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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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