Sanibel Island & Captiva Island

The Barrier Islands

Sanibel and Captiva are barrier islands just southwest of Fort Myers and north of Fort Myers Beach. To access these famous islands, you must travel along the three-mile causeway, using the local pelicans to help guide your way. First, stop at the tollbooth and pay the $6.00 toll to get on the island. Don’t worry though, they will not charge you to leave the island!

Sanibel Chamber of Commerce

As you go onto the island, you will see the Sanibel – Captiva Chamber of Commerce directly on your right. It is a must see to plan your day on the islands. Pick up any number of discount coupon books for free items and deals. Ask where the best place for shopping and shelling is that day.

Sanibel Lighthouse & Shelling

The islands are famous for the shells that line their beaches. You can dig forever and still see layers of shells. A favorite shelling spot is the Sanibel Lighthouse area. Just turn left at the stop sign and go to the end of the island. There are plenty of parking spots, but remember to bring quarters. You can walk around the tip of the island and see what beautiful shells were deposited that day. The best time for shelling on Sanibel is early morning right after a storm. You will be amazed at the different kinds of shells. Don’t forget to wave to the Outrigger Beach Resort when you are at the tip of the island!

Captiva Island Dining

After a morning of shelling, a favorite itinerary is to drive up to Captiva Island to explore and enjoy lunch at the Mucky Duck or the Bubble Room. The Mucky Duck is the perfect location on Captiva. Years ago, the street was anchored on the Bay side with a long dock with Captain Andy Rosse. Now the street bears the Captain’s name and is lined with homes that look like they should be in Venice not Captiva Island. Captiva has always been known for artists and free spirits; almost like a wild child island, but with a big trust fund! A couple of spots you do not want to miss are the Captiva Cemetery and the Island Store. Such wonderful contrasts in a two block area. And don’t forget desserts - two desserts you don’t want to miss – the Key Lime Pie at the Mucky Duck and the Orange Cake at the Bubble Room.

Sanibel Island Shopping

Now that you have enjoyed a bit of lunch, it is time to shop. The favorite shopping area on Sanibel Island is Periwinkle Place. Don’t miss the toy store or the cheese shop for one-of-a-kind toys and food. The place where you can spend hours in is Pandora’s Box. A must-see for boutique gift shopping on Sanibel Island.

Sounds like a perfect day on Sanibel/Captiva Islands to me!

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