Sanibel is the best known of the 100 Southwest Florida barrier islands. Conde Nast readers recently voted Sanibel one of the “Best North American Islands." Coastal Living Magazine also recently named Sanibel the "top shelling beach in the United States."
Sanibel offers the slow pace of island life with a mix of unique shops, galleries, theater and restaurants along its famed Periwinkle Way. Visitors are attracted by the unspoiled coastline and mild waters that invite swimming year-round. Sanibel’s white pristine beaches, located on the southern shores, yield more than 200 varieties of shells, giving name to the “Sanibel Stoop,” the posture associated with shell-collecting. The “Causeway Beaches” are beloved by families for picnicking, swimming, fishing and even windsurfing in a casual and relaxed setting.
Experience romance and adventure on exclusive Captiva Island, one of the 100 barrier islands along the Florida Gulf Coast. High-end resorts, luxurious golf courses and fine dining attract visitors looking for their own private vacation spot.
Long walks on white sandy beaches yield spectacular sunsets, an abundance of shells, and an overall sense of tranquility. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote her best-selling “A Gift From the Sea,” a treatise on self-discovery, during her stay on Captiva.
The tiny island has preserved much of its original appeal as a private enclave but still offers adventures for the taking with shelling, gulf fishing, biking, swimming and boating. Captiva also has a large variety of Florida wildlife, including rare birds, alligators, and dolphins.