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The Ideal Winter Escape

Photo of the beach on Sanibel Island

Photo by Phil Carter


We wanted to share a great little article about Sanibel Island entitled “The Laid-Back ‘Anti-Florida’ is the Ideal Winter Island Escape.”  Written by Jay Gentile and published in The Thrillist, it elaborates on why the writer thinks Sanibel Island is where Florida achieves its full potential.

It starts:

I love my family. But every now and then, we all need an escape. And while visiting family in South Florida over the holidays for the past decade-plus, I found just the spot.
You won’t find Florida Man gators or spring breakers doing body shots here — just a beautiful natural area stuffed with gorgeous beaches, sprawling nature preserves, some of the world’s best shelling, and sunsets that might prompt you to dial up real-estate listings.

With tight restrictions that lock out high-rise buildings and most chain restaurants, Sanibel’s vibe is easily distinguishable from the overdeveloped Florida of our collective nightmares. Basically, this is what Florida would look like if it lived up to its full potential: No traffic lights or seedy “VIP” lounges.

Call it Florida’s “anti-Florida.”

To read the rest of the article, including some good recommendations for your next visit, click here!

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