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Sanibel Island
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From Periwinkle Way to Rabbit Road, sea-shell capital of the world, the fantastical Sanibel Island, delivers Floridian mode de vie with the utmost of panache. Cozy bistros, private massages, midnight charters, and azure waters – this is cream-of-the-crop kick-back country when it comes to indulging in a pastoral deluge of pastel-washed seascape.
the romance
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In Sanibel, the sunsets are simply ablaze, igniting the Gulf with a passionate fury while playing backdrop to a wine-fueled fervor on shore. Aside from the deluxe pluses of a private salt water pool, pelicans flash their plumes and sandpipers scurry to-and-fro against a pounding surf.
Be sure to take in:
A sunset-lit drive across the Sanibel causeway en route to a stand-alone cottage
Quickie takeout, iced coffees, and a picnic blanket along the Palm Ridge Road
Champion aphrodisiacs – oysters - at a local raw bar alongside chilled vodka shots
the scenery
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Opt for a car rental that takes you speeding across Sanibel’s sweet ‘n’ salty 12 mile stretch. Rest up at a nearby condo-hotel room complete with pool bar or channel an inner child thanks to a bucket, bag and net for some hard-core shelling along the renowned “Sanibel Stoop.”
Go on and enjoy:
A fee-free stroll down any of the numerous gorgeous causeway beaches – think shady optimum swimming
Gulf Side City Park – located along Algiers Lane of the Casa Ybel Road
Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier - boardwalk nature trail winds canoodling couples through native wetlands
the attractions
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Settle in at the bow of a sunset cruise or sunbathe down at the Island’s infamous Bowman’s Beach. Secluded white sand and BBQ grills a’wait, while fossil shops and gourmet cheese boutiques garner interest during hot ‘n’ hazy afternoons.
Make sure to visit:
The Sanibel Historic Museum and Village – photographs, exhibits, and curiosity-peaking live presentations
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum – one-of-a-kind to North America – displays of mighty mollusks from all around the world
The J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge – occupying one third of Sanibel Island’s optimum bird-watching
the adventure
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Boating and kayaking, canoeing and water-skiing – the list is endless when it comes to keeping the ol’ ticker in check. With over 70 world-class golf courses to choose from, tee-off time is just the tip of the sandbar.
Be sure to:
Explore the integral waterways by boat for heart-melting dolphin sightings
Partake in a 2 hour Segway tour, thanks to a friendly cycle rental shop
Island Cruise to Cayo Costa - a Florida state park barrier Island solely reached by boat
the secrets
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If the Mermaid Kitchen & Cake Factory sounds right up your alley, then there are plenty of more Sanibel niches where that came from. Whether you opt for the region’s historical lighthouse, dating back to 1884, or the beloved community Schoolhouse Theater, there’s something for everyone seeking just that little extra bit of novelty.
Invest in:
A local photographer for a private on-beach couple session
His-and-hers massages followed by frozen cocktails and light fare at Croc's poolside bar
An unwinding soak in in a master bath’s Jacuzzi before an evening of piano jazz and American-fusion cuisine
before you go
What to Expect
Dry Season: November through May are the warm and sunny months, with peak times in March and April (25-30°C/77-86°F)
Wet Season: June through October are part of the hurricane season, where days will be wet and humid (17-21°C/62-69°F)
Clothing
Casual beachwear and a jacket for the winter months
Currency
American dollar
The Lingo
English
Documents
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Local, fresh food with quaint mom-and-pop burger-and-seafood joints