A Beach Lover's and Shell Picker's Paradise
first morning in Sanibel Island, I had breakfast in the Old Captive
House at Tween Waters on the causeway between Sanibel and Captive,
where I met a group of interesting international travelers and shared
some of awesome cheese struddle . Much to the delight of the other
travelers, I showed them my early morning finds from nearby Bowman's
Beach - some really unique shells to add to my collection.
charm and languid pace make this world-famous shelling beach destination,
welcoming. Walking the beach, I saw fishermen, sightseers watching
manatees and dolphins and couples marveling at the uber-impressive
love lighthouses, so visiting the Sanibel Lighthouse was a
must! Afterwards I checked out the J.N. "Ding" Darling
6400-acre wildlife refuge with it's wildlife including gaters
and cranes. The refuge also is the home of huge "shell
mounds" where for thousands of years ancient Indians
came to eat and discard the shells. Next - eighteen holes
of golf and then I was ready for lunch at the wildly fun and
eclectic Bubble Room on Captiva. The remainder of the day
I sunbathed on a private beach owned by a friend - no one
in sight all day - felt like a little slice of heaven.
Nearby in Captiva,
a serene island with colorful restaurants, where I wandered most
days, you'll find must-eat-at destinations like the Key Lime Bistro
Waters and the Mucky Duck. My favorite dinner spots right on Sanibel
are Thistle Lodge and Matzaluna's.
I found all
the information I needed online at: www.SanibelsBest.Net
from the family style luxury of the Sundial Beach Resort to the
clean accommodations of The Sanibel Beach Resort to instructions
on where to find the best shells, and everything in between.
At the end of
the day, I always made time to take in the kaleidoscope of colors
that fall over the Gulf each evening and later on, to relax under
the stars on a palm tree-lined beach. The highlight of an evening
on Sanibel is the trip to the Dairy Queen. I think the most common
phase uttered on the island is "See you tonight at the DQ"
Summed up in one word, Sanibel is stunning AND fun!
Until next time,
Rick Golden for GoldenTravelGuides, a national network of 60+ Internet-based
guides to the "Best of" cities like Sanibel, Key West,
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