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    Fun in Sanibel

Sanibel Island draws visitors from around the world. It is hard to imagine anyone getting too much of our beautiful turquoise waters or tiring of basking in the warm Sanibel sun--but just in case, there is plenty to do!

Shelling on Sanibel Island (Photos copyright David Meardon)

Go shelling! Sanibel's beaches are the best in the world for shelling. If you prefer to see more organized displays of shells than you will find on the beach, spend an afternoon at the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum. It houses the nation's most comprehensive displays of seahells and the whole family will learn something and enjoy themselves. Open every day except for major holidays.

Want to get married (or just meditate on marriage) in a beautiful Chapel by the Sea? A sweet seaside chapel in nearby Captiva now serves as a meditation site and is also a much in demand wedding site.

Sanibel Island features the 6,300 acre J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, named to honor pioneering environmentalist Jay Norwood Darling. It is home to more than 200 species of birds, more than 50 types of reptiles, and 32 different mammals. There are guided tours and special bird watching spots, bike and walking paths and even winding canoe trails--and even a four-mile scenic drive.

Ding Darling sign (Photo by David Meardon)

There are three golf courses on the island. Sundial has private professional tennis lessons and they take reservations and arrange to set up matches for games. Billy's Bike Rental has any kind of bike you can imagine. There are all the water sports, wind surfing, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and of course fishing either on the bay or the gulf. Check out the nature charters, fishing charters and Breakfast and Evening Cruises. Here are a few places to start: Captiva Cruises, Water Experiences, and Captain Paul's Yacht Charters. Another big attraction is the Tarpon Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Old Town Sanibel is at the east end of the island, near the Lighthouse. Take a stroll through quaint village shops, inns and restaurants. Make sure to pick up a free map at the Visitor Center. Sanibel's historic lighthouse was first lit in 1884. It is maintained by the Florida Coast Guard and one of Sanibel's best fishing spots, on the pier, is nearby.

Susan Weichsel

Last but not least, there is great shopping in Sanibel. Periwinkle Way runs half of the length of the island and is full of shops and shopping centers. The best is the Periwinkle Shopping Center with a playground in the center for children.

Lock in the nicest location for your Sanibel vacation. Please call or email me:

Susan Weichsel at +1-201-327-2884 or make a reservation now!



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