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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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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
Owner description: Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching. Fees are required for Wildlife Drive. Wildlife Drive is closed... more Owner description: Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching. Fees are required for Wildlife Drive. Wildlife Drive is closed on Fridays. There's an extensive and informative FREE visitor center, a fantastic wildlife drive, tram tours, kayaking, fishing opportunities, picnic benches, and even a free scavenger hunt style game and wildlife spotting app (Discover Ding) if you prefer a self-guided tour. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Owner description: The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is your official source when visiting our beautiful islands. Stop in for information on lodging, restaurants... more Owner description: The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is your official source when visiting our beautiful islands. Stop in for information on lodging, restaurants, activities, shopping, attractions, and much more! less
Attraction type: Visitor Centers
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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from... more Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National 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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Sanibel Causeway
Sanibel Causeway
Attraction type: Scenic Drives
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Love Boat
Love Boat
Cuisines: Gluten Free
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Blue Coyote Supper Club
Blue Coyote Supper Club
Price: $25 - $36
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, International
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Il Cielo
Il Cielo
Price: $8 - $48
Cuisines: Seafood, Vegetarian, Fusion, American, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Mad Hatter Restaurant
Mad Hatter Restaurant
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Pecking Order Fried Chicken
The Pecking Order Fried Chicken
Price: $5 - $9
Cuisines: Fast Food, Street Food, American
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Castaways Cottages of Sanibel
2.5 of 5
Castaways Cottages of Sanibel
$130 - $333
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Kona Kai Motel
3.0 of 5
Kona Kai Motel
$107 - $198
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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The PalmView
The PalmView
$85 - $185

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Sandalfoot Condominium
3.0 of 5
Sandalfoot Condominium
$222 - $238
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Ocean's Reach Condominiums
3.0 of 5
Ocean's Reach Condominiums
$171 - $228
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Sanibel Moorings
3.0 of 5
Sanibel Moorings
$220 - $315
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
4.0 of 5
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
$228 - $574
Ranked #4 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
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The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village
4.0 of 5
The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village
$152 - $401
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cape Coral
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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.