Christmas Comet Watching in Sanibel & Captiva

By: Gary McKechnie


One of my favorite places on earth is Florida’s southwest coast, and when you travel over to the twin islands of Sanibel and Captiva you’ve reached heaven on earth.

And from early November into January 2014 you’ll want to look into the heavens for what locals hope will be a wonderful view of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), aka: “The Christmas Comet.”

The skies are nice and dark here so the view should be better than most. The closest it will be is about 40 million miles away and since the sky should be moonless it should add to the comet’s glow. Better than that, local lodges, attractions, and cruises are offering special rates and admissions so you can take advantage of the sky show.

FYI: This is one of the most pleasant times of the year to visit the area, and when you add a comet you’d think things can’t get any better.

And you may be right.


For information to plan a celestial viewing vacation to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, visit


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