Get more information about all the things to see and do in and around Sanibel!
Stop on the way from the airport to pick up fresh fruit for your trip!
Sun Harvest Citrus is on the drive from the airport (see directions) and provides a variety of Indian River oranges, tangerines and grapefruit to locals, visitors and mail order customers. Located at 14601 Six Mile Cypress and Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912, the retail store also sells baked goods and soft serve ice cream. www.SunHarvestCitrus.com.
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Play golf at one of Sanibel’s beautiful golf courses.
Two golf courses are open to Sanibel visitors: The Dunes Golf and Tennis has an award-winning course designed by PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber within a stunning wildlife preserve (www.dunesgolfsanibel.com). The Sanibel Island Golf Club describes its course as an “18-hole layout lush with indigenous wildlife perfect for the player of any skill or ability level” (www.sanibelislandgc.com).
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Enjoy the world-famous J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has over 6,400 acres of mangrove forest, submerged seagrass beds, marshes and dense stands of broad-leafed trees that grow on a natural rise of only a few inches in elevation (called a “hardwood hammock”) in Sanibel. It is world famous as a habitat to over 245 species of birds. Drive, bike, hike or kayak through this pristine wildlife habitat. (www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/)
Photo courtesy Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
After seeing Sanibel’s birds in their habitat at Ding Darling Refuge, visit CROW.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW.) is just down the street from the Ding Darling entrance. A teaching hospital and visitor education center, CROW will give you a behind-the-scenes view of Sanibel’s animal care through interactive displays and daily presentations by staff and volunteers. (www.crowclinic.org)
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Visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.
This is the only U.S. museum devoted just to shells. Visit the museum’s exhibits and hear its world-renowned malacologist (mullosk scientist) and two marine biologists inform and educate about Sanibel Island shells and the mullosks that make them. (www.shellmuseum.org)
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Love to fish? Sanibel offers many options.
There are several good fishing charters available on Sanibel. A couple favorites include charters with Captain Dave Andrews (www.daveandrewsfishing.com ) or Captain Brandt Symes of Sanibel Custom Charters (www.sanibelcustomcharters.com). Both men are professional fishing guides who offer full and half-day fishing charters as well as shelling trips.
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Prefer sailing, parasailing or the latest sensation, flyboarding?
YOLO Watersports on Captiva will rent you a 14-foot catamaran “Wave,” and also offers parasailing for up to three people in the parachute at once. In addition, you can go flyboarding and hover above the waters of Captiva. (www.yolowatersports.com )
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Enjoy shopping and great restaurants.
Take a break from the beach and wander the shops of Sanibel along the Periwinkle Way. You’ll find all sorts of interesting and unique gifts to help remember your stay. And while there, stop in at one of Sanibel’s popular restaurants or enjoy an evening dining experience (www.cuisine-scene.com). Stop in at Bailey’s General Store (www.baileys-sanibel.com) or Jerry’s Foods Sanibel – which also serves fabulous meals (www.jerrysfoods.com). Both grocery stores take on-line orders and will deliver!
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Learn a little Sanibel history at the Sanibel Historical Museum and the Sanibel Lighthouse.
Enjoy the stories of Sanibel’s history told by volunteer docents at the Historical Village, where seven historic buildings were relocated from their original sites and restored the Historical Village. (www.sanibelmuseum.org), or go photograph the 98-foot historic Sanibel Lighthouse at 112 Periwinkle way.
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The Edison and Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, 33901, just 22 miles from Pointe Santo.
This historic property, situated on the Caloosahatchee River, features beautiful gardens — including the award-winning Moonlight Garden; the Edison Ford Museum with hundreds of inventions; Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory in which he tested 17,000 plants looking for a native source to produce rubber; “Seminole Lodge” — Thomas Edison’s winter home; and “The Mangoes” — Henry Ford’s winter retreat. (www.edisonfordwinterestates.org)
Photo Courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Hurry back to Pointe Santo’s beach and a memorable sunset!
There is nothing more fantastic than a gorgeous sunset on the beach at Pointe Santo. Bring your soft drink or cocktail and visit with other Pointe Santo guests — or enjoy a special moment with a loved one — while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.