Off the coast of Fort Myers there are hundreds of small coastal
islands, including Sanibel and Captiva, which are connected to the
mainland via a three-mile causeway (with a toll). Visitors fly
into Southwest Florida International Airport. The islands are west
of the airport.
Attractions: The islands are known for their lush tropical
atmosphere, beaches and other natural resources. At the Sanibel
Lighthouse, you can fish from the pier or pick your spot for a
beautiful sunset. Shopping is a main attraction, with an abundance
of upscale shops along Periwinkle Way. A large portion of Sanibel
Island is reserved for the
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a top attraction
for nature-lovers. You’ll find the refuge on Sanibel-Captiva Road.
Visitors can drive, bike or hike the five-mile wildlife drive.
Shelling is a top attraction here, and water activities can be
arranged at Tarpon Bay Recreation (at the refuge). Also on Sanibel-Captiva
Road, you’ll find the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. You’re sure to enjoy a dolphin
watch or sunset cruise with
located at the far end of Captiva Island.
of Sanibel-Captiva Island Attractions
Beaches: The beaches here are pristine with soft, white sand
and shells galore. Sanibel has four public beaches with metered
parking, plus lots of beachfront along the Sanibel Causeway.
Captiva’s beaches are situated for great sunsets.
Shopping: From the Sanibel Causeway, you’ll hit Periwinkle Way. Turn
right and you’ll encounter a lush shopping paradise with a variety of chic shops
and boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. As you head west on Periwinkle
Way, stop at Tahitian Gardens and
Periwinkle Place, where you won’t want to miss Congress Jewelers for sealife
and beach-themed fine jewelry. Near the end of Periwinkle Way, the Village Shops
offers a variety of boutiques. You’ll find some interesting shops on Captiva
Island as well. Be sure to stop in Jungle Drums for artistic home décor.
Dining: On Sanibel and Captiva Islands, you’ll find lots of
dining choices, from a quick bite to fine dining, and everything in
between. It’s impossible to recommend only a few, but for starters,
you can try Island Cow for a pre-shopping breakfast; they also serve
lunch and dinner. Be sure to allow extra time to peruse their huge
menu! For lunch, Cheeburger-Cheeburger and The Lazy Flamingo are
good casual choices. For fine dining, Jacaranda and the Mad Hatter
are good bets. On Captiva, R.C. Otter's is a casual spot with
entertainment and Mucky Duck is a great waterfront choice, perfect
Accommodations: The accommodations are generally found on the
south side of Sanibel Island. The lush foliage allows this area to
be secluded from the commercial Periwinkle Way, making your stay a
of Sanibel Hotels
Directory of Captiva Hotels
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