Sanibel is the name of the city on Sanibel Island. The island, which is commonly mentioned in the same breath as neighboring Captiva Island, is located just offshore Fort Meyers and lacks a lot of things that are typical of most Florida beach resorts. Absent are neon signs and amusement parks, for example, and there is no string of high-rise condos lining the sand. Residents here are dedicated to maintaining a good balance between development and preservation. No buildings are allowed to be higher than the tallest palm tree and more than half of the island is covered by wildlife refuges.
Sanibel Florida is a place to go primarily for relaxation and recreation. Shelling at the beach is one of the main activities here and on Captiva Island, thanks to the abundant amount of shells that wash up on the islands’ sandy shores. Other recreational options include walking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a prime place to enjoy such activities. You can also drive through the refuge if cruising in the car is more your style. In town, the pine and oak-lined main drag known as Periwinkle Way is a great place to cruise as well and features fine restaurants and chic shops.
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