Sanibel Island, like much of this portion of Florida, is a vacationer's paradise. This barrier island offers a great deal for visitors to enjoy while they vacation nearby. Sanibel Island is known for its wildlife refuges as well as its shell beaches. 


1. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the ideal way to really get to know the island and its wildlife. With a variety of methods of getting around, such as a guided tram tour, bike tour through the trails and via your car, the options are both affordable and can't miss opportunities to enjoy what Sanibel has to offer. Finish up your time in the refuge by visiting the gift shop and visitor center. 


2. Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Like other areas in this region, Sanibel has a unique and vibrant past. The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is comprised of original buildings that have all been moved to their respective spots and meticulously restored. Tours are lead by enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents with all of the buildings being open to the general public. 


3. Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens

Sanibel's location in the Gulf of Mexico area leads itself to lots of tropical flora and fauna. At the Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens, visitors can enjoy weekly tours of the gorgeous planting that are found on the sprawling grounds. Enjoy learning about them via their accompanying labels as you meander around the property. 


4. Blind Pass Beach

If you're a lover of breathtakingly beautiful sunsets, then a visit to Blind Pass Beach is a must! Noted for its cleanliness, Blind Pass Beach is also the ideal place to swim, picnic and to pick through some of the gorgeous shells that are sprinkled along its shores. 


5. Sanibel Island Lighthouse

The Sanibel Island Lighthouse has been in existence since the 1800s. It offers a place to relax and unwind while learning about its history. A popular cafe serves a variety of food or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach. 


6. Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce

If you want additional information about either Sanibel or Captiva, the Chamber of Commerce is the ideal place to find it. In addition to information and the accompanying materials for activities and events in the area, you'll also find a helpful staff that is both eager to share and passionate about the islands.