Sanibel is perfect for family fun, sun and relaxation. The peaceful and pristine shorelines are a great destination for kiting, sunbathing, shelling or any of your family’s favorite daytime beach activities. The open waters of Sanibel offer some of SWFL’s most desired fishing, snorkeling and boating. The fun never stops in Sanibel! If you’re planning on vacationing as a family in Sanibel soon we’ve put together a few ideas for you.
Play in the sand at Algiers Beach, located off Casa Ybel Road. This daytime hotspot is great for kiting, family beach activities and shelling. For a more secluded and romantic beach trip, escape to the historic Lighthouse Beach or take the kids for a sunset stroll on Bowman’s Beach, located along Sanibel-Captiva Road. All of the area’s beaches offer modest parking fees and public access to clean restrooms.
Before you hit the beach, make sure to bring a bucket or a bag for the buffet of shells lining the island’s shoreline. Sanibel is known as the best place for shelling in the United States, as well as one of the best in the world, home to over 250 different kinds of shells.
For a guided outing, bring your family to the island’s best shelling areas by taking a guided shelling excursion with Adventures in Paradise or Endless Summer Charters at Port Sanibel Marina. Be sure to pack your snorkeling gear for exclusive underwater picking!
Need a break from the sun or something fun for a rainy day? Visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, located along Sanibel-Captiva road. This museum offers exhibits detailing mollusks and the animals that create the shells.
Fishing in Sanibel
The island’s reefs are stocked with some of Florida’s finest game fish, including tarpon, snook and shark. To avoid spending hours floating on the water without a bite, come along a Port Sanibel Marina Fishing Charter. Even the most experienced anglers will benefit from the fishing guide’s expert knowledge of local water temperatures, float patterns and the area’s most active fishing spots. A variety of trip packages are available for accommodating all ages and group sizes.
Sanibel is a beautiful place for families to bond, relax and have fun! Also, be sure to check out these waterfront dining suggestions for your dining pleasure. For questions about boat rentals, activities, fishing or Eco Tours, call (239) 437-1660.