Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day Trip: Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island is located just off the coast of Ft Myers, Florida. From it's first inhabitants of local fisherman, it has blossomed into a classic Florida get-a-way destination for Floridians and tourists alike. I recommend a day trip here for a taste of natural and relaxed high-end Florida style.


Young Mangroves

Get started with a fresh roasted coffee at the popular local hangout, Sanibel Bean. Then grab your camera (with zoom lens, I regrettably forgot mine) and head over to J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Here you will see classic Florida wildlife and landscape. Read up on local species and anticipate what you might see by starting at the visitor's center. The best way to see the four mile long refuge is "the American way": by car. And keep your eyes out, you could spot an Alligator!

Afterwards, bask in the sun at Bowmans Beach. The beaches here are known for their beautiful shells, so visitors are welcome to scour the shore and take a few as souvenirs. For lunch, I love bringing picnics to the beach but if don't have time to pack one, try one of the famous local joints, Mad Hatter or Bubble Room. There is also great local art and shopping on Periwinkle Way and further North in Captiva.

all photos my own

Have you been to Sanibel? Any favorite spots?

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