A great way to slow down and relax on your vacation is to experience Sanibel Island by bicycle. With more than 22 miles of paved paths and gentle, flat terrain, it's easy to enjoy the beauty of our wildlife, vegetation, and views as you pedal by. The bike path starts at the Lighthouse and extends all the way to Blind Pass! Billy's Rentals, a long-established island business, provides a wide variety of bicycles, recumbent bikes, scooters, surreys, baby trailers and joggers for rent. Service is important at Billy's, and if you make your reservation in advance, you can find your bicycles waiting for you at your Sanibel vacation rental upon your arrival. All the information you need to make a reservation or to view the available equipment can be found at www.billysrentals.com. Or try Finnimore’s Cycle Shop at www.finimores.com. Finimore’s is located closer to Tarpon Bay Road. Either way, get on a bike and start exploring Sanibel Island and Captiva Island!
If you are looking for a new way to experience Sanibel Island, the Segway Human Transporter is both ecofriendly and fun! The high tech "personal mobility device" requires just a little practice before heading out on an island tour led by Segway of Sanibel. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, the chance to see eagles, egrets, or gators and learn some of Sanibel Island's history is all part of the fun on these exciting tours. A tour video can be made to take home to show your friends this exciting new mode of transportation. Visit www.segwaysanibel.com for more information and tour photos.
Bird watching is one of Florida’s fastest growing pastimes. And Sanibel and Captiva are known throughout the world for their wonderful birding. From the eagle to the sandpiper, birds are everywhere on Sanibel and Captiva. Some island herons even walk down the middle of Periwinkle Way! Large wading birds like the ibis can be swaying in the wind on the utility wires. In addition to the birds, there are many other reptiles and mammals found on the islands including: tortoises, otters, bobcats, raccoons and even alligators! Most are wary of humans, but they are still seen on a regular basis in this area. Both the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge offer trails for exploring Sanibel. Learn about the myriad shells that make Sanibel beaches famous. Sanibel's Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a complete museum dedicated to educating everyone about shells and the mollusks who inhabit them. Or go to The Sanibel Sea School. Whether a child or an adult, they make learning about the waters of southwest Florida fun!
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are filled with activities for everyone. For more complete information, visit The Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce website and look for “Where to Play,” www.sanibel-captiva.org.
Don’t forget to visit www.FortMyersSanibel.com for information about The Edison & Ford Winter Estates. You can visit the homes where Henry Ford and Thomas Edison spent their winters and learn more about these fascinating American innovators in the laboratory museum.
www.islandrentalservices.net - Rental equipment such as beach items, sports gear, cribs, and more
www.baileys-sanibel.com - Sanibel Island Grocery and Hardware Store Since 1899
www.jerrysfoods.com - Bakery, deli, and grocery store on Sanibel Island
www.YOLOWatersports.com YOLO Watersports Rentals on Captiva Island
Airport Transportation of Sanibel & Captiva 800-395-9524, 239-466-3236
www.shipmyluggage.net- Rather than paying luggage fees, have your luggage shipped to Sanibel and Captiva with shipmyluggage.net.