Sanibel Island

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  • Paula B.
    "One of the best places in the world for shelling!"(18 Tips)
    Chris P.
    "Great shells and sunsets 🌞"(6 Tips)
    Betsy B.
    "Mucky duck is on captiva NOT sanibal."(4 Tips)
    Tim
    "Mucky Duck IS cool and McT's is closed."(3 Tips)
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  • Janet W.
    Janet WilsonNovember 7, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Go shelling an hour before low tide and up to about an hour after low tide. Full moon days are good too!
  • Jerry
    JerryNovember 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It's the perfect place for a laid back vacation. Great food and glorious sunrise and sunsets.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PAugust 17, 2015
    Can't beat this beach. Great shells and sunsets 🌞
  • Janet W.
    Janet WilsonJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    If you come here during high season, stay late and go to dinner on the island or go shopping. Huge traffic lines begin around 3pm and go to 7pm.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MuldowneyJune 27, 2015
    Beautiful views are only the start.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FornwallJune 2, 2015
    Some of the best shelling, anywhere. Wonderful place to spend time.
  • Lyndah R.
    Lyndah RayMay 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The gulf is beautiful and this is on the way to Captiva!!!
  • Lyndah R.
    Lyndah RayMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunshine and Bloody Mary
  • Michael L.
    Michael LapkoMarch 13, 2015
    The Best vacation place !!!
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanJanuary 8, 2015
    Beautiful, great for walking and biking. Went shelling.
  • Ken L.
    Ken LarsonJuly 21, 2014
    Shelling beaches with dolphins swimming around you. Great restaurants even if they look like beachcombers shacks
  • Joe B.
    Joe BlaskoJuly 10, 2014
    Great shelling and beach.
  • Denise D.
    Great place for shelling
  • Dawnelle V.
    Dawnelle VentryMarch 27, 2014
    Great shelling Go mid morning during the week, less traffic..
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer ValiquetteJanuary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Trades restaurant is the best!
  • Jan S.
    Jan Shaw-FlammDecember 31, 2013
    Great shelling.
  • FrecklesUSA
    FrecklesUSANovember 29, 2013
    Dress in pedal pushers, bring a light jacket or sweater and a picnic lunch. Sit on the beach and let (Calgon) take you away.
  • Ginny K.
    Ginny KopperlNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place for fishing! Beautiful!!
  • Sanibel S.
    Sanibel SamOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are rushing on #Sanibel slow down look around. Enjoy nature for its undisturbed beauty & not for what man has made it into.
  • Sanibel S.
    Sanibel SamOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Shelling is best within an hour of low tide near a full moon. But what you find also depends on effort plus luck. Enjoy the journey.
  • Dale S.
    Dale SuslickOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bowman beach rated as one of Florida's top beaches & Blind Pass (pictured) awesome as well.
  • Janet W.
    Janet WilsonSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Go shelling at low tide.
  • Robin A.
    Robin AtkinsSeptember 14, 2013
    If given the opportunity visit!
  • Holly D.
    Holly DiGilarmoSeptember 4, 2013
    Gorgeous! Love it here!
  • Steven M.
    Steven MillerAugust 7, 2013
    Gotta go to Doc Fords. Awesome rum bar. Best shelling at Bowmans Beach. Best Chicago beef sandwich at Great White Grill.
  • Maribeth K.
    Maribeth KerrJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not bad shelling and calmer waters at beach. More commercial than Captiva
  • Les
    LesJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    You kids get off my beach!!!
  • Bradley B.
    Bradley BoggsJuly 3, 2013
    The beach has lots of shells....if you have tender feet bring water shoes
  • James H.
    James HurleyJune 13, 2013
    At night, beach is beautiful but wear lots of bug spray.
  • James H.
    James HurleyJune 13, 2013
    The Bubble Room in Captiva is fun but pricey for lunch.
  • Paula B.
    Paula Bendfeldt-DiazApril 29, 2013
    One of the best places in the world for shelling!
  • George H.
    George HarayApril 21, 2013
    Wear sunscreen...
  • Susan P.
    Susan PraterApril 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Il Cielo is perfect for a romantic dinner. Fabulous food and service. Done inside or outside. Cloud 9 is downstairs and is more casual with a similar menu with smaller portions. Also has free wifi!
  • Ginny K.
    Ginny KopperlDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ding darling national wildlife refuge is outstanding and only $5 a car
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WallaceJuly 12, 2012
    Grab a chair and umbrella and relax all day.
  • Dwayne K.
    Dwayne KilbourneApril 17, 2012
    Nice little getaway from the mainland... outside of the toll of course!
