How To Know You’re An Islander

Many folks visit from afar to vacation on our island, and lots of nearby Floridians find Sanibel a great place to spend the day and unwind. But island locals know that living here (especially as a full-time resident), gives you a different understanding of “island life.”

So how do you know that you’re officially an “Islander” or “Sanibelian” to be more specific? Well, besides holding the deed to your newly purchased Sanibel home, here are five signs you area true islander.

You’re an islander if….

#1. You Feel Blessed!

Coming over the Causeway on your way HOME. That’s right, this beautiful barrier island is Your Home. Someplace that vacationers travel far and wide to visit every year and dream about until they return next year.

#2. Sand Is Everywhere, and That’s Okay.

Literally everywhere. In your car, in your home, on your pets, in your pool. I even found a pile of sand in my dress shoes while in the office the other day! But it’s okay. This is just a small nuance that others with snow in their shoes would much rather have!


#3. You Get Offended by Litterers

You wouldn’t go to someone else’s hometown and leave a solo cup in their lawn or at a museum. So why do people think it’s okay to leave it on the beach! Grrr… It should strike emotion in you, because you care about your home and the delicate environment we co-inhabit with our island wildlife.

#4. You Find Yourself at Community Events

…every week. There’s always something going on in this small, but mighty and passionate community. You’re sure to meet a number of interesting islanders who invite you to an event at say the community house, and next thing you know, you’re volunteering at tomorrow’s fundraiser! You can’t help to immerse yourself into this wonderful community.

#5. Sunsets Never Get Old

Maybe you become numb to the daily dolphin-sightings or thousands of shells that line our beaches. While these things are definitely unique, there’s something magical about each and every sunset that leaves you in awe.


Jim McCallion About Jim McCallion

Meet the "Marketing Megaphone" and Webmaster behind McCallion & McCallion. After selling his software company, Jim, Susan and kids moved to Sanibel in 2008. With his tech experience, he and Susan bring a fresh approach to island real estate.