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Sanibel and Captiva Insider Information

Added: Jul 31, 2018
Category: Island Info

Even though Sanibel is only 12 miles long and 3 miles wide, this little island is packed full with amazing history and unique treasures!

Here are some interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

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Sanibel Islands curved shape makes it the perfect net for shells that are washing through the Gulf of Mexico. There are over 400 species of shells and sea life in the area, making the Island a world-famous shelling destination.

The Bailey Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island is the only shell museum in the Country!


It is believed that Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Sanibel Island, and named it after Queen Isabella “Santa Isybella”. However he was out-battled by the native Calusa Indians and died in Cuba, after retreating in 1523.

Legend has it that Jose Gaspar, buried his treasure on Captiva Island. He is also said to have held his female prisoners captive here, hence Captiva.


Sanibel has a 7,600 Acre wildlife refuge- JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. You can drive, walk, and bike through the Refuge and see nature in its natural habitat.

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