Island hopping is Southwest Florida’s main attraction for many visiting the area for the first time and those who return countless times. Southwest Florida’s barrier islands are as diverse as they are beautiful and have a little something for everyone.
Island Hopping: Southwest Florida’s Main Attraction
Sanibel Island is a must see for seashell lovers of the world. Visitors looking to find a collection of gems from the sea flock here year round, especially in the spring during the annual Shell Festival. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum draws visitors to the island. Sanibel is also home to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The miles of stunning shoreline are also a main attraction on Sanibel Island. Whether arriving by boat or land, the island provides a classic feel of Old Florida.
Captivia Island: Charming Island Attraction
In true island hopping fashion, it’s a quick ride north by boat or car to arrive on Captiva Island. Since Captiva and Sanibel islands enjoy a close proximity, the two are often linked together in references to the overall area. The smaller of the two islands, Captiva Island has its own distinct charm and appeal. The island is home to a number of perfect beaches along with a variety of wildlife species. The natural beauty of the island is captured in many of the pieces on display at Jungle Drums Art Gallery; you’ll know the spot by the carved sea creatures on display out front. Make sure to have a camera ready to capture the daily picturesque view of sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico.
Island Hopping: Others to Explore in Southwest Florida
Other islands of interest in the area include Boca Grand Island, Pine Island, and Estero Island. The trio of islands can all be reached by either car or boat and offer a treasure trove of eco-tourism options along with jewels to dine and relax. There are also a number of islands like Cayo Costa, North Captivia Island, Cabbage Key, and Useppa Island that are only accessible by boat. Once you arrive, rent a bike, golf cart or put on a comfortable pair of shoes to walk the island and explore.
Plan to head down to Southwest Florida for a little island hopping and enjoy all the area has to offer. Let the staff at Port Sanibel Marina know which island you plan to visit and learn what other attractions await. We also offer a variety of charter packages through the Ship Store that includes several of the islands. Island hopping by boat is also one of the best ways to fish in the area known for Snook and Trophy Bass.
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