Island Inn Sanibel Resorts & Hotels http://www.islandinnsanibel.com A Historic Sanibel Island Beachfront Resort Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Witness The Fascinating Journey of the Sea Turtle http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/witness-the-fascinating-journey-of-the-sea-turtle http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/witness-the-fascinating-journey-of-the-sea-turtle#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:48:30 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=7033 Related Posts:]]>

Sea turtles are among the world’s oldest living creatures, having inhabited Earth’s oceans for more than 65 million years.  These gentle, long-lived reptiles have fascinated people around the world.  Sanibel Island’s subtropical beaches are a prime nesting area for five species of sea turtles: Green turtle, Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, and Hawksbill. Each of these species is endangered and protected by both federal and state laws and agencies. In Florida, volunteer and commission agents monitor the turtles and their nests, tracking and estimating births and deaths and providing data on the effects of Sanibel Island development and along the Gulf coast in general.

Sea turtles come ashore to build their nests between May and October. Beginning at dawn each day during this period, Sanibel’s 18 miles of beaches are swept for new turtle activity from the previous night. If a new nest is found, it is marked for monitoring and protection until the eggs hatch (between 45 and 90 days, depending on the species and the temperature).

Sea turtle eggs typically hatch at night. After the hatchlings dig their way out of their sandy nest, they use shadows and light (sunrise, the moon) to find their way back to the shoreline. And although each nest may contain as many as 200 eggs, the large number of predators awaiting them between the nest and adulthood means that very few turtles from each brood reach maturity.

For those that do make it through their vulnerable years, sea turtles can live 50 years or more. While they are ungainly on land, they swim gracefully and fast, 15 miles per hour for adults. The shell of a full grown male can be three feet or longer and weigh from 250 to as much as 1000 pounds! Mature females have been tracked as swimming more than 1000 miles to return to the beach where they were born so that they can lay their eggs and begin the cycle again.

Around the world, sea turtles face poachers, lack of suitable nesting sites because of overdevelopment, pollution among other dangers. Scientists are studying the turtles their habitats and behaviors in an effort to assist in the species’ survival. Luckily, weather conditions in 2013 were not as harsh in years past and reflected in the sea turtle population.  The year was recorded as the third-highest turtle nesting year on record for Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  Sanibel Island documented 23 green turtle nests and close to 27,000 hatchlings.

Reserve your room today with Island Inn and witness firsthand the magical journey of the sea turtle.

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Receive an Exclusive Promotion Card

Book Now!

As a Thank You to our guests, when you book a room at the Island Inn during 2014 you will receive an exclusive promotion card that entitles you to tons of discounts, offers, and freebies on and off the island!

When you arrive for your stay you will be provided with a promotion card and a packet with all of the participating businesses and their offers. Some of the participating businesses include the Sanibel Day Spa, Congress Jewelers,  Pinocchio’s, Island Cinema, Captiva Cruises, Tanger Outlets, KeyWest Express The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and many more! This promotion is exclusive to Island Inn guests who book directly through the Island Inn’s website or telephone number. What are you waiting for…

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Are Vacations To Sanibel Island Good For Us Physically? http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/sanibel/are-vacations-to-sanibel-island-good-for-us-physically http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/sanibel/are-vacations-to-sanibel-island-good-for-us-physically#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:46:42 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6973 Related Posts:]]>

sanibel_beach_holidayMany Island Inn guests say that Sanibel Island is just what the doctor ordered. It turns out, that might be more than a figure of speech.

Holiday stress or bitter-cold weather, the negative effects of the winter season can become quite debilitating. The winter weather may already be taking its toll on your body. Here are a few ways to detect the early warning signs and suggestions for overcoming the winter blues.

Sign: Your body craves more sleep

Below zero temperatures can make getting out of bed in the morning excruciating. Physically, you feel drained. But more sleep isn’t the answer. In fact, doctors say too much sleep (more than nine hours per day) can lead to a number of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, headaches, depression, heart disease, back trouble and obesity. Research shows over-sleepers suffer from symptoms of anxiety, low energy, memory loss, and a constant need for sleep.

