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Where should I stay on Captiva or Sanibel Island?

The beaches of Sanibel are uncrowded, and free of litter and high-rise buildings. The sand is finer, whiter and softer, and the water is clearer in Sanibel. Choose to stay on Sanibel if you’re looking for more activity, more choices for dining and shopping, a little nightlife, and more nature.

Is Captiva and Sanibel the same?

Sanibel and Captiva are sister islands. Sanibel is the by far the larger of the two and is the first island off the mainland. It is connected to Fort Myers by the Sanibel Causeway Bridge.

Can you stay on Captiva Island?

Captiva Island is a very small barrier island with limited places to stay other than condo and house rentals. Nightly accommodations are available at the following properties: The largest and most complete resort on either Sanibel or Captiva is South Seas Island Resort.

Whats better Sanibel or Captiva?

If you’re on the hunt for shells, Sanibel of your spot as it’s the top shelling destination in North America. Captiva is the more “chill” sister. Here you can enjoy both the Gulf and Pine Island Sound as well as access to a number of beaches. Captiva’s beaches are rarely crowded and are less shelly and a bit softer.

Which side of Sanibel Island is the best?

Sanibel – Best Place to Stay in Sanibel Island for your First Time. The town of Sanibel, on the eastern edge of the eponymous island, is where you will find most of the tourist activity. For first time visitors, this is a great spot to get yourself acquainted with everything the island has to offer.

Why is Sanibel Island water brown?

The brown water is from natural tannins produced by plants and soil that stains the water, according to the scientists at SCCF. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Sally dumped about a foot of rain across parts of the Caloosahatchee River watershed, which increased freshwater releases.

Is there a downtown in Sanibel Island?

Periwinkle Way is the main drag through Sanibel Island. Shops and restaurant/bars along the way. The road, although not Periwinkle all the way) goes out to Captiva Island.