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Southwest Florida (especially the coast) counted themselves fortunate, as Hurricane Dorian eventually made a turn to the northwest (as expected) and may only brush along the east coast from Florida all the way to North Carolina as it weakens.  Of course, our thoughts are with those impacted by the “unprecedented” Category 5 damage in the Bahamas and anyone else affected. 

Now that we can breathe a sigh of relief over the weather, the islands can breathe a sigh of relief after a very busy summer… 

“They’re closin’ down the hangout, the air is turnin’ cool.  They’re shuttin’ off the superslide, the kids are back in school.  The tourist traps are empty, vacancies abound.  Almost like it used to be before the circus came to town.”

--Jimmy Buffett, “When the Coast is Clear” 

That song is more about the north when September comes, but it does get a little quieter on the islands.  By Labor Day, all the kids are back in school, so there aren’t as many families making trips.  Some restaurants decide the time is right to finally take a vacation of their own.  Some shorten service, others take a couple of weeks, and a very few take a full month (or two) off.  That said, please don’t think there’s nowhere to go on the islands; there are plenty of excellent restaurants open year-round on the islands.  The following locations will have varying dates of closing or limited service: 

Blue Rendezvous French Bistro – is closed now through October

Blue Giraffe (in Periwinkle Place) – will be closed for two weeks, September 2 – 16

Cip’s Place (one of our favorites) – will not be serving lunch in September, but will be open for dinner.

Dairy Queen – will be closed for one week, September 9 – 16

Geppetto’s Beach Foodies (home of the Crodoles…Croissant Donot Holes) – will be closed through September

Il Cielo (norther Italian cuisine) – is closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in November

Joey’s Custard (in Bailey’s Shopping Plaza) – will be closed September 20 – October 3

Matzaluna – The Italian Kitchen (home of Sanibel’s only wood-fired pizza oven) – will be closed September 9 – 13

The Mucky Duck (Captiva) – will be closed for one week, September 3 – 9

Over Easy Café (in the Olde Sanibel plaza) – will be closed September 9 – 19

The Pecking Order (with pluckin’ good fried chicken) – will be closed on Sundays (only) through September

The Sand Dollar (at the Sanibel Island Beach Resort) – will be open daily for breakfast only this month, serving dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only

Schnapper’s Hots – will be closed for two weeks, September 3 – 16

Traders and T2 – both locations will be closed for two weeks, September 16 – 30

Traditions (at the Island Inn) – will be closed September 1 – 22, then closed Sundays (only) through October 20.  Oh, and they will also be closed on November 16.

We hope these closings will not deter you plans for visiting Sanibel and Captiva, because you could be here three weeks and still not go to the same great place twice.  Also, this list will give you a reason to plan a second trip to the islands to catch up on what you’ve missed!  Stay with Sanibel Holiday…Book Direct and Save!