Sanibel Island Attractions

Sanibel Island is famous as a premier vacation spot, known for shell-collecting and bird watching. Walking on the beach is always delightful, and we especially enjoy walking the mile east to the old lighthouse.

Bird Watching

There is a family of the rarely seen Snowy Plovers nesting on the beach in front of our condo.  

The location of our condo - the Southern exposure - is what brings so many  shells to the beach in front of it.  And it is those shellfish that bring so many birds, of all sorts.

At sunset, a flock of Roseate Spoonbills congregates on a lake in the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve.  There is a lookout tower there built for viewing these and the many other birds that gather on this same lake.  Be sure to bring your camera.

See A family-friendly beach-lover's paradise, from "CNN Money".

The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge occupies much of the island, and influences the culture toward ecology and wildlife preservation.

There is a large network of bicycle paths, and bikes can be rented locally from Billy's Rentals or Finnimore's Cycle Shop - both of which can deliver directly to our condo.  

Lots of art galleries and shops can be found on Sanibel, within minutes of our condo.

There are several supermarkets; our favorite is Bailey's,  a family-owned  store well over 100 years old, that contributes generously to civic organizations on Sanibel.  They can deliver your groceries directly to our condo.

For fine dining, there are many great restaurants, but our favorite is The Hungry Heron (don't miss their fried Grouper sandwich).

A must-visit is the famous Cheeburger Cheeburger, which has now spread worldwide from this original restaurant.

There are many more restaurants of all types, listed here.

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