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2 May 2018
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Hints and TipsSanibel Outdoors

Most anyone who has ever visited our Island agrees that the beach rocks.

Because most of Sanibel is a nature preserve, the beach is gently used by humans and greatly used by our fine feathered friends.

It's an easy place to relax, read, gather shells, observe the birds on land and the creatures of the sea. Both Dolphin and Manatee are readily apparent much of the time and there are many times where you can see the smaller creatures, at times jumping right out of the water. On the Gulf side you can actually catch sea trout, snook, and even an occasional tarpon. Or you can just sit there and watch them do their leaps. Of course, we prefer the latter activity.

But there are rules that go along with such a pristine, tranquil and natural beach vacation destination. These rules are easy to follow and most people do.

No collecting of live shells is absolutey imperative. 

No cars on the beach is equally important.

Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times. 

And perhaps not stated specifically, excessive noise is not appreciated.

Alcohol is permitted November through May.

Don't forget to pay for and properly display parking passes.

Please leave the beach how you found it. Pick up and dispose of any garbage properly.

Fill in any holes and level sandcastles.

But when we say the beach rules on Sanibel, these are not the rules we are writing about.

What we are eluding to is a more fun way of looking at how to get the most out of your island vacation, especially the special time spent on our beaches.

So these are the rules, our own rules, that we would like to leave you with:

  • Soak up the sun (but do use sun screen!)
  • Breathe the salty air
  • Build sandcastles
  • Ride the waves
  • Flip flops required
  • Relax. Unwind. Enjoy.
  • Nap daily

We are confident you will be able to follow these rules and wonder if you have any more to add?