Attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Sanibel Island

JN 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Named for cartoonist Jay Norwood 'Ding' Darling, an environmentalist who helped establish more than 300 sanctuaries across the USA, this 6300-acre refuge is home to an abundance of seabirds and wildlife, including a…
Beach in Sanibel Island

Bowman's Beach

Bowman's Beach is the quintessential Sanibel beach, a bright dollop of coast with soft white sand, supplied with a playground and excellent facilities. It’s remote in the sense that it rarely feels crowded, except p…
Museum in Sanibel Island

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Like a mermaid's jewelry box, this museum is dedicated to shells, yet it's much more than a covetous display of treasures. It's a crisply presented natural history of the sea, detailing the life and times of the biv…
Historic Site in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Historical Village

Well polished by the enthusiasm of local volunteers, this museum and collection of nine historic buildings preserves Sanibel's pioneer past. It gives a piquant taste of settler life, with a general store, post offic…
Beach in Sanibel Island

Lighthouse Beach

The most photogenic of the beaches, Lighthouse Beach sports Sanibel's historic metal lighthouse (1884) on the eastern tip of the island. There's also a T-dock, off which pelicans dive-bomb, and a short boardwalk aro…