Sanibel & Captiva Island
Lying in the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel & Captiva Islands are famous for shelling, bird-watching and the nesting grounds of the Loggerhead Turtles. A perfect destination choice if you are wanting to get in touch with nature, yet still enjoy a relaxed village atmosphere with good restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Sanibel is a quiet island, however Captiva Island is even more laid back and the destination of choice to get away from it all, enjoy beautiful sunsets and quiet sandy beaches.
Island Life Experience
There are so many great ways to spend your day on Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Sanibel is the top shelling beach in North America with 17 miles of beaches and an abundance of shells. Bowman’s Beach is one of the most popular beaches with miles of white sand, excellent shelling and beautiful sunsets. Lighthouse Beach Park is home to the famous Sanibel Lighthouse. Sanibel is also one of North America’s top bird-watching sites and a stopover destination for migrating birds, with over 240 different species of birds. J.N Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to spend your day bird-watching, canoeing, kayaking, or walking the endless nature trails. Feeling adventurous? Rent a wave runner, try your hand at parasailing or rent a powerboat and explore the many out-islands: North Captiva, Cayo Cota, Cabbage Key, Useppa and Pine Island.
Indians, Pirates and Fishermen
Sanibel and Captiva are both rich in history. Wander through Sanibel’s Historic Village and libraries and learn of the history of both Islands. Sanibel Island is scattered with historic markers that tell the tale of days past. Bailey’s General Store, Casa Ybel and Thistle Lodge are all part of the towns rich history. Captiva Island was once home to the Calusa Indians. The Chapel by the Sea and Captiva Island Inn are both part of the historic charm of Captiva.
Art, Culture & Entertainment
Sanibel Island’s Periwinkle Way is the hub of entertainment with excellent restaurants, art galleries, food markets, shops and live performances. History presents itself again in the many antiques and jewellery to be found. Begin your evening on a Sunset Serenade Cruise and then both islands spring to life with a variety of entertainment options, from romantic to fun, with sports bars, karaoke bars, cocktail bars, live music and dancing. The Sanibel Music Festival comes to Sanibel in March.
Sanibel & Captiva … inviting, charming, relaxing Island Life.