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Sanibel Island
Most vacation spots are either relaxing (Tahiti) or family-friendly (Orlando). Sanibel Island, however, is that rare place which is both. Spend a quiet afternoon shell-collecting, or find a hotel with a kids' program so you can enjoy a trip to the spa or a round of golf.

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Whitney's Bait and Tackle
Whitney's Bait and Tackle
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Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Attraction type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Sanibel Public Library
Sanibel Public Library
Attraction type: Libraries
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J.N. (Ding) Darling National Wildlife Refuge
J.N. (Ding) Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching.
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; National Parks; State Parks
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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the... more Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world devoted to shells. Exhibits include shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, World Record size shells, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store offers a wide selection of shell books less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Mad Hatter Restaurant
Mad Hatter Restaurant
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Sweet Melissa's Cafe
Sweet Melissa's Cafe
Price:
Cuisines: Eclectic
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Traders Cafe
Traders Cafe
Cuisines: Seafood, Continental, Bistro
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Over Easy Cafe
Over Easy Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Blue Coyote Supper Club
Blue Coyote Supper Club
Price: $25 - $36
Cuisines: Continental
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

West-End Paradise
West-End Paradise
$95 - $235
Tarpon Tale Inn
Tarpon Tale Inn
$99 - $129
Periwinkle Cottages of Sanibel
Periwinkle Cottages of Sanibel
$95 - $225

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Ocean's Reach Condominiums
3.0 of 5
Ocean's Reach Condominiums
$184 - $392
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Sanibel Siesta on the Beach
3.5 of 5
Sanibel Siesta on the Beach
$185 - $373
Ranked #1 of 28 hotels in Sanibel Island
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Sanibel Moorings
3.0 of 5
Sanibel Moorings
$176 - $468
Ranked #3 of 28 hotels in Sanibel Island
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Grand View
4.0 of 5
The Grand View
$188 - $321
The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village
4.0 of 5
The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village
$176 - $323
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Cape Coral
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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
$217 - $608
Ranked #2 of 14 hotels in Bonita Springs
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.