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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island Today

Located off of Florida's Gulf Coast, Sanibel Island is a beautiful location famed for its breathtaking sunsets, picture-perfect lighthouse and luxurious resorts. Sanibel is without a doubt, the seashell capital of the United States. It's home to the only seashell museum in America devoted to exclusively seashells.

Sanibel Island also offers amazing seafood restaurants, great fishing spots, and quite frankly... just a perfect place to kick-back and relax. So next time you’re searching for a place to getaway, consider Sanibel Island, Florida.

Featured Businesses in Sanibel Island

Blue Giraffe Restaurant

2075 Periwinkle Way #14

Sanibel FL, 33957

(239) 472-2525

The History Of Sanibel Island

The Islands of Sanibel and Captiva were formed by the prevailing currents in the Gulf of Mexico about 6,000 years ago. This is actually very young from a geological standpoint. The Calusa’s were the first people to arrive here about 2,500 years ago.

The depression era and WWII led to a long period of inactivity that did not end until the late 40s, when visitors to Sanibel began to come in even greater numbers. More inns opened and guests were greeted at the ferry landing with brochures for island accommodations.

The beaches these days are ungroomed, as nature is allowed to roam freely. The beaches also offer unrivalled space for families, walkers and fishermen to enjoy a climate that welcomes them to the pleasures of sun, sand and sea throughout the year.

Learn more about the history of Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island Fun Facts

  • Sanibel and Captiva are made of 15 miles of beaches, 22 miles of bike paths, have 50 species of native fish, 230 species of birds, and 250 types of shells... And 0 stop lights!
  • Population of the islands is 18,000 during season.
  • Sanibel Island is 12 miles long and 3 miles wide.
  • Common local animals are alligators, bobcats, bottlenose dolphins, turtles, manatees, great herons, sea otters, and pelicans.
  • Sanibel has the only Shell Museum in the United States.
Sanibel Beach Sunset