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Activities to Enjoy with or without Children
- Tarpon Bay Recreation (239-472-8900) tarponbayedxplorers.com They offer several types of activities. We have tried the kayak trail through Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. These are guided trips through backbay waters. Also, we’ve done the tram ride through refuge–provides a bit more info than driving through by yourself.
- Bike riding–bring your own if arriving by car. If you want to rent for week, we recommend renting off-site for a better rate. They will deliver bikes to your complex. Billy’s Bike Rentals billysrentals.com (800) 575-8717. During peak season, you may want to call ahead to reserve. Twenty-five miles of paved bike paths on Sanibel; biking limited on Captiva.
- Captiva Cruises (239-472-5300) captivacruises.com We have taken all day trips to all four destinations of Captiva Cruises. Boats are nicely appointed with restrooms, snacks, and cocktails. A good narrative of area, history, nature, and dolphin watching. Cabbage Key is one destination for casual lunch and short hike (island is tiny). Useppa Island is snobby; service/food at restaurant was poor. Sunset Cruises and Dolphin Cruises available for a shorter time.
- Adventures in Paradise (239-472-8443) adventuresInParadiseInc.com We have done all three activities. Morning backbay fishing was fun; a good family activity–but probably not for the serious fisherman. The afternoon sea life encounter by boat led by a marine biologist. This is a more educational type trip to learn about the habitat of the Sanibel area. The sunset trip is at sundown. The tram will pick you up by tram at Sundial front entrance. We have also done the sunset champagne cruise (a few nibbles and a little bubbly during trip) for the 4th of July fireworks.
- Sanibel Thriller Cruises (239) 472-2328 sanibelthriller.com. Several types of boat tours and best bet for seeing dolphins. The unique aspect of this trip is that circumnavigates both Sanibel & Captiva on Gulf and bay side.
- Beachcombing and shelling–pick up a library book on shells before you come. See how many types you can find. We also have a couple of shelling books in condo. Remember–it is unlawful on Sanibel to take live shells. This is a great activity for the whole family. We have been known to get up before daybreak and hunt with a flashlight. Also, shelling is great after a storm. Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is quite interesting if you like shells.
- Sshhh–a secret. There is a tropical bird and monkey display in the Periwinkle Travel Park on Periwinkle. You’d never guess it was there–just drive past all the travel trailers and mobile homes and it’s in the middle of the park. You can also reach from Middle Gulf Drive if you want to ride your bike. Also, take kids to Jerry’s Grocery complex to talk to the parrots.
- The pride of Sanibel is the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Sunset is a great time to drive through. $5 per car or $1 for a bike. We have done both. It’s about 5 miles long. Lots of great wildlife–birds, osprey, eagles, spoonbills, and alligators. Stop at the Visitor Center at the beginning to get more info. Take your time and stop and explore some of the walkways and lookouts.
- C.R.O.W. Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife, 3883 SanCap Road, Tours 11 AM Mon.-Fri. and Sunday at 1 PM in season. Objective is to care for injured or orphaned native wildlife and return to the wild. Very interesting.
Cloudy Day Activities
- Make this an Everglades We have done several of the tourist airboats trips. All about the same, but something to see.
- Cinema–The Sanibel Cinema has two theaters and shows first-run movies islandcinema.net. Next to Bailey’s. Also, the Herb Strauss Theatre has live shows www.theschoolhousetheater.com
- Sanibel Farmer’s Market—on Sunday at City Complex.
- Shopping-lots of wonderful boutiques and shops on Sanibel. Guard your credit cards carefully.
- Flea Markets-have been to Fleamasters off I-75 on Martin Luther King Drive north of Myers. Lots of vendors—mostly new stock. Couldn’t get my son away as a child.
- Edison/Ford Winter Estates in Myers—Interesting visit to see where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford wintered in the 1800’s.
Casual is the word on Sanibel/Captiva. Many restaurants don’t take reservations; many offer early bird discounts. Most offer children’s menus. Plan to wait for a table during peak season unless you arrive early.
- Bubble Room on Captiva–touristy, but fun. We like the food, a little on the pricey side. Limited parking. This is popular—plan on a wait unless you arrive at 5:30 PM. The atmosphere is worth it.
