Wow What a great day!! John and I spent the day on the Islands of Sanibel and Captiva and wow is the one word that sums it up. Truly Paradise located on the southwest coast of Florida, near Fort Myers and Naples.
This is vacationing at a slower place and it is filled with beauty and nature. The best way I can describe the Islands of Captiva and Sanibel is they are essentially recreational experiences within a nature preserve.
There are many cottages and vacation rental homes tucked away and hidden in the trees and even though there are lots of people on the islands it doesn’t seem that way because of the natural forest and coastal brush. There are restaurants and shops and everything you would want but again because all of this is enclosed in a canopy of trees and natural island greenery you still feel like you are in untouched nature.
All the way around the Islands there are biking and walking paths that will take you not only along the streets but down nature paths through the nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. A haven for bird lovers the Islands offers many opportunities to see Florida birds in their natural habitat. You can canoe or kayak through the many canals and the coastal waters leading to the gulf of Mexico again seeing many species of Florida birds and wildlife and maybe even a manatee will swim up beside you.
One of the things that Sanibel and Captiva Islands are known for is the shelling opportunities and you will see many people with buckets and nets looking for those perfect seashells to take back home.
Bowmans Beach is a public beach park that we stopped at that has hiking and biking trails, picnic facilities, showers, public restrooms, playground and yes the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
Beaches are uncrowded, relaxed and laid back on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. There are several public beaches if you are not lodging on the island and parking is 5.00 per hour. Most lodging is vacation home/cottage rentals but there are also resorts and hotels tucked back in the trees.
John and I will absolutely be back!! Next we are off to Lovers Key State Park just a few miles up the road from here.