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Sanibel / Captiva Islands FL 7 Facts to Know

Sanibel & Captiva Islands FL 7 Facts to Know

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What is your Favorite Vacation Spot?

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands were one of our FAVORITE spots on our travels.  We love to explore the Beaches and enjoy the Gulf waters in Florida.  These islands are on our top 10 for returning or owning a second home in the future, hope you will enjoy learning more about this amazing place!

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Why is it perfect?

This is a perfect vacation spot , you will enjoy 15 miles of beaches, 25 miles of  bike paths, many different kinds of fish, hundreds of types of birds, hundreds of types of seashells and no traffic lights.  Could you ask for more?

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Where is it located?

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are located west of Fort Myers Florida,  Fort Myers is just north of Naples Florida and south of Tampa, there are over 15 miles of Florida beaches at this little  paradise destination

Sanabel island is located along the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its amazing sunsets, lighthouses and luxurious resorts the most popular activity here is shelling you cannot walk along the beach and not find some amazing treasures along the way

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How many people live here?

The population here is under 7000 people
What to do on the island?
Sanibel Island is a barrier island – the city of Sanibel incorporates the entire island and is a popular tourist destination known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges, more than half the island is made up of wildlife refuges.  But you can also enjoy museums and theaters here as well.

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A little History of the Island:

Sanibel and Captiva formed as one island thousands of years ago the few first human known to arrive on the island was more than 2500 years ago.  The main town is located on the eastern end of the island and was formed in 1974 as a direct result of a causeway being built in 1963 to replace the ferry.

The Sanibel Captiva conservation foundation is a nonprofit organization and a key player in helping to curb commercial growth and development on the island and to help preserve the natural resources around Sanibel and Captiva including critical wildlife habitats, rare and unique sub tropical plant communities, title wetlands, freshwater wetlands that are along the Sanabel river

The Wall Street Journal has selected Sanibel and Captiva Island as one of the best places for second homes

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What is the Wildlife like here?

The island is curved like a shrimp in shape, a bridge links Sanibel Island to Captiva Island and has a museum- the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the study of shells.  The beaches are outstanding on both Sanibel and Captiva Island and are world renowned for their seashells.  Sanibel is also home to huge variety of birds, birds including several pairs of bald eagles. Some common sites also include pelicans,  egrets as well as common birds like sandpipers and seagulls.

The American alligator can also be found here as well as the rare American crocodile

Plants on the island include sea grapes, Sea oats, mangroves and several types of palm trees, the Australian palm was introduced throughout the island

Bobcats have even been seen on Sanibel Island

International Appeal:

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The beach is on the small islands attract visitors from all around the world this is because of the large quantity of seashells that wash up there on the beach on the beaches.  Sandollar’s can be found easily, one reason for the large accumulation of seashells is that Sanibel Island is a barrier island and extends into the Gulf of Mexico for miles, this plateau acts as a shelf for seashells to gather

What is the Temperature like?

Sanibel Island is in southern Florida and has a subtropical and humid climate the daily average temperature ranges from 75°F to around 90°F in the summer.  The temperatures are cooled by the ocean seabreeze from the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane season starts in June but most of the activity occurs in September and October.  The locals have adapted to cope with these occasional storms.



Look forward to hearing your feedback on this great place and also your plans to go and check it out 🙂

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19 comments on “Sanibel / Captiva Islands FL 7 Facts to Know

  1. Thank you Rachel, for the thorough description. I could imagine myself being there on the beach and spend some weeks exploring the wildlife and the culture there.

  2. Arlinda Lindsay

    Thank you Rachel for sharing your vacation! Looks like you had a real good time. I look forward to doing more travel myself. Arlinda

  3. Love your pictures. Looks like a great vacation spot. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks, again, for adding to our bucket list of travel destinations!

    • Sharyn thanks so much for stopping but and leaving your feedback. Sanibel is a must see while you are in Florida, look forward to seeing all your pictures and hearing your expereince with this area 🙂

  5. Such a great post on the history and beauty of these gorgeous islands that are so dear to me personally. I have such great memories of both places, but especially Sanibel as I lived there for 2 months one summer when I was reunited with my biological father. I even ended up getting baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by the pastor and my father helped dunk me. Such an experience. We lived on an estate where I had the entire private pool and even part of a beach all to myself. It was simply breathtaking and so peaceful. I didn’t know about the bobcats. Whoa! Haha! Just loved this! Thanks so much for sharing all the unique qualities of such a heavenly place.

    • Felecia thanks for sharing your personal experience of this awesome place we love it there! Sanibel is a place I could settle in for a bit 🙂

  6. Fascinating facts, this place sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Would love to visit there someday – love picture with all the seashells

  8. Hi beautiful Rachel,
    amazing blog!
    So adorable pics.
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    • Maggie thanks so much for your feedback, traveling full time as a family has been most amazing and Sanibel Island stole our hearts!

  9. Renae Dodson

    Love this post on Sanibel Rachel! The description is so thorough and vivid I can’t wait to add this to my To Visit List 🙂

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