North America > USA > Florida > Sanibel Island / Gulf of Mexico

Sanibel is a barrier island connected to the mainland by a 3-mile-long causeway that stretches from the southern reaches of Fort Myers out across Pine Island Sound, where the Caloosahatchee River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Created by nature to protect the mainland, the palm- and pine-tree lined islands are famous for their beaches and the incredible variety of shells on their shores. And also for their reluctance to allow too many intrusions of the modern world: there are no stoplights on either island, and buildings on Sanibel are “no taller than the tallest palm tree."

Sanibel has been used variously as stopovers for Spanish explorers and resorts for the rich and famous, including one very special cartoonist, Jay Norwood Darling who helped create the more than 6,400-acre national wildlife refuge that bears his name.

Visitors to the island enjoy not only the natural, ungroomed beaches, but also the languid pace of island life, great restaurants, theater, small museums.

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Please use a search engine to look for "The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel" . This will lead you to the official website of the "Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau" with a complete overview of local destinations.


Traveling by plane:

There are numerous direct flights from many cities in the US to Ft. Myers International Airport (RSW). From the airport it is only a 30 minutes drive to Sanibel Island.

From Fort Myers Airport to Sanibel Island

From Fort Myers Airport to Sanibel Island

View from the Gulf Coast beach to Condo.

View from the Gulf Coast beach to Condo.


Leisure activities in the area

  • Golf course
  • Tennis court
  • Sea/Beach
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Water skiing
  • Biking
  • Inline skating
  • Surfing
  • Restaurants
  • National Historic Sites
  • Theater
  • Galleries / Museum
  • Cinema
  • Shopping
  • Fitness Center
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding