About Sanibel Island
We’ve gotten to know Sanibel pretty well having lived here for more than a decade now. There’s so much to say about our 16 square-mile barrier island, as you can tell by the 280+ blogs we’ve written so far!
But for those unfamiliar with Sanibel, we thought you’d enjoy this Quick Start to Sanibel, an overview of the island. So let’s start with the basic stats.
Getting To Know Sanibel Island
Sanibel Basic Stats:
Sanibel Population: 7,363 (2017 Census)
Land Area: 16.12 square miles
Water & Land Total Area: 33.25 square miles
County: Lee County
City Incorporation: 1974
How dense are we on Sanibel Island compared to other Florida beach towns? You might be surprised to learn that St. Augustine, Marco, Naples, and Venice are 3x more densely populated than Sanibel! Click here to read our full blog “How Dense Are We On Sanibel.”
Preserving Our Island
Did you know Sanibel is more than 60% conservation land? You’ve likely heard about the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is a great place to see unique migratory birds, alligators, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. But there’s also the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), which owns 1,800 acres of land on the islands, preserving it in its natural state.
The founding fathers of Sanibel we’re a huge part in establishing this conservation effort that has kept the island free from high-rise condos and over-development. The building restrictions and regulations around vacation rentals have preserved both the land and the small town appeal of Sanibel, which most people describe as “simple, natural, and friendly.”
The Sanibel community is what drew us to live on island and raise our family of four kids. It’s also what’s helped our family-owned real estate practice to be successful, with an abundance of support and collaborations between the businesses on island.
Annual events such as the 4th of July parade, Sanibel Luminary Night, and events at the Sanibel Community House paint a good picture of the community spirit. The numerous non-profit organizations such as CROW, BIG ARTS, the churches on island are a big part in what makes the community special, and how island residents get involved in the community and meet one another.
As I said, I could talk about Sanibel for days. This is just skimming the surface! Below are a few other articles I think you’ll like. If you have questions about a topic I didn’t mention, feel free to reach out! Team@SanibelRealEstateGuide.com or 239-472-1950.
More Blogs About Sanibel Island
Is It Time To Downsize?
If you’re preparing for retirement, now might be a good time to downsize your home.Read More
Sanibel Island Resident Finds 9 Junonia Shells!
My jaw dropped when he told me he found NINE Junonia shells on Sanibel recently. My eyes lit up when he sent me the pictures!Read More
The Spirit of Sanibel Island
Nothing can prepare you for the aftermath of an event like this. But fellowship carries you through it.Read More
Amazing Sunrises and Sunsets on Sanibel
Where to watch sunrise and sunset on Sanibel Island – as told by a local!Read More
Top 3 Best Beaches for Shelling on Sanibel Island
If we had to choose, we think Lighthouse Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and Tarpon Bay Road Beach are some of the best for shelling on Sanibel, here’s why…Read More
Pros and Cons of Living on Sanibel Island
Every town has its pros and cons. Living on Sanibel Island, is no different.Read More
Sanibel Pool Homes For Sale
At the top of many home buyer’s search criteria are Sanibel Pool Homes For Sale.Read More
Sanibel Island Population
Many of you know that Sanibel is over 60% conservation land. But just how densely populated is the island? And how do we compare to other beach towns in Florida?Read More
My First Time on Sanibel
Do you remember your first time on Sanibel Island? I remember mine! It was the Summer of 1990.Read More
Near Beach Sanibel Homes For Sale
On an island that’s 3-miles at its widest, its not hard to find Near Beach Sanibel Homes For Sale.Read More
All About Sanibel Estates – Sanibel Island
Today we’re talking all about Sanibel Estates, the east-end community on Sanibel Island.Read More
All About Gumbo Limbo Sanibel
Susan stopped by the Gumbo Limbo Sanibel neighborhood to share some of the highlights of this east-end subdivision.Read More
5 Tips for Experiencing Sanibel Island Lifestyle & Real Estate
Experiencing Sanibel Island! Here are 5 tips to help familiarize yourself with the real estate market and island lifestyle.Read More
Lakefront Living on Sanibel Island
Did you know there’s lakefront living on Sanibel Island? It’s one of a few different waterfront options.Read More
Our Visit To CROW On Sanibel!
We had the pleasure of visiting CROW on Sanibel. Did you know CROW treats around 5,000 wildlife patients each year??Read More
Where To Watch The Sunset on Sanibel Island?
When I’m asked about the best place to watch the sunset on Sanibel, I always seem to blurt out “anywhere!”Read More
What Does $500k Get You on Sanibel Island?
