This cozy and clean little inn, nestled in the corner of Sanibel Island, is as relaxing as the island itself. The room comes with a kitchenette, a couch, and a bathroom that's separated by a small hallway, so you never feel claustrophobic. I should note that I was not even in one of the better rooms at Tarpontale. But for me it was perfect: clean, tiled, spacious, airy, and bright.
Outside my room I had my own private patio furniture, so I could drink my morning coffee or evening cocktail while reading outside. Tarpontale also provides a complimentary basket of breakfast food upon each guest's arrival. One of the best perks is the use of a bicycle for the duration of your stay. I used mine constantly, biking miles and miles to and through the natural reserve on the other side of the island. But I also used it to bike down the short dirt path to the Gulf of Mexico, which is literally 2 minutes away from the Tarpontale. Surrounding the inn are only stones, so every time anyone walks, you hear that beautiful and relaxing crunching and crushing sound. In the back section, there is a large hot tub and a hammock, both of which are perfect sunset treats after stressful days sunbathing, swimming, and biking.
by Robin Eldridge
Brooklyn, New York
February 8, 2006
From journal A Solo Journey to the Island of Sanibel