Sanibel Island has one of the best shelling beaches on the southern tip of the island at Lighthouse Park, where you’ll find the historic Sanibel Lighthouse that has been a landmark since 1884. Other popular beaches on Sanibel Island include Bowman’s Beach, Tarpon Bay Beach, Turner Beach and along the Sanibel Causeway.

Sanibel Island's main commercial street is Periwinkle Way, a picturesque thoroughfare running down the middle of the island. Intriguing shopping, galleries, and restaurants dot the road from the Sanibel Lighthouse to Tarpon Bay Road, making frequent stops a must. Toward Sanibel Island's northwestern side, the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is home to 170 species of birds and more than 1,000 native plants. Sightseers can witness a variety of wildlife in a natural setting, including the alligator. The refuge consists of 6,300 acres of mangrove forest, marshland and hardwood hammocks . . . almost one-third of the island. Of the countless barrier islands that make up Lee County’s coast, Sanibel Island and Captiva are best known. The islands are connected to the mainland by a three-mile-long scenic causeway from the mainland.

Captiva Island to the north is one of the most beautifully preserved and well-known areas on the Gulf Coast. The nation's foremost authority on beaches, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) has recognized Captiva's beaches as the country's most romantic. The main attraction on Captiva is that there are no attractions, only white sand, calm waters and warm fresh breezes. Visitors can sit back and while away the hours, sunning, walking the beach, fishing or just doing nothing.

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have changed in many ways since the causeway to the mainland was opened in 1963, but they remain among Florida's most beautifully preserved destinations. The new span that begins the Sanibel Causeway was opened in the summer of 2007.

Sanibel Island and Captiva offer a variety of high-end resorts with the amenities you’d expect and an abundance of outdoor activities for tourists like kayaking, biking, swimming and boating. Most resorts on Sanibel Island are found along Gulf Dr; Captiva is home to the legendary South Seas Plantation and Tweenwaters Inn.

Be sure to visit Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream - a Sanibel tradition for over 30 years and their sister company Gepetto's Beach Foodies. For superb dining with a beachfront view, your best choice is the historic Thistle Lodge located at the Casa Ybel Resort. When on Captiva, there's no better place to dine and relax than the Mucky Duck on Andy Rose Lane.

While shelling is a favorite pastime on Sanibel; shopping too draws crowds to the Island…especially along Periwinkle Way.
Just down the street are dozens of options for unique merchandise including Tahitian Gardens, The Village Shops, Town Center and The Olde Sanibel Shops, with dozens of boutiques and emporium style shops. Your best choice for all Island-related tourist information is the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce, located on the causeway leading onto these enchanting tropical islands.


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The historic Sanibel Lighthouse has been a local landmark since 1884. This is a perfect place to find shellers in the posture known as the "Sanibel Stoop."
J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife
Periwinkle Place's award winning shops has something for everyone.