Sanibel Island Things to Do

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Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Sanibel Island

The Refuge The “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1945 as the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge and renamed for “Ding” Darling in 1967. It occupies about half of the island and is one of the great things to do on Sanibel. It is described by some as one of the finest wildlife refuges in the country. It is ... Read More »

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Fun Things To Do on Sanibel Island

Sanibel is heaven to the many people who have had a Sanibel vacation and enjoyed all its charms and pleasures. After all, Sanibel is a sub-tropical island with white sandy beaches, zephyr-like breezes, lots of sunshine and friendly people and many interesting and fun things to do. According to travel experts such as Fodor, USA Today, Frommers and others, it ... Read More »

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Christmas Shopping On Your Beach Vacation

Shopping for Christmas on Sanibel is the same as it would be up north – except with shorts rather than ski pants and sandals instead of boots. Aside from that, there is lots of Christmas cheer – plenty of music, beautiful lights, store sales, decorations that dazzle and Santa and company to thrill you with bargains. If you’re going to ... Read More »

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Christmas on Sanibel and Capitva

This joyous time offers all the pleasures and fun of a sub-tropical paradise and all the solemnity of the Christmas celebration. The islands are an explosion of color from Thanksgiving to Christmas with Christmas lights everywhere you look – from the palm trees lining the roads to all the windows in the buildings. You will definitely know that Christmas has ... Read More »

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Halloween on Sanibel

Halloween is celebrated throughout the world and Sanibel shares in that culture. It is typical for Halloween activities to include trick-or-treating, costume parties and contests and more candy than you can eat. Sanibel has all these activities and offers all the fun you want and still be safe. The city suggests that trick-or-treating be between 5 PM and 8:30 PM. ... Read More »

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The Sanibel Island Nature Center

The Nature Center is an educational experience that introduces you to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) – a not-for-profit organization that does important work that protects the natural functioning of the island lands and waters. SCCF considers environmental education as the core of its mission and has been providing it in various forms for visitors since it’s founding in ... Read More »

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Shelling on Sanibel

Shelling and Sanibel have become almost synonymous terms. Sanibel is world famous for its shells. There are other famous shelling sites in the Caribbean and Australia but none that offer the same wide variety of shells found on Sanibel and Captiva. It is frequently ranked as the best by such travel experts as USA Today and Travel & Leisure Magazine. ... Read More »

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the most popular attractions on the island according to those who measure such things – U.S. News, TripAdvisor, Fodor’s Travel Group and others. It is the only museum in the country that is devoted solely to shells and the mollusks that make them. It has more shells than the Smithsonian Institute. The goal ... Read More »

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Where To Go For A Run on Sanibel Island

Does that run you take every day sometimes seem like a chore? Well, it won’t be on Sanibel. You’ll even think it’s fun! There are so many different trails available. You could take a different route every day and each will be a new experience. You can have a city or country run, a long or short run – or ... Read More »

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Sanibel Island Bike Trails

WANT TO BIKE ON SANIBEL? Well, you can’t find a better, easier or safer place to bike than on Sanibel Island. It is a very bike-friendly island – and acknowledged as such by an independent group. The League of American Bicyclists has presented Sanibel with their Silver Award – the bicycle-friendly community award. Sanibel is one of only four communities ... Read More »