About Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway, making access to the island's beaches and wildlife comparatively easy. The island is a popular tourist destination and known for its fantastic sunsets, sandy shell laden beaches and wildlife refuges. In fact over half the island is dedicated to wildlife refuges.
Sanibel is famed for its building restrictions whereby the height of buildings, including hotels and condominiums, is restricted so that no building is taller than the tallest tree. In practice, this means that buildings are nomrall a maximum of three stories high, but this does man that all those beautiful views are rarely interrupted.
The attraction of Sanibel Island is the archetypal Floridian appeal of tropical sun-washed white sand beaches combined with a casual easy paced lifestyle. So, if you're looking at a family vacation, or thinking more of a romantic break, then you might want to investigate Sanibel Island.
The climate of Florida is heavily influenced by the fact that all parts of the state are in close proximity to the ocean. Lake Okeechobee, in the middle of the state, is a point of demarcation for the climate of the Sunshine state. To the North of the lake, the climate is humid subtropical, while areas to the south have a true tropical climate. Sanibel Island lies just to the south of the Lake which means that summer temperatures in late July are usually in the low 90s Fahrenheit, whilst winter temperatures in mid January range are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. If you're looking to avoid the rain, then plan on an average of 75 days per year of significant downpours. On the more positive side, you can expect over 260 sunny days per year. These statistics make Sanibel Island the perfect place for a vacation.
Sanibel's miles of beaches are renowned for their pristine white sand and their rich bounty of sea shells. The orientation of the island in the Gulf of Mexico means that the tides wash up hundreds of different types of shells each and every day. The beaches also offer the opportunity to witness stunning sunrises and sunsets as well as jumping off points for paddle boarding or kayaking adventures. Sanibel has no coral reefs, but scuba divers can enjoy the numerous species of marine life which lives around the various artificial reefs and wrecks which can be found just offshore at various points around the island.
For the kids, there's nothing that's more exciting than getting up at dawn and going shelling in the surf along the island's beaches. Allegedly, there are over 200 different varieties of seashells that can be found around the island. But you'll have to watch that you don't develop what the locals call the "The Sanibel Stoop" which is what happens when you spend hours bent over holding buckets, bags and nets and slowly shuffling along.
Unusually, Sanibel Island is oriented on an east-west axis instead of north-south, so this means the island enjoys the Gulf currents from both the north and south. Combine the currents with a lack of an underwater shelf around the island's coastline and the seashells have nothing to stop them before they wash up on the shoreline. This is even more noticeable after a high tide or a storm. For these reason's Sanibel Island is a magnet for shell seekers from around the world!
Vacation Rental Homes on Sanibel Island
It's possible to stay in a luxury vacation rental home anywhere on Sanibel Island. Alternatively, there's Cape Coral, and Fort Myers Beach is only a few miles away on the mainland. The areas around Fort Myers offer a large and diverse range of vacation rental properties.
Getting to Sanibel Island
The closest airport to Sanibel is Southwest Florida International Airport at Fort Myers or (FMY) which is less than a 30 minutes away. Alternatively Fort Lauderdale airport is probably slightly better served by the airlines and is approximately an hour and forty five minutes drive. Finally,, Miami's International Airport (MIA) which is aabout two and a half hours away. Miami is, by far and away the best served of the three airports, particularly for international flights, but is also the busiest of the three for the same reason.
By car, you'll be looking to use the I75, almost regardless of your start point. Reaching the island by car will usually involve approaching via Naples from the south, or from the north via Fort Myers, both of which are on the I75.
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