Many people are drawn to Sanibel for the relaxed, island lifestyle and the warm, small-town feeling. The island has a population of approximately 7,400, with 50% being 65 and older. The island is a popular place for second homes and vacation getaways. However, a number of families call Sanibel home, enjoying the plentiful outdoor activities and excellent public school. Sanibel is often described as quiet and tranquil -- no doubt due to the community’s dedication to preserving the island’s natural wonders.
Housing options on the island range considerably, with everything from charming beach cottages to gulf-access luxury properties.
On Sanibel, Periwinkle Way is the true heart of the city, home to all of the island’s shops and restaurants. For a quick bite before hitting the beach, you can’t go wrong with Paper Fig Kitchen. Locals enjoy grabbing a coffee and pastry from the bakery in community staple Bailey’s General Store.
Dinner options include Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, famous for their island mojito, and MudBugs, which features delicious cajun and creole-inspired cuisine. For something a little more elevated, you might try popular French bistro Bleu Rendez-Vous or Traveler’s Choice Award Winner, Cielo, which serves locally sourced food in a chic setting.
Sanibel island invites you, nay implores you, to come outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
The island is home to J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which covers a third of the island. Whether you’d prefer to bird watch, fish, kayak, or picnic, you’ll be sure to enjoy taking in this breathtaking ecological site. Those hoping to search for Sanibel’s famous seashells can visit Bowman Beach. After, a trip to Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum can help you identify what you’ve collected -- and of course, inspire your next shelling adventure.
One of the island’s most iconic landmarks is the Sanibel lighthouse. Constructed in 1884, the iron structure is 98-foot above sea level and located in scenic Lighthouse Beach Park.
Sanibel Island is served by the School District of Lee County, and has its own award-winning elementary & middle school on the island. Top educational opportunities include:
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