5 Must-Do’s on Your Sanibel Vacation

Planning a getaway to an “island in the sun”? If you’ve chosen Sanibel, you’ve chosen well! Your Sanibel vacation can include a variety of fun things to do. Quiet relaxation or exciting adventures, the Island has it all. 

We know choosing things to do on a vacation can be stressful, but we have you covered! Hand-picked by us, for you, here are 5 things to do on your Sanibel vacation:

1. Relax on Bowman’s Beach

Sanibel is home to some of the best beaches. Bowman’s Beach is among the most beautiful! Tucked away, it’s known for its cleanliness and quietness. It’s vast sands make for plenty of places to call your own. While one of the most popular beaches on Sanibel, it is also one of the most relaxing.

Shelling is one of the main attractions of Sanibel Island. Bowman’s Beach is a prime spot for it! All year round, vacationers come to enjoy this peaceful hobby. There are so many unique shells throughout the entire beach. Shelling is a great way to bring home a piece of paradise.

If beach picnics are your thing, Bowman’s is the perfect place. There are plenty of areas to grill, barbeque, and enjoy a cookout! You can have a day-long beach party or a sunset soiree. Either way, Bowman’s Beach is a wonderful place to gather with friends!

2. Visit the Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Looking for that “Instagram worthy” photo? The Sanibel Island Lighthouse is the place to capture it! Your Sanibel vacation isn’t complete without a trip to this piece of history.

Constructed in 1884, the lighthouse has stood as a monument for over 120 years. You’re just a short stair climb away from the best view on the Island. Have your eyes and cameras ready as you take in the scenery. It is truly breathtaking.

People come from all over for a glimpse of what’s to be seen at the top. The Sanibel Island Lighthouse will be the high “light” of your vacation.

3.  Discover the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a great place to visit during your Sanibel vacation. CROW is one of the nation’s leading clinics for wildlife rehabilitation. It’s the perfect way to mix education and fun.

At CROW, you can enjoy interactive exhibits and guided nature walks. You’ll learn about conservation medicine and exactly how it’s being used. You’ll also get a behind the scenes look at what is being done to protect Florida wildlife. It’s an opportunity you will not want to miss.

Register at CROW to add this to your Sanibel vacation plans!

4. Explore Periwinkle Place

Who doesn’t want to shop and dine while on vacation? On Sanibel, Periwinkle Place is the best location for both. Lush greenery and majestic fountains make for a prestige presentation! 

Periwinkle Place has over 20 retailers to choose from. Both unique to the Island and familiar brands, you won’t know where to start. Everything from swimwear to jewelry, it’s a shopaholic’s dream.

If you get hungry, you have plenty to choose from. Periwinkle Place is home to some of Sanibel’s best places to eat. We highly recommend the Blue Giraffe Restaurant.

This is more than just a shopping center, it’s a place to have a memorable experience!

5. Shop the Sanibel Island Farmers Market

It doesn’t get more local than this! Visiting the Sanibel Island Farmers Market is the best addition to your Sanibel vacation. This is where the local culture of Sanibel is found!

The market offers seafood, produce, and so much more. With over 40 vendors, you’re sure to get a taste of the Island. Stop in to stock up your vacation rental with the freshest foods!

Just keep in mind that the Farmers Market is open on Sundays, May through the end of October.

With options like these, your Sanibel vacation is sure to be one for the books. There’s so much to do on this little island. If you haven’t booked your trip yet, head over to Accord Real Estate Vacation Rental and get started! We would love to help you find the perfect place to stay for your perfect Sanibel vacation.


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The Best of Southwest Florida

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is the lead marketing agency charged with bringing worldwide visitors to Lee County. Almost five million visitors spend nearly $3 billion annually. The VCB is funded exclusively by a 5 percent tourist tax and works to preserve and protect area beaches and the environment.

Recently, the VCB held its annual tourism summit. This year’s big news was a first-of-its-kind film called “Awaken,” which uses cutting-edge technology to showcase the most beautiful aspects of SW Florida as a destination.

 

The film compliments a digital ecological calendar that highlights the many, year-round, natural seasons and migrations of our area.

The goal is to share the natural beauty and diversity of the area, which will inspire both visitation and protection.

Fort Myers filmmaker, Cameron Michael, spent thousands of hours on location to capture beauty that is accessible to all.

Watch the film and share the beauty of Southwest Florida with your friends and family.


Manatee Park – A Unique Experience

Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Manatee Park is a unique place where visitors can view the endangered Florida Manatee in a natural environment. Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge, therefore they are free to come and go as they please.

Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months.

The park also has an extensive butterfly garden. The park is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program. Picnic areas & shelters, fishing pier on the Orange River. Canoe/kayak launch to the Orange River. Program amphitheater and playground.

