So now that you know a little about me, and my history, I want to tell you more about the island that is Sanibel!
Sanibel officially became a city in 1974, which wouldn’t be that interesting for most people but… at that time. an organization called the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation formed and became the driving force behind what Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are today. Here, you’ll find a nature center with education programs, over 2/3 of the island dedicated to land conservation, signs and ways to conserve or recycle almost everywhere you go. And I can’t forget the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge! This place is huge – 6,354 acres – and boasts 220 species of birds, over 50 different kinds of reptiles, and 32 different kinds of mammals. I can’t forget it because at least once a month my son Nathan asks if we can go visit the “Scary Tiles” again. Also, no new buildings are taller than the tallest palm tree (this is actually in the city law books! I love it!), and there are virtually no chain stores or restaurants (How do you live without McDonald’s? Just fine!)
With seven different beach accesses (5 on Sanibel and 2 on Captiva), endless bike trails, boating and fishing, snorkeling or diving, it’s a wonder anyone goes inside. Though you’d have to for the museums, galleries, theatre and some of the musical performances.
This entire island and its community are like a breath of fresh air. It’s probably why Arthur Frommer (yeah, that Frommer) named Sanibel Island his #1 favorite travel destination last December. (See Arthur’s Post Here)
Even without Frommer’s approval I know Sanibel will always be my favorite destination and my favorite home. Time to hit the beach! I think the kids and I will ride our bikes there. The weather looks just about perfect.