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Sanibel Lighthouse and Beach
This is the site of our historic functioning lighthouse. Located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side. This is where the t-dock-fishing pier is and a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands. One of the most beautiful places to watch the sunrise on the island. Turn left on Periwinkle Way from Causeway Road.For more Info go herehttp://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=367
A 3-mile-long man-made bridge that connects the islands to the mainland. There are public restrooms and free parking available. Great beaches for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, sun-bathing and picnicking. Pull your vehicle right to waters edge.Located along both sides of the road.
Chamber of Commerce
Here you can obtain brochures for many of the attractions, shops, restaurants, charter boats, services, and accomodations. You can find out more by going to www.sanibel-captiva.org. Our telephone number is 239-472-1080.
Periwinkle Trailer Park and Camp Grounds
Welcome to Periwinkle Park & Campground, a destination park on beautiful Sanibel Island. We offer accommodations for campers from motor homes to tents and everything in between.Periwinkle Park & Campground is a bird lovers delight. We feature many species of exotic and native birds including toucans and macaws, plus our brown & ringtail lemurs add a mix to our aviary.Just a 10-minute walk to white sandy beaches lined with shells. (We’re only .5 of a mile away!). Phone 1-239-472-1433 or click on http://www.sanibelcamping.com/ for our web site
Popular shaded picnic spot and a great place to see alligators. DO NOT FEED THE ALLIGATORS! They will lose their natural fear of man and will have to be destroyed.
Bill's Rentals 1470 Periwinkle Way
Rated number one in bike rentals on Sanibel and Captiva. Specializing in island style cruisers, surrey bikes and scooters. The island’s largest rental fleet includes recumbent bikes, road bikes and hybrids. Also a wide selection of children’s bikes, trail-a-bikes, baby trailers and baby seats and jogging strollers. Beach equipment rentals include beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and beach wheelchairs. The only Scooter rental company on the island. Hourly, daily and weekly rentals. Located on Periwinkle Way across from the 7-11.
Right Across the Street You Have Billy's Bikes 1509 Periwinkle Way
Full service bike store selling new and used bicycles, bike repairs, bike accessories and gifts. 1-239-472-3620
Segway of Sanibel is in the store with Billy's Bikes
Also the only Segway dealership in Lee County and the only Segway tour company on Sanibel Island. Stop by and experience the segway first hand in our practice arena, or you chose the Segway Experience tours. The Segway Experience tour is a 90-minute eco friendly adventure that includes instruction, practice and guided island tour. Try One- Buy One! Call for information or reservations. 1-239-472-3620
A group called The Sanibel Community Association, Inc. (SCA) was formed to work for the benefit of the Island and its residents.SCA operates the Sanibel Community House located in the heart of the Island. This quaint white clapboard landmark built by volunteers in 1927 is located on land donated by Miss Cordy Nutt. It was the birthplace of many service clubs, civic organizations, and the famous Sanibel Shell Fair and Show.
Almost eight decades later, The Community House remains the center of Island activities.Many events, seminars, and classes are held at The Community House for all to enjoy. A historic renovation was completed during the late 1990's, and a kitchen and auditorium update was completed during the summer of 2005. These improvements and the size of this facility make it the premium facility on the Island to hold special events, whether it is business, civic, or private.
Sanibel Community Association, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members. The Board meets each month to discuss and vote on issues, events, and improvements for The Community House. The office staff, under the guidance of the Executive Director manages daily operations.Membership dues, tax-deductible donations, shared facility usage fees, and a variety of volunteer activities provide the income to operate, maintain, and improve the Community House.
Library, City Hall, Police, and Historical Village
Sanibel Public Library
Sanibel Public Library 770 Dunlop Road Sanibel, FL 33957
Tel: 239.472.2483 ~ FAX: 239.472.9524 www.sanlib.org The mission of the Sanibel Public Library is to serve as an intellectual center, which provides a variety of reading, listening, and viewing materials to enrich the lives of Sanibel residents and visitors.
1. To provide a strong collection, which utilizes material, reflecting the interests of patrons, as evidenced by utilization, and which includes, even with a low level of utilization, materials to meet the reference and intellectual requirements of a wide variety of residents.
2. To provide information not in the library collection.
3. To provide a service-oriented staff who demonstrate competent, cooperative assistance to patrons.
4. To be sensitive to the requirements of the community, to be cooperative with the community, and to seek community input regarding library service.
5. To provide ready access with convenient hours, in a properly maintained facility for all segments of the community.
6. To provide special services to community organizations, including meeting space, exhibits of art, crafts, and other matters of community interest.
City Hall and Police Department
CITY OF SANIBEL, FLORIDA FACTS AND FIGURES Island Age 5,000 years Island Area 11,600 acres
City incorporated November 5, 1974
Square miles 17.5 sq. mi. Beach frontage: 15.5 mi. total
Island shoreline 24.5 mi. 11.75 mi. Gulf of Mexico
Mangrove frontage 9.0 mi. 3.75 mi. San Carlos Bay
Conservation lands (Includes SCCF lands and all public parks) 7,451 acres
City Managed Preserve Land 810 acres
J. N. “Ding” Darling Nat’l Wildlife Refuge 5,400 acres includes Buck Key
Other Public Facilities 76 acres
Vacant undeveloped land 1165 acres
Average elevation: 4 ft. above sea level Maximum elevation: 13 ft. above sea level
Annual precipitation: 42.3 inches Average temperature: 74°
Fiscal 2003/04 Budget: $34,766,925
Tax Valuation Calendar year 2003 $3,999,633,810 (used for FY 2004 ad valorem budget)
Calendar year 2004: Will not be established by Property Appraiser until July 1, 2004
Mission Statement: To provide cultural programs of high quality to the residents and visitors of Sanibel and Captiva.
