Islands FAQ

Much of the Islands are a protected haven for wildlife of all types. A variety of activities complement our sanctuary islands. Shellers, naturalists, and photographers will love the islands’ animal kingdom and the peaceful charm of Sanibel and Captiva. Even the seashells that look more like just another beautiful object provide a habitat for living creatures. We consider them our “tidal residents”.

Of course, there is always the option of living-it-up while here on Sanibel and Captiva! Unique island shops, tantalizing restaurants, watersports, golf, tennis, live entertainment, great theater and the arts all await you. Don’t worry about “doing it all.” It is impossible to come here without dreaming of “one more trip” to the islands. Just by being here now, you’ve practically guaranteed your return visit.

gopher tortoise crossing sign

With over seventeen miles of island bike paths that lead past most of the islands best spots such as the historic lighthouse, an old cemetery, alligator habitats, a national wildlife refuge, Banyan trees, beachfront parks and charming, olde-island homes. Where else but Sanibel will you need to heed a Gopher Tortoise Crossing sign?

So put away thoughts of everything you left behind. Get some sand between your toes and start making the really important decisions in life…a nap or a bike ride…canoeing or golf…jazz or reggae…seafood or Italian.

QUESTIONS
FACTS

Island Age:

5,000 years

Square Miles:

17.5 sq. mi

Beach Frontage:

Total: 15.5 miles
Gulf of Mexico: 11.75 miles
San Carlos Bay: 3.75 miles

Average Elevation:

4 ft. above sea level

Annual Precipitation:

42.3 inches

Bike Paths:

22.62 miles

Resident Population 2001

6,072

Conservation Lands:

Total with public parks : 7,451 acres
City managed: 810 acres
Ding Darling Refuge: 5,400 acres (with Buck Key)
Other Public Facilities: 76 acres

Toll Bridge Fee:

$6 round trip

City Incorporated

Nov. 5, 1974

Schools:

Sanibel Elementary
Grades K-8 (439 Students)

Dwelling Units:

Single Family: 3,894
Multi Family: 3,115
Hotels, Motels, etc: 739
Time Shares: 384
Mobile Homes: 80
Total: 8,212

Island Area:

11,600 acres

Island Shoreline:

24.5 miles

Maximum Elevation:

13 ft. above sea level

Average Temperature:

74 degrees F

Causeway Length:

3 miles

Seasonal Peak Population:

33,000

QUESTION

Island Age:

FACTS

5,000 years

QUESTION

Square Miles:

FACTS

17.5 sq. mi

QUESTION

Beach Frontage:

FACTS

Total: 15.5 miles
Gulf of Mexico: 11.75 miles
San Carlos Bay: 3.75 miles

QUESTION

Average Elevation:

FACTS

4 ft. above sea level

QUESTION

Annual Precipitation:

FACTS

42.3 inches

QUESTION

Bike Paths:

FACTS

22.62 miles

QUESTION

Resident Population 2001

FACTS

6,072

QUESTION

Conservation Lands:

FACTS

Total with public parks : 7,451 acres
City managed: 810 acres
Ding Darling Refuge: 5,400 acres (with Buck Key)
Other Public Facilities: 76 acres

QUESTION

Toll Bridge Fee:

FACTS

$6 round trip

QUESTION

City Incorporated

FACTS

Nov. 5, 1974

QUESTION

Schools:

FACTS

Sanibel Elementary
Grades K-8 (439 Students)

QUESTION

Dwelling Units:

FACTS

Single Family: 3,894
Multi Family: 3,115
Hotels, Motels, etc: 739
Time Shares: 384
Mobile Homes: 80
Total: 8,212

QUESTION

Island Area:

FACTS

11,600 acres

QUESTION

Island Shoreline:

FACTS

24.5 miles

QUESTION

Maximum Elevation:

FACTS

13 ft. above sea level

QUESTION

Average Temperature:

FACTS

74 degrees F

QUESTION

Causeway Length:

FACTS

3 miles

QUESTION

Seasonal Peak Population:

FACTS

33,000