Sanibel and Captiva
There is truly no place like Sanibel or Captiva Island to vacation or live. Just ask Money Magazine who voted it one of the top 10 places in the world to vacation. The Islands offer something for everybody.
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Islands have the reputation for the best shelling beaches in the
Western Hemisphere. Sanibel Island lies east to west, and is a
natural shell catcher from the northerly Gulf currents. The sandy
white beaches provide visitors with the perfect place to do the "Sanibel
Stoop." Conch, lightning whelk, banded tulip, angel wing, lion's
paw, and junonia are just a few of the scores of species commonly found.
In order to preserve the the variety of shells — it is against the law to
collect any of the live shells. The Bailey-Matthews museum is the
only shell museum in the U.S. and is a great place to learn about the
+160 species of shells on Sanibel.
Sanibel is a haven for unique wildlife with over a third of the island
dedicated to preservation of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National
Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home for over 300 species of birds including mangrove cuckoos, roseate spoonbills,
and snow egrets. In the refuge you can find over 50 types of reptiles amphibians such as alligators and crocodiles.
Otters and manatees are some of varieties of mammals that make the Sanibel their home. Wildlife Drive
stretches through 5 miles of the refuge, allowing easy viewing for
everyone. A stop at the brand new $3.3 million dollar
wildlife education center complete with interactive exhibits is a must
for all ages.
The 104 foot high Sanibel Lighthouse is the most
photographed and painted scene on Sanibel. The lighthouse is located on
the far east edge of the island, right near historic Old Sanibel.
The lighthouse was completed in 1884 and is the oldest structure on
Sanibel Island. The lighthouse is a must see during your trip to
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