Sanibel-Captiva & Fort Myers Beach Area Features
Take A Tour… And Discover the Islands!
On the islands of Sanibel and Captiva, there are tons of natural sights to see that shouldn’t be missed. There are also multiple tours offered that will suit your interests and are a lot of fun. The local guides are a wealth of information and with their help, you’re sure to venture into some really amazing places! Now go have an adventure!
Ride the Tram
A “must-do” while on Sanibel is a visit to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and the best way to see it is aboard the tram. This 90-minute excursion departs several times a day, and lets guests sit back in comfort and listen to local lore, brief histories, and wildlife facts. The tour guide will also stop the tram along the route to let everyone get out and explore. You’ll go past mangroves and mudflats while operators talk about the biodiversity and point out interesting creatures. Not only does taking the tram cut down on vehicular traffic on Wildlife Drive (reducing our carbon footprint), but ticket sales for the tram benefit the refuge. Plus, you’ll have your hands free to take some photos of the area’s amazing plants and animals.
A large variety of shells come ashore on the islands, attracting serious and amateur shell hunters. By going on a shelling tour with an expert, you’ll not only be led to areas that have an impressive amount of shells, but you’ll learn a little bit about your finds. Plus, there are laws that govern shelling—some can’t be collected—so it’s good to have a knowledgeable resource available. Whether you’re out for fun or would like to learn more about the mollusks that live in the shells, you’ll find many tours available for an exciting shelling expedition.
Set Sail for Nature
Board a boat and journey into the gulf to see dolphins and other sea creatures while on a nature tour. Dolphin cruises bring you close to the loveable mammals where you can watch them swim and frolic in the wild. Closer inshore, you may also get the chance to view some manatees in their natural habitat. Catching a glimpse of the beloved “sea cow” is often a vacation highlight for many area visitors. Let an experienced captain take you to the places where these animals of the sea are likely to be found.
Paddle Your Way to New Discoveries
Tone your muscles and get close to nature by kayaking or taking a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) around the waters of Sanibel and Captiva Islands and Fort Myers Beach. These paddlesports are not only peaceful and fun activities but they are also great ways to get some exercise. A few local companies offer tours that will take your group on adventures into remote areas that visitors typically overlook. Tour guides will share their knowledge of the wildlife you’ll see while paddling along the coastline. There’s a good chance you’ll see manatees on tours like this!
Zoom Around on a Segway
A unique way to take in the sights is on a Segway tour with Billy’s Rentals. The same benefits offered on a walking tour are available—stopping where you like, lingering over a new sight, and hearing stories and facts from the guide—but you can cover more ground. After a quick lesson in using the Segway, you’ll be zipping off to discover the islands. It’s a fun activity that’s easy for people of all ages to do and it doesn’t require much effort!
Explore on Your Own by Bike!
Perhaps you would like to explore on your own. If that’s the case, rent a bike and pedal around the islands! Numerous shops on the islands rent them (check Sunny Day Guide’s coupons for discounts) and some even deliver the bikes to you. Sanibel has over 22 miles of paved bike paths that stretch from one end of the island to the other. Exploring Wildlife Drive by bike is a favorite activity enjoyed by both locals and visitors—and it’s only $1 per person. Plus, some of the views you’ll encounter along your ride are breathtaking. Just note that riders under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets!