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1177 Causeway Rd, Florida, 33957, United States

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Forum Posts

Vacation in August

by BillinStLou

We're planning a trip in August and are considering Sanibel. Will it be too hot, even on the ocean? What about those no-see-ums? When are they out and can they be avoided? We hear they come out at dusk. Are they out all night?

Re: Vacation in August

by SanibelTiki

It will be hot, but you'll get the best rates of the year on your hotel room and most of the time you won't have to wait for a table at any of the restaurants. As far as the no see ums are concerned, Avon's Skin-So-Soft repels them - actually, I think the oil drowns them. They'll find you any time of the day and night.

Re: Vacation in August

by kdrfla

It will be hot but the beach always as a good wind which is nice. No see ums are around depending on the way the wind is blowing mostly in the morning, and dusk..just jump in the water..Never really had an experience of them being out all night and have had alot of beach experience.

Travel Tips for Sanibel Island

Stroll the Beach, and see...

by tpangelinan

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.

Shelling

by libbymcmillan

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!

See www.bestofsanibelcaptiva.com

and click on the interactive forum button on the upper left of the homepage.

-LM

Go Off the Beaten Path and you'll be in hot water!

by Rhondaj

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.

good food

by lar-n-me about McT's Shrimphouse & Tavern

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

by cheesecake17


"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.


IN HISTORY

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.

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