Ecotourism

Periwinkle Park on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island nature offers a beautiful glimpse into Florida’s unspoiled habitats. Meander through the miles of nature trails or discover the local wildlife refuge. Take a picnic at Periwinkle Park in Sanibel Island or canoe miles of crystal clear waters along the coast. Explore the beaches for Sanibel Island seashells or some excellent bird watching. Whatever your passion, Holiday Inn Sanibel is a haven for nature lovers.

Some ecotourism highlights include:

Great Calusa Blueway
(239) 461-7400

A gorgeous canoe/kayaking trail winding through the pristine waters of Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
(239) 472-1100
3650 Sanibel-Captiva Road

Enjoy untouched wildlife and some of the world’s best bird watching among the mangroves and grass meadows of this renowned Sanibel Island nature refuge.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
(239) 395-2233
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road

View more than 30 exhibits and learn everything about shells in art and history. Features include rare specimens and Sanibel Island seashells, as well as a hands-on play area for kids.

Everglades Day-Safari
(239) 472-1559
837 Casa Ybel Road

Let trained naturalists guide you through the famous Florida Everglades and experience wildlife in its natural habitat. Safaris include a scenic boat ride, nature walk and drive, an airboat ride and a Southern-style lunch.

Periwinkle Park
(239) 472-1433
1119 Periwinkle Way

Periwinkle Park in Sanibel Island is a bird-watcher’s paradise. With many species of exotic and local birds, the park offers an opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habit. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic lunch by the water.

Manatee Encounter Tour
(239) 489-3492
12730 New Brittany Blvd

Learn about the manatee from experienced guides on a boat ride tour as well as a visit to Lee County Manatee Park. This tour is a favorite Sanibel Island nature tour that is fun and educational for adults and kids.

The Holiday Inn highlights Sanibel Island nature with private beach access and bike rentals for guests to explore the nearby Sanibel Island nature trails.

Additionally, the following businesses offer kayak/canoe rentals and guided tours:

Canoe Adventures
(239) 472-5218

Castaways Marina
(239) 472-1112
6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road

Tarpon Bay Co.
(239) 472-8900
Palm Ridge and Tarpon Bay roads

Adventures in Paradise
Port Sanibel Marina
14341 Port Comfort Road
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
(239) 472-8443

Since 1986 Adventures in Paradise provides family fun! Fishing Trips, Sea life Encounters, Shelling Cruises, Dolphin Watches, Canoe & Kayak Eco Tours, and Champagne Sunset Cruises aboard comfortable “Dolphin Waters”, “Miss Paradise” & “Sun Princess” complete with restrooms. Canoe/Kayak rentals to enjoy a nature lover’s 2 mile trail & interpretive boardwalk. Power Boat Rentals from 20 to 23 feet. Complimentary trolley to and from the Holiday Inn for cruises!

Wildside Adventures
(239) 395-2925
McCarthy’s Marina