Althoug a rare sighting of a manatee is possible during April thru October, optimum viewing times are between the months of November and March due to the cooler gulf temperature.  The Florida manatees live along the coast of Florida and generally visit the park when the gulf temperatures dip below 68 degrees.

PARK HOURS (year round) sunrise to sunset daily

December thru March hours of concession and kayak rental operation are 9:00 am -4:00 pm. Kayak rentals May thru October by reservation only (239)481-4600

Driving Directions: Take I-75 to exit 141. Go east 1 1/4 miles. The park is on the right (directly across the street from the FPL Power Plant).


Andrew’s View of Summer

Southwest Florida is a special place during the summertime. It is a place to enjoy unique outdoor adventures, cool critters and an enriching coastal lifestyle. The Fort Myers News Press features the award-winning photographs of Andrew West in their weekly feature called “ANDREW’S VIEW”.

Below is Andrew’s View of Summer


Sanibel Island Ranks 3rd as Happiest Coastal Town in America

For the second year in the row,  the magazine “Coastal Living” has named America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.

Coming in at #3 is Sanibel Island, FL

This is how Coastal Magazine describes our little piece of paradise; “Life in this South Florida island town is a pastel dream. Picture pale blue skies and white-sand beaches. The island was literally built on millions of seashells. When locals dig in their backyards, they turn up conch, scallop, and clam shells – intact. The town offers a quiet, away-from-it-all life. No stoplights, nor buildings taller than the tallest palm tree.”

The millions of tinted seashells that have literally built the island on which this little town sits have made Sanibel famous around the world. Its 6,469 residents enjoy access to 15 miles of unspoiled beaches.

Even the Today Show got into the game, vividly describing each of the top 5 which includes:

#1 Beaufort, South S.C.

#2 Harwich Port, Mass.

#3 Sanibel Island, Fla.

#4 Sag Harbor, N.Y.

#5 Newport, R.I.

Click HERE to see the Today Show segment on America’s Happiest Towns.


Southwest Florida International Airport sets new passenger record in March

The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) has just confirmed what we already knew … that the tourist season just ended was one of the most successful in history!

With more flights to more destinations, RSW served almost 1.12 million passengers in March – the LARGEST total for the month, and the BUSIEST month since the airport opened in May 1983.

The airport handled 234 flights in March 2012. That soared 54 percent to 361 flights in March of this year. More full flights swelled the ranks of passengers.

United Airlines served 52 percent more local passengers this March and Spirit Airlines doubled the number of cities it served from Fort Myers from three to six, raising its March passenger total by 37 percent, year-over-year.


The “Calm after the Break” May Special

The crowds are gone … but the weather is STILL great.  Come to Florida for our “Calm After the Break” Special

May Specials!

May in SW Florida is called our “shoulder season”.  The spring breakers are gone, the snowbirds have left for parts North and the days become more consistently warm, with cold snaps becoming few and far between.

Average temperature is 86 degrees during the day and 66 degrees at night.  The summer rainy season doesn’t start until June.

And most importantly, our rates are 40%-50% lower than peak season.

With 2 bedroom/2 bath condos at these rates what are you waiting for?

Share one of our luxury condos with another couple for as little as $37.50 per person per night or bring the entire family for as little as $25.00 per person per night (based upon a six person per unit maximum).

See the most spectacular sunsets in Southwest Florida from your own private lanai. Click HERE for slide show.

Call us at 239-243-0737 … you’ll be glad you did

 

Don’t miss out.  


Summer in Southwest Florida

Summer in Southwest Florida is not the hot box you imagined. It’s often cooler here than in most of the rest of the country. Our summer high temps are in the high 80’s to low 90’s.

We have breezes most every day and thunderstorms most every afternoon to cool things down and keep the air clean. Summer skies are crystal blue with snow-white fluffy clouds that are spectacular.

Spend your most memorable summer vacation exploring the wilder side of Southwest Florida.

Discover our mangrove estuaries and visit J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a national treasure, that draws bird watchers from all over the world.

Watch dolphins play and pelicans dive for dinner at Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island.

Go wild this summer in Southwest Florida and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.


Parasailing Over Southwest Florida

Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing.

There are six parts of a parasail. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat by the tow rope. The activity is primarily a fun ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.

There are commercial parasailing operations all over the world.

Here is Southwest Florida, you can fly single, double, or triple while enjoying panoramic views of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast including Fort Myers Beach, Barefoot Beach, Estero Bay, Lover’s Key and Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Prices range from $75 – $250 depending on the number of riders in the harness and length (height) of the ride.

Recently, Jenny Williamson is an intern for The Fort Myers News-Press went parasailing and wrote about her adventures

You can read her report HERE

For a video of her experience click HERE.

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