Sanibel Island is one of the unique barrier islands of the world, gifted with pristine sandy beaches and an abundance of shells. Which is why it is considered one of the top shelling spots in the entire world.Our island is about 12 miles long, about 3 miles wide and more than 75% of it is wildlife preserve. This includes the land owned by the city, the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge - voted the best refuge in the nation. You won’t see a stop light on the island so kick back and relax.
Biking & Sightseeing
Enjoy 25 miles of bike paths as you and your family casually tour the island. Bicycle rentals are available at Billy’s Rentals and Finnimores located on Periwinkle Way. Whether you decide to browse the quaint shops, do some sightseeing along the way or visit the many local restaurants, you’ll be sure to take in all Sanibel Island has to offer.
Golf & Tennis
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club and Beachview Golf & Tennis Club conveniently located on Sanibel Island, offer golfers and tennis players a chance to take in beautiful natural landscapes while challenging their skills.
Fishing And Boating
Enjoy bayside fishing off the Sanibel fishing pier or charter a boat to explore nearby islands and special shelling spots. Keep your eye out for pelicans and dolphins!
Romantic Island Weddings
Tying the knot in style on a beautiful serene beach doesn't have to be a fantasy. In fact, it's a reality for couples who choose to exchange their vows on the magnificent beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
This 6,300-acre Florida wildlife refuge is home to approximately 238 species of birds, more than 50 types of reptiles, and 32 different kinds of mammals. The refuge features wonderful bird watching spots, bike and walking paths, winding canoe trails and a four-mile scenic drive through mangroves and other native plants.
Historic Sanibel Lighthouse (Point Ybel Light)
Perhaps the most photographed structure on Sanibel, the Sanibel Lighthouse was first lit in August 1884 and remains lit to this day. The Florida Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse, which is not open to visitors, but the City of Sanibel now manages the surrounding property, including the keeper’s quarters, fishing pier and beach access.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Named for two pioneer island families, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum showcases why Sanibel has earned its reputation as one of the world’s top shelling destinations. The most comprehensive museum in the nation devoted exclusively to shells, it features exhibits illustrating shells from geographical, historical, scientific and artistic perspectives.