Cure: Trade in the harsher climate of the north for the more temperate, year-round weather of Sanibel Island. The sandy beaches provide more than 22 miles beaches – and a vast array of activities. Island Inn, Sanibel Island’s premier hotel and resort, provides ample opportunity to motivate you, from a picturesque walk on the 10 acres of private beach to kayaking and tennis. With so much to fill your days, you’ll be more likely to have restful nights and get the kind of sleep your body needs.

Sign: Sore Throat and Cough                      

The cold winter often limits our activities, trapping us indoors. Dusty Christmas decorations and tight spaces are the perfect breeding ground for the common cold and indoor seasonal allergens. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments with limited ventilation. Dust mites love to set up shop inside of mattresses and pillows. Indoor seasonal allergens like pet dander and dust mites can create havoc on your winter wonderland. Common signs of an allergy include itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing and sneezing.

Cure: Island Inn prides itself on providing guests with pleasant and quality accommodations one would expect from Sanibel Island’s most established Inn. And though we work hard to make your room inviting, most of our guests spend most of their time on Sanibel outdoors. Year-round it will be easy to get the 20 minutes of sun exposure recommended by physicians to rejuvenate the body with vitamin D. And lastly, enjoy a glass of Florida’s own, orange juice over a continental breakfast to boost your body’s immune system.

A vacation to Sanibel Island and the Island Inn has many physical benefits. It seems that a big dose of fun, relaxation and ocean breezes truly are good for us!

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Is a trip to the beach healthy? http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/sanibel/is-a-trip-to-the-beach-healthy http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/sanibel/is-a-trip-to-the-beach-healthy#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:26:41 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6652 Related Posts:]]>

a-p_sanibel_kayak1Travelers today are looking for a wide range of adventures. Some even seek out opportunities to push themselves physically, either in organized events or solo “extreme travel” pursuits. Many more simply want to get a little exercise while on vacation, “blow off steam” or develop some new, healthy habits.

Should your trip to the beaches of Sanibel Island be considered a healthy choice?

 

On the Beach

Sunbathing has been both praised and demonized over the generations since the Island Inn opened in 1895. Today, most doctors agree that 15-30 minutes of exposure to sunlight daily is considered safe and healthy for most people, providing the most effective source of vitamin D that the body can use to maintain healthy bones and teeth. Too much of a good thing, however, is no good. We always encourage our guests to use their best judgment when deciding how and when to apply sunscreen.

Walking barefoot on the beach is so appealing, we’re pretty sure people would do it even if it were bad for them! Luckily, there are many health benefits from this activity, even beyond the general advantages of walking. Walking on sand challenges the balance center in the brain, strengthens the ankle and lower leg and gives the stabilizer core muscles a workout. The foot massage you get from the sand is just a bonus, as is the relaxed smile after a stroll along Sanibel’s picturesque coast.

In the Water

Swimming is excellent exercise choice for people of all ages, providing smooth resistance to build muscle and bone mass while offering a cardio boost. Whether you’re training for a triathlon or splashing around with the kids, there are few total-body workouts that compare to swimming. The warm, calm waters of Sanibel’s shoreline also make a great vantage point to enjoy the island from a different perspective.

Kayaks and Paddleboards, available for rent from Island Inn, offer fantastic exercise, even if exercise is not the objective! The pulling motion of paddling a kayak or paddleboard strengthens the muscles of the upper back and your core; it’s like physical therapy, but with an amazing view!

Around Sanibel

Bicycle riding is one of the most popular activities on Sanibel Island. Like kayaking, most people pedaling bikes around the island are doing it for fun, not for the many health benefits of riding. With an established civic commitment to bike and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, cyclists enjoy easy access to all parts of the island via bike lanes and miles of dedicated bike paths. At just 12 miles from tip to tip, and with no hills to climb, Sanibel and Captiva are fully accessible to cyclists of every fitness level.

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How to See Sanibel Island Dolphins http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/how-to-see-sanibel-island-dolphins http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/how-to-see-sanibel-island-dolphins#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:37:10 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6513 Related Posts:]]>

If you see a line of beachcombers standing and pointing at the water, shading their eyes as they squint into the distance, odds are there are dolphins nearby. Something about this obviously intelligent mammal has stirred curiosity since people first stepped onto the beach. And while the facts are lost to history, soon after the first people noticed the dolphins, some enterprising soul probably sold seats in his dugout canoe for the first dolphin tour.

