There are lots of things to do on Sanibel & Captiva Islands.
An activity the entire family is sure to enjoy is a cruise to see dolphins and manatees or you can head on out to one of the many unspoiled islands to collect incredible shells. For those seeking high-speed adventure on the water rent a personal watercraft, or fly high over the beautiful Gulf Coast on a parasailing adventure. Perhaps you’d like to experience the thrill and challenge of wind surfing or kite boarding? There is so much to do, but we have listed the top 10 below.
Cycling on Sanibel Island is a fun thing to do and a great way to get some exercise – and sightsee. More than 25 miles of easy-going bike paths crisscross Sanibel Island traveling along the canals, beaches and preserves to the shops and restaurants. Pick up an Island Bike Path Map at the Chamber of Commerce and plan your route. You can ride from the lighthouse and fishing pier through the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, and across Blind Pass Bridge onto Captiva. Captiva has no bike paths, but welcomes cyclists. Keep your bike on the trails and off the beaches - bicycles are not permitted on either island’s beaches.
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to take in Fort Myers, Florida’s amazing wildlife and unique environment during a kayak trip along The Great Calusa Blueway. Start and stop almost anywhere you want along this 190-mile marked paddling trail that takes you through coastal waters, mangrove estuaries and sheltered bays.
Regardless of whether you choose to fish from the pier, shore, or aboard a charter you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a big catch. Local inshore species include grouper, snook, sea trout, mackerel, amberjack, snapper, shark and tarpon. In fact, tarpon migrate to the Sanibel-Captiva area from April through June making it the Tarpon capital of the world!
One thing is for sure; there are plenty of things to do in and around Fort Myers and opportunities to fill your day with non-stop action. A perfect way to cap a day filled with activities - sit back, relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise.