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Sanibel Island Information

Sanibel Island has it all, 15 miles of beaches, 26 miles of bike paths, abundant wildlife, amazing fishing and natural beauty beyond description.  There are no sarongwomanhomes taller than a palm tree, no stop lights and no street lights.  Sanibel is a truly unique place with an average temperature of 74 degrees and activities for all ages.   All of Kingfisher Vacations homes are central to Sanibel activities and attractions.  Stoll, bike or take a short drive to an awaiting adventure.  Feel free to give us a call for suggestions on Island activities as we all …..Live, Work and Play here.


Sit back and relax on the beach!  There are over 15 miles of beaches on Sanibel with a variety of options for you and your family.  If you would like to visit the many different beaches around the Island there are several pay to park public beaches that are $2.00 an hour.   Some of the pay to park beaches are Blindpass Beach & Turner beach, Bowman’s Beach, Gulfside Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier, Tarpon Bay Beach.   There are other beaches accessible with a beach parking permit.  Please visit my.sanibel.com for more information.


Experience the Island from the water!  Clean blue-green tropical waters surrounding the Islands are the perfect place to fish, sight see and nature watch.  Take one of the many boat tours around our beautiful Islands where you could see dolphin, sea turtles and manatee.  Or rent your own boat so you can create your own water adventure.    For more information on boating visit our “Things to do” page.


Explore the Island on a bike!  With over 26 miles of bike paths throughout the Islands, Sanibel and Captiva are the perfect place to rent a bike and start exploring.   The majority of the bike paths are paved but there are even some gravel/shell lined paths to explore.  Visit bikeflorida.com to see the different trips you can take on a bike.


Sanibel and Captiva are known as the Shell Islands not only because of the variety of shells you find on the beaches but because the Islands were formed from shells.  The unique east- west shape of the Island, the ways the tides hit make the Islands a perfect scoop for shell from all over the world to wash up.   For more information on the variety of shells found here visit the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum.


Amazing fishing surround the Island where you can fish from the beach, a pier, go deep sea fishing or hire a guide to take you around the surrounding Islands.  There are several bait shops and fishing guides on the Island that will help you get the gear you need to catch the variety of species.  To learn about Florida fishing guidelines and license requirements visit  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Over 60 percent of the Island is conservation land.  Much of the land being J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge which is a great place to visit and view the hundreds of birds that migrate here during the winter.  Another great place to visit to learn about the nature on the Island is Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation which also owns over 1800 acres of land dedicated to conservation.

For detailed information about Sanibel Island activities visit our Things to Do page or give us a call at 239-472-2100.