The John Gee Team is celebrating this Keep America Beautiful Month in our favorite place, Sanibel Island. What better way to acknowledge and support this influential campaign than by highlighting a few of the best features that make Sanibel Island beautiful to us.
Captiva is a small island usually referred to as Sanibel’s little sister. The island is approximately 4.8 miles long, if following the main road, begins at Blind Pass at the southern end, all the way to the public parking lot at the tip of the northern end. Blind Pass and Turner Beach are right next to each other and both serve as a secret local spot for many Fort Myers’ natives. You will usually find paddle-boarders, and when the waves will permit, surfers. Captiva, undisputedly, has the best view of the sunset. Its powdery white sand between your toes coupled with the serenity of a secluded, endless view of the open waters makes for a memorable evening.
Bowman’s Beach is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. Before ever reaching the ocean, you must first embark on a short, picturesque nature walk. Walking beneath the towering trees you can oftentimes spot wildlife. Once walking along the shore, shelling is a popular activity on this beach. U.S. News shares tips on how to find beautiful shells unique to Bowman’s Beach saying, “Recent Travelers found the best method is to step waist-deep in the water and dig your feet into the sand to find the shells.”
The Sanibel Lighthouse
With a quaint historic background, the Sanibel lighthouse – towering at 98-feet – stands at the end of the 12-mile long Island. It is an icon for Sanibel and neighboring cities, being spotted by even the distant, Fort Myers Beach. This brown beacon rises just beside the water’s edge, guiding to this day ships that sail by.
The beaches below the Sanibel Lighthouse are wide, uncrowded, and will allow you to feel as if you’re standing on your own private island. Between the romantic look of the lighthouse, and the glamour of the beach below, weddings are not uncommon on this part of the island.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem, world famous for its migratory bird population. You are permitted to kayak, paddleboard, or canoe through the waters where you may encounter over 245 different species of birds, endangered West Indian Manatees, and the dense, subtropical mangroves. There are hiking, walking, and miles of biking trails.
Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” The best way to unwind in a day, recollect thoughts, and gain perspective is in nature; whether that is putting sand between your toes at the beach, kayaking through mangroves while birdwatching, or biking along the shops and restaurants in the simple hustle and bustle of Sanibel Island.
Are you ready to wake up every day to the beauty of Sanibel Island? We can help you find your dream property. Get in touch with Ann Gee to learn about our current listings at 239-850-0979.