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    Cruise with Santa in Sanibel

    Sanibel celebrates the holidays just like every other city, we just like to put a touch of island into things. Come cruise along the ocean for Santa’s Dolphin and Wildlife... Read More

    Sanibel celebrates the holidays just like every other city, we just like to put a touch of island into things. Come cruise along the ocean for Santa’s Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise this December 24th. It is a great way to give your farewells to Old Saint Nick with the kids in hand, as he prepares for a night of gift giving to all the good little boys and girls of Southwest Florida. Sneak a photo in with the jolly guy in the red suit and hop on the open airboat to spot another beloved Florida native. It cannot be described as anything short of a morning full of magic — watch the bottlenose dolphins flip and frolic around the boat with ease. If you like a more colorful experience try out the Christmas Eve Sunset Cruise instead, there will be no shortage of eggnog — it will surely be a Christmas Eve for the books!


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  • Top of a Lighthouse

    Bringing a Light to Sanibel Since 1884

    The island of Sanibel has been buzzing since the early 1800’s — the settlers that first discovered Sanibel thought their barrier island was so special that more people needed to... Read More

    The island of Sanibel has been buzzing since the early 1800’s — the settlers that first discovered Sanibel thought their barrier island was so special that more people needed to know about it. The only conclusion... to build a lighthouse! The lighthouse would not only warn passing ships of the shallow little island, but also to try and attract them to their island oasis along their journey.  Built in 1884, this amazing landmark is still visited to this day. Take an up-close peek at this historic structure and spend a little time learning about our beloved Sanibel. Roam the east end of the island and watch the fishermen bring in their catches, or pack a picnic lunch and shell along the beach while watching all the beautiful boats cruise across the Gulf shore. Sanibel Island is full of so many simple treasures — be sure to add this one to your list. 


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  • October Flo and Mingo

    Live Like a Local

    That secret spot, where only the locals go to soak up the sun, cast a line and find all the best shells. Flo & Mingo, regulars at Sanibel Island Beach... Read More

    That secret spot, where only the locals go to soak up the sun, cast a line and find all the best shells. Flo & Mingo, regulars at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, tell all in their exclusive feature – Top Beaches on Sanibel Island. #1. Lighthouse Beach  Sanibel natives rave about Lighthouse beach and Fishing Pier as a “go-to” when it comes to beach-time outings. This public beach shows Sanibel’s history, featuring a lighthouse from 1884, as well as fishing docks, and plenty of room to park the bikes and walk along the shore.  Address: 110 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL., 33957 #2. Bowman’s Beach One of Sanibel’s most popular and picturesque beaches, a short walk will take you from the parking lot to miles of soft white sand loaded with shells. Mingo was raving about the on-site grills, while Flo sunned herself the whole day. Address: 1700 Bowman’s Beach Road, Sanibel Fl., 33957 #3. Gulfside City Park Beach This beach was so perfect, Flo & Mingo just had to take their picture. They also recommended that their friend Sally to visit, as it’s the perfect place for picking seashells by the seashore. Gulfside City Park Beach, or Algiers as the locals know it, is 27 acres of sandy shores and family fun, with bbq gril’s, a shady picnic area, plenty of parking as well as public bathrooms and outside showers. Flo and Mingo can’t wait for their friends to fly in for winter break to show them all that Gulfside City Park Beach has to offer. Address: 2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel Fl., 33957 #4. Beach at Sanibel Island Beach Resort Flo and Mingo couldn’t keep the beach at Sanibel Island Beach Resort off of their list. This beach is easily accessible to hotel guests, offering the perfect spot for signature Sanibel serenity. You’ll find Flo here early in the morning with her shelling bag walking along the shore for fresh shells, while Mingo prefers to grab a beach chair from the hotel staff and soak up the sun. The beach at Sanibel Island Beach Resort is the perfect for guests of all ages and is the ideal spot to kick off your Sanibel Island beach vacation!    Address: 1231 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Fl., 33957


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    Spot a Hatchling in Sanibel

    Turtles are among some of the oldest creatures to still walk our earth today — and since May, Loggerhead turtles have been busy burying their eggs along the coast of... Read More

    Turtles are among some of the oldest creatures to still walk our earth today — and since May, Loggerhead turtles have been busy burying their eggs along the coast of Sanibel. While it maybe difficult to spot one of these majestic creatures on the beach, there is no doubt that you may come across a few of the tracks or nests. Here are a few tips to follow during nesting season:  1. When the baby turtles hatch, their first instinct is to follow the bright light of the moon that reflects off of the Gulf of Mexico. Make sure to turn off any lights that could potentially confuse these little guys. 2. Be sure to fill in any holes and remove any obstacles that you may have created during your day at the beach. 3. Last but not least, please stay clear of the nesting areas, and if you are so lucky to spot a hatchling, try to be as unobtrusive as possible.  And with that, Happy Hatchling Season!


