Some call Sanibel a magical tropical retreat. Others call it an
environment like none other in Florida, or perhaps even the entire
United States. Whatever you wish to call it, one thing is clear: this
barrier island just off the Gulf coast of Florida is truly unique. With
its isolation, its environmental preservation, shell-laden natural
beaches and abundant wildlife, Sanibel is Florida at its
best. Like no other place.
Sanibel Island is known for its millions of colorful sea shells.
And shelling is a favorite activity. But there are many other
activities as well, and here are some highlights of Sanibel’s
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge:
The refuge of some 5,000 acres is one of the nation’s most visited wildlife sites.
Hike, bike, paddle, boat or drive (or by tram) through to enjoy hours of wildlife watching.
BIG ARTS—a home for all the arts:
BIG ARTS hosts renowned artists performing classical, jazz and pop music,
theater and dance; visual artists in exhibition, lecturers and educational programs.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum:
The Shell Museum exhibits the most exotic and unusual shells from around the world.
It provides education on Sanibel’s unique geographical location for receiving its masses of colorful shells.
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW):
CROW Wildlife Hospital treats sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Its new
Visitor Education Center offers a behind-the-scenes look into CROW’s patient care.
Cruises to the Upper Islands, Dolphin Cruises, Sunset Cruises:
Spot dolphin swimming with the boat, enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise on Cabbage Key, and view glorious sunsets.