Stroll the Beach, and see...
How the 'other other-half' live.
I mean, really. You could make a small hotel out of some of these houses.
I am sure these people are looking at the survalance tapes at this moment and doing background checks on me and Mike for taking this picture! LOL All memories of Sanibel are fine as wine.
Tons of good info on where to find the best shells, when to go shelling, what to wear, how to know which shells to keep, how to clean them, and more!
and click on the interactive forum button on the upper left of the homepage.
Go Off the Beaten Path and you'll be in hot water!
Located on the east end of the island, part of a wildlife refuge. Don't make a special trip here to tour the lighthouse. There aren't any tours. Best you get is a marker at the base of the lighthouse. It will tell you that the lighthouse was first put into service in August of 1884.
I wondered if the lighthouse even existed, as I had to walk almost all the way to the point before its sight arose among the landscape.
Fabulous food and a great atmosphere
Website: mct's shrimphouse & tavern McT's offers an all-you-can-eat shrimp and crab platter. They serve shrimp 27 different ways ranging from coconut to scampi .
HISTORY OF SANIBEL and its lighthouse
"Old Town Sanibel" at the historic lighthouse end of Sanibel was the original sight of Sanibel Island's development.
From 1833, when early Sanibel settlers first petitioned the US Government for the construction of a lighthouse at Point Ybel, until 1884 when the present lighthouse, Sanibel's oldest standing structure, first lighted San Carlos Bay, this quaint area was the center of island activity.
Drawn to the first fresh water well located where the Seahorse shops stand today
Cuban fisherman built fishing camps in the 1860's to catch mullet for the roe, considered even then a delicacy.
In 1869 William Allen, one of Sanibel Island's first homesteaders built a castor bean plantation nearby and probably shared this well with the fishermen.
During the late 1800's and early 1900's this quaint east end village, anchored by the lighthouse, saw most of Sanibel's early pioneers pass through its center.
While the first ferry service started at the Bailey General Store just up the road in 1925, the Kinzie brothers constructed more permanent docks at the end of Ferry Road in 1928 and from then until 1963 Ferry Road and "Old Town" became the hub of island guest activity.
Part of that historic dock still exists and can be seen from the end of Ferry Road. (The first Post Office is preserved in the historic village, Sanibel's local historical museum)
The island's guest community, fed by the Ferry landing grew quickly from that point.
Island visitors, drawn by Sanibel's stunning beaches, great shelling opportunities and island wildlife such as shore birds, alligators, dolphins and manatees, flocked to "Old Town" in the fifties and sixties, many quaint inns and cottages, all completely renovated, today make up the core of "Old Town Sanibel's" guest accommodations.