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
Experiencing Sanibel Island! Here are 5 tips to help familiarize yourself with the real estate market and island lifestyle.Read More
Susan McCallion has been selected as one of the women you should know – Movers & Shakers in Southwest Florida!Read More
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
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 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 […]Read More
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
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
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 is a neighborhood of 114 homes tucked away at the end of a quiet sandy lane. Gulf Pines was developed in 1972 – before the City of Sanibel incorporated. Careful planning of the Gulf Pines neighborhood preserved the authentic beauty of Sanibel better than most other subdivisions. All homes in Gulf Pines are […]Read More
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