Sanibel and Captiva Islands

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The Blue Dolphin Cottages

Address: 4227 W. Gulf Dr.

Neighborhood: West Gulf Front

City: Sanibel Island

Phone: 800-648-4660

Website: www.bluedolphincottages.com

Expert Review

A cross between a B&B and an intimate motel, the family-owned Blue Dolphin offers nine airy and spacious guest rooms. There’s no pool but the beach is steps away, and there’s no restaurant, but breakfast is complimentary and all rooms have fully equipped kitchens. The gulf-view guestrooms are the best, but each suite or efficiency has a sun deck placed amidst lush greenery – ideal for barbecues or serene relaxation. Bicycles are gratis, so take advantage of the paths and trails nearby and bike to the Wildlife Refuge. Beach chairs are provided for enjoying the waterfront show, from playful dolphins and lumbering manatees to colorful, dramatic sunsets.

Tags: moderate | editor pick | beachfront | b&b

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