How do you compete with the bustle of Miami or the attractions of Orlando? Offer a more serene outlook! Sanibel and Captiva Islands are stone’s throw from Fort Meyers, Florida and its airport, and offer all the natural beauty and recreational fun of the state but at a laid-back pace.
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Things to do in Sanibel & Captiva
1) Bird watch at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society
Founded in 1945, this refuge is home to approximately 400 species of bird, mammal, fish and amphibian. There are several types of endangered animal who live on this 6,000-plus acre sanctuary, and a day spent there will allow you to appreciate the wonders of nature in an impressive setting.
2) Get your shell on
The islands are known for their abundance of beautiful shells, freshly delivered from the ocean to be uncovered and treasured. The Sanibel “Stoop”, as its known, boasts a varied selection of conch, junonia and cockle shells (to name but a few). But visitors are urged not to take too many, in order to preserve the balance of the islands’ biodiversity. Locals love their shells so much, there’s even a shell museum!
3) Take a dive
There are many man-made reefs and wrecks located near the islands, making for great snorkeling and scuba diving adventures!
4) Visit the Estates of Ford and Edison
Tour the winter homes of two of America’s national heroes – Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Whether you’re interested in the lush lanscaping or the Lab & Museum tour, there’s something for everyone at every age.
5) Call Fore!
Sanibel and Captiva are home to several beautiful golf courses; the Sanctuary Golf Club features an Arthur Hills-designed course, plus a pool, fitness centre and tennis courts.
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