Sanibel is an island community located on Sanibel Island off the southwest coast of Florida, near Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Sanibel Island preserves an impressive proportion of its land as natural spaces, allowing for some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the region. Additionally, real estate on Sanibel is at a premium, so make sure to take any chance you get to own a piece of this paradise on Florida's southwestern shores.
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Sanibel Island Community Information
Learn More About Sanibel Real Estate
Thanks to the community’s strong commitment to environmental preservation, real estate on Sanibel Island is at a premium. The upside is, of course, spacious properties surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.
Here in Sanibel Island, expect to find beautiful estates with beach access and pools, villas, and a fair selection of empty plots to build your dream home.
Along Sanibel’s shores, there are large luxury homes, well recessed from the sandy dunes, while inland there are cozy lake and canal-side communities.
There are even some exclusive golfing properties at The Sanctuary and The Dunes.
Sanibel Island has many distinct communities, like:
- Sanibel Isles
- The Dunes
- Beachview Country Club Estates
- Gumbo Limbo
- Murex Lakes
- Bright Water
- Belle Meade
- Heron's Landing
Sanibel Island Location & Geography
The island of Sanibel is a Gulf barrier island, relatively unique in its overall east-west orientation (contrasting with the north-south orientation of most other barrier islands in Florida), and falls within Lee County.
Pine Island lies directly north, Captiva to the northwest, Fort Myers Beach to the east, and the mainland to the northeast via the long Sanibel Causeway. Sanibel’s western neighbor, Captiva Island, is linked by Blind Pass bridge.
- Sanibel Island is 30 mins south of Fort Myers
- Sanibel Island is 40 minutes from SW Florida Airport near Estero
Eastern Sanibel Island is the most heavily developed and populated, though the island overall maintains an impressive proportion of natural spaces that host rare birds, turtles, manatees, and other wildlife.
In fact, Sanibel Island is renowned in the region for its wildlife refuges, which cover more than half of its area. The largest of these is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which covers most of the northern portion of the island.
Sanibel Island Attractions & Highlights
Sanibel Island is well known for its expansive wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves.
Other local institutions of note are the Sanibel Historical Village, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, Sanibel Public Library, and Sanibel Sea School. Another famous local attraction is the Sanibel Lighthouse - a favorite subject for photographers visiting the island.
Deep white-sand beaches run the length of the island. Many of these beaches are popular for fishing and shelling, and a number are also known for their quiet, secluded atmosphere away from the crowds. Most notably, Bowman’s Beach in the western portion of the island is accessible via a small bridge near the Heron’s Landing community. Separated from the main body of the island by a short stretch of water, the beach has a lush, out-of-the-way feel.
Sanibel Island's Best Beaches:
- Lighthouse Beaches
- Bowman’s Beach
- Blind Pass Beach
- Silver Key Beach
Rare Birds On Sanibel Island:
- Yellow-crowned heron
- Mangrove cuckoo
- Roseate spoonbill
Sanibel Island Awards
- 5th On Expedia's '25 Friendliest Cities in America' List (2017)
- 7th On National Geographic Travel's '21 Best Beaches in the World' List (2017)
Things To Do On Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is most famous for shelling - the practice of searching for shells on the beach.
Apart from that, residents and visitors enjoy sunning themselves on the beach, wildlife watching, various water sports, fishing, or enjoying the island’s cultural and entertainment venues.
Perhaps the most popular activity in Sanibel, apart from relaxing or enjoying one of the many commercial establishments designed to aid in relaxing, is shelling. Many rare and beautiful shells wash up on its shores.
If collecting sounds too strenuous, or too reliant on luck, just visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum to view some of the natural treasures that Sanibel Island is famous for.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Sanibel Island?
Sanibel Island is most popular during the months of December to April. This time is particularly favourable compared to the cold weather elsewhere, considering that Sanibel experiences daytime temperatures in the mid-20s during this time.
The summer months are, of course, warmer and have more rain. But the lower prices and smaller crowds have their perks as well.
Communities In Sanibel Island
Major Communities In Southwest Florida
Communities With Gulf Access
Data last updated: February 24th, 2021 at 12:26pm EST and updating occurs daily
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