Taking Advantage of Sanibel Island’s Natural Assets

DATE: June 27, 2013

As I’ve talked about in previous blog posts, Sanibel Island is a place that embraces and respects the natural state of the land and works to protect both itself and its non-human inhabitants. It is because of this that those of us who have the pleasure of living here, and those who are able to visit, can enjoy such a variety of natural and unspoiled treasures.

When visiting the island, make sure you take advantage of Sanibel’s natural assets. Here are a few things you should try:

Rent a Bike and Explore the over 22 miles of paved Bike Paths: You can choose the path that suits your fancy. Some will take you past waterways and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, while others will help you tour historic sites and beautifully built homes. Regardless, it will allow you to see the island up close.

Pick a Beach, Any Beach: There are five different beaches on Sanibel and another two on Captiva Island. Whether your accommodations offer beach access or not, why not try out another spot for an afternoon? Each of the beaches has a little something different to offer.

For Full Descriptions on the Different Beaches Click Here

  • Causeway Beaches
  • Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier
  • Gulfside City Park
  • Tarpon Bay Beach
  • Bowman’s Beach
  • Captiva Island Beaches
  • Turner Beach (Blind Pass)

Shell. Seriously, Sanibel is the Captial: With over 250species of shells identified on its shores, Sanibel is like hog heaven for professional and amateur conchologists! (those are people who study shells, I just looked it up) The variety of finds possible makes the hunt that much more interesting. At Sundial, there is a shelling station where you can sort through your finds and also try to identify them using a chart they have posted.


I could go on and on about all of the different things you could do. Hopefully though, that’s enough to get you all started!

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