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunMarch 15, 2012
    Tons of seashells on the pretty beaches. Plus, most of the island is a nature preserve and you can bike, hike, and see amazing birds —and alligators! -Deputy Art Director
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunMarch 15, 2012
    Tons of seashells on the pretty beaches. Plus, most of the island is a nature preserve and you can bike, hike, and see amazing birds and alligators! — Deputy Art Director
  • Lorie W.
    Lorie WiseFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gulf coast. One of the prettiest places--on earth.
  • Lorie W.
    Lorie WiseFebruary 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    That would be the GULF COAST....
  • Keith H.
    Keith HewittFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do the 'Sanibel slouch'
  • Chad.EGR
    Chad.EGRFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch for dolohins
  • Karyn D.
    Karyn DFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hello island. How about 1 or 2 traffic lights so it doesn't take over forever to leave!
  • RICK R.
    RICK RUSTJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to eat the the Hungry Heron and order thier fried potato panchos. ;-) YUM!
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FoxDecember 10, 2011
    Be aware, if you lay in the sand, you may end up with lots of big bites!
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FoxDecember 10, 2011
    Awesome shelling, but be sure to check for living creatures and throw them back.
  • Chip H.
    Chip HornbeckDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best shelling is at low tide. Many sand dollars out at the second bar.
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PittNovember 24, 2011
    Great beaches, biking, and trails.
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BaxterNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mucky duck is on captiva NOT sanibal.
  • Tim
    TimNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mucky Duck IS cool and McT's is closed. Pay no attention to those other tips from them chodes
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BaxterOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Truly heaven on earth. Awesome shelling, restuarants, and beaches! Best time to come is in May, September, October, and November aka the off season. Much cheaper and quieter.
  • Scort H.
    Scort HOctober 19, 2011
    Avoid the Mucky Duck. The menu & service are terrible.
  • Barracuda Networks
    Barracuda NetworksSeptember 14, 2011
    If you are here, you know it's beautiful. But if you like to collect sea shells, this is the place. The best time to go is at dusk when most people have left the beach.
  • Tim
    TimSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Contrary to popular opinion and the Sanibel Visitors Bureau, there are no shells to be found on the beaches here; unless you like broken pen shells
  • Charles B.
    Charles BlumenkampSeptember 1, 2011
    I second the love for Pinocchio's. Best breakfast on the Island is in the same plaza, The Lighthouse.
  • Sherry B.
    Sherry Browning-JuddAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pinnochio's -Best Ice Cream EVER! Free Samples!
  • Sherry B.
    Sherry Browning-JuddAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    White Caps Cottage 2. Great place to stay!
  • OneNews
    OneNewsAugust 22, 2011
    Download the OneNews app from the "Read More" link below and use it to upload an image of your Sanibel experience for possible publication in the SWFL Barometer! Read more
  • Jae R.
    Jae RaeAugust 19, 2011
    If you've never been to Lee County/SW FL, then Sanibel Island is a must see. Beautiful beaches and local eateries.
  • Brigette B.
    Brigette BJuly 30, 2011
    Get there early to park during peak months.
  • Ron D.
    Ron DMay 30, 2011
    Mind the restaurant service :)
  • Ken M.
    Ken McKnightMay 7, 2011
    A women was killed on the causeway today. SHe was riding a bike when she was hit by a truck and throen off the bridge>
  • Ken M.
    Ken McKnightMay 7, 2011
    A women on a bike was hit by a truck and thrown off the bridge. having a hard time with this.
  • Jack T.
    Jack ThomasApril 14, 2011
    Timbers for seafood, the bridge for sunset watching
  • Matt L.
    Matt LMarch 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Traffic leaving island starts early so plan to spend plenty of time in traffic during season
  • James R.
    James ReganMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I must say Doc Ford's is a pretty great place to eat too.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SchwerinFebruary 1, 2011
    Rent kayaks at Tarpon Bay Road and take your time on exploring, there are beautiful mangroves and lots of big fish in Commodore Creek Water Trail.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GowdyOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Over Easy Cafe is best breakfast on Sanibel Island
  • Kim M.
    Kim MohamedOctober 9, 2010
    The West Coast of Florida is really charming. Great shelling!
  • Kim M.
    Kim MohamedOctober 9, 2010
    A different, yet fabulous look at Florida. Great shelling!
  • Keith
    KeithAugust 10, 2010
    Go to Sanibel Marina,ask for Captain Sonny @ get onboard "Page 3" for shelling or just sightseeing. Great boat,great veiw, & Captain Sonny always entertains. Next go to Why Knot,see Joanne for some de
  • Jason M. O.
    Jason M. OlsonJune 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you get to McT's for Snow Crab Legs, $8 off on Wednesday and Thursday!
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