Sanibel & Captiva Islands: The Facts

Southwest Florida BeachesIf you’re interested in learning some quick facts about the Sanibel & Captiva Islands, you’ve come to the right place! These beautiful sister islands in Southwest Florida are a wonderful place for people who like to enjoy the great outdoors.

  • 15 miles of unspoiled beaches.
  • 25 miles of bike paths.
  • 50 species of fish.
  • 230 species of birds.
  • 250 species of shells.
  • 0 stop lights.
  • Over 65% of Sanibel’s land area is a nature reserve.
  • Sanibel & Captiva Islands are also known as “The Shell Capital of the World”.
  • Sanibel has around 6,500 year round residents and 30,000 during season.
  • Captiva has around 600 year round residents and 4,000 during season.
  • Sanibel & Captiva winters are mild and dry with average daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the low 80s.
  • Sanibel & Captiva summers are tempered by the cooling sea breezes and range from the high 80s to low 90s.
  • Sanibel Island is the same size as Manhattan.
  • Sanibel Island is about 12 miles long and less than 3 miles across at its widest point.
  • Captiva Island is under 5 miles long and under half a mile across at its widest point.
  • Sanibel has 2 main roads: Periwinkle Way and Gulf Road.
  • The average annual water temperature is 78 degrees.
  • The tallest structure on Sanibel Island is the Sanibel Island Light, which is 98 feet high.

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    2019 Summer Events & Activities on Sanibel Island

    Summertime on Sanibel Beaches

    The Sunshine State is the best place to be this summer, and Sanibel Island is the best place to be in Florida. It’s a great time to explore the beaches and wildlife refuges and go biking, boating,  swimming, or kayaking. Sanibel Island has many fun family friendly events and activities going on this summer, too! Click on the links below to learn more about these local happenings.

    National Seashell Day
    Friday, June 21st

    Sanibel Island is the perfect place to celebrate this national holiday! You’ll find hundreds of species of shells on our beautiful beaches.

    Showtime for Kids
    Tuesday, June 25th
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Sanibel Public Library

    Features a mix of comedy, magic, balloon making, and audience participation. All ages welcome. No fee to participate.

    Annual Independence Day Parade
    Thursday, July 4th
    9:30 am
    Periwinkle Way (from Tarpon Bay Road to Donax Street)

    Many of the local businesses, organizations, and community members participate in the parade. Fun for the whole family. Be sure to get to your preferred location early!

    40th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club Road Rally
    Thursday, July 4th
    12:00 pm
    Timbers Restaurant

    The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club Road Rally begins at noon with starting times every 2 minutes from the Timbers Restaurant parking lot at 703 Tarpon Bay Road in Sanibel.

    Fireworks Cruise
    Thursday, July 4th
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Port Sanibel Marina

    Listen to tropical music while cruising on San Carlos Bay and watching the sunset and fireworks. $65 per passenger includes soft drinks, bottled water, and snacks.

    Family Beach Walk
    Fridays through August 2nd
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Gulfside City Park

    Enjoy a guided exploration of J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Perry Tract and learn about this vital beach ecosystem. Free program for all ages.

    Wildlife Wonders
    Saturdays through August 3rd
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    J.N. Ding Darling’s Visitor & Education Center

    Learn about the wildlife refuge’s unique ecosystem through a variety of subjects presented every Saturday. Free program for all ages. Parking fees apply.

    Reading in the Refuge
    Wednesdays through July 31st
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    J.N. Ding Darling’s Visitor & Education Center’s Classroom

    Hear an entertaining wildlife story from a naturalist and craft an animal from our estuarine ecosystem. Free program for all ages.

    All Inclusive Unlimited Watersports
    Saturdays through September 21st
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    South Seas Island Resort, Captiva

    All inclusive watersports include parasailing, wave runners, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. Discount for kids.

    Family Friendly Movie
    Mondays through July 22nd
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Sanibel Public Library

    Bring the whole family for a family friendly movie at the Sanibel Public Library. No pre-registration required. No fee to participate.

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    or if you have any questions about the local area:

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      5 Reasons to Buy a Condo on Sanibel Island

      Sanibel Island Condos in Southwest FloridaSanibel Island is the perfect place to own a condo whether you’re looking for a seasonal home, investment property, or a permanent residence. Here are just five reasons to buy a condo on Sanibel Island in beautiful Southwest Florida.

      1. Condos are low maintenance, so you’ll have more time to enjoy everything Sanibel Island has to offer. From strolling or relaxing on the beach to fishing and boating on the water to golfing, playing tennis, and dining at some fabulous restaurants, you’ll have plenty to experience. You don’t have to worry about spending time maintaining the exterior of the property or the common areas because the association fees cover those items.
      2. Sanibel Island is a popular travel destination, so you can have fun living in your condo year round or earn income from your renters and use it as a vacation home. There’s something for everyone to enjoy year round. Think relaxation, beaches, shelling, and exciting water adventures.
      3. Condos on Sanibel Island offer a variety of great amenities including pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, clubhouses, golf, tennis courts, private balconies, and water views. Some of these amenities are not practical with a single-family home. So, you’ll be able to enjoy some extra luxuries by owning a condo.
      4. Condos are located in convenient areas, whether you want to be close to the beach, golf, or restaurants. Condos on Sanibel Island offer easy access to these areas.
      5. You can enjoy the lifestyle you want at a more affordable price than a single-family home. Condos are less expensive than homes, so you can enjoy spending your money doing all of the things you love to do.

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        Tips for Buying a Great Vacation Rental Home on Sanibel Island

        Beachfront Condo on Sanibel IslandInterested in buying a vacation investment property on Sanibel? Here are some tips on how to select the best vacation home for you.

