The interconnecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands is about as close to paradise as it gets. From the mainland of Florida through Fort Myers and a toll booth over a causeway lies these two strips of protected land.
The accommodation here is mostly beach cottages and villas. Hotels are on the mainland. The charm of mega estates with luxury yachts and water craft are hidden behind beautiful shrubs and topiary. There are small pathways that lead from the main road directly to the water’s edge. One main road runs through the heart of these islands. Bike paths are plentiful here.
There are a hand full of stores, restaurants, and beach bars. Some beaches are private while others are public. The public beaches offer full bathing and toilet facilities, along with picnic tables. There are private pavilions available to rent. Metered paid parking lots are within a short walk to the beach. White powdered sand stretches for miles and miles.
At this particular time of the year there were few beach goers and hardly any in the water. Parking around the restaurants of Captiva Island is very limited. Stalking is the best way to get a spot. Dogs are not allowed on Captiva Beaches but Sanibel Island Beaches welcome furry friends with open arms. Peace, tranquility, and a sense of paradise lies on these shores.