Florida is one of the most beautiful holiday spots, not only for individuals and couples seeking serenity or seclusion, but also for families and friends soliciting enjoyment from different tourist destinations. You will get the perfect blend of tranquility and beauty on a clean beach, or enjoy lots of fun activities with your kids in different locations.
One very interesting place is Sanibel Island, which is located southwest of Cape Coral. Rebecca’s Realtor is excited to bring you today’s article, to help you learn more about this historically rich island.
History Of Sanibel Island
The recorded history of this beautiful, panoramic island ranges back to almost 2,500+ years ago, wherein Sanibel was an important trade center, encompassed with perfectly constructed waterways and canal systems. Official records confirm the initial contemporary civilization was commenced by the Florida Peninsular Land Company around 180 years back. They weren’t very successful, but did initiate the petition for a lighthouse on the island.
Sanibel Island started showing signs of civilization after 1862 (after implementing the Homestead Act). In 1884, the robust structure of the Sanibel Island Lighthouse was completed, and it’s still showing the way to ships and is one of the most captivating tourist spots! In 1963, the island started to see more action when a causeway joining Captiva and Sanibel was opened to the general public.
Today, the main city is on the east side of the island and the local community’s continual quest of protecting the land has truly intensified the beauty of Sanibel Island! There’s a perfect mixture of modern amenities blended with natural beauty.
Crystal clean beaches are the main attraction on Sanibel Island. This includes Bowman’s Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and more. Each one has its own beauty and panoramic views. The alluring coastline not only attracts tourists from across the world, but also windsurfers and locals. The strong water current bestows the beaches with attractive conches, cockles, and shells, all in a class of their own. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum holds the largest shells ever found, which makes it a place that should not be missed when you are on Sanibel Island.
The Darling National Wildlife Refuge, founded by a cartoonist from Iowa, is an adventurous spot to visit. Various types of endangered species, crocodiles and manatees can all be found there. For bird lovers, a variety of bird species can be captured on camera as well!
There is also a 190-mile long kayak trail that allows you to see different islands along the west coast of Florida. The Great Calusa Blueway is the perfect place for novice and experienced paddlers. There are also many different paths for biking around the island.
Thousands of local and non-local plants are found in the Botanical Gardens. Get a glimpse of a very rare plant collection through their professionally guided tours. There’s also a resort there and many other activities to enjoy.
Sanibel Public Library is filled will all the required information you would need and a highly amicable staff. Make sure to visit the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce for more information about the island. You will learn about the activities, nightlife, shopping, lodging, etc. There are various options to choose from when it comes to lodging, like being right on the beach, family accommodations, beach resorts, properties with a kitchen facility etc.
Another fun thing to do is visit the Sanibel Island Farmers Market, an open-air market with local products, fresh seafood, meat, local delicacies, organic food and more. The many activities you can enjoy will compel you to revisit Sanibel Island again and again.
If you plan to organize a day or weekend trip (as a local), or more time (as a tourist), then Sanibel Island is the perfect destination, a place with something for everyone!
Spend your afternoon on a calm beach, enjoy local delicacies, walk through a beautiful botanical garden with butterflies, or just go kayaking and watch a stunning sunset. Sanibel Island will always be a welcoming place to enjoy alone or with family and friends!