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Top 14 Things to Do on Sanibel Island, Florida

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 22, 2019
Known for its seashell-covered beaches, Sanibel Island makes for the perfect weekend getaway with or without kids. It's a good place to get in touch with nature and go beachcombing.

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Hit the sunny beaches of Sanibel and Captiva. There are many to frolic around on - if you don't mind the carpet of seashells, that is! Be sure to visit Bowman's Beach and Blind Pass Beach, among others.
Can't resist collecting Sanibel's variety of seashells and sand dollars? The act of bending over to pick up seashells is called the "Sanibel Stoop"! Learn about rare seashells at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

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Go swim with the fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. There are many underwater reefs and even a few shipwrecks to explore, while scuba diving in Sanibel.

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You can learn windsurfing from the pros of Sanibel. Master the wind, as you skim along the waves.

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For some quiet time out on the water, just rent a kayak and row your way to solitude.

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For a chance encounter with playful dolphins, set off on a dolphin tour from Captiva Island.

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Visit the iconic Sanibel Island Lighthouse as it stands watch over the eastern tip of the island.
Hop on Sanibel's signature blue-colored trolley bus - it connects just about every part of this stunning island.

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There are about 25 miles of biking trails to explore on Sanibel! Biking can be a fun alternative, if you get tired of driving on Sanibel's main road - Periwinkle Way.

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But soon enough, you'll want to get off your bike and explore the lush patches of Sanibel greenery on foot. And there are quite a few hiking trails waiting for you.
As for mouthwatering seafood, there's a variety of tasty crab, snapper and shrimp-based dishes to eat at many waterfront restaurants in Sanibel.
If you remember to pack your lucky fishing rod, you'll have a good time at Sanibel. There are almost as many fishing spots here, as there are piers.

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There's yet another treat for nature-lovers in Sanibel - the JN "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge. Keep an eye out for 245 species of birds, alligators and giant crocodiles!

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As evening falls, head back to Algier's Beach or Bowman's Beach and fire up one of the public grills for a seaside BBQ picnic!