Sanibel island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida. It is easy to get to off of Interstate 75 at exit 131. This route will take you to the causeway where it will cost you six bucks to cross the causeway from the vicinity of Fort Meyers
There is plenty of parking but you will have to pay. The good news is that there is plenty of free parking at the restaurants and shopping districts. If you are traveling in an RV you will have plenty of parking but only one RV park on the Island.
From January through April it is best to make reservations.
Sanibel Island is know for it countless shells on the beach, the local government allows you to take as many as you want but please be careful not to take any shells with live critters is them. Let's respect our wildlife and it is also against the law and prohibited by the local authorities.
There is one place on Sanibel Island where the taking of shells is generally prohibited and that's in the Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Just like in all Refuges across the county the taking of anything, even a piece of wood in prohibited.
And now that we are at the Darling National Refugee do not forget to spend some time here. If you are a bird lover you will be in heaven .. Living among the mangroves you will find a rich variety of avian wildlife including herons, egrets, ospreys, and many other avians. The visitor center is a must see with great exhibits and books for sale.
One of the unique aspects of this Refuge is that you can explore on foot, take a 4 mile tram ride, rent a kayak, canoe or a bike. Next to the refugee is Tarpon bay where you can arrange for fishing and nature tours.
Talking about fishing, there is plenty of it. You have the ocean for saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing on the mainland. Do not forget to get your license for the mainland, none is needed for saltwater fishing. There are boats to charter from the many marinas on Sanibel Island.
Love to play golf? There are two public golf courses on the Island. The Beachview Golf Club and the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.
If you like to bike there a lot of shops that rent them. The island has marked bike routes in town or you can go out on your own and explore the countryside.
Do not worry about getting hungry, as there are plenty of restaurants on the island. You can have your choice of just about anything you want including seafood, steaks, hamburgers and a variety of other great dishes.
Here are some resources so you can get more information about Sanibel Island.