Sanibel Island Journals

A Sanibel Island "Safari"

A December 2001 trip to Sanibel Island by susanf

Sundial Beach Resort Photo, Sanibel Island, Florida More Photos
Quote: Sanibel Island lies off the southwest coast of Florida. It is reknowned for beaches, shells, and an amazing wildlife population including rare birds, alligators, crocodiles, manatees, and dolphins. And, of course, it has everything else you need for the ideal family beach vacation.

A Sanibel Island "Safari"

Overview

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The "Ding" Darling Nature Reserve makes Sanibel unique among beach destinations. The 6,500 undeveloped acres of mangrove forests and bayous are home to rare creatures, and is easily explored on foot, by bicycle, or in a boat.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Sanibel has a lot of bike trails, and you'll see many people getting around on bikes. Bike rental, however, can get pretty pricey--around per week. Friends who visit Sanibel regularly offered this tip: Buy a cheap bike at the Fort Myers WalMart and use it while you're on the island. Then donate it to a local charity before going home. You'll save some money and get a tax deduction.

Sundial Beach Resort

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Hotel

Sundial Beach Resort Photo, Sanibel Island, Florida
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Sundial Resort is a great family destination located right on Sanibel''s Gulf Coast beach. The large complex features condo units with full kitchens ranging from studio size to 2 bedroom units. We stayed in a one bedroom condo, which was nicely furnished with a living/dining area, a well-equipped kitchen, and a small bedroom. There were TV/VCR units in the living room and bedroom. Our room was not oceanfront, but had a partial ocean view. The resort itself is a full-service complex with several pools, tennis courts, and restaurants in all prices ranges. The grounds are well-kept and nicely landscaped with flowers and shrubs. There is an extensive video library for rentals One inte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Sundial Beach Resort
1451 Middle Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island , Florida
1(800) 237-4184

Mc T's Shrimp House

Restaurant | "McT's Shrimp House"

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McT's is a casual, pleasant place that specializes in seafood, particularly shrimp. We went specifically to experience their steamed seafood platter ($39.95 for two), which Sanibel-savvy friends had raved about. The platter is very large, with two kinds of shrimp, crawdads, clams, mussels, and crab legs. You can choose to have extra crab legs or a whole lobster with it. We ordered the lobster, which proved to be a mistake. The lobster took so long to cook that the rest of the platter was quite cold when we got it. And when we cracked open a lobster claw, it became immediately clear that something was wrong. Instead of the firm, rosy flesh we expected, a viscous ooze seeped out. The serv...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 6, 2002

Mc T's Shrimp House
1523 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island , Florida
(941) 472-3161

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve"

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Sanibel Island, Florida
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The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge covers almost 7,000 acres on Sanibel Island. The unique subtropical mangrove estuary is home to hundreds of species. The richness of the reserve is incredible. In a morning's hike down the Indigo Trail, we saw hundreds of birds, leaping tarpon, crabs and shellfish, and two alligators. The first gator was a smallish one (6 feet long?) who splashed up onto the bank beside us to nap in the sun. We encountered the second much larger gator on our way back to the park center. Someone had thoughtfully scratched an arrow in the gravel path pointing to this monster (10-12 feet), who was peacefully snoozing on a sandbar. You can experience the reserve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2002

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
One Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, Florida 33957
(239) 472-1100