Sanibel Island is known for its Lighthouse, miles of biking, trails, beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches and wildlife including manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, migrating birds, etc.
Shell lovers travel to Sanibel for the abundance of seashells along the gulf side beaches. Sanibel Island is shaped in a curve along the coastline in an east-west direction causing shells to collect up on the beaches. Sanibel Island houses the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. This museum has educational and fun activities for the whole family. Come and find your shells at one of the top shelling destinations in the world.
The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge occupies one third of Sanibel Island. It is a part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System. This is a park with bird and wildlife watching biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and tours.