Outdoor Activities on Sanibel Island, Florida

Birds on Sanibel Island

There are so many things to do on Sanibel Island, Florida that is really a difficult decision of what to do first. Should you visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum or should you visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. Maybe you should just go to one of the beautiful white sand beaches and soak up some rays. Or maybe you could go biking, fishing, bird watching, boating, golfing or snorkeling. Wow! Those are a lot of choices. If you can stay awhile, you will be able to enjoy all of them. www.travelrows.com

Biking: There are twenty-five miles of bike paths on Sanibel Island and biking is one of the best ways to see the island up-close and personal. These paths meander through shopping districts and back roads. They will lead you under tree-shaded canopies and over wooden bridges. They will take you past busy streets and quite waterways. There are many places to rent bikes by the hour or by the day.

Fishing: How could anyone who is surrounded with that much beautiful water that is filled with so many different species of fish not have a strong urge to dip a hook in and see what they can pull out? There are fishing tours available for fishermen (and women) of all levels of expertise. Whether the fisherman is a first-timer or an old-hand there is something for everybody. You can fish for Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, or Tarpon.

Bird Watching: Bird watching is an activity that those who visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, love to engage in. It is one of the best places on the planet to see tall wading birds that you will never see anywhere else. There isn’t a sight anywhere more rewarding than to watch a Snowy Egret fly over a pool and snatch his breakfast without ever missing a beat! You can watch White Ibis walk along the edge of the water, their long, curved bills digging for small crustaceans — a bird watchers dream come true!

Boating: You can go on chartered boating trips or rent your own boat or sail boat. If you love boating, you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful water on the planet!

Golfing: If golfing is your bag (pardon the pun) you are in the right place when you are on Sanibel Island. There are some of the most gorgeous golf courses on the planet. Golf lessons are also available.

Snorkeling: Old shipwrecks and man made reefs make Sanibel Island a snorkeling paradise. There are approximately fifteen such reefs within a 15 mile radius of Sanibel Island. These reefs make snorkeling an exciting experience. There are home to hundreds of varieties of fish.

Choosing an outdoor activity on Sanibel Island is a delightful dilemma. You have such a wide array of choices that you may need to extend your stay just to partake of each delightful opportunity at least once. The weather is perfect for being outdoors and you don’t want to miss one single thing. You might just want to lay in the shade of an umbrella on the beach.

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