Welcome to this hammock-shaped island where time seems to stand still. Sanibel Island is unlike any other place in the contiguous U.S. Forget high-rises and fast-food restaurants and big-box stores. There are no stoplights, but there are acres and acres of wildlife sanctuary. That is why Coastal Living 2013 readers voted Sanibel among the top three “Happiest Seaside Towns” and Arthur Frommer rated it his favorite travel destination in the world.
Sanibel Island is a 12-mile barrier island and is a sea shell hunter’s paradise. Guests soon discover themselves doing the Sanibel Stoop when hunching over the sand looking for shells. Loggerhead turtles nest here and hundreds of varieties of birds are spotted here. Fish off the pier, go kayaking, or just walk the white sandy beaches. Shoes are only mandatory when you go into the many shops or restaurants. Plan on digging your toes in the sand, forgetting your troubles, and having a tranquil vacation on a sub-tropical island that knows how to provide modern amenities without losing its focus on nature and wildlife conservation.