So, when you come to Sanibel Island, what is the best way to spot dolphins? Here are some tips:

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1. Take a dolphin watching tour. To your advantage, dolphin tour operators are often “locals” who know the most likely places and times for observing dolphins.  Watching from a boat gives you a unique vantage point and may afford up-close viewing as the creatures approach the boat to investigate or even jump in the boat’s wake! You’ll have many choices for selecting a dolphin tour operator; if you’re staying at the Island Inn on Sanibel, ask us for a recommendation  

2. Get up early. Even if you are a night owl by nature, we always encourage guests to experience sunrise on the beach. The early morning hours are also when you are most likely to see groups of dolphins feeding just offshore, cruising up and down the beach. Sightings, although common are less prevalent later in the day.

3. Rent a kayak. For the active vacationer, a kayak trip can be an exhilarating way to conduct a DIY dolphin tour.  Kayaks are available to rent from Island Inn, ask the front desk for details and rates.

4. Use binoculars. Although people imagine they’re going to step into the water and frolic with dolphins, it generally doesn’t happen that way with wild dolphin populations such as are found along the Sanibel Island shoreline. Most of the time, you are going to spot the animals moving offshore – a pair of binoculars can help bring the action in closer, safely!

5. Go where the fish are.  Areas on Sanibel’s shoreline that provide our dolphin friends an abundant meal and a reason to stick around, such as Blinds Pass and Lighthouse Point, are great locations to enhance your chances of seeing these majestic animals.

Luckily, the dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is plentiful in the Gulf of Mexico and is easy for us to observe since it swims near the surface (it is a mammal and must surface to breathe).  Standing on the shore or wading out into the surf will often provide the simplest vantage point.  Be safe, and enjoy watching dolphins from the Island Inn on Sanibel Island!

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Is a Sanibel Island Vacation Good for You Physically? http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/uncategorized/is-a-sanibel-island-vacation-good-for-you-physically http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/uncategorized/is-a-sanibel-island-vacation-good-for-you-physically#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:50:56 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6461 Related Posts:]]>

kayakerVacation time is a big deal. In our careers, time off is the most important factor we consider, next to wages and medical coverage. We anticipate and count the days to summer vacation, Christmas break, Spring break and the rest of the holidays. The entire hospitality industry, including the Island Inn Sanibel, depends on the fact that people like to “get away from it all.” But other than a tan, happy memories and some sand in your luggage, what do you get out of it?

Evidence is growing that people benefit from vacations in a number of ways. In fact, our physical health may depend on the changes in chemistry and rebalancing that happens when we take leave of our everyday habits and break the patterns.

It’s All About Stress

Stress is a pretty vague word. It’s also universal – we all experience stress. Stress is natural and important – it helps us pay attention during emergencies, for example, and prepares the body for a struggle. Unfortunately, the effects of stress can accumulate, reduce our immune response and trigger inflammation that can lead to all sorts of chronic diseases including cancers and cardiovascular disease. Nobody likes that. That’s where vacation comes in.

Letting Go

Most people aren’t mind-control gurus. Very few of us can sit down for 10 minutes at the end of the day, cross our legs, take a few deep breaths and levitate half an inch off the floor. The rest of us need an extended period of time away from our normal routine. When we take a vacation, we stop pressing those stress triggers because we are away from all of the cues that cause us stress – the telephone and computer on our desk, our co-workers and the project list. Less stress means fewer stress hormones in the bloodstream, giving the body the chance to heal and recover. Specifically, the incidence of depression is known to decrease after a vacation (source: Marshfield Clinic Study, 2005). Thyroid function, in particular, is sensitive to stress hormones; reducing the amount of stress hormones with a good dose of vacation is a positive event for all of the functions controlled by the thyroid, including metabolism and aspects of neurological health.

The Island Inn doesn’t lay claim to any particular medical knowledge. But we can definitely see a difference in our guests when they leave. We’ve never proved it scientifically, but we’ve known since 1898 that a vacation at the Island Inn on Sanibel is good for your health!

