Looking for a memorable Florida vacation? You can find it on Sanibel Island, one of two islands (along with Captiva Island) located 25 miles south of Fort Myers. Beaches of bright white sand, unforgettable seashell-hunting experiences, and exciting shopping and eating establishments make Sanibel Island a main attraction for Florida visitors! Find out more about what makes this area so special during a stay in one of our Sanibel vacation rentals.
Once on the island, what are some of the top resources you can expect to find to help you identify things to do and where to go for the best times? Let’s explore.
Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Ranked #1 by Trip Advisor, the Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center provides extensive information about things to do on Sanibel. Visit their website, or if you’re already on the island, stop by and get information about Sanibel Island restaurants, shops, beaches, rentals, cruises, eco-tours, hiking, and more.
The Visitor Center is open every day of the year. There, you’ll find hundreds of free brochures covering island attractions, a “this week” guide discussing upcoming events taking place, kiosks with free online access, complimentary telephone books, discount coupons for island establishments, and free WiFi and telephones.
You can also get a free 118-page visitor guide, giving advice about the best beaches for shelling, top resorts and vacation condo rentals, and lists of fun things to do (everything from bird watching to snorkeling).
If you can’t find information about Sanibel Island events, activities, and amenities at the Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, then you won’t find it anywhere!
Sanibel Public Library
At Sanibel Public Library, you’ll find access to newspapers and magazines that could contain details about current and upcoming area events and happenings. The library opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. They close at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and at 5 p.m. every other day.
Resources for visitors include information about area museums, a visual history of Sanibel Island, entertainment and arts programs for visitors, and an online source covering those that influence the lifestyle on the island.
Vacationers with young children can have them enjoy a story hour, and books are available for check out for those who forgot to bring a book to enjoy on the beach.
Fort Myers Beach Public Library
At the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, you’ll find local links to visitor information centers, newspapers, and TV news stations covering island events, up-to-date happenings, weather details, traffic information, and town resources.
The library also offers current exhibits that might be of interest to island visitors; on display might be sand sculptures, local plants, bird photographs, paintings by local artists, and shell collections. You could also find information about a self-guided historic tour of Sanibel Island.
The library is open Monday – Saturday, closing at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and open until 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Where to Stay
Gopher Rentals, serving Sanibel vacationers for more than three decades, makes it easy to find the ideal rental for your stay on Sanibel Island. Amenities at these condos can include swimming pools, tennis courts, and sundecks. Some are within walking distance of the beaches and even restaurants. Private homes on Sanibel are also available for rent, with a minimum stay of 28 days.
Sanibel two-bedroom rental condos are most popular for vacationers. You’ll be in close proximity to many shops and restaurants and, of course, within walking distance to the beach. Enjoy up to 2,600 square feet of space in these units, more than enough room for up to six guests. Contact us today for more information!