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Just a short drive over a bridge from southwest Florida, and looking out over the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel feels like a remote island despite being well-connected. With white sandy beaches with swaying palm trees, sparkling blue seas, and bright sunshine, it's the perfect vacation spot for simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery. There's also plenty to do, with great shelling beaches full of unusual specimens, historic buildings, and small, independent museums.

Things to see

Sanibel & Captiva Island Visitor Center is a welcoming place to stop when visiting the island, and by stopping by this unassuming wooden building you can pick up brochures, chat to staff and locals, and find the best spots on the island for fishing, shelling, and your favorite activities. Sanibel Historical Village and Museum is a great place to find out more about this charming island, and you can tour historic homes, the old school house, and many other buildings that have been frozen in time for you to explore. One of the other things the island is famous for is being a great shelling destination, and by visiting the Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum you can see rare species from around the world, all displayed in a modern building, and there are interactive exhibitions to teach you how to identify your own finds. Bowman's Beach is one of the more popular beaches on the island, with wide flat beaches covered in sand dunes. The beach is a short hike from the car park giving it a peaceful and isolated atmosphere, and it's a great spot for saltwater fishing.

Hotels in Sanibel

Those who are looking for hotels in Sanibel will be impressed by the wide range of competitively priced accommodation that's on offer. From resorts to basic inns, there are many options to suit different groups, and you can enjoy features such as outdoor pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, surf hire, beach umbrellas, and free WiFi in your hotel. Many Sanibel hotels look out over the ocean, with seaview rooms available, and you can also enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, premium bedding, sofa beds, separate sitting areas, complimentary toiletries, cable television with HBO, refrigerators, and in-room safes.

Where to stay

Sanibel is a pleasant and laid back island, and many attractions are tucked away down tree lined roads giving it a remote atmosphere. However, there are facilities to be found on the island such as gas stations and some small grocery stores, meaning you don't need to drive all the way back to the mainland. Its location means there are plenty of great seafood restaurants, many of them right on the beach with wooden decks so you can sit and watch the sun go down.

How to get to Sanibel

Southwest Florida International Airport is just a 40 minute drive from Sanibel, with planes arriving from major cities across the USA. The terminal has several rental car desks, and you can also book a taxi or convenient shuttle service to get you to Sanibel. Nearby Fort Myers has a bus stop that connects to the Amtrak service making it easy and cheap to arrive by train, and you can then take a taxi or coach service onto Sanibel Island. There are also ferry services that take you island hopping around Florida, and Sanibel has boats arriving from Key West, Captiva Island, and Fort Myers beach.

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