Attractions

History of the Sanibel Lighthouse

The Sanibel Lighthouse is a well recognized symbol of quant Sanibel Island and a historical landmark on the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first lighthouse on Florida’s Gulf Coast that is north of Key West.

Sanibel Farmers Market Tradition

If you’ve visited Sanibel & Captiva Islands in the winter or early spring, you’ve probably experienced the Sanibel Farmers Market first-handedly. Locals and vacationers alike flock to the market on Sunday mornings to bask in the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and pastries. Since 2008, farmers, bakers, fishermen and chefs have brought their local […]

The Magic of the Sanibel Causeway

The Sanibel Causeway evokes an emotional response in even our most stoic visitors. Below are some thoughts from folks that cross it often. Jim McCallion, Marketing Director at McCallion & McCallion Most bridges simply allow you to travel from one side of an obstacle to another. But the Sanibel Causeway transports me in so many more […]

Sanibel is a “Happiest” Town says Coastal Living [Video]

Coastal Living Magazine’s readers voted Sanibel as one of the top 5 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the United States. I’m not sure what the criteria for “Happiest” is, but as a year-round Sanibel resident, I sure am happy. Click the triangle below to watch a segment from the Today Show discussing these happy towns. Click […]

What Sanibel Doesn’t Have

I want to share the story of my client Gerald. Gerald wanted a get-away home on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but didn’t know exactly where. When I spoke with him, he was concerned about “Quality”. He desired a quality condo with quality construction, quality finishes, and in a ‘quality’ neighborhood. No problem, I thought, […]

Sanibel Then and Now

During the 30 years I’ve known Sanibel, the island hasn’t changed much – at least not compared to the rest of Florida. However, the island did undergo a dramatic and rapid transformation starting in 1965 after the first bridge was built. Fortunately, proactive residents incorporated the City of Sanibel and put in place the Sanibel […]

PHOTOS: Myakka River Get Away

Florida is full of natural beauty if you escape the sprawl and strip malls. Most visitors miss this as they hurry down the interstate focused on their destinations. But if you exit the freeway and slow down, you can begin to sense it. Myakka River State Park; however, slaps you in the face and says […]

Sanibel Ranked #1 In World by Frommer

Arthur Frommer has ranked Sanibel Island as his #1 favorite travel destination in the world – beating places like Bali and Paris (ranked #2 and #3)!!! Sanibel has won much recognition over the years, but being the personal favorite of such a renowned travel expert is high praise. Frommer calls Sanibel an “idyllic haven of […]

Cayo Costa, A Remote Island Get Away

Just two islands north of Captiva in the chain of barrier islands that includes Sanibel is Cayo Costa. This undeveloped stretch of sand, scrub and woods accessable only by boat. The entire island of Cayo Costa is a State Park that includes 9 miles of stunning beaches and over 2500 acres of wilderness. You can […]

Bowman’s Beach Sanibel Island

This weekend we took our family to Bowman’s Beach on the West end of Sanibel. This protected Sanibel beach has no development in sight, providing remote and natural landscape views. With only native vegetation, white sand and the Gulf of Mexico, you get a feel for ‘big sky’ as the low horizon expands in all […]