Fun things to do on Sanibel Island, Florida

The beautiful Sanibel Island has wonderful beaches, shelling called the best in the world and a special bond to nature that could be hard to find these days. You don’t find any high rises or flashy billboard here. Instead, this is the place to just unwind and enjoy the amazing nature that you find wherever you look.

Bike around Sanibel Island

It’s maybe no big surprise that biking is a popular way to get around on the island. The size of the island is very reasonable for going on a bike excursion. And you will find out that some of the best beaches are the beaches that most people don’t find.

Sanibel Island bike
Sanibel Island by bike.

Visit J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

For anyone, not just the bird lover or photographer, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel is a big experience. More than 200 bird species have been sighted in the refuge, and that’s just the sighted ones. Look for pelicans, spoonbills, cardinals and the egrets as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

Bird watching in Florida.
Bird watching on Sanibel Island.

Try the best shelling there is

Sanibel Island is literally made up of shells. Its shores scoop up the beautiful shells of different types from the Gulf of Mexico. Anywhere on the sourthern coast of Sanibel from west to east is a good place to go for a hunt. And if you go during low tide you improve your odds even more. Popular beaches for shelling are Blind Pass Beach, Bowman’s Beach, Tarpon Bay Road Beach, Gulfside City Park and Lighthouse Beach.

Shelling on Sanibel Island
World-class shelling.

Head over to the Sanibel Lighthouse

The Lighthouse built in the 1800s on Sanibel is an iconic part of the island. And its surroundings are truly beautiful. Lighthouse Beach that sits on the eastern tip is a great spot for a fun day on the dunes. And in the area you also find a fishing pier and of course an abundance of shells.

Shelling on Sanibel Island
The Sanibel Lighthouse.

Go for a peaceful beach walk

The bond to nature is special on Sanibel. Here you don’t need to hurry around and can focus on just yourself and those who mean the most to you. And all the quiet and picturesque beaches make up for dreamy beach walks that help you to unwind.

Sanibel Island beach walk
A beach walk on Sanibel Island.

Enjoy a Sanibel sunset from a prime location

Warm evenings, clear skies, a cold beverage in your hand and a beautiful sunset as day turns into night. Does it get any better than that? The best sunsets on Sanibel are on the western side of the island, where you get to see the sun disappear right in front of you.

Florida sunset.
Sanibel sunset.

Read more: The perfect itinerary for a Fort Myers Beach getaway >>

Continue reading: The great Florida road trip from Orlando to Key West >>

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.