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3 Things You Must Do on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

3 Things You Must Do on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Just a causeway away from bustling Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are tropical treasures just waiting to be explored and appreciated! These barrier islands have much to offer. Here are three things you should do when you visit Florida’s southern Gulf Coast.

1. Go Shelling

Sanibel Island is listed as one of the top ten best shelling beaches in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine. With the vast array of seashells that wash up on Sanibel’s beaches, you may find yourself getting some exercise while collecting shells in what the locals have dubbed the “Sanibel Stoop.” If you’d love to find scallops, whelks, conchs and sand dollars, this is the beach for you! Be sure to bring a large bucket or bag for hauling all of your beach treasures home.

2. Take a Boat Tour

Experience the area’s beauty in its entirety by taking a boat trip Captiva FL. Get up close and personal with nature while exploring the beautiful green water off the coast of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Some boat tours are even guided by a marine biologist! Take the opportunity to go snorkeling for shells and other sea treasures on your excursion. Be on the lookout for frolicking dolphins as you explore!

3. Try a Locally-Owned Restaurant

Sanibel and Captiva Islands are small but mighty when it comes to restaurant volume. With such a wide variety of locally-owned options to choose from, you can embrace the island lifestyle with a different menu every meal of your stay. After your meal, enjoy some homemade ice cream for dessert! 

Time spent on Sanibel and Captiva Islands can leave you with a lifetime of memories. To get the most out of your next visit to the beautiful barrier islands, be sure to add these three fun things to your vacation checklist.