History: Known as Sanibel and Captiva’s home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. In 1987, BIG ARTS found a home when a small cottage was donated and moved to its present location on Dunlop Road. The Founders Gallery opened and concerts were held in the garden under a tent. Due to the popularity of the programs, the organization quickly outgrew these facilities. Through the generosity of BIG ARTS supporters, The Phillips Gallery opened in 1990 to be used as an art gallery, concert hall, and classroom. The West Wing and SculptureGarden were added in 1997. Designed by BIG ARTS member Irwin Stein, the West Wing includes Schein Hall, a 414 seat concert hall with classrooms and studios for art, music, dance and education. The original cottage, now the organization’s center, includes administrative offices and The Jean Wigley Library. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events. BIG ARTS celebrates its 27th season with an extraordinary line-up of performances and educational programs. Whether your interest is in classical, jazz, popular music, dance, the visual arts, lectures, film, theater, or you want to attend a class or workshop -- BIG ARTS has something for everyone!
The Sanibel Historical Village and Museum is dedicated to the pioneer families of the islands.
Seven historical buildings--farmhouse to fishing camp, store to school--recreate life from 1890 to 1930 when Sanibel was a farming community as well as a haven for sun-seekers and those in pursuit of the silver king. Each building has a unique history interpreted by volunteer museum guides.
The Historical Village and Museum is open from 10 AM until 4 PM, Wednesday through Saturday, from November until May. Then hours are from 10 AM to 1 PM, Wednesday through Saturday, from May until mid-August. A donation of five dollars per adult is appreciated. Our phone number is230-472-4648 and our address is 950 Dunlop, right next to Big Arts.
Tarpon Bay Recreation Area
Home of the Tarpon Bay Explorers. Enjoy a pleasant paddle through the mangrove waterways of the wildlife refuge. Guided tours with a naturalist are also available. Whether you choose to tour the Wildlife Refuge by kayak, canoe, bike, or pontoon boat, Tarpon Bay Explorers has everything you need for nature recreation on Sanibel. Got fish? We do—snook, redfish, seatrout, and more, plus all the supplies you’ll need to catch ‘em…licenses, live bait, tackle, and free advice. Experience some of the best fishing in southwest Florida. Sign up for a private fishing charter and let the Tarpon Bay Fish Finders take you “catching” in the back-bay or rent equipment and go it on your own. Don’t miss one of Sanibel’s most unique gift shops—T-shirts, children’s nature toys, home accessories, jewelry and more. Click on http://www.tarponbayexplorers.com/ to open their web site or call at 239-472-8900.
Unique gift shop—T-shirts, children’s nature toys, home accessories, jewelry and more.
Sanibel Post Office
Full-service U.S. Post Office. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - Noon.Phone number is 230-472-1573.
Bailey Nature Tract
A great place to get off the beaten path and discover Sanibel's native wildlife from the seat of your bicycle. The trails are for foot traffic as well.
Baily-Matthews Shell Museum
This is the only museum in the United States devoted to the shells of the world. The exhibit hall features displays of shells and shell-related objects. To visit the Shell Museum web site click on www.shellmuseum.orgor write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Sanibel Cemetary
For the cemetary buff, this cemetary is the resting place for some of the earliest Sanibel settlers.
Billy's Beach Service at West Wind Inn
Located in the Gift Shop. Offering daily and hourly bike rentals, clothing, and gifts.Telephone is 239-472-8494.
SCCF Nature Center and Trails
An awesome place for the avid bird watcher to observe and photograph the native wildlife of Sanibel Island.visit us at www.sccf.org
Ding Darling Refuge
This national wildlife refuge occupies more than one third of Sanibel Island. View the many native animals by car, by bike, or by foot. The Visitor's Center is open daily. Refuge is closed on Fridays. For more information you can email the refuge at email@example.com or check out the website at http://www.fsw.gov. Or call us at 239-472-1100.
Pristine and quiet, you won't find any hotels here. Park and walk over a bridge to secluded white beach. There is an outdoor shower located at this beach. This is the only beach with barbecue grills. Located off Sanibel-Captiva Rd., turn left on Bowman's Beach Rd. Reputed to be the most beautiful beach in SW Florida.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, or C.R.O.W., has its headquarters here on Sanibel. Established in 1968, C.R.O.W. is one of the nation's leading wildlife rehabilitation hospitals for tropical native and migratory wildlife. A non-profit veterinary hospital, C.R.O.W. provides medical care for more than 3,400 injured, sick and orphaned wildlife patients every year, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat. C.R.O.W. provides educational opportunities for students from across the United States and other nations to participate in the wildlife rehabilitation process while introducing them to both Western and Eastern medical traditions. Visit us at www.crowclinic.org .