Just off the southwest coast of the great Sunshine State sit two idyllic islands boasting beautiful weather year round, pristine sandy beaches, and an endless array of family-friendly activities: welcome to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva!
Renown for their white sand beaches, Sanibel and Captiva are also a sheller's paradise (rumor has it the beaches near Captiva and North Captiva for the biggest and best selections)! But the islands have much to offer beyond their many magnificent beaches; a variety of museums and attractions make for a nice break from the great outdoors!
Family friendly exhibits and programs await at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Center, Old Town Sanibel, and the Sanibel Lighthouse! In addition, Sanibel Island is also home to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge; part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S., famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. The Refuge features a free Visitor Education Center with hands on exhibits for kids; in addition, for a small fee, you can enjoy a Wildlife Drive (Saturdays through Thursdays only)!
And if you have a long enough to stay to build in a day trip, consider these fantastic spots less than 15 miles away in beautiful Ft. Myers:
No matter what you choose to do, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are a family vacation paradise! Been here? Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter and share your favorite attraction or activity!
Safe and happy travels!