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Have you ever dreamed of being on a tropical island with your family or friends enjoying the white sand beaches, the swaying coconut palms, and beautiful crystal blue water? What about collecting pastel colored seashells while the sandpipers scamper along the surfs edge? Well, Sanibel Island has a lot of wonderful things to offer: white sand beaches, pristine waters, excellent restaurants, accommodations, shopping, theatrical productions, boating, fishing, the renowned J.N. 'Ding Darling' National Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, and a lot more.
Sanibel Island is a barrier island on the southwest Florida Coast of Lee County. This place was voted by the Conde Nast just last year to be among the 'Best North American Islands' for 2005. It is much loved primarily for its wonderful white sand beaches, a handful of seashells and the huge variety of wildlife that calls Sanibel Island home.
Well-known for its beaches, Sanibel Island is the perfect vacation destination for families, as well as the romantics. The island is even a safe place for children and adults. It offers a slow pace of Sanibel Island life with just enough fabulous amenities to make the Sanibel Island unequalled.
Perhaps among the best features of Sanibel Island is the fact that it has no high-rises, no stoplights, and no honking horns. At night, the entire Sanibel is dark, so people can enjoy the best stargazing ever. This is not only perfect for the romantics but for families as well. Aside from that, wildlife lives at Sanibel Island at every turn. So, when you're there, don't be surprised when traffic stops to let an egret or tortoise cross the street. And, much to that, at Sanibel Island, sunset on the beach is a nightly event.
For those who love adventure, entertainment, dining and shopping, Sanibel Island has it all. The island is in fact well-known for theatrical performances, arts classes, music festivals and performances, art exhibits, and craft fairs, and I tell you that these are just a few of the choices you will ever have during your visit to Sanibel Island.
When it comes to recreation, Sanibel Island offers a limitless choice for its visitors and locals alike. There, you can enjoy tennis, golf, volleyball, parasailing, waverunners, fishing, paddling, sailing, boating, and others. Just name it, and you'll surely have it.
The island also has all the shops and services you'd ever want and need. There are a number of groceries, as well as gas, liquor, beach supplies, bikes, and rentals cars outlets everywhere. For dining, fabulous restaurants that serve complimentary meals are out there, and if you want spas, shopping, chiropractors, and medical clinics, Sanibel Island has it.
With all those assets, it's no wonder that people from different place highly considered Sanibel Island as one of the blessed places in the world. The combination of its natural beauty and with such a high quality of lifestyle makes Sanibel Island the perfect place to dwell. And, if you haven't known yet, Sanibel Island ranks as one of the top birding spots in the entire America.
Sanibel Island is located on Florida's southwest coast and just 45 minutes drive from Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers. It is also a 2 to 3-hour drive from Tampa International and Ft. Lauderdale.