DISCOVERY DOSSIER: SANIBEL ISLAND

THE LOCATION: 
Southwest Florida seems about right.  Naples?  Ft. Myers?  Nah, Sanibel Island is the ultimate in relaxation. Most people ask, “Where’s that?” Now that’s a welcomed response for this island off the grid.
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In our urban lifestyle of commuting, shuffling Kid A from school to all his activities and packing lunches, Sanibel offers relaxation and quiet with unique island-y activities and play only a bike ride away. With its white-sand, sea-shelled covered beaches, Sanibel has become our getaway of getaways.  And it’s such a great place – we got married there.
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THE BUCKET LIST:

  • Rent bikes to cruise the 20-plus miles of bike paths
  • Breakfast at The Lighthouse Café.  Arrive early as there’s always a wait
  • Tarpon Bay Explorers for kayaking, guided tours aboard pontoon boat, and touch tank for the kids
  • Fried Grouper sandwich with house-made potato chips at Gramma Dot’s·      The beach for shelling, wading on sand bars, bird and dolphin watching
  • Late-afternoon bike through Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve for exercise and bird and GATOR watching
  • Doc Ford’s for drinks, apps and key-lime pie
  • 8:30 bedtime

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