Sanibel & Captiva

Saturday, March 2, 2013

 Visited Sanibel & Captiva Islands near Fort Myers this week.

 Shell-collecting culture is pretty high on the islands.
The Gulf of Mexico has no offshore reef to smash the shells, 
and the waters are relatively shallow and warm, 
with a flat bed. All factors that encourage the growth.

 It's not easy to find beaches which are open to public there.
Most of the shoreline is for private houses 
and small hotels and inns.
Parking can also be quite a problem there 
as most of the parking places are just for residents.
It's advisable to rent a bike.
There're bicycle rentals at the entrance to Sanibel
and bicycle lines everywhere.

Sanibel is a bit more commercial with shops & restaurants
than Captiva which is more residential 
with pretty luxurious mansions.

My shell collection.


  1. Amazing beach! Have a nice weekend. /Elina

  2. Hi... I have been to the west coast (of Florida) a few times, and the shelling is excellent, you are right. We have yet to make it to Captiva, but hear it is beautiful!!!

  3. Wow! Looks lovely :) Wish I was there. It's below zero here.

  4. Ihana ranta. Loov noi simpukat

    1. Olis ollut niin ihana kerailla noita simpukoita lisaa...

  5. Hi - I just love the beach life. Unfortunately in Switzerland we haven't anything like this. Just several lakes, mountains, but we make with. I love the lake in summer ! Hug, Barbara

    1. Barbara, Switzerland is sooo beautiful!


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