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A July 2000 trip to Sanibel Island by ABUCS007

Quote: this was a driving trip from TX to Fl with a friend and 5 kids between us--Sanibel is shell capitol due to its east/west lie in the gulf. Beautiful place/lots of wildlife, refuge here.

week in sanibel

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Overview

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The beaches are varied in quality, some days there is lots of seaweed etc. that needs gathering up, other days it is almost pristine. It is NOT, however, a place to snorkel--too much sand stirred up in the water--the one disappointing thing. Many sand dollars around.Quick Tips: Most accomodations are condos on the east end of the island after crossing over the bridge--there are a couple closer to the other end, on way to Captiva which is another island connected, but it is mainly private high-dollar homes--does have some good restaurants tho. There is a Wal-Mart superstore in Ft. Meyers where we did all our grocery shopping--toll is free leaving the island, three bucks to get back, so we o...Read More

Blind Pass Condominiums

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Hotel

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There are several choices in this complex--we had your basic 2 br/2bath flat unit. The next time I do this, however, I will opt for the townhouse version as it is not much more expensive and it has 2 floors, with a screened in porch. The flat had no screened porch, and the mosquitoes are viscious in the summer. So once you came in for the nite, that was it--also this complex is non-smoking, so if you want to smoke, it had to be done outside and the porch would have been nice to sit outside and have a few drinks and smoke. Also I would recommend a unit closer to the pool and away from the water since their is a lagoon type thing which is bridged between the complex and the gulf--it harbors mosquitoe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2001

Blind Pass Condominiums
5117 Sea Bell Road
Sanibel Island , Florida
(941) 472-6981

RC Otter's Island Eats

Restaurant | "R.C. Otters"

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This place is actually on Captiva island, which is adjacent to Sanibel by a small bridge on the north end of the island. The whole flavor of this place is different--it appears to be primarily expensive homes of the vacation variety, and several nice restaurants and shops. Once you cross over the bridge onto this island, you will understand what I mean. We took 4 kids and a toddler to R.C.'s and the food was excellent and not that expensive. The wait staff was pleasant and efficient. We went on a Thursday night, early, and it was not too crowded. We all ordered seafood, the 2 adults had the same sampler and it was great--grouper, some shrimp and a couple things that I don't normally eat, but did ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2001

RC Otter's Island Eats
11506 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva Island, Florida 33924
(239) 395-1142

Sanibel Shell Museum

Attraction | "sanibel shell musuem"

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I don't remember the exact name of this place, but it is the only shell musuem on the island, and it is on the main drag going toward Captiva. They have every shell that is found on the island, as well as a tribute to and information about Raymond Burr as he was a benefactor and frequent visitor to this place--there is a small theater where a video is shown and then the usual museum set up in small rooms with displays--they have docent types that do a bit of a guided tour, but it can be done without their help==everything is marked well and legible. Of course there is the usual high priced gift shop available that basically had expensive junk, in my opinion!! We did this on the way home on saturda...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2001

Sanibel Shell Museum
Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island , Florida

All around the Island beaches

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Story/Tip

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We looked into going to some of the little out islands and settled on booking with a guy who actually did deep sea tours out of the marina (over by the causeway). I would recomment doing some phone calling early during your stay. I'm sure there are better bargains than we got. We did however take his boat over to one of the smaller uninhabited islands, and it was gorgeous--black spiney urchins had washed up on the shore and I couldn't gather them fast enough to take home!! It was a nesting ground for some type of large bird, and if you got inside their territory they would dive bomb you, which my friend's son found out!! The guide walked all over the strip with the kids, and saw a bunch of stingr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2001