- Hurricane Ian Recovery -
For ways that you can help out with the recovery process, Tiffany Repecki at The Island Reporter published a list of several trustworthy oraganzations here along with how to reach them.
For the latest updates on the recovery process and important information, city officials are posting everything on MySanibel.com
You have just found the perfect place for your vacation - Sanibel Island, Florida. Whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic weekend or just a getaway, Sanibel Island is the place to be. With a sub-tropical climate there is always an abundance of sunshine year round. Enjoy a tropical blend of sugary white sand beaches, azure blue seas and an array of colorful exotic foliage. You can watch dolphins frolic along the shoreline and pelicans lazily glide along over the surf.
Sanibel Island offers all of the modern conveniences that most vacationers have come to expect, but has tempered its growth by clearly placing quality offerings above quantity. Regulations limiting the height of buildings, (including hotels, resorts, and condos) to be no taller than the tallest tree (approximately 3 stories) allows for beautiful views and a naturally secluded feeling. Guests of the island can expect a comfortable stay at any of the island’s hotels, inns or guest cottages, and a memorable dining experience at any of its excellent Sanibel Island restaurants.
Sanibel Island is world renowned for its abundance of pastel colored seashells and the "Sanibel Stoop". You can test your mettle on the golf courses in the area and fishing and boating are unequalled. There are twenty-five miles of bike paths for you to explore the island. Shopping on Sanibel Island is an exhilarating experience with so many unusual items to purchase. Restaurants offer Floribian flair of foods and choose from casual to fine dining. Our island restaurants await you. Sanibel Island is home to world famous J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge its 6,000 acres of mangrove jungles and wetlands encompass a large portion of the island, it is home to dozens of endangered species, see manatees, alligators, raccoons, tropical birds and much more. You can explore the refuge by car, foot, bicycle, kayak or guided tram. An experience the whole family will enjoy.
At roughly 15 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, Sanibel Island’s small size belies its rich and intriguing history, abundant flora & fauna, plentiful stretches of exquisite beaches, and the depth of the culture & hospitality of its residents. Sanibel's beaches are famous for their pristine sands and abundant shells. Due to the island’s east-west orientation, Sanibel Island is the perfect sift for the Gulf tides and over 250 types of shells. Breathtaking sunsets and playful dolphins contribute to the excitement of boating tours, and the beautiful waters of the island offer some of the finest fishing in the world. Other active ways of appreciating the plant, wildlife, and fish are to go biking, paddleboarding or kayaking. While there are no coral reefs, plenty of marine life makes their home in the numerous artificial reefs and wrecks. As a result, diving these offshore installations is also an enchanting and enriching experience.