Located on the southwest coast
of Florida, Sanibel Island has an international reputation as
a year-round resort paradise.
In addition to the beautiful beaches and warm breezes of the
Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel offers an array of other pleasures:
Unspoiled surroundings, unmarred
by traffic lights and billboards.
Famous wildlife sanctuaries and
nature preserves, providing glimpses of rare migratory birds
and the many types of fauna that call Sanibel home
Dozens of outdoor activities--such
as swimming, boating, biking, fishing, hiking, shelling, windsurfing,
and kayaking--available all year round
Also located on Sanibel are the
world-famous Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the Care
and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) Facility, dedicated
to healing injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife and then returning
these creatures to the wild, as well as the Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation and Nature Center, dedicated to preserving
natural resources and wildlife around the islands of Sanibel
Sanibel has many beaches to enjoy,
including Lighthouse Beach, with its famous historic lighthouse
and nature walk...the Causeway Beaches, perfect for swimming,
fishing, and picnicking...Gulfside City Park, where you
can picnic and hike a nature trail...Tarpon Bay Beach,
ideal for swimming...Bowman's Beach, world-famous for
shelling and for the beautiful wildlife that abounds there...and
Captiva Beach, a wonderful place to watch the sunset!
Among the many notable wildlife
sanctuaries and preserves on Sanibel are the J. N. "Ding"
Darling National Wildlife Refuge, considered by USA Today
to be one of the top spots for bird-watching in the United States.