Top things to do in Sanibel Island

Top Choice American in Sanibel Island

Mad Hatter Restaurant

Vacationing Manhattan urbanites flock to what is widely regarded as Sanibel's best locavore restaurant. Contemporary seafood is the focus, with tempting appetizers such as oysters and a seafood martini, while mains …
Top Choice American in Sanibel Island

Sweet Melissa's Cafe

From menu to mood, Sweet Melissa's offers well-balanced, relaxed refinement. Dishes, including things like farro fettuccine, escargot with marrow and whole crispy fish, are creative without trying too hard. Lots of …
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…
Seafood in Sanibel Island

Gramma Dot's

Pull up a bar stool next to the charter-boat captains at this longtime Sanibel Marina favorite. Enjoy a no-fuss fried-oyster sandwich, mesquite-grilled grouper or the coconut shrimp. A great lunch stop.
Cafe in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Bean

Popular local hangout with an extensive cafe menu of quick, cheap eats that are surprisingly tasty and prepared with love. The staff are as friendly as they come.
Music in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Music Festival

A classical- and chamber-music festival that draws international musicians for a month-long concert series every Tuesday and Saturday in March.
Seafood in Sanibel Island

Lazy Flamingo

Look for the Pepto Bismol–pink shack just before Blind Pass and you’ll have found the friendly Lazy Flamingo. This is where locals go for blackened grouper sandwiches, conch fritters and ragingly spicy Dead Parrot W…