. My little girl loved the guest bedroom with its fish theme and the Winnie The Pooh sitting cushions. We also rented 2 playpens from the office for $10 each for the week, which was great. The screened in balcony is awesome. You can sit and/or play out there and not worry about bugs (or children sticking themselves or anything else through the railings). There is also a stand out there to hang all your beachwear to dry which was a very useful addition. The kitchen has pretty much anything you would need. There are lots of plastic bowls and plates if you have kids in tow. The grounds are lovely and well taken care of. Everything is very clean. This condo is very well located. It is steps to the pool and just past the pool is the short boardwalk to the beach. We had 2 little ones with us so the close proximity was great. The pool is such a nice temperature. There is a bin that has lots of pool noodles and larger sized pails and shovels and a few nets. We mostly ended up using that stuff instead of all the beach paraphernalia that I rammed into our suitcase. We went out for bike rides a couple of times. There are lots of bikes and helmets are available through the office and a few bikes with child seats on the back. There is a nice covered park at the other end of town and we tried out The Island Cow restaurant which was a casual, well priced, easy place to eat. We also went on a dolphin watching boat tour in Captiva which was so much fun. On our last 2 evenings there we had the awesome experience of exploring the ocean floor during low tide (the office can give you a chart for that). I have never done that before and it was the coolest thing ever. If you have not ever done that, do it!! We saw so many sand dollars as well as a few starfish and all other kinds of sea creatures moving around trying to burrow themselves into the wet sand waiting for the tide to come back in. All in all we had a fantastic time and would certainly recommend this resort and unit!"
    Guest: Melissa B. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 28, 2015
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  • Perfect House!!! Perfect Destination!!

    "We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful,spacious,well equipped house that is steps from the pool and just a few more steps from the beach.Mornings were often spent relaxing on the beautiful porch while watching gopher tortoise sunning themselves across the pond.The island is beautiful and the wildlife abundant.From the pool we could see a bald eagle perched in his nest.In the afternoon,we would load up the cooler and beach chairs on the beach cart-all provided-and take the short walk to the beach to watch the dolphin swim close to shore.The dolphins seemed to have a special swimming spot right in front of the private beach.The beach sunsets and stargazing are also spectacular.We really enjoyed exploring the island on the bikes that were provided by the owners.We also had a fantastic time paddle boarding with Yolo board adventures.This house was comfortable,loaded with amenities and had everything we needed.It was a great vacation in an amazing house and a great destination. We look forward to returning soon!"
    Guest: SCL Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 9, 2015
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  • Beautiful Views!

    "The view of the ocean and beach from this top floor condo was wonderful. This is our main reason for picking this unit. We were not disappointed. The lanai is incorporated into the living space, which was great for us. You can see the ocean and hear the waves from the master bedroom too. The condo was roomy, wider than most we’ve rented. The beds must have been replaced since that one review because they (and the bedding) were comfortable. There were just a couple little things, bathrooms were small, little counter space for our two week stay. The master bath door was noisy when sliding closed. There were plenty of towels, however. Shower heads were good. The condo is decorated in beach motif, which we enjoyed. This unit is not like-new; it didn’t appear real clean. There were ants on the kitchen counter, above the kitchen window by ceiling, and crawling on the cupboard that holds the glasses. The rental agency did have a sheet saying that the whole island is battling the tiny ants, but this was the first time we saw them in a condo we rented. They didn’t show for the first few days, so I assume the cleaning crew tries to control them. We don’t cook at the condo (because I cook almost every day at home). So, on vacation, we eat out every meal. Not one pan or kettle or serving item was touched while we were there. So I was surprised to see the ants since we had no food. We did have our shells drying on the counter (after using the wonderful shelling station by the pool to clean the sand off the shells), so maybe they were attracted to them. I can imagine how hard it is to upkeep with so many users. The coffee pot was new, ice tray fast, that’s about all I can comment on for kitchen items. The washer and dryer were nice. There were two loads of wash detergent for us. There were plenty of beach towels, very nice. The beach chairs were awesome! The Tommy Bahamas had not only storage in the back, but a cooler compartment. There were two umbrellas, only one unbroken, but we only needed one. The owner went beyond by supplying a fantastic device attached to the end of the pole to aid in screwing the umbrella into the sand. No standalone cooler, which would have been real nice. We thought being in a smaller complex on the west end would be the ‘higher end’ and quiet, so were disappointed that the pubic beach access was next to us. It was very, very busy there. I heard, though, that Sanibel was busier this Easter than any other time, ever. So, maybe t"
    Guest: Sue H. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 20, 2015
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  • Trip of a lifetime

    "This was our second time staying on Sanibel. We thought we were hooked the first year but after staying in this gorgeous beach house we have fallen in love. Our first year on Sanibel was in a resort setting which was also beautiful. But nothing will compare to the privacy and beauty of this house. The photos online are beautiful however cannot do justice to the real beauty of this house. The kitchen is by far the best part of the house. It is GIANT and to say it is beautiful is an understatement. Fully stocked with everything you could need as well. All the decor in the house is wonderful. The house was absolutely spotless on arrival, and like I said the pictures don`t do it justice. The private backyard oasis is what made the vacation for us. We are beach lovers so we spent every single day on the beach but by 5 o o`clock when our small children had enough ocean water they loved coming back to our personal heated pool. Next to the pool was a garage stocked with EVERY SINGLE pool toy or beach toy you could ever need. Including a beach trolley with chairs for the beach to make transporting all your toys (and coolers) to the beach easy. Not that it was far, open the gate and it is about a 30 second walk to the beautiful Sanibel beach. The house only has two bedrooms but one of them has an extra daybed which was perfect for our 3 year old. Also, next to the pool there is a separate guest bedroom with it`s own keyed access.We did not need this room but would love to go back with our family so we could use it! We loved the quiet private street that the house was on and loved taking the bikes that were provided to the store everyday. I would highly highly recommend this house to anybody!!"
    Guest: steff P. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: September 17, 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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