        Types of Vacation Landlords on Sanibel

        First, determine what type of landlord do you want to be. Do you want to be an investor landlord who rarely or never uses the property? If so, you’ll want to look for an investment property with high income producing capabilities. Or maybe you’re already a Sanibel vacationer and will want to use the home a couple of times a year, let friends and family use the property, and have the option of renting it out. If you plan to retire on Sanibel, you’ll want to take advantage of the real estate market, interest rates, and your financial status. You can either use the property when you’re on vacation or use it solely for rental income until you retire.

        Sanibel Vacation Investment Property Types

        It’s usually easier to rent out properties for shorter periods of time, so give this some consideration. You may want to consider looking into condo complexes that allow shorter rentals to get the highest potential income. Sanibel condos vary with rental restrictions. If you’re wanting to buy a single family home, Sanibel has a 28 day minimum rental requirement.

        Beachfront condos usually rent more frequently and at higher rates than condos with little or no water views. They also sell for a higher price! Near beach condos are less expensive to buy and they can generate good rental income.

        In addition to beach access, a swimming pool can also increase your rental income. You’ll also want to consider any pet restrictions, along with other amenities such an elevator, tennis courts, proximity to golf, etc.

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          4 Reasons to Move to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands

          Sunset on Sanibel IslandThere are plenty of reasons people love calling Southwest Florida home. If you’re thinking about moving to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands, you’re making a great choice. The area is an amazing place to live for so many reasons and these are just a few.

          1. Peace & Relaxation

          You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of peace and quiet on the islands. Discover a laid back lifestyle and a small town community vibe, making it easy to slow things down and spend quality time reconnecting with nature, yourself, and your loved ones. Sit back, relax, and watch the stunning sunsets off the coast of Sanibel and Captiva.

          2. Amenities & Activities

          You’ll find a variety of world-class amenities such as golfing, tennis, dining, arts, and some fabulous quaint island shops to explore. The islands offer everything from water sports to cultural experiences. Popular water activities include fishing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming.

          3. Beautiful Beaches

          Life really is a beach on the Sanibel & Captiva Islands! The beaches are peaceful and secluded with gorgeous shorelines. Sanibel Island boasts one of the best shelling spots in the world. If you enjoy bird watching, the beaches are home to many species of wading and shorebirds.

          4. Sunny Weather

          Residents spend less time indoors and more time outdoors exploring all the islands have to offer with our exceptionally warm and sunny weather. It’s no wonder why Florida is called the Sunshine State. Southwest Florida offers some of the best weather in the country.

          If you’re thinking about buying a home or condo on Sanibel or Captiva Island, contact Phaidra McDermott with any questions or to learn more about real estate opportunities in the area. She is a lifelong island resident and happy to share her expertise with you!

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            Best Things to Do on Sanibel Island

            Sunset on Sanibel Island BeachesWelcome to beautiful Sanibel Island! Discover paradise on the sunny southwest side of Florida with beautiful sandy beaches and seashells of all shapes and sizes. 


            Take a leisurely stroll or just sit back and relax on the beautiful warm sandy beaches while watching the birds and dolphins. Or spend a quiet afternoon collecting shells. Sanibel Island is known as one of the best shelling spots in North America. U.S. News named Sanibel Island #6  in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA and #3 in Best Florida Beaches.


            Enjoy access to plenty of water activities like boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and fishing. The popular Lighthouse Beach Park is home to a working lighthouse and has a great nature trail to explore. If you like to golf, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club features breathtaking views and an 18-hole championship course for all skill levels. The J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge provides an education center, wildlife drive, hiking trails, and guided tours on kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards.

            Dine & Shop

            Don’t miss out on exploring Periwinkle Place Shops, which features over 25 boutiques and some excellent dining spots in a park-like setting. The Sanibel area is dotted with adorable shops and restaurants. You’ll also find a variety of cultural activities on Sanibel Island including theater, arts, and live music.

            For more information about Sanibel Island, or if you’d like to learn about local real estate opportunities, call Phaidra McDermott at 239-898-3778.

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              Explore the Sanibel Island Beaches!

              Sunset on Sanibel Island Beaches in FloridaSanibel Island is famous for its natural beauty, award winning beaches, and some of the best shelling opportunities in the world. Get ready to sit back and relax in the sun, enjoy some water activities, or do a little bird watching on Sanibel’s beautiful beaches. 

              Blind Pass Beach
              6491-6499 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel

              A popular place for shellers and fishermen. You’ll find these beaches on the Sanibel & Captiva side. Swimming is not advised due to the swift currents.

              Bowman's Beach
              1700 Bowmans Beach Road, Sanibel

              You’ll find plenty of peace and quiet on this isolated and picturesque beach. Enjoy great shelling and plenty of nature trails to explore. Also a great spot for canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking.

              Causeway Beaches
              19931 Sanibel Causeway, Sanibel

              A great spot for swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Other popular activities include dog walking (on a leash), picnicking, and dolphin watching. Free parking.

              Gulfside City Park Beach
              2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel

              This beautiful secluded beach features picnic tables, barbeque grills, and a shaded pavilion. Free public bike racks.

              Lighthouse Beach Park
              110 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel

              This family friendly beach is home to our historic functioning lighthouse built in 1884. A good place for shelling, swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and picnicking.

              Tarpon Beach
              2475 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel

              Features oversized parking for recreational vehicles with just a short hike to the beach. Bike racks and picnic areas.

              Learn more about the Sanibel Island beaches.

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                Kingfisher Real Estate Agents will be Giving Back to SCCF

                With every closing at Kingfisher Real Estate, the agents will be donating a portion of their commission to The Sanibel and Captiva Conservation Foundation. The Company will be matching each donation made by the agents to help SCCF's mission to improve water quality and protect wildlife.


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