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Whether you choose Sanibel Island or Captiva Island, get ready for the vacation of a lifetime! Kingfisher Vacations will find you the perfect vacation rental. Whether you’re seeking family activities or a romantic getaway, there’s plenty to do.

Beaches

  • Blindpass Beach & Turner Beach-The very end of Sanibel to the west is Blindpass beach right across the bridge on the Captiva side is Turner Beach.  Both are Pay to Park beaches, and area great places for fishing and watching the stunning sunset.  Be on the lookout for surfers and kite boarders during windy weather.  Manatee and Dolphins frequent these beaches as they swim back and forth from the gulf to the bay.iStock_000001281426dogs[1]
  • Bowman’s Beach –Located off of San-Cap Road this is also a Pay to Park beach.  Another great beach for sunsets and shelling.  There are restrooms, showers, soda machines and picnic areas at this beach.
  • Gulfside Beach (Algiers)-Located off of Casa Ybel road this is a Pay to Park beach that has restrooms, outdoor showers and a drinking fountain.  A great place for sunsets and shelling.
  • Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier-Located on the very end of Sanibel to the east this Pay to Park beach has three separate parking lots, restrooms, picnic areas and a fishing pier.  A great place to fish or just watch the variety of fish caught from the pier.  Dolphins are often seen at dusk swimming back into the bay after a day of fishing.  This is also a great spot for shelling, especially after a storm.  Visit the lighthouse while strolling down the beach.
  • Tarpon Bay Beach– Parking for this beach is located off of Tarpon Bay Road, this is also a Pay to Park Beach.   There are restrooms and drinking fountain at this beach.  A great beach for shelling and watching the sunset.

Beach Parking: West Gulf Drive, Buttonwood Lane, Seagrape Lane, Colony Bay, Fulgur St., Donax St, Nerita Street, Beach Rd, Bailey Rd and Dixie Beach Rd all have permit only parking.    Please visit my.sanibel.com for cost, restrictions and how to obtain a permit.

Bikes, Surreys, ElliptiGo

A unique way to explore the islands is to bike along the 26 miles of bike paths while enjoying the tropical landscape.  Finnimores Cycle Shop has a large selection of Bicycles, Joggers, Surrey and Elliptigo at the lowest prices on Sanibel.  They don’t just rent bikes they also have fishing equipment, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, skim boards and paddleboards.    They also provide locks, helmets, baskets and bells for free.  They also have great customers service!

Boat Rentals  & Cruises

Make sure to enjoy the island from the water! Clean blue- green tropical waters surrounding the Islands are the perfect place to fish, sight see and nature watch.  Rent a boat yourself, take a boat tour or sail around the islands.

Fishing

Amazing fishing waters surround the Island! You can fish from the beach, a pier, the bridge, go deep sea fishing or hire a guide to take you around the surrounding Islands.  Visit our fishing page for information on Captiva Island marinas and fishing guides that will help you get the gear you need to catch the different varieties of species.

Shelling

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.  For more information on the variety of shells found here visit the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum.

I Love Shelling.com offers guided shelling tours by expert Sheller Pam Rambo.   Check out her beautiful website for shelling tips, great blog posts and shelling trips.

Watersports

Our  islands are rich in history and sights, but if you crave natural beauty and adventure, check out the local scuba and snorkeling opportunities on abundant local reefs.

Nature

  •  Visit J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to view the hundreds of birds as well as other a variety of other animals.
  •  The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island, C.R.O.W., is a non-profit organization that treats injured or orphaned animals.  Visit the Healing Winds Visitor Center to view the stories of animal helped by C.R.O.W. or check out their website to learn about youth and adult programs throughout the year.
  •  The Sanibel and Captiva Conservation Foundation, S.C.C.F,  not only owns conservation land all over the island they also have a great Nature Center with a touch tank, exhibitions, a butterfly house and nature trails.  Check out their website for additional programs throughout the year.
  • The Everglades– A short drive from Fort Myers can put you in the heart of the Everglades. Everglade Adventures and website of Everglade National Park will help you plan a visit to this unique spot.

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Water! Waves ! Boats !