Wildlife Society

Wildlife_1Sanibel and Captiva Islands has large variety of Florida Wildlife including birds, alligators and dolphins. Our islands provide a nature vacation for the entire family from the avid nature lover to the budding naturalist.

wildlife_2Nowhere is this natural state more breathtaking than at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1945. Encompassing more than 5,000 acres, this spectacular wildlife refuge lies on the north side of Sanibel Island. It provides nesting sites for over 200 species of birds, many of them threatened or endangered, and is also an ecological system that is sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, river otters, armadillos, and rabbits.

wildlife_3The refuge is named for Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling of New York, a Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist and a life-long environmentalist. Darling once headed the US Biological Survey and was instrumental in establishing more than 300 sanctuaries across the United States. Many of Sanibel’s local establishments highlight the cartoon art of Darling, which focused on the visiting and  local ‘shellers’ who came to the islands.

Besides a first-rate Visitor Center, open Saturday through Thursday, the refuge offers an observation tower, nature trails, and a two-hour guided tour via tram.

J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-1100

Theaters

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Big Arts Center – Marks Box Office, Schein Performance Hall, Phillips Gallery, Founders Gallery, Administrative Offices & Classrooms

900 Dunlop Road
Sanibel Island Fl 33957
(239) 395-0900

Herb Strauss Theater

2200 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island Fl 33957
(239) 472-6862

 

Spa & Massage

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Sanibel Island Day Spa

Periwinkle Place
Sanibel Island Fl 33957
(239) 395-2220

Healing Hands Massage Therapy

2400 Palm Ridge Road
Sanibel Island Fl 33957
(239) 472-3481

Blue Skies Bodyworks – Open 7 Days a Week
Service outcalls

Office (239) 472-0116
(239) 565-1716

Shopping

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Sanibel Island – Captiva Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of commerce offers a wealth of information
about shopping during your stay on the island.

www.sanibel-island.sanibel-captiva.org

Shop on Sanibel

Shopping on Sanibel Island starts with “Shop on Sanibel”
Visit their website and explore all four of the conveniently
located centers located on and just off Periwinkle Way.

www.shoponsanibel.com

Marinas

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Sanibel Marina

634 N. Yachtsman Drive
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-2723

McCarthys Marina

15041 Captiva Drive
Captiva Island 33924
(239) 472-520

Golf Courses

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Sanibel Island Golf Club

1100 Parview Drive
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-2626

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

949 Sandcastle Road
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-3355
(239) 472-5934 (FAX)

Trolley / Boat tours

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Adventures in Paradise Port Sanibel Marina “G” Dock

Located 1 Mile Before The Sanibel Causeway Toll. All cruises
and tours depart from “G” dock at Port Sanibel Marina.
(Look for the yellow flags.)

14341 Port Comfort Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239)472-8443

www.AdventuresInParadise.com

Boat House Powerboat Rentals Sanibel Marina

634 N. Yachtsman Drive
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-2531

Fishy Business Charters McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva Drive

Captiva Island 33924
(239) 472-2628

Island Tails Fishing Adventures Leaving from Punta
Russa Captain Charlie

Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 410-7123

J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge

1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-1100

Captain Mike Rehr – Charter Guide

1155 Buttonwood Lane
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-3308

Joyce Rehr’s Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Guide Service

1155 Buttonwood Lane
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-3308

Captiva Cruises South Seas Plantation Yacht Harbour

Captiva Island 33924
(239) 472-5300
(239) 472-6405 (FAX)

Mike Fuery’s Tours

P.O. Box 1302
Captiva Island 33924
(239) 466-3649

Sanibel Island Adventures Leaving Port-Sanibel Marina

(239) 472-4779

Everglades Day Safari Pick-Up locations throughout
the Lee Island Coast

(800) 472-3069
(239) 472-1559

Tarpon Bay Explorers

900 Tarpon Bay Road
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-8900

Everglades Eco-Tours or Fossil Expeditions

Sanibel Island 33957
(800) 304-9432

Bikes

biking_1For one of the best island tours, hop on a bicycle. Sanibels well-maintained bike paths cover 25 miles of shopping districts and back roads, and they meander through friendly neighborhoods, beneath shady tree canopies, across wooden bridges and along quiet waterways. Biking on Sanibel is fun for the entire family

By bike is the most intimate way to get to know Sanibel Island. (Captiva’s narrow, twisty roads make biking risky.) Twenty-five miles of paved bike paths take you almost anywhere you want to go. They lead to shops, restaurants, points of interest, wildlife centers and beaches.

Many island resorts, hotels and motels have bicycles for guest use, plus there are public bike rental facilities on both islands. (In addition to solo bikes, they rent helmets and kiddy trailers.)

Follow these easy rules of the road for maximum enjoyment:

  • Use designated bike paths where available.
  • If you ride on a roadway: Stay in single file on the far right side of the road and ride with the traffic.
  • Observe traffic laws and signs (i.e., stop and yield as you would in a car); use hand signals.
  • Bikes are not allowed on the beach.
  • Florida law requires that bike riders under age 16 wear helmets.

Great Bike Trips

Rabbit Road Trail. The Rabbit Road bike path runs behind homes and along a canal. If you go biking early in the morning, you’re likely to see plenty of the small gray marsh rabbits that give the road its name. Wading herons and alligator snouts are other common sightings along the quiet one-mile stretch between West Gulf Drive and Sanibel-Captiva Road. Near its intersection with the Sanibel-Captiva Road path, you’ll find a drinking fountain.

Wildlife Drive. Paved with shell and hard-packed sand, this biking route is a bit rough, especially for skinny tired bikes. It’s a four mile loop around J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, ending three miles north of the starting point on Sanibel-Captiva Road. Along the way, you can stop and hike into the refuge on short trails or climb the bird observation tower. Avoid the road at sunset, when abundant car traffic will kick up dust. Bicyclists must pay $1.00 per person over the age of 16, (free for children 15 years and under), to enter the refuge Wildlife Drive.

Dixie Beach Road. This long, straight, easy stretch of 1.5 miles takes you from Periwinkle Way, near Heart of the Islands shopping center, to San Carlos Bay. Where the road meets the bay, you can turn right and gaze at beautiful bayfront homes, or turn left and follow a contorted shell road to an undiscovered place where old island collides with new.

middlegulfMiddle Gulf Cemetery Route. East of Casa Ybel Road, the Middle Gulf Drive bike path leaves the roadside and takes you into backwoods. Here you’ll find Sanibel’s pioneer cemetery, which is not accessible by car. The path continues over the river and off-road to the beach at Gulfside Park.

Bailey Road-Dunes Circle. Bailey Road leaves Periwinkle Way just west of the causeway and leads to the bay. If you turn left on Sandcastle Road, you can circle around the neighborhood of the Dunes and its lushly landscaped, lovely homes. Continue along the 2.5 mile bike loop and you’ll eventually pass the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club and return to where you began. Across from the Dunes exit, an evacuation trail takes a short cut to Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and Causeway Road. For an add-on to this biking route, look for a bike path across from the golf club entrance that will take you to Bay Road and an exclusive waterfront neighborhood.

SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Bait & Tackle Shops

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The Bait Box

1041 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-1618

Billys Bait and Tackle

359 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-6996

Sanibel Light Tackle  Outfitters

2025 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-2002

Sanibel Fly Shop

2340 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island 33957
(239) 472-8485