We love seeing our island included in “Best Of” lists, and recently we saw that we made the grade for the “12 Best Places to Visit in Florida” according to World Atlas magazine.
Listed as “Must Visit,” Sanibel is described as follows:
In the Gulf of Mexico and close to Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is known as a quaint and natural travel destination, with wildlife refuges taking up more than half of the long narrow island’s area. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Sanibel Island, or the “Sea Shell Capital of the World,” is the place to find unique shells among myriads of them littering the beaches. As the legend goes, the descendants of the 7,000 residents today used to harbor pirates back in the past. Aside from beachcombing, there’s looking for wildlife, visiting a highly-rated historical museum, strolling the grounds of a botanical garden, a lighthouse to marvel at, and an arts center to peruse. Some of the island’s most captivating wildlife include the loggerhead sea turtles, manatees, and dolphins. The laid-back atmosphere in town comes with a lack of chain stores, stop lights, and fast food joints, while still being known for the high-end resorts utilized by celebrities.
To read about the other Floridian spots that made the list, click here.