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Periwinkle Way

Sanibel Island, FL
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
Description: The main street running through Sanibel Island is lined with shops, boutiques, galleries and cafes.
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New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Avoid traffic and use the bike paths. Not even a peak season and traffic could be a problem different times of the day, but the atmosphere and shops matched the island's charm. We biked to Jerry's Grocery each day and enjoyed many other shops along the way. Periwinkle Place is the island "mall" and the shops are wonderful. The swimsuit... More

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New York City, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were on the island for a few days in March, and found this road to have terrible traffic at many times of the day. Do yourself a favor and either rent a bike or drive the back roads to get around the island. The less time you spend on Periwinkle Way, the better

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Westport, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is will you will find most restaurants and shops on Sanibel. There are a number of both great shops and great restaurants. However, this is basically the only way on and off the Island and in the height of season it can be a bear.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Periwinkle Way is one of the main drags around Casa Ybel and contains coffee shops, eateries and places to shop. We biked up and down Periwinkle way on the bike path. if you do choose to roam around, definitely stop at Bailey's General Store, Mango Bay and/or Jerry's Grocery.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Avoid during the middle of the afternoon if you can help it. It's the main road across the island, but there are other options for some of the places you want to go.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Funny, I wait until I get to Sanibel so I can shop at "Periwinkle Way". Somebody has to support the local businesses!!! I have a great time doing it.

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Visiting during a busy season is quite maddening. Very slow and no other way out so make sure to allow extra time if you need to be off the island by a certain time. Some cute shopping areas along the way.

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Toronto, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We loved this shopping area. There are a variety of stores with unique merchandise in a wide range of prices - no tacky tourist shops here! The area is beautifully landscaped. We had a very good lunch at the Blue Giraffe.

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cleveland, oh
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Always a long line and delay on this road. Few, if any, places to pass. The wait for cars trying to turn left is difficult. There are helpful traffic police aiding at busy corners, but leave plenty of time during most of the day and evening.

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Millville, DE
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is the main drag on Sanibel and it is a traffic nightmare. Traffic moves slower than rush hour Manhattan. Shopping is great with the upscale shops being located in the Tahitian Gardens. You finish shopping and then look forward to a hour to get through traffic. Will not visit the island again because of the traffic.

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