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How Can A Type A Personality Relax On Vacation? http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/how-can-a-type-a-personality-relax-on-vacation http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/island-news/how-can-a-type-a-personality-relax-on-vacation#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:37:32 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6395 Related Posts:]]>
How To Relax On Vacation

How To Relax On Vacation

Are vacations relaxing? They’re supposed to be, but are they really?  How many times have you heard people say they are worn out from being on vacation? Although we would like to think we have a magic recipe for relaxation here at The Island Inn on Sanibel, the truth is we see plenty of vacationers who have a hard time relaxing and letting themselves unwind.

Type A? – Leave it At Home

Does the word “Bluetooth” loom large in your life? Are you stressed about being ready to go on vacation or how quickly it’s approaching? Do you have “just a few” conference calls scheduled while you’re away? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have a hard time relaxing on vacation!

If you are a Type A, connected, get-it-done person, use your personality to your advantage and set yourself the goal of having a restful holiday. When you target your energy toward a conflict-free vacation schedule, you’ll get a feeling of accomplishment, as well as uninterrupted leisure time. Planning to be absent from your busy life or work schedule is as important as the work itself. Ask yourself: “What will make this vacation successful?” Write down your ideas and pick out some activity (or inactivity!) that will fulfill the requirement. Most likely, there are many things you can do before you leave that will help, such as: clear your work calendar, notify clients or customers that you will be out of reach, arrange to record favorite TV shows while you’re on vacation so that breaking your routine becomes easier.

Find What You’re Looking For

Another important strategy for unwinding on vacation is to set reasonable expectations. As a driven person, you might have a mental picture of what “relaxation” looks like that doesn’t match up with reality. A week at the beach won’t completely change your personality, nor will it transform your mood as soon as your toes hit the sand. Give yourself time to start noticing the differences – how the air feels, what the bright stars in the clear night skies look like, the leisurely accommodations. Observe how you react to the person renting bikes, or the waiter at the restaurant – is this your business persona? Or is the real you starting to peak through? Smile like you mean it and you might start to feel it; you’ve got to practice relaxation, just as you would practice a sport. Luckily, the Island Inn at Sanibel is a great place to practice!

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Sanibel and Captiva Beaches Serve as Nursery for Florida’s Sea Turtles http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/uncategorized/sanibel-and-captiva-beaches-serve-as-nursery-for-floridas-sea-turtles http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/uncategorized/sanibel-and-captiva-beaches-serve-as-nursery-for-floridas-sea-turtles#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 21:06:39 +0000 dmoore http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/?p=6290 Related Posts:]]>

It’s Sea Turtle season on Sanibel Island; and for all of us at the Island Inn, this brings to mind another example of how we choose to balance our responsibility to the island’s ecosystem with our responsibility to our guests.

From May through October each year, female sea turtles crawl onto our shores, seeking a warm sandy spot for their nursery.  Although they seem graceful and powerful in the water, these massive animals can weigh hundreds of pounds, which becomes apparent as they labor to cross the beach – using their flippers to paddle through the soft sand. It’s an epic journey, even though it only amounts to a few yards.  Once she selects a spot, digs a hole, lays her dozens and dozens of potential offspring and makes her return trip to the water’s edge, her work is done; but the drama is just starting to unfold!

During the six to eight weeks the eggs are in the nest, they face a variety of dangers from insects and microorganisms to raccoons and other land predators. Once they hatch and tumble toward the water, the baby turtles become easy targets for shorebirds, then for predators of all kinds once they get there. By some estimates, only one in 1,000 sea turtles lives to maturity.

The bottom line is that the sea turtles nesting on the Gulf coast only have so many safe choices. We are proud to participate in many of the efforts taking place on Sanibel and Captiva to provide a welcome shoreline for these beautiful animals. The Ding Darling Society  dingdarlingsociety.org leads efforts across the islands to provide shore watch and nest monitoring, and has produced fantastic educational materials Turtle Truths about the turtles. Far from an inconvenience, Island Inn guests see the turtles as a fascinating if unexpected part of their vacation. Besides, even though the Island Inn has been here for a long time, the sea turtles were here long before us!

Want to read more? Download a fun-facts poster about Florida’s sea turtles.Protect Florida's Sea Trutles

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