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A little history of the Islands...
Captiva Island and Sanibel Island were once one island, which formed about 6,000 years ago and were once home to the Calusa Native American tribe who inhabited the area 2,500 years ago. Since then, the population of Sanibel Island has grown to over 8,500 residents with the average person being 64.4 years of age. There are only 356 residents per square mile on the east-west situated island, which means it has a very low population density. While there's a great established community, there's also plenty of space, peace, and quiet, which is especially wonderful if you're looking for beachfront condos for sale on Sanibel Island. Read more about Sanibel Condo Values and Sanibel Real Estate Market
Activities and things to do on Sanibel and Captiva Islands...
While the beauty, community, and tranquility are enough reasons to start searching out condos for sale on Sanibel Island, what really makes this little piece of paradise an ideal place to live is the extensive amount of activities to do whether you want to stay on land, play in the sand, or get out on the water. Even if all you want to do is eat and explore every restaurant on the island, you're golden. There's a reason Sanibel Island has received so many accolades, including being on a 2014 Smarter Travel list of the “10 Best Beach Towns in Florida,” and being named on BuzzFeed's 2014 list of “11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need to Visit.”
As Sanibel Island is known for their beaches, let's talk about how there's 15 miles of coastline to enjoy. Some of the best spots to visit include Tarpon Bay Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier, Causeway Beaches, and Bowman's Beach. Certain beaches are pet-friendly but the animal must be leashed at all times.
You can drive from one location to another, but one of the best ways to get around Sanibel Island is to bike, and considering there's over 22 miles of bike paths, there's plenty of chances to do some exploring on two wheels while you get some exercise. A couple of great routes to consider are Dixie Beach Road, which consists of a 1.5 mile stretch of path, and Rabbit Road Trail, which is a one mile path that allows you to see a variety of wildlife types ranging from bunnies to alligators. For a more challenging bike ride, you can do the 4-mile path of Wildlife Drive which wraps around J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Beachfront and waterfront condos for sale on Sanibel and Captiva Islands...
If you're into fishing, you're in luck, and all of the fantastic fishing spots are going to make you want to scoop up one of the many waterfront condos for sale in Sanibel Island faster than you can buy a new fishing pole. Some of the species of fish you can find all year round on the island include grouper, snapper, Spanish mackerel, and sea trout. Additionally, during the spring and summer, you can find species such as pompano and permit, during winter and spring you can find sheepshead, and during spring and fall you can find species that include king mackerel and black drum. Should you want to enjoy the water even more, you can also go swimming, snorkeling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, or parasailing, take out a Waverunner, or take a cruise.
When it comes to shelling, Sanibel Island takes it very seriously. It was named by Travel + Leisure as one of the “10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches” for a reason, and the island was even named as “Best for Shell Hunting” by Men's Journal magazine. There's a large underwater shelf that delivers the shells right up onto the beach, especially during low tide and after Gulf storms. There are some laws to adhere to, however, such as that collecting live shells is not allowed, and neither is collecting starfish, sea urchins, and sand dollars. Should you decide to buy one of the many beachfront condos for sale on Sanibel Island, you can expect to find shells visible and buried right in your own backyard.
Fine dining, restaurants and attractions to explore on Sanibel and Captiva...
When you get hungry and don't feel like cooking, there are a multitude of excellent restaurants at which to dine, some of which are pet-friendly. A handful of the restaurants you can check out are Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille, Gramma Dot's Restaurant, Blue Giraffe, The Island Cow, Cips Place Restaurant, Sweet Melissa's Cafe, Thistle Lodge Restaurant, Island Pizza Restaurant, Traditions on the Beach, Lighthouse Cafe, Lazy Flamingo, and Sunset Grill. Should you desire chain coffee, there's a Dunkin' Donuts on Palm Ridge Road in Sanibel, and a Starbucks on Plantation Road in Captiva.
One of the most popular attractions in Sanibel Island is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1945, is known as one of the 10 best bird-watching spots in the United States, and is the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the country. It hosts more than a thousand visitors every year. Some of the wildlife you can spot at the refuge include crocodiles, alligators, ospreys, bald eagles, herons, storks, egrets, and more.
If you're looking for an area with a great community, relaxing vibe, exquisite beauty, and numerous activities to do, then start your search today for Sanibel Island condos for sale. From bike rides in the morning to shopping and dining in the evening, you won't be disappointed every day you decide to call Sanibel Island your home. Be sure to check out the homes available for sale on Sanibel Island.