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  • A Sanibel Local

    A Sanibel Local

    Sanibel knows a thing or two about island living, it is no real surprise that visitors feel totally at home the minute they step into paradise. But to get you... Read More

    Sanibel knows a thing or two about island living, it is no real surprise that visitors feel totally at home the minute they step into paradise. But to get you feeling like a real local, there are a few things we need to bring you up to speed on. First things first, it is crucial that you readjust your watch to island time, the second and most important step is to grab a perfectly crafted, ice cold, island cocktail, and last but certainly not least, is the journey to find live music. Luckily for you we made a quick list of three great spots that play live music every night of the week! Follow these three steps and you’ll be living like a local yet.  The Jacaranda - 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Traditions on the Beach - 3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille - 2499 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957


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  • Soaring Above Sanibel

    Soaring Above Sanibel

    Breathing in sweet fresh air and listening to the sounds of the beautiful songs, sung by the birds above, is a great way to spend your day on Sanibel Island. You... Read More

    Breathing in sweet fresh air and listening to the sounds of the beautiful songs, sung by the birds above, is a great way to spend your day on Sanibel Island. You can get into the birder spirit almost anywhere on the island. Florida is a nesting ground for all types of species because of the warm, wet environment.  While sunbathing keep an eye out for delicate, white birds called Egrets that roam the sandy floor for crustaceans and dive into the shallow waters in search of small fish. An array of colorful feathers are sure to follow a Roseate Spoonbill sighting; you can find them wading their way through the water in search of food with their long bills. If you are looking for an adventure away from the sandy shores, Sanibel is loaded with walking trails among the wetlands that are perfect for a sunset escapade. Grab your crew, flip flops, and a pair of binoculars, and you are set up for a perfect Florida day.


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  • The Cook & The Cow

    The Cook & The Cow

    There is something to be said for an island restaurant tucked behind the palm trees, that serves up some of the best seafood around. The Island Cow has been a... Read More

    There is something to be said for an island restaurant tucked behind the palm trees, that serves up some of the best seafood around. The Island Cow has been a staple on Sanibel Island for over a decade and it is easy to see why. It’s the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast or a fun night cap with live music and friends. The brightly colored building immediately brings you to paradise and you can see why The Cow has been around for so long. The Island Cow prides themselves on their gentle balance of home down Southern Cooking and the Caribbean feel of Southwest Florida. Bring friends, family or both; as soon as you take your first step on the property you will feel your watch changing to island time. It only takes one trip before you feel like a local.  Website: http://sanibelislandcow.com/#menu


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  • Swap the Sand for the Swamp

    Swap the Sand for the Swamp

    Take a break from the beaches and see the other side of Sanibel Island. Right around the corner from the stretches of pure white sand and crystal clear waters are the... Read More

    Take a break from the beaches and see the other side of Sanibel Island. Right around the corner from the stretches of pure white sand and crystal clear waters are the Florida Everglades. The Everglades are home to many different bird species, fish, and most importantly the Florida alligator. The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge has a ton of insightful information about the Florida Everglades. The national park features a hiking trial, where you might just be lucky enough to spot a couple of gators in their natural habitat. The Baily Tract is open to the public as a walking trail or even for a bike ride. Take some time to explore the Everglades, and dip your toes into the swamp. You will see a whole new side to Sanibel that you won’t be able to forget!  Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Baily Tract Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel, Florida 33957 Open Daily from 7am - 6pm


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  • Markets in the Morning

    Markets in the Morning

    Weekends are the perfect excuse to stroll around the city with no agenda. If you happen to be on the island one Sunday morning between May through October, make sure... Read More

    Weekends are the perfect excuse to stroll around the city with no agenda. If you happen to be on the island one Sunday morning between May through October, make sure you pop over to visit the Farmers Market. The market sets up their stalls weekly between 8am and 1pm; a staple here in the community, you can find almost anything. Between the fresh produce and prepared goods, they have it all. Everything is locally sourced and handmade, making it a great way to support the island that you love. The cooler temperatures in Sanibel make it even more appealing to spend your morning outdoors. Tucked off the main road this market is sure to please, a gem among attractions in Sanibel Island and a great excuse to spend the morning with the entire family.  Sanibel Island Farmers Market 800 Dunlop Road Sanibel, Florida 33957 Open Sundays May - October from 8:00am - 1:00pm


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  • Paddle Your Way Through Sanibel Island

    Paddle Your Way Through Sanibel Island

    Sanibel Island is known for its picturesque beaches and crystal clear, blue water. Make sure you do not miss out on all the action by being a land lover. One... Read More

    Sanibel Island is known for its picturesque beaches and crystal clear, blue water. Make sure you do not miss out on all the action by being a land lover. One of the best ways to really see the island is through kayaking and paddle boarding out on the gulf and back bay. Water sports are not only a great way to see the area but it is an awesome way to stay active while on vacation!  No matter if you are new to water activities, or you're a pro, Sanibel Paddle Boarding Company can help steer you in the right direction. This company offers lessons, tours and free equipment delivery to your hotel, making it a stress free experience for you and your friends. Stop by the shop or ask the front desk to help you get set up for a fun filled day out on the sea!  Sanibel Paddle Boarding Company 2353 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, Florida 33957 (239) 472-5577


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  • Sanibel's Best Shells

    Sanibel's Best Shells

    Bowman’s Beach Rated by Travel & Leisure as one of the 10 Best US Shelling Beaches, Bowman’s Beach is known to be the best spot for finding seashells with unusual shapes... Read More

    Bowman’s Beach Rated by Travel & Leisure as one of the 10 Best US Shelling Beaches, Bowman’s Beach is known to be the best spot for finding seashells with unusual shapes and patterns. Prepare a picnic basket and pack an assortment of drinks for an exciting afternoon uncovering coquinas, scallops, whelks, and sand dollars. Sanibel Lighthouse Sanibel's lighthouse was among the very first to blaze across the Gulf Coast. It remains fastened to the eastern side of the island, and the surrounding area is open to the public. See what you can uncover beneath this landmark’s bright light. Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum As far as institutions dedicated to the quiet art of shell assembly go, the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum takes the cake for its moving collection of sea treasure. Shell art is a craft with a long folk history, from life-size models to the handmade toys of docked sailors.


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