Sanibel and Captiva Islands

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Sanibel and Captiva Islands — Eco-friendly Sanibel and Captiva islands, known for their casual, tropical vibe, lie just west of Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With seemingly endless picturesque vistas along miles of sugary sand beaches, the islands are a haven for seashell collectors, nature lovers, and anyone seeking a low-key getaway. The islands’ diminutive size – Sanibel is about 12 miles long by three wide and Captiva, four miles long by just half a mile wide – contributes to their laid-back charm. Quiet corners and romantic sunsets woo honeymooners and couples, but lots of sunshine, outdoor activities, and friendly locals make it just as popular with vacationing families. Beyond the beach, visitors will delight in quaint village architecture, art events and jazz performances, and several sprawling nature reserves brimming with Florida wildlife.    

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For beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and ideal weather for casual relaxation and golf, boating, or biking.

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