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    Pack Your Beach Cooler 101

    A day at the beach shouldn’t be too hard. As the weather gets cooler the island gets more populated — be sure to claim your spot in the sand early... Read More

    A day at the beach shouldn’t be too hard. As the weather gets cooler the island gets more populated — be sure to claim your spot in the sand early and come prepared for a day in the sun. Follow Sanibel Island Beach Resort’s fail proof guide to help you pack your beach cooler!  Step 1: Pack all your drinks — water, wine and beer are a few of the essentials. These should go at the bottom of your cooler to stay extra cold and because they are the heaviest items. Step 2: Grab your favorite sandwiches, picnic salads, fruit or any other easy to pack foods that make the list as your favorite. These items should go in the middle of your cooler right above the drinks. Step 3: Sneak in your favorite chip dips and flavors or any other snacks you must have for a day at the beach!  Seal up your cooler and be on your way! 


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  • Bobcat walking

    Spot the Bobcat in Sanibel

    Wildlife in Sanibel is certainly not described as sparse — in almost any direction you turn you will see a bird overhead or a fish jumping. It is true that... Read More

    Wildlife in Sanibel is certainly not described as sparse — in almost any direction you turn you will see a bird overhead or a fish jumping. It is true that Florida is known for its sea life, but a secret creature lurks behind the shadows in the daytime. The Lynx Rufus, more commonly known as the Bobcat, is a Sanibel local and extremely stealthy. Like most locals, it is his mission to stay under the radar, making him pretty hard to spot. The Lynx moves mostly at night and can be seen prowling in the early morning hours when the sun is kissing the shore, making his way back to his den for a morning slumber. These wild cats are a beautiful site, with brown or beige fur complete with spots, pointed ears and a bobbed tail — ironically getting its name as the Bobcat. Take an early morning stroll and see if you are lucky enough to encounter this shy Florida native.


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    Sunsets in Sanibel

    Sanibel is most accurately known for its surplus of beautiful shells, crystal clear water and its colorful sunsets. But what do you do if it is your first Sanibel sunset?... Read More

    Sanibel is most accurately known for its surplus of beautiful shells, crystal clear water and its colorful sunsets. But what do you do if it is your first Sanibel sunset? Not to worry, we have set up the ultimate sunset checklist so you won't forget a thing!  First things first, the best way to enjoy watching the sun go down is by making yourself completely comfortable. Be sure to grab a couple of lightweight beach chairs and a few blankets or towels to set yourself right up on the beach perfectly. Next, you will want to make sure you bring a light snack and possibly something to sip to make the mood just right. A pair on sunglasses are necessary for right before the sun goes down, and of course a camera to capture all the beautiful moments with your favorite people!


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    Take Your Trip to the Tiki

    In Sanibel there is only one way to take on the summer heat and it is waiting for you at the tiki bar, pool side just a few steps from... Read More

    In Sanibel there is only one way to take on the summer heat and it is waiting for you at the tiki bar, pool side just a few steps from your hotel room. The Florida sun is the best part about Sanibel and it only gets better the longer you play outside. Our tiki bar has lunch daily from 11-5 and a free flowing cocktail menu until the sun decides to go to sleep. Some days are just meant for lounging and catching up on your tan lines with absolutely no plans on the agenda — in our opinion that is the true definition of vacation vibes! Set yourself up pretty on one of our lounge chairs and enjoy the day with absolutely no worries. Take on the summer weather with a frozen daiquiri or a refreshing mojito in hand and get your relax on. 


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    Speeding down Sanibel Trails

    It is no secret that your time spent in Sanibel should be spent outside, the island is so full of life and tons of beautiful nature to explore. In our... Read More

    It is no secret that your time spent in Sanibel should be spent outside, the island is so full of life and tons of beautiful nature to explore. In our opinion, the best way to get a thorough tour is by bike. The island is lined with trails that will take you from the beach to “Ding” Darling nature park, swing by the lighthouse, and drop you off at any of the bars that sit seaside, all before sunset.  Along any of the countless trails throughout the island, you are bound to pass by other bikers hoping to get a peek of the gorgeous mansions that sit along the white sandy beaches. Beware — the Florida sun is nothing to mess with, so be sure to pack lots of water and sunscreen to keep hydrated and cool during your ride through the island. The only requirements for a perfect day are you, a bike, and sweet sunny Sanibel. 


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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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We’ve got some exciting renovations in progress at Sanibel! Please bear with us throughout this process as our new look might take some time. Areas undergoing renovations include resort pool & deck, poolside tiki bar and guest rooms. We can’t wait to unveil these exciting renovations and hope you’ll be among the first to come see us! –Sanibel Island Beach Resort