Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

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 […]

Wow! That’s a Catch

Check out this video of fishing along the Sanibel Causeway Bridge. These guys catch a Goliath Grouper they estimate to be around 300lbs. These incredible fish can grow to 800lbs! Now a protected species, these fish can be found in the waters off Sanibel and Captiva.

Cool Video: Sanibel Rays

I often see Cownose Rays gliding in formation along the shore with their wing-tips lifting out of the water. Sometimes one will jump into the air and hit the water with a loud slap. These rays do have stingers, but they are not at all aggressive. As a kid, my friends and I chased and […]

Sanibel Island Neighbors: Sea Turtles

Sanibel is a haven for nature and nature lovers. As over 60% of our island is protected land, many species thrive here. I’ve always loved turtles and many species of these ancient hard shelled reptiles make their home on Sanibel Island. Today I’ll write a bit about our Sea Turtles. Sanibel Sea Turtles Every year […]

Video: The Sanibel Legacy

Sanibel is special – it was saved from bulldozers and the over-development that has scarred most of Florida. This unique character has attracted a community of folks who value living where nature and the environment are given high regard. This is what attracted our family to the island. I believe that Sanibel’s unique character and […]

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 […]

Sanibel Island Map Search Surprise

I was using the map search to do some research for a client and noticed a blemish on the map (click on the image to see it full sized). At first I didn’t take much notice, but as I kept scrolling over the area I became curious. So I zoomed in to reveal…..     […]