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Top Ten Things to Do on Sanibel Island


10 The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

With an emphasis on becoming a center for learning, the museum provides a rich opportunity for the visitor to explore, discover, and map their own course through the expanse of exhibits, video and slide shows, and monthly evening lecture series. The Museum presently displays approximately 30 informative educational exhibits in the Great Hall of Shells. View Site ›

9 C.R.O.W.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife was established in 1968. It is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife. C.R.O.W. has a complete wildlife hospital at the middle of its 12.5 acre sanctuary. The clinic focuses on education in an effort to prevent injuries to animals caused by human interference. Contact C.R.O.W. for a guided tour. It’s a great learning experience for all ages! View Site ›



8 Sanibel Lighthouse & Historical Village

The Sanibel Lighthouse was built in 1884 and is Sanibel’s oldest structure. Old Town is a quaint historical area on Sanibel Island’s bay side. See where the island’s first settlers made their homes. The Sanibel Historical Society has produced a walking and biking tour that is approximately 2.5 miles long with more than 19 sites to see. Maps are available at the Sanibel Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Sanibel Historical Society. View Site ›

7 Bicycling

Known as a bicyclist’s paradise, Sanibel’s 25 miles of bicycle paths are sure to please. Bicycle rentals are available at Billy’s Rentals and Finnimores. Don’t miss the opportunity to bike through the J.N.”Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. View Site ›



6 Shopping

With many shops and boutiques, most of which are located along Periwinkle Way in beautifully landscaped plazas, Sanibel is a shopper’s paradise. During tourist season, most shops are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t forget to visit Periwinkle Place shopping center. On Sundays, local fishermen and farmers peddle their bounty at a farmer’s market in the Tahitian Gardens parking lot which is located just east of Periwinkle Place. View Site ›

5 Fine or Fun Dining

With more than 60 restaurants to choose from, just sampling the local faire will give you hours of enjoyment. Some of our current favorites are Lazy Flamingo, The Timbers and Schnapper’s. View Site ›



4 Charter Fishing/Shelling trip

From the Sanibel Marina take the Sanibel Thriller on a high speed tour of the island where you’re sure to encounter dolphins! The Castaways Marina has two charter captains that will take small groups on fishing or shelling adventures. Our guests tell us that these trips are often the best part of their Sanibel Island vacation. View Site ›

Take the Sanibel Thriller on a high speed tour of the island where you’re sure to encounter dolphins!  View Site ›

3 Golf Courses

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is Sanibel Island’s premier golf and tennis destination featuring the island’s best conditioned golf course and tennis facility, exceptional service and creative programs for all members and guests. View Site ›



2 J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

More than 7,000 acres of mangrove estuary make up the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. More than 200 species of birds, plus alligators, raccoons, otters and several other species of wildlife have made the refuge their home. Visitors can enjoy the J.N. “Ding” Darling Center of Education, tram, walking, driving and bicycling tours and several miles of canoe and kayak trails. It’s definitely a unique Sanibel Island experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone with a love for nature. View Site ›

1 Watch a sunset from Pointe Santo’s beach

It may sound cliche, but there’s nothing more relaxing than ending a perfect day on a tropical island with a beautiful sunset. Visitors often line the beach at sunset waiting to snap the perfect picture to capture the moment the sun dips below the horizon. At the moment the sun disappears, some may be lucky enough to witness the “green flash,” a quick burst of green light that illuminates the sun as it sets. Those who want a real treat will relax on the sand and watch the sky slowly transform into a series of breathtaking colors as the earth’s shadow fills the sky with a warm purple haze. View Site ›


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