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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 many offerings:

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge:   www.dingdarlingsociety.org
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:   www.BIGARTS.org
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:   www.shellmuseum.org
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):   www.crowclinic.org
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: www.captivacruises.com
Spot dolphin swimming with the boat, enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise on Cabbage Key, and view glorious sunsets.

Dozens of other activities to keep you going:

bullet Rental bikes and segways are available.
bullet Fish in the Gulf with experienced guides.
bullet Rent a boat to visit other exotic islands.
bullet Play golf at two beautiful semi-private courses.
bullet Take a rental canoe or kayak through Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
bullet Enjoy casual, but first class, restaurants.
bullet Shop in dozens of specialty stores.
bullet Take in a play at the Schoolhouse Theater.
bullet Watch captivating, spellbinding sunsets.

Myrna and Lowell Beck, owners: Lmbeck2@att.net  630-632-2126


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