Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

Tourists, Traffic and Tantrums

Sanibel is not perfect. (What? Did I say that?) We actually have a few issues – and I’ll share one of the biggest gripes our busy season visitors have: Too much traffic. And its true – sort of. I just had a customer who was excited about what Sanibel has to offer. They drove onto […]

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 […]

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 […]