Sanibel Island, Florida, is a white sand and sea shell paradise. Nestled along Florida's Gulf Coast, Sanibel Island is about 45 minutes from the Fort Meyers area on the mainland. The island is roughly 12 miles long and 3 miles across at it's widest, and has a year round resident population of about 5600. In the winter, this population balloons to nearly four times that number, but never fear, you can still find your own little piece of paradise when you choose to vacation in this beach resorts of Florida dotted with comfortable vacation rentals like homes, cabins, cottages, villas, condos and apartments. Plus, Captiva Island, considered Sanibel's "little sister" provides even more gorgeous settings and spectacular views for your vacation in southwest of Florida. Sanibel Island is considered a wildlife refuge, and over sixty percent is actually protected wildlife preserves. Still, this vibrant yet laid back island manages to fit plenty of great vacation rentals (condos, villas, apartments, cabins, cottages, homes) settled in beach resorts, challenging golf courses and fishing areas, fabulous dining, shopping, and outdoor activities for the whole family on this one little island. This vacation paradise is unique in that as a barrier island, it has an east west orientation rather than a north south like most others. The island shores act almost like a giant scoop for sea shells, leaving the beautiful beaches covered with these beauties of all nature of pastel colors.
If you are a nature lover, Sanibel Island, Florida, is the place for you to spend your next vacation in Florida. The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Center, the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife Facility can all be found here. Plus, history buffs will enjoy the Sanibel Lighthouse, a 120 year old working lighthouse. Besides the great beaches, golf, shelling and awe inspiring natural surroundings, Sanibel Island has some of the best fishing in the state. Sea Trout, Tarpon and Red Fish just to name a few are all within any fisherman's casting abilities. Plus every other water activity you can imagine can be experienced in the beach resorts of Sanibel Island. Vacation rentals in the beach resorts of Sanibel Island, Florida, are plentiful and designed to suit everyone's taste. From simple beach condos, apartments and villas to large elegant cabins, cottages or homes, rest assured your island getaway will be all you dreamed of. Just don't forget your shell bucket.