If your idea of an island retreat is a quiet beach community, warmed by the peaceful waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you might think you have to go far away – or turn back the clock to the days before development took over. Fortunately, there is Sanibel Island, a Florida coast destination that strikes the rare balance between excitement and tranquility.
As a Sanibel beachfront resort, the Island Inn obviously cares a lot about the state of our beach. We want it to be clean, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it should be tidy! We’re a traditional place – we’ve been providing Sanibel Island vacation lodging on this property since 1895 – but one tradition we don’t practice is raking up the bits of seaweed and sea grasses that come ashore with the waves. Those organic materials are an important part of the island’s ecosystem, supporting birds, plants and other wildlife our guests expect and deserve to experience.
I am really looking forward to our first day at Island Inn on Sanibel Island. We arrived last evening just after dark and were tired from our long drive. Boy is it quiet here; don’t know why I woke up. It’s still dark outside and my wife is still asleep. I guess I’m just used to getting up early.
We left the windows open while we slept. I’m glad we did that because I love breathing that beautiful salt air! I can just barely hear the waves sloshing on the shore. It sure is a relaxing sound – maybe I’ll just lay back and listen for a few minutes while I decide what to do next…
Are you headed for the beach? A Florida vacation may be just the thing. Any beach will do, right? Well, we’d hate for the secret to get out, but a lot of people think there is no substitute for a Sanibel beach. Arthur Frommer agrees, he rated Sanibel Island as his top vacation destination … in the world!
Luminary Festival weekend is one of the most spectacular and beautiful ways we celebrate the Winter Holidays here on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Island Inn is a proud sponsor of the event, which takes place December 7, and 8, 2012. Thousands of luminaries will line Periwinkle Way, nearly the length of the island, throughout the evening hours.
Whether you and your family have been coming to Sanibel for years, or if you are just looking for ideas or lodging options, it pays to do your homework. Looking at a map of Southwest Florida, seeing tiny Sanibel curled up just offshore of Fort Myers, you wouldn’t know there are hundreds of lodging choices on the island.
The Island Inn is getting ready and so is Sanibel and Captiva Island. One of the favorite island festivities among many residents and visitors alike for more than two decades is the Luminary Festival Weekend.
The Island Inn on Sanibel is proud to announce that we are a Silver Sponsor of the F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here – the human services organization on Sanibel and Captiva) 10K Race on Sanibel Island.
Technically speaking, summer is over. Fortunately, the weather on Sanibel Island doesn’t seem to concern itself with technicalities. You might not be concerned either, especially if you are spending part of this fall or winter stretched out on Island Inn’s beach with warm sand under your heels.
Whether you are a serious angler or a rank amateur with a rented rod, the waters off Sanibel and Captiva islands offer some of the best fishing in all of southwest Florida. Casting from knee-deep just off Island Inn’s own shoreline, guests pull in handsomely sized Sea Trout, Snook, Redfish and even Tarpon. Pier fishing is also popular, usually requiring heavier tackle for larger species such as Grouper and Snapper.