Our favorite activity is walking on the beach and collecting sea shells!
Go to THE BAIT BOX (1041 Periwinkle Way) and pick up their free Tide Chart.
Best shelling is at low tide.
If you like to fish they can set you up to fish by land or boat!
There are several bike rental companies on Sanibel.
Our favorite is SBL Vacations (our rental agency) because their bikes are the newest and there is no fee for delivery if you are our condo guests!
2330 Palm Ridge Road - Sanibel Island
They also have Standup Paddle Boards and Kayaks for rent at very reasonable rates.
If you want the bikes delivered and picked up at our condo's covered bike racks this can be easily arranged with SBL Vacations.
All the bike paths are extremely flat and smooth.
We recommend a helmet for safety.
J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
This pristine preserve occupies almost half of Sanibel Island?s land area and includes hiking, biking, driving and paddling trails.
One Wildlife Drive (off Sanibel-Captiva Road)
This 6,354-acre Florida wildlife refuge, named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and pioneer environmentalist Jay Norwood Darling, is ? at latest count -- home to 220 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, all of which are lush with seagrape, wax and salt myrtles, red mangrove, cabbage and sabal palms, and other native plants. A booklet available from the refuge Education Center highlights points of interest, including an observation tower where naturalists will obtain the best view of flora and fauna.
The drive is open Saturday through Thursday from 7:30am to a half-hour before sunset. Closed Fridays. Low tide, when birds feed, is the ideal time to visit. The Education Center is open daily. Hours are 9:00am to 5:00 pm from November through April, and 9:00am to 4:00pm May through October. Fees are $5 per car, or $1 per cyclist or pedestrian; ages 15 and younger bike and walk free.
Interpretative tram tours and Kayaking of the sanctuary are scheduled through Tarpon Bay Explorers;
Call for current prices - reservations required at 239-472-8900.
A guided kayak tour is fun, great arm exercise, and very educational. We loved it!
Call for current price.
Bring your camera and sit as close to the back as possible!
You will see a lot of dolphins as you go around Sanibel and Captiva.
They also give a tour with history and information about the area!
Sanibel Marina (by Gramma Dots)
634 North Yachtsman Drive
Also, for a slower pace 90 minute excellent (less expensive) dolphin excursion:
Stars & Stripes
239-472-2531 - Call Ahead for times, current price, and reservation.
There is a discount for Children under 12.
Don't wait until the end of your vacation in case these dolphin boat rides are cancelled due to ocean conditions.
Schedule any boat rides at the beginning of your vacation.
Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Open Daily 10am - 5pm
Call for entrance fee prices
They also have one of our favoriteshell-themed gift stores on Sanibel!
Why does Sanibel have so many beautiful sea shells?
A volunteer will eagerly answer all your questions.
The non-profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store also offers a wide selection of shell books.
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)
3333 Sanibel-Cativa Road
They have a great nature center and 4 miles of trails.
Almost every Thursday at 9am they have a great program all about the Sea Turtles on Sanibel. It is very interesting.
They have other fascinating talks too...even one on bobcats and bears found on the island.
Call for hours, programs, and entrance fee.
The Big Arts has an excellent calendar of all the live entertainment happening on Sanibel.
The quality of entertainment is amazing.
Go to their calendar and look at the dates of your vacation and plan to enjoy the event!
They also have a variety of short workshops mentioned on their website.
Call Periwinkle Park at 239-472-1433.
Ask if they are doing the 10am Bird Show during your vacation dates.
1119 Periwinkle Way
You can walk there from our condo (15 minute walk).
It is an amazing bird show. You will learn a lot about the birds and have a chance to put one on your head, shoulder, or arm.
Bring your camera! It is perfect activity for any age!
It is free, but they would like a donation at the end to help feed these exotic birds from all over the world.
We have a lot of DVD movies for you to watch in our condo. However, sometimes it is fun to go to the movie theater to see a new release while eating great popcorn. Sanibel has a theater that shows 2 new releases and the seats are extremely comfortable. Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel (Next to Baileys) Call for movies & show times: 239-472-1701
The Sanibel Island Farmer's Market is open annually on Sundays from 8am to 1pm. The Sanibel Island Farmer's Market is open the beginning of October through the end of April. It is located at Sanibel City Hall. A link with a map is attached if you click on Sanibel Farmer's Market name in blue ink above. Parking is available at the Sanibel Public Library, City Hall, BIG ARTS, and the Herb Strauss Theater. Handicapped parking is also available. Our favorite items: Strawberries, Tomatoes, Grapefruit, and a gorgeous $5 bouquet of flowers at the flower booth.