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The Beaches and Trails of Sanibel Island

 


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Florida, better known as the Sunshine State, has an abundance of beaches. Perhaps the most popular and beautiful is Sanibel Island Beach. This small area off the Gulf of Mexico offers stunningly clean and clear sands and water. Sanibel is also known as being one of the best shelling locations in the world. Because it is an East-West barrier island, it gets many more shells than most other beaches. A little known fact is that Sanibel and Captiva Islands, which lie right next to each other, are virtually created from conch, whelk and scallop shells. Visitors simply have to walk a small strip of the beach to find amazingly beautiful and unique shells to take home with them.

In fact, the “Stoop" has become quite popular among Sanibel inhabitants and visitors alike. It is not at all uncommon to see people walking along the beaches and stooping over as they look at and collect those prize shells.

Sanibel Island beaches also offer wonderful bike trails for those who want to explore the island and its natural surroundings. Rabbit Road Trail, Dixie Beach Road and Wildlife Drive are all family friendly paths that will provide you with an excellent view of the island without requiring you to be a world-class biker. Walking paths are also abundant, as Sanibel beaches offer the most natural and undeveloped land in the area. Golf courses, tennis courts and other active places are also readily available around Sanibel beaches. Of course, most who visit agree that the beaches themselves are what draw them to the area. However, if you do tire of spending the day relaxing on a beautiful stretch of beach with the wonderful sunshine on your face, then you can easily find other things to take up your time.

Many rental units are located right directly on Sanibel Island beach. You can literally wake up and be at the beach in only a few short steps. There are also many swimming pools, exercise rooms and other amenities included in these rentals. Choosing the perfect one merely depends on your personal preferences.

For family vacations, beautiful and romantic weddings and intimate getaways, the Sanibel Island Beach is a wonderful choice. Whether you are looking for a range of activities or you simply want to enjoy the beautiful tropical nature at its very best, this is definitely the place to be.

Marilee McCormack is the managing editor for Search-Matters which specializes in Website Management .

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