Sanibel Island Resorts in Florida

by Allison Westbrook
Sanibel Island is the go-to destination for seashell collectors.

Sanibel Island is the go-to destination for seashell collectors.

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Known by many as the "seashell capital of the world," Sanibel Island is lined with flawless white sand beaches, making it a popular travel destination. Sanibel is located on the Gulf Coast and features a variety of activities for all ages and interests. Many hotels and resorts on the island offer beachfront accommodations while catering to the special interests of vacationing tourists.

Quiet

Caribe Beach Resort is a cozy beachfront resort that provides apartment-style accommodations rather than traditional guest rooms. Guests immediately feel at home in rooms complete with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas, as well as private balconies and dining rooms. Resort amenities include volleyball, horseshoes and a heated swimming pool, and the staff can provide information on local activities including movie theaters, shopping and boat tours. Dining is not available on the property, but a variety of fast food, casual and fine dining restaurants are located nearby.

Golf

Avid golfers visiting Sanibel Island will enjoy a visit to the Sunset Beach Resort. The property is located in close proximity to the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. The greens at The Dunes are part of a PGA-rated championship 18-hole course that challenges novice and expert golfers alike. Guests of the Sunset Beach Resort can reserve their tee times prior to check-in through the resort's website. Before heading out to the links, guests can indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast at the resort, and celebrate a good golf game with a dip in the Gulf just outside the hotel. As an added bonus, the resort provides free usage of beach chaise lounges as well as complimentary bicycle rentals.

Romantic

Couples looking for a romantic island beach retreat can escape to Casa Ybel's cottage-like resort. Located on the beach in Sanibel, guests arrive to 23 acres of well-manicured gardens complete with tall palm trees and hammocks. Couples can cozy up in Casa Ybel's lakeside gazebo, take an evening dinner cruise or indulge in an in-room couple's massage. At the end of the day, the romance continues with beachfront dining at the hotel's Thistle Lodge Restaurant. Couples can eat indoors or opt for patio seats overlooking the water.

Family

With rooms that sleep up to six and a vast selection of recreation available, Sanibel's Sundial Resort is the choice for families desiring a vacation filled with adventure, opportunities and memories. Activities at Sundial include ocean kayaking, tennis and golf. Families can bond over bike rides or take a dolphin-watching cruise. Children will enjoy collecting seashells, swimming in one of the resort's five pools and having their hair professionally braided or wrapped, while adults may prefer a deep sea fishing trip or relaxing on one of the resort's complimentary beach chaise lounges. Parents and children can satiate hungry appetites with a visit to the Sundial Resort's restaurant where a variety of menu selections abound, including a children's menu. Before leaving, families can preserve their new memories by posing for a professional beachside picture with the hotel's photographer.

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