Curious what types of homes are for sale in the $500,000 price range on Sanibel Island? Let’s see!Read More
Thinking Outside the “Single Family Home” Box
There are only 61 “active” single-family homes listed for sale on Sanibel right now.Read More
An Insider’s View – What To Do on Sanibel Island
A client recently texted me asking my insider view on what to do on Sanibel Island. Here’s my response…Read More
East End vs West End vs Mid-Island
Which location on island best suits your lifestyle and needs? Here’s a summary of each.Read More
Sanibel 4th of July Parade
One of my favorite island celebrations is the Sanibel 4th of July Parade! Here’s a glimpse at the Sanibel community pride in action.Read More
Sanibel Kids Living The Good Life
While thinking about Mother’s Day this year, I was flipping through a bunch of photos of my kids enjoying island life that I just had to share.Read More
Getting To Know Sanibel
We’ve written more than 280 blogs about Sanibel! But for those unfamiliar with our island, here’s a quick guide to Sanibel.Read More
Sanibel Wins “Gold” as Bike Friendly Community
Sanibel Island received the “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Community Award by the League of American Bicyclists in December 2018. We’re one of only two Florida communities to achieve this elite status!Read More
Satellite Images Show Sanibel’s Difference
We know that Sanibel Island is much different than other beach towns along the Gulf Coast… but these satellite images really drive home the point!Read More
Your Guide To Sanibel Biking
Biking is one of Sanibel’s main attractions other than the beach. Here’s a guide to get you going, including a Sanibel Bike Map!Read More
Sanibel Is My Kind Of Boring
Most people who visit Sanibel Island LOVE the fact that we have zero street lights and 26-miles of bike path. Most everyone loves the peace and quiet. But Sanibel is not for everyone!Read More
We’re Thankful For Our Sanibel Community
It might be a bit cliche, but every year around this time I am reminded just how thankful we are to live in the Sanibel Community.Read More
Is Sanibel The Right Community For You?
Here are a few tips on how to make sure you’re choosing the right community for your family’s lifestyle.Read More
What Exactly Is BIG ARTS?
It’s another organization on island that you see everywhere, but what is BIG ARTS exactly?Read More
5 Tips for Planning Your Sanibel Visit
Here are a few tips to make sure your time on Sanibel Island is well spent!Read More
Sanibel Luminary Night
Looking back on our first Luminary Night and island holiday experience, I can’t help but to get a little sappy and emotional!Read More
Have You Seen Sanibel’s Wild Side?
Where else can you watch ospreys and reptiles from your back porch, and bike a few miles to a nature preservation or the beach to capture images of rare pelicans and other wildlife?Read More
What’s different about North Captiva?
We have a lot of customers ask about North Captiva and how it differs from Sanibel and Captiva Island. Here’s what you need to know!Read More
You Gotta Love Sanibel Mailboxes!
Driving around the island your bound to spot of a few classic Sanibel mailboxes that make you smile!Read More
Susan Tops List of “Women You Should Know” in SWFL
Susan McCallion has been selected as one of the women you should know – Movers & Shakers in Southwest Florida!Read More
Bailey’s General Store
Bailey’s General Store is an island favorite for visitors and locals alike! What’s the history behind the Bailey family?Read More
Does Southwest Florida Have Fall?
In the state of “Endless Summer” does Florida even celebrate Fall?Read More
Help Susan Keep the Title!
Last year, Susan won the “Best of the Islands” award for Best Real Estate Agent of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Thrilled with the nomination, Susan was extremely grateful for the residents who voted for her over more than 350 Realtors who practice on the Islands.Read More
Independence Day Celebrations on the Islands
Every year, the islands celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic parade down Periwinkle Way. Celebrate America’s Birthday, Island-Style!Read More
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.Read More
How’s The Weather on Sanibel?
Snowbirds Welcome Sanibel Island Weather During the winter months, it’s pretty cold up north and many people flock to Southwest Florida to thaw out. Down south, we call these people “snow birds” and we warmly welcome them to paradise. We encourage visitors to leave their winter parkas behind, because here on Sanibel Island, it rarely […]Read More
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’s, Marketing Director at McCallion & McCallion, Take on the Sanibel Island Causeway Most bridges simply allow you to travel from one side of an obstacle to another. But the Sanibel Causeway […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Gulf Pines Sanibel Island
Gulf Pines is a neighborhood of 114 single-family homes tucked away at the end of a quiet sandy lane on Sanibel Island. A Nature Lover’s Paradise Gulf Pines was developed in 1972 – before the City of Sanibel was incorporated. Careful planning of the Gulf Pines neighborhood preserved the authentic beauty of Sanibel better than […]Read More
The Sanibel Legacy Video Series
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 […]Read More