Known for its year-round tropical temperatures, gorgeous sugar-sand beaches, and for the millions of colorful seashells that wash up on its shores every year, Sanibel Island is a vacationer's paradise on Florida's Southwest Coast. It's also a popular destination for Florida vacation rentals
, attracting couples, retirees, and families seeking beachside relaxation and rejuvenation on the Gulf of Mexico.
Things to Do on Sanibel Island
While many towns in Southwest Florida boast sugar-sand beaches and tropical vistas, our Sanibel Island vacation rentals offer access to a rare mix of natural beauty, cultural events, and laid-back island living that appeals to all ages.
The island's beaches, some of which include Bowman's Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and Tarpon Bay Beach, are soft and tranquil, providing a relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming in the crystal-blue Gulf waters. Kids will love building sand castles and hunting for sand dollars just off the shore, while adults will appreciate the clean, well-maintained beach.
Vacationers of all ages will find great excitement in "shelling," which is the popular pastime of collecting exotic seashells deposited on the island's beaches. Gather your group, get into the "Sanibel Stoop" position, and make it a fun day of hunting for shells with interesting names like wentletraps, dosinias, brown-tip mangelias, and even the highly-prized junonia.
Or, head over to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
where you can get properly educated about conchology (the study of mollusk shells), and view the museum's extensive collection of seashells.
Sanibel Island is also home to a variety of fishing charters that cater to all skill levels from beginner to advanced angling for trophy-size fish. Both kids and adults will love the excitement that comes with hooking a tarpon, barracuda, bonefish, shark, and many more Gulf species. Visit any of the local charters for half-day and full-day excursions into Tarpon Bay or further out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Day Trips from Sanibel Island
Though we won't blame you if you choose to stay on the island for your whole vacation, Fort Myers
is an easy 19-mile drive northeast and offers great dining, shopping, and live entertainment at music venues and dance clubs. If you're a fan of getting up close to the region's wildlife and pristine coastal wildlands, make the 89-mile drive south to the Everglades National Park
, where you'll be able to view alligators, herons, raccoons, and many other swampland species on over one million acres of federally-protected old growth cypress and pine tree habitat.
So get your group together and get excited for a fun-filled getaway to Florida's Southwest Coast when you book a Sanibel Island vacation rental today!
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