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Sanibel Island, Florida is the perfect place for a vacation. Known for its sea shells, collectors come from near and far to search the beaches. Rental condos and houses are available to make your stay very comfortable. These properties include many exciting facilities and amenities such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, internet access, and cable television to make for an ideal vacation.
Visit the J.N. “Ding” Darling Natural Wildlife Refuge to see animals and plants in one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the US. There are more than 200 varieties of birds that can be seen in this subtropical location on Sanibel Island. In addition, you can see mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and more species as you explore the region.
There are different beach areas on Sanibel Island. Bowman’s Beach is one of the more remote beaches and is a quarter mile walk from the parking area. It is a great location for finding sea shells. The Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach is a great place to view the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. While the lighthouse is not open to the public, you can view it from the beach. The beach has nice shells, but swimming is not recommended due to the strong cross currents. Gulfside City Park, however, also has beach access. It is open to the public. The park features picnic areas, trails, and an old cemetery. It is a great place for relaxing.
There are several museums located on the island. Since Sanibel Island is noted for its sea shells, it is not surprising that the Bailey-Matthews National Sea Shell Museum is located here. The museum has over 30 permanent exhibits and several temporary ones. They showcase shells from around the world as well as shells from Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Additionally, they have world record sized shells and shells used in art, so there is something to interest everyone. Another museum, the Sanibel Historic Museum and Village strives to preserve the history of the island. It starts with exhibits that tell the tales of the first Spanish settlers and continues to the 1800s and the pioneers who lived on Sanibel Island at that time. Seven buildings were moved to the museum from different parts of the island. They were restored to look the way they did during the period they were built. These buildings encompass the village portion of the museum and can be visited by museum guests.
The weather in the winter months is beautiful on Sanibel Island. Temperatures average in the 70s with an abundance of sun. Summer months see temperatures that average in the low 90s with some rain and chances for hurricanes. The rainiest month on Sanibel Island is June. The best time to visit Sanibel Island is undoubtedly the winter months of December through April. The late fall is also a nice time to visit.
You can drive to Sanibel Island in your car. Sanibel Island is located just off the coast of Ft. Myers, Florida and is accessible via the Causeway Boulevard. Some people also choose to rent a car for their vacation. Additionally, you can fly into the Ft. Myers Airport and still easily access Sanibel Island. It is only a 20 minute drive from Ft. Myers to Sanibel Island. Finally, you can access Sanibel Island if you travel by Amtrak train to Ft. Myers, Florida. No matter how you get there, Sanibel Island is a great place to visit.