Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

Christmas Eve on the Beach

Christmas Eve Service on Lighthouse Beach is a much loved Sanibel tradition. Hosted by the Sanibel Congregational Church, Pastor John Danner performed a meaningful retelling of the Christmas Story and led the singing of carols. The evening closed with a candle-lit Silent Night. Everyone is welcome, just bring your own beach chair or blanket!

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 […]

Sanibel Beaches Aren’t For Everybody

I love the beach, but I’m not a sun-worshipper, nor a beach voyeur. Sometimes Susan and I go to the shore to stroll along the border between earth and sea. Other times we bring chairs, sun umbrella, and a chilled bottle of sauvignon blanc to kick back and unwind. Sanibel’s 15 miles of beaches offer […]

Sanibel’s Incredibly Low PPBM

I have often expressed how peaceful I find Sanibel beaches and how favorably they compare to other locations – but you probably think I’m biased (you’d be right!). So I’ve coined a new statistic for you analytical types: Population Per Beach Mile (PPBM). Divide Sanibel’s low population by our 15 miles of pristine beaches and […]

Video: Living on Sanibel Island

Jane and Bruce are two of my clients who moved full-time to Sanibel over a year ago. Here they discuss their experience moving to Sanibel and what they enjoy about living on the island. This short video (only 3.5 minutes) provides insight on what it is like to move to Sanibel from some folks that […]

Satellite Images Reveal Sanibel’s Difference

I have visited many coastline communities of Florida and know first-hand that Sanibel’s beauty is unique. Take a quick look at these satellite images from Google of nearby beach destinations and see for yourself how Sanibel is different (note: images are not to scale). Sanibel Island Look at all the green on the island. Over […]

How Dense Are We on Sanibel?

Many of you know that over 60% of Sanibel is pristine conservation land and that no high-rise condos are allowed on our island. These protections keep us surrounded by natural beauty and forever preserve Sanibel’s ‘small town’ character. They have also limited our population density to a mere 182 people per square mile. But do […]

Photos: Fog-Bound Sanibel Shore

Sanibel is usually all about sunshine, but some rare mornings find the island shrouded in a blanket of fog. Our familiar island appears transformed into an isle more hushed and mysterious. Our morning walk seemed more serene as the air, surf, even birds paused in the stillness. Sanibel Shore in the Fog (snapped from my […]

How Warm Is Sanibel?

Escaping a colder climate is a major motivation for many of our island buyers. We all know Florida is warm, but how does the climate on Sanibel compare to other places in the US? When I was a kid, my family lived in the Chicago area, and Susan lived in Boston. I wanted to see […]

Confession of a Work-A-Holic

So, when we moved to Sanibel, we told ourselves that we would take advantage of living on a vacation island everyday. It didn’t happen…at least not right away. Life and work find a way to keep you frantic if you let it. We brought our habits with us, and they have proven more difficult to […]