Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island Travel Tips

This secluded Fort Myers offshoot is considered even more low-key, quiet and quaint than its Gulf Coast neighbor, and that's saying a lot. Casual is the order of the day on Sanibel Island; a shabby chic vibe permeates the Periwinkle Way galleries, restaurants and shops; seashells cover every sandy and linoleum surface. In fact, the abundant seashells have become this island's claim to fame. You'll find plenty of beachcombers practicing the "Sanibel stoop" -- what locals call shelling -- on any lengthy stretch of sand. Plan on joining them for at least one afternoon of your stay; that is, if the mood strikes you. The residents of laid-back Sanibel wouldn't have it any other way.

Why Go: Sanibel Island drips with relaxing romance. While here, spend some quality time together "shelling" on the beach. Couples will savor their time on the sand as well as on Periwinkle Way with its boutiques and eateries. If you need a dose of adventure, take a bike ride through J.N Ding Darling natinal Wildlife Refuge. Because Sanibel isn't a major Florida destination, you'll find accommodations close to the shore for moderate prices.

Best Times to Visit Sanibel Island

The best time to visit Sanibel Island is December to April, the peak season. Trips during these five months will be more expensive than at other times, so start planning early. Still, this is when you'll find idyllic beach weather. The late fall is a good time to secure a room deal and do a little shelling in the now chilly gulf water. Avoid the hurricane season altogether -- if you want to visit in summer, then plan your trip for May or June, before the threat of bad storms.

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