Sanibel Ranked #1 of 11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need to Visit

By: Lauren Tjaden


Of 11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need to Visit, Buzzfeed ranks Sanibel #1.

The article noted Sanibel’s secluded and untouched beauty. It also cited some of the southwest Florida island’s best attributes, such as the fact you won’t find many buildings taller than a palm tree, and that the town is devoid of fast food restaurants, which were banned, and devoid of stoplights as well.

The article pointed out one of my fav places to stay, the perfectly situated Casa Ybel, which is nestled smack-dab on the Gulf of Mexico. It also mentioned the yummy fare at the The Mad Hatter restaurant and noted the Island’s shelling as a must-do activity.

I’d add that another Island must-do is a visit to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, which is famed for its migratory bird populations. 

And you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the frozen Key Lime Pie dipped in chocolate on a stick, which you can get at Sand Castle Gifts & Gourmet (2075 Periwinkle Way # 20, Sanibel, FL 33957, phone: 239- 472-2201). If you’re going to sin with chocolate, you might as well go big! 

But I think you should check out the buzz about Sanibel for yourself.   

Other Florida towns that made the list include:

  • Tarpon Springs
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Destin
  • Mount Dora
  • St. Augustine
  • Fort Myers
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Apalachicola
  • Amelia Island

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