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Sanibel Island, Sanibel, FL

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About Sanibel



One of the must-stop places in Southwest Florida and a top choice for shell collectors. Prevailing currents in the region push water from the south to the north, causing shells to pile up on the east-west oriented Sanibel, which is mostly perpendicular to water circling the Gulf of Mexico. The island’s old Florida charm, native shoreline and nearby J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge draw thousands of visitors each year. Sanibel is also famous for its restaurants and small beach shops as well as hand-crafted jewelry.

Pros: Homes along the beach are set well back from the shoreline, giving the beach an undeveloped feel. Bicycle is a popular mode of transportation and rentals are available.
Cons: Traffic in tourism seasons is horrendous. Expect a wait of two hours to get off the island during winter and spring months. $6 fee to get on the island doesn’t include parking.
Likely visitors: Shell collectors, nature lovers and recreational bicyclisits.
Getting there: Coming from the south on Highway 41, make a left on Gladiolus Drive, then bear left on Summerlin Road, which turns into McGregor Boulevard. Pay the $6 toll for cars ($2 for motorcycles or free for bicycles) and continue onto Sanibel-Captiva Rd. Turn left on Periwinkle Way to reach Lighthouse Beach or continue going straight to reach the island's other beaches.
Parking: Parking at Sanibel's public beaches costs $2 per hour.


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