Things To Do On Sanibel Captiva Island

The Perfect Location

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are located off the coast of Southwest Florida, just west of Fort Myers, Florida.  Fort Meyers is located south of Tampa, Florida and north of Naples and Marco Island, Florida. The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is located in Fort Myers and is approximately 20 miles away from Sanibel.

Sanibel Captiva Island Map

A Quiet Beach Town With So Much to Offer

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.

But Wait… There’s More!

Additional things to do: golf courses, many local shops and restaurants, miles of bike trails, kayaking, fishing, sunsets at Mucky Duck on Captiva Island, ice cream shops, boat marinas, Sunday farmers market, Lighthouse Beach Park with public fishing dock, C.R.O.W. (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife), Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, and much more!

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