Things To Do On Sanibel Island - Shelling, Golfing, Fishing and More!
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Things To Do On Sanibel Island

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Sanibel Island Beach Walks

An exclusive amenity to Island Inn guests is complementary attendance to our Marine Biologist led Sanibel beach walks. Hosted right here on the Island Inn’s 550 feet of pristine beach and led by the world-renowned staff of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, you’ll learn about the various types of beautiful seashells you’ll find while on vacation. As well as the unique local wildlife and vegetation that make Sanibel Island such a special place! A portion of the this guided beach walk is dedicated to searching for treasures of your own, then bringing them back to the group to share and learn about what was found. Wonderful for families and participants of all ages, take part in this hands-on experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Shelling on Sanibel Island

Shelling on Sanibel Island draws thousands to the island every year. One look at our beautiful beaches and their abundance of shells explains why. Island Inn is strategically located at the outer point of the Sanibel Island barrier reef, where birds, shells and miles of sandy beaches are found in abundance. Spectacular, world-class shelling is the number one reason shellers visit the historic Island Inn. Every shell is different and the temptation to collect them all is not uncommon. But as guests get into the groove, their shelling becomes more sophisticated and they realize it might just be necessary to return next year to seek the prized and elusive Junonia, Alphabet Cone or Lion’s Paw.

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Biking on Sanibel Island

Sanibel’s 26+ miles of bike trails are located next to most Sanibel roads and provide access to beaches where cars can’t park, past beautiful Gulf-front mansions and through the woods to Sanibel’s pioneer cemetery, which is not accessible by car. You’ll see people of all ages biking on Sanibel. The wide, smooth and well-marked trails are separated from the roadways, making them safe for families with children. Several water fountains can be found along the trails and bike racks are everywhere.

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Sanibel Island Fishing

The marine life of Sanibel Island is abundant and thriving. The warm waters of the gulf provide great breeding and living grounds for many species of fish including redfish, speckled trout, snook, tarpon and more. Fishing charters are available for all skill levels; don’t let the opportunity of a lifetime pass you by. Book a Sanibel Island fishing charter with one of the many knowledgeable and experienced captains today!

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Golfing on Sanibel Island

What could be better than a round of your favorite game amid the stunning landscape and relaxed atmosphere of Sanibel Island? Sanibel Island’s courses offer a great environment to test your golf skills as well as relax and unwind with friends. Find these great facilities within a short drive from Island Inn.

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Sanibel Island Wildlife Estuary Tours

More than half of Sanibel Island is dedicated to public wildlife refuges you and your family can explore, offering landscapes ranging from winding estuaries, marshland, mangrove bayous, and undeveloped leeward beaches. Sanibel Island’s marshlands, estuaries, mangroves and beaches are teeming with life, including many species of birds including flamingos and rosette spoonbills, the American alligator, manatees and many other animals. Native vegetation on Sanibel Island is world-class, including the sea grape, sea oats, mangroves, and a variety of palm species. All this abundance of life makes for unforgettable tours. Find the right Sanibel Island Marshland and Estuary for you below.

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Sanibel Island Tours

Sanibel Island is known for many of its land-based attractions: Lighthouses, historic buildings and homes, wonderful museums and more. Guided tours with knowledgeable staff will let you in on all the secrets of Sanibel Island. Use our list of Sanibel Island land tours to plan your perfect vacation itinerary.

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Boat Tours

Sanibel Island is located on a sea shelf that extends out into the the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico, providing ideal shelter and nutrients to support an incredible array of wildlife. Come and meet the inhabitants of the gulf while experiencing its beauty on one of the many tours offered. Find the tour that’s right for you in our list of Sanibel Island Sea and Gulf tours.

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Sanibel Island Beaches

For generations, visitors have sought out Sanibel Island for its soft, sandy beaches, warm waters and miles of pristine shoreline. From the solitary and breezy strands near the island’s northern points to the lazy, warm, wide expanses of the south and eastern edges, Sanibel Island’s unique shape and location make for dramatic and varied beach terrain. Please visit the individual beach pages below for more information on parking, facilities etc.

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