White Sands #13

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White Sands #13
2311 West Gulf Drive,
Sanibel Island, Florida

* Activities and Things To Do on Sanibel and Captiva Islands *

Here's activities for you to try while staying on Sanibel Island where our Gulf front condo is in the White Sands building on West Gulf Drive. Our condo is available for rent by the week.

Overview of Things to Do:

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their incredible beaches and preservation of nature. The mid 1900's movement by conservationist and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jay "Ding" Darling to preserve part of the island as a migratory bird sanctuary was the foundation of the conservation and preservation that has guided the Islands to develop in graceful harmony with nature, rather than as wall to wall high rises as on other parts of Florida's coasts.

Many of the nature related activities on Sanibel are unique to Sanibel, and you should not miss the opportunity to experience them.

The following subjects are covered in this guide:

The Beaches

Learn about Nature

Historical Preservation



Sports & Golf



Please see our Sanibel/Captiva Islands Restaurant Guide for a listing and reviews of restaurants.
These restaurants are noteworthy for more than just their food:


There aren't any wild night spots on the island, in fact the locals sometimes refer to 9pm as "Sanibel Midnight".  All of these are very casual.  If you're looking for a bar or night club open later in the evening with live entertainment, dancing, etc, here are your options:

Activities off Sanibel Island in the Ft. Myers area

  • Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates - These two great industrialists from the early 1900's built their winter homes side by side on the river in Ft. Myers. Thomas Edison also had a laboratory here that is also part of the tour. This is well worth visiting.
  • Everglades City - The gateway to the Everglades, you can take an airboat ride, eat lunch and learn the history of this little city.
  • Tanger Outlet Mall - This typical outlet mall with the name brand stores is within a mile of the causeway on the mainland.
  • Seminole Tribe - General website for the Seminole tribe and all they offer throughout the State of Florida.
  • Seminole Tribe's Big Cypress Reservation - 1.5 hrs from our condo, you can take airboat and swamp buggy rides, see native wildlife, see alligator and snake handler shows, and Seminole Indian craftsmen.
  • Seminole Tribe Casino in Immokalee - Close to Sanibel.

Activities in other parts of Florida

These attractions are far enough north in the state that it does not make sense to visit them while staying on Sanibel. The better option is to visit them on the way to or from Sanibel. If you are driving to Sanibel from the north you won't have to go far out of your way to get to any of these attractions and could easily spend a day or two at any of them coming or going. If you are flying you could plan to fly in to Tampa or Orlando, stay a night or two there to take in those parks, then drive to Sanibel, and fly home out of Ft. Myers.
  • Legoland Florida - Winter Haven, Florida (between Tampa and Orlando). This used to be Cypress Gardens, Florida's first theme park, known for waterski shows and botanical gardens which have both been maintained.
  • The sponge docks at Tarpon Springs - North of Tampa/St. Pete. This historic village was at one time known as the sponge fishing capital.
  • Busch Gardens - Tampa, Florida. An excellent park for a combination of thrill rides, theme areas, and wildlife.
  • Adventure Island Waterpark - Tampa, Florida. A good waterpark. Spend the day playing in the different theme pools and on the slides. This is fun for all ages as there are plenty of levels of activity, including just sitting in the shade watching everyone else.
  • Tampa Museum of Science and Industry - Tampa, Florida. A good hands-on science museum, one item of particular local interest is the wind tunnel that you go in to experience hurricane force winds of around 100mph.
  • Sea World - Orlando, Florida.
  • Disney World - Orlando, Florida

Call us at (614) 792-2593 to rent our beautiful Gulf front condo in the White Sands building on Sanibel Island.

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David Ulstad
E-mail: dculstad@aol.com
Last Modified: March 5, 2014

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