Welcome to Sanibel
Small-town Sanibel Island has stuck true to its roots with no traffic lights, no high-rise condos, and over 67% conservation land. Building codes and restrictions have kept the island’s natural look and feel since incorporating it in 1974. The iconic Sanibel Lighthouse and Causeway bridge draw carloads of visitors each winter, as they spread out on the island’s white sandy beaches. Sanibel loves its nature, wildlife, theater arts, local stores, and above all seashells! No kidding, the island is home to an annual Shell Festival that draws shellers from all over the world!
Featured Sanibel Neighborhoods
- Who lives here?
Full-time and seasonal retired couples and those seeking an intimate community
- Perfect For
Shelling, biking, fishing, kayaking, nature observation
Old-Florida homes, condominiums, golf course communities, canal homes
- Not Known For
Street lights, chain stores and restaurants, flashy cars
Relaxed, slow-paced, eco-conscious, artsy
More About Sanibel Island
One of the few barrier island’s that run perpendicular to the coastline, this is what gives Sanibel Island the best shelling beaches in Florida! National Seashell Day, the annual Shell Festival, the only Seashell Museum in America… do you see what we mean? This little island is a treasure chest of sea mollusks!
The community prides itself on pristine, natural beaches and the conservation of wildlife habitats. With more than 67% conservation land making up the island’s landscape, Sanibel’s unique footprint can be seen from the large green blotches on Google Maps. What the satellite view doesn’t show, however, are the hard-working non-profit organizations that work passionately to preserve the nature and wildlife on island.
Small Town Vibes
The people of Sanibel: residents, business owners, and visitors alike are what make this friendly small-town community so captivating. We find that families have been visiting the island every year, for generations, many of which end up purchasing property on island when it comes time for retirement. Visiting Bailey’s Grocery Store, chatting with the folks at the deli counter, grabbing a cup of joe and making small talk with vacationers outside by the rocking chairs is where the island gets its charm.
To be honest, most people on Sanibel leave their doors unlocked, and let the kids ride their bikes ahead to the beach. Oh, did we mention the Sanibel School, grades K-8, is a National Blue Ribbon School of Scholar? While there’s no high school on island, there is bus transportation to multiple high schools in Fort Myers, plus community car-pooling between the parents. We were serious about the small-town community thing.
Beach. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
With 25 miles of paved shared-use trails for biking and walking, there are plenty of places to explore on island. If you prefer to be on the water, Tarpon Bay is one of the best places to kayak and get up close to wildlife. Didn’t catch any fish yourself? No worries, the slew of family-owned restaurants on island are some of the best dishes you’ll find in Southwest Florida. Why would you ever want to go over the Causeway bridge, except for Costco?
Sanibel Island Homes for Sale
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