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We ran across an article by The Points Guy entititled “11 Things to Do on Florida’s Sanibel and Captiva Islands.”
Our first thought was, “Only eleven?” Our second, of course, was to share it with you on our blog.
The article begins:
The gorgeous Gulf Coast barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva — just a 30-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) — have lured visitors to their shores for decades.
You won’t find glitzy condominiums, sprawling resorts with lazy rivers and waterparks or America’s favorite chain restaurants here. If that’s what you look for in a Sunshine State escape, definitely look elsewhere.
On Sanibel, everyone takes advantage of the wide, paved bike and walking paths while you’ll see more golf carts in the neighborhoods on Captiva. Growth has been limited here over the years and the emphasis is on conservation. There are a plethora of beach parks, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and other nature tracts that have been preserved for the benefit of the wildlife here. Seeing bottlenose dolphins, West Indian manatees, alligators and all manner of shore and wading birds will absolutely delight you. And, don’t forget, this is the seashell capital of the world and the sunsets from the beaches are legendary.