We just returned this afternoon from FMB / Sanibel. It was a nice trip. We stayed at the Sanibel Harbor Marriott and really enjoyed our stay. I honestly was a little worried after reading some of the reviews but I can't think of a single thing to complain about. The resort is beautiful, room was nice, view was outstanding and the staff friendly and helpful. I have stayed at lots of very nice resorts and hotels and I would rank it up there with the best of them. We checked in and went down to FMB to Smokin' Oyster Brewery (SOB). The valet recommended it and it was the perfect way to start a beach vacation! The atmosphere was casual and fun and the food was all great! The garlic crab is one of the best things I think I have ever eaten! In fact we loved it so much we went back for more last night! Thursday we had planned to spend the day in Miami but after a few too many rum drinks at SOB we decided to go take it easy and explore the area around FM. We did an airboat ride and saw several gators despite the cool weather then we did some shopping. Dinner that night was at The Lighthouse. It was a bit pricy but the food was good.Friday was the wedding so we went down to FMB and walked the beach that morning before heading back for the wedding. I was determined to have Stone Crab on this trip so we went to Skip One. I don't know if it wasn't truly fresh or maybe the garlic crab spoiled me but it was not great. Tasted just like snow crab but harder to eat. Saturday we planned to spend the entire day on Sanibel. We headed over about 7:30 to do some shelling. I was very disappointed. There were TONS of shells but no variety. We went to Lighthouse beach first and walked away from the lighthouse and didn't find anything exciting so we decided to go to Bowman's and found the same thing. We even got in the water to look. I did find a small conch shell that wan't broken. Even though there are not as many we found a much bigger variety on FMB. I'm not sure what they are called but some different shapes and colorful shells and some small transparent looking disks. They were similar to capiz shells. We decided to go check out Captiva the parking lots were already full at Blind Pass by that point so we decided to drive to the other end only to find it was closed. Captiva is beautiful though! I honestly thought it was prettier than Sanibel. It really felt tropical. We did stop at The Bubble Room for some orange crunch cake. It made the drive out worth it! So good! We went to Doc Fords for some drinks before leaving and having another dinner in FMB. Sanibel is nice and I'm glad we went but it was not at all what I was expecting. Just a little too slow paced for my taste. Thank you all for answering all of my questions about the trip!