Sanibel Island Remains a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community

Sanibel Island Remains a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly CommunityFor years Sanibel Island Florida has been a prime biking community. It is one of 506 communities around the country with a commitment to creating a safe bicycling atmosphere for all who love to get around on two wheels (and two pedals).

On May 31st, 2023 the League of American Bicyclists renewed the Gold-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The designation is the Gold level of the bicycle-friendly community award. This official...

Living with No See Ums on Sanibel Island

Living with No See Ums on Sanibel IslandIf you have just moved to Sanibel Island you may have run into an unfortunate encounter with No See Um bugs. These pests can be pretty annoying to contend with when you are enjoying outdoor spaces on Sanibel especially as the sun is going down. It can be pretty discouraging to go out on the deck of your Sanibel home to enjoy the amazing outdoor atmosphere only to discover a million tiny red bumps all over the next morning. 

What Are No See Ums?

No See Ums are extremely small insects that fly and can go unnoticed as they make their attack. They can be as tiny as a single grain of sand and often do not get any bigger than 3 mm. They...

If You are New to Sanibel you Need to Try Breakfast at the Lighthouse Café

Breakfast at the Lighthouse Café

If you are just visiting or are new to being a permanent resident on Sanibel Island you have to make sure you stop by the Lighthouse Café for breakfast. It is a Sanibel favorite.

The Lighthouse Café boasts that it has the best breakfast in the world and many people who frequently vacation or live here permanently agree. It is the best breakfast and brunch spot anywhere. You have not had breakfast until you come and visit Sanibel’s Lighthouse Café.

Some of the most popular menu items include fresh-squeezed orange juice, omelets, and eggs Benedict fixed in any way you could possibly imagine. Don’t forget to try the housemaid strawberry preserves. You can even take some home with you when...

Bring Your Bike to Sanibel Island

Bring Your Bike to Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is most famously known for its amazing white sugar sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Florida. What some people do not realize is that Sanibel Island has a great series of bike trails that stretch 25 miles from end to end and all throughout.

While traversing Sanibel Island on a bike, you may think there is no place better. Some would say there truly is not and that biking throughout the island is one of the best Florida hidden gems. There are bike trails next to almost every road on the island. These trails give access to great beaches that cars cannot access as...

Sanibel Frequently Makes 'Best Of ' Lists

Sanibel Island is one of the most amazing places in all of the world. It is no surprise to those who live here or come to vacation often that Sanibel Island frequently makes best-of lists or categories year after year. In the year 2020 for example, Sanibel Island ranked in several best-of lists on the U.S. News website Travel section. U.S. News is well known for producing several “Best of” lists for countless categories. They are ranked 50% on voter input and 50% on editor criteria.Sanibel Frequently Makes "Best Of " Lists

Here are some of the “best of” rankings that Sanibel earned in the year 2020 from U.S. News Travel:

#2 Best Florida Beaches by U.S. News...

Rainy Day Fun in Sanibel Island Florida

There is always some level of rain in the state of Florida, we are currently rounding the corner into what is known as rainy season across the state. While rain is needed to help maintain the lush natural environment that makes Florida so beautiful, sometimes the rain can put a damper on your Sanibel Island adventure plans.

The good news to the rain in the summer is that it is usually predictable with guaranteed afternoon thunderstorms allowing you to make a loose plan for your days. Some storms are stronger than others and it is always a good plan to have something to do to get you out of the heavy rains.

Here are some of the most fun Sanibel Island activities that will keep you dry while you are waiting out the rain:

Rainy Day Fun in Sanibel Island Florida...

Eating Your Way Through Sanibel

To many in Florida, Sanibel Island is considered a vacation getaway for Floridians and out of stators alike. Sanibel is also home to a fortunate few that live this amazing tropical island lifestyle all year long. Regardless of if you frequently visit Sanibel, or live in this paradise permanently, there are several great places to enjoy a bite to eat. Some of which you may have not yet discovered.

Here are some of the best places to grab a bite on the island of Sanibel, some are lesser-known gems that you may be excited to discover.

Sanibel’s Best TakeoutSanibel’s Best Takeout

As safety measures continue on for the pandemic...

Sanibel Island is a 2021 Most Charming Small Town

So many people love Sanibel Island and for good reason. It has always been one of Florida’s greatest gems and the national magazine Travel and Leisure agrees. Travel and Leisure recently named Sanibel as one of the most charming small towns in Florida. Sanibel made a list in the publication with 10 other Florida cities rated as “the best small towns in Florida with populations of 15,000 or less.”Sanibel Island is 2021 Most Charming Small Town

Travel and Leisure described why Sanibel deserves this title in their...

Periwinkle Place on Sanibel Island Florida

Periwinkle Place is one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy a day of shopping or a yummy meal on Sanibel Island. Some say it is like strolling through a park. It is a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening. Periwinkle Place encompasses 7 acres of park-like setting among shady banyan trees with covered walkways and attractive water features. A way to get outside and enjoy the surroundings for a few hours while grabbing a bite to eat or finding something fun and special to treat yourself with.

Periwinkle Place is listed as one of the top attractions and high-rated shopping destinations by locals and visitors alike all across Lee County. Many people would say it is one of the highlights of visiting Sanibel Island. There are several great local shops that offer a beautiful atmosphere and a wonderfully diverse variety of special and unique items. If you are hungry there are several amazing dining options ranging from relaxed to fine dining...

Sanibel Island Real Estate, Just Sold

Compass Point #213
Compass Point is a luxury, Gulf Front condominium complex on Sanibel Island. Condo offers 2 BR/2 BA with a spacious floor plan. Remodeled bathooms and kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Covered parking and plenty of storage. Amenities include, sparkling community pool, tennis courts and a boardwalk to the beach. Sold 1/4/13 for $510,000
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