How to Do Florida: Shelling on Sanibel

More than 400 species of seashell can be found on Sanibel's beaches. Why there? Sanibel's boomerang shape sticks out in the Gulf of Mexico like a crooked finger. The island's east-west direction makes it the perfect receptacle for catching millions of seashells. Experienced beachcombers know to…

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Discover Beauty at Sanibel's Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

By Kate O'Neal Two of my favorite places on the planet are the twin islands of Sanibel and Captiva, off the coast of Fort Myers. Everyone should go there at least once in their lifetime -- or maybe a dozen times a month. And one of Sanibel's must-sees is the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum…

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Best Towns to Visit in Florida: Sanibel Island Tops the List

By Lauren Tjaden Of 11 of the best towns to visit in Florida, Buzzfeed ranks Sanibel #1. The article listing the best towns in Florida to visit 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…

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10 Sanibel Island Activities You Can't Afford to Miss

By Melissa Vincent As if the sunshine and the beach weren’t enough… 1. Sanibel Island Lighthouse: First lighted in 1884, the historic Sanibel Island lighthouse is on the eastern end of the island. A quiet beach, perfect for relaxing, surrounds it. You may even catch a glimpse of a dolphin…

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Your Perfect Day in Sanibel

BY SPARK With amazing restaurants, museums and easy access to natural parks and the great outdoors, Sanibel is a perfect place for a mini-vacation. A special thanks to our friends at: The Island Cow Restaurant Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge The…

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Sanibel Island Video: Sweet & Simple Pleasures to Discover

By Lauren Tjaden Sometimes the simplest experiences are the sweetest, as this Sanibel Island video will demonstrate. My good friend Jill, former VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, and I stayed together at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Jill, an avid sheller, went treasure hunting in the surf. I…

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Sanibel and Captiva Islands: Budget Travel Ideas

A secluded island getaway on a budget? You bet. Sanibel and Captiva Islands off Florida's Gulf Coast let you relax, unwind and escape on a dime. My boyfriend and I cross the Sanibel Causeway at night, and the island is draped in shadow. Restrictions on light pollution keep streetlights and neon…

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Family Fare in Fort Myers-Sanibel Area

By Kate Pursell The beaches of the Fort Myers-Sanibel area offer several options for family fun. It's a slice of heaven just waiting to be discovered. And it's so family-friendly that you'll come back time and time again. Mom and Dad, take note: You might be reading this while the temperatures…

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What to Do in Sanibel Island & Captiva Island

By Ann Marie O'Phelan Residents and visitors alike love the shores of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The sparkling white sands and calm Gulf waters never fail to capture the imagination. Whether you're coming for a short visit or lingering on vacation, there's one Gulf coast destination to always…

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Why Visit Fort Myers & Sanibel Island

The beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel present a natural, romantic holiday spiced with nightlife, festivals and local seafood. Turquoise waters lap bright-white sands scattered with pastel shells. Sunsets cast evening skies a changing spectacle of colour. Snowy pelicans contrast grey dolphins inside…

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