- Mucky Duck on Captiva-try to time for sunset dinner. This is on Captiva; parking is very limited and a little hard to find. It’s right on the beach. Food is good, but nothing unforgettable; the view of Gulf is great. Have your cocktail on the beach while waiting for table
- Gramma Dot’s at Sanibel Marina—turn left on Yachtsman off Periwinkle, limited seating, open-air restaurant, closes around 8 PM. Try the coconut shrimp
- Matzaluna (Italian)–if you want pasta or gourmet pizza or pasta, this is the place to go.
- Timbers, on Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel—usually ranked as best of the seafood restaurants. You can call ahead to be put on waiting list. Adjoining Sanibel Grill, sports bar, has the same food, but less expensive if you buy in basket form.
- Traders on Periwinkle. Wonderful food. Small plates up until 6 PM. Also there is
- Doc Ford’s –on Tarpon Beach Rd. Call ahead 30 min..
Ryan’s (our 36-year old Favorite as a Child—going to Sanibel since he was 6 and now enjoys with his own family..
- Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger–burgers, fries, milkshakes—yummy.
- Island Cow on Sanibel- fun menu
- Sanibel Cafe on Periwinkle–very interesting breakfasts, good.
- Lighthouse Cafe–quite a popular breakfast spot–good bike ride from Sundial.
- Over Easy—in strip mall at corner of Tarpon Bay/Periwinkle.
We’re not fishing folks, but the Lighthouse Pier appears to have lots of successful fisherman. Many charters available–check local publications. Salt and fresh-water fishing.
We have also taken a deep-sea fishing trip off of Ft. Myers Beach at Getaway Marina. This is relatively inexpensive, but not would you imagine for deep-sea fishing. Everyone caught something small. Crew will clean fish for a tip. I think it was around $35 for ½ day.
Available at Sundial for a fee at the Sundial
Lighted tennis at Sanibel Recreation Center (5 miles away). Free with Sanibel Rec Center membership.
Sanibel Golf Course (239-472-2626)—www.beachviewgolfclub.com closest to Sundial. You may spot an alligator along the waterways. Don’t bother him and forget your ball if it lands near a gator.
Sanibel Recreation Center
This is a wonderful alternative to paying the resort fee at the Sundial or South Seas. This has two pools and a kiddie pool. Call for hours of water slide and kiddie pool. (239) 472-0345
Sanibel Recreation Center (Sanibel Fit 4 Life). Fees http://bit.ly/1H2os5J
- Aquatics (Water Aerobics, Lap Swimming, Water Slide, Splash Pad, Pool Swimming)
- Fitness (Land Aerobics, Open Walking, Open Gym, Pickup-Basketball, Pickup-Volleyball, Weight Room) ***Best fitness room on island.
- Tennis Courts
- Skate Park
- Publix on 15880 Summerlin (at Winkler intersection) or Publix at Sanibel Beach Place 20321 Summerlin (across from outlet mail—but awkward to turn left to head to Sanibel). These are full-service, modern stores, a bit more selection and lower prices than on island.
- Jerry’s on Periwinkle–very nice, full-service, accepts credit cards.
- Bailey’s corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle–very nice, full-service, accepts credit cards.
- Bailey’s Marketplace at Sundial –good for items you need quickly.
Groceries can be pre-ordered from either Jerry’s or Bailey’s and delivered to your accommodation prior to your arrival. Delivery is approx. $25.
Many condos have washer/dryers in units. If not, most have a coin-operated laundry in the building.
Several venues have live entertainment in the evenings–Jacaranda on Periwinkle. Always fun is the Crab Races at Tween Waters, Monday Night at 9 PM (adults only). Traders, George & Wendy’s and Traditions also have live entertainment.
What is Furnished with Condo
Furnished with the condo is the following starter package: Packets of dishwasher soap, detergent for 2 loads (no softener), roll of paper towels, box of tissues, 2 rolls of toilet tissue for each bath, bar soaps for baths, garbage bags. Most condos have DVD players and hair dryers.
The condo is cleaned prior to your arrival and upon your departure; this is included in your rate. A vacuum, mop, broom, etc. are provided for spot clean-ups or accidents. Please be aware that excessive laundry, stains on bedspreads, upholstery, carpeting, missing linens, or unusual damages may be charged to the guest.
Condo swimming pools available to guests at no charge. Please be aware that you are renting a private condo and NOT affiliated with the Sundial Resort. As of this printing, open to the public at Resort are tiki bar, restaurants, pizza kitchen, Bailey’s Marketplace, spa services tennis, and Sanibel Sea School. Resort access is subject to change.
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