Sanibel Island is a treasure to discover time and time again. The sun, the water, the sunsets and the wildlife keep visitors coming back year after year. If you’re new to the area or a returning visitor, we’ve put together a list of six treasure spots to put on your Sanibel Island itinerary map during your next visit.
No. 1 Treasure: The Beach
This is the No. 1 treasure spot on Sanibel Island. Everyone who has been to Sanibel Island knows the beaches are the true treasure. Known for their white powdery sand, they are full of wonderful shelling opportunities for beachgoers on an island known as the shelling capital of the world.
Some beachgoers like to look for hidden treasure too. Sunken treasure lost hundreds of years ago still sits at the bottom of the oceans surrounding Florida. The occasional beachgoer is fortunate enough to find a valuable coin or a piece of a valuable necklace that’s worth money.
When looking for both shells and treasure, stay on the beach beyond the wave line and look for treasures on the high tide line where the sand is softest. Use this tide chart to plan your adventure. Another great time to look for treasures and shells is after a storm because heavy waves churn up and toss shells and treasures onto the shoreline.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a spot full of wildlife, including several species of birds. In the summer, early morning walks on the trails are preferred. You can also drive a nature trail from your car. It’s a popular place for nature photographers so make sure you bring your camera. Read our blog on the best places to take pictures on Sanibel Island.
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Speaking of wildlife, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is the must stop place to see wildlife in a different setting. There is also a rehabilitation hospital where volunteers work to nurse sick and injured animals back to health. The clinic cares for more than 3,500 wildlife patients and is labeled as one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. There are tours and presentations where visitors get to view the animals up close and personal. A list of CROW’s upcoming events can help you map your trip.
The Sanibel Lighthouse sits on a wildlife refuge and is an historic part of this quaint little island. It’s a great place to get sunset photos with the lighthouse as the backdrop. While the lighthouse itself isn’t open to the public, there is a small public beach to enjoy shelling. You can park in a nearby parking lot for $2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Sanibel Fishing Pier
Are you a fisher in search of a good fishing pier? The Sanibel Island Fishing Pier is another iconic part of Sanibel Island. Fishers enjoy catching fish here at both sunrise and sunset. Start up a conversation with local anglers to get a feel for the best time and place to catch fish in the area.
Captiva Chapel By the Sea
We realize the Captiva Chapel By the Sea isn’t technically on Sanibel Island. But the chapel, built in 1903 as a school house, is too cool of a place not to add to our treasure list. Rent a kayak or a canoe and head to Captiva Island to explore the grounds of a historic church that’s still being used today for weddings, baptisms, and local non-denominational church services. The site also includes one of the area’s oldest cemeteries and gives visitors a feel for what life was like on the local island more than 100 years ago.
Spend Time on the Water
Your itinerary and your location map of treasures to explore on Sanibel Island are all set. Now it’s time to book all of your water sport activities for your trip to Sanibel Island. Many of these spots are accessible by watercraft, so rent a boat or schedule a boat cruise or a tour at Port Sanibel Marina. Book a fully furnished condo at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals too so you have time to explore this beautiful island. Call us today at (239) 437-1660 to plan your trip today!
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