popularity and rising prices on Sanibel and
There is only
one automobile entranceway from the south via the causeway from Punta Rassa, an old cattle port near the entrance of the
CAUSEWAY (1962), a tol roadway, ended the ferrys
service started by the Kinzie Brothers in the early
twentieth century. Stop at the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE for maps and
information. It is the most visited Chamber location in
Turn left to reach (2) SANIBEL
LIGHTHOUSE (1884), known to locals as Point Ybel
Light. It is island's most photographed spot and
Return northward on Periwinkle. You'll love the island architecture and realize that most hotels are small and hidden from the roadway. On Dunlap you'll find the (3) ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM, which contains the 1927 ERNEST BAILEY STORE, the 1913 DAN WALDRON/W.D. SWINT HOUSE, and MISS CHARLOTTA'S TEA ROOM. The nearby CITY HALL is an architectural treat of unique design. The BIG ARTS CENTER is a center of social events.
Off Periwinkle is (4) the SANIBEL
CHURCH (1917), 1740 Periwinkle, started by English minister George E.
Day; the OLD SCHOOLHOUSE (1894), 2200 Perwinkle,
near the COMMUNITY HOUSE (1928), 2173 Periwinkle.
Sanibel Lighthouse The Captiva Island Inn The Famous Bubble Room
Nature lovers adore (6) J. N. "DING" DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (1945), with its famous five mile drive along Sanibel Island's preserved bayside. The notable naturalist and cartoonist lived in Fish House Studio on a bayside mangrove and inspired the entire island to conservation. The SANIBEL-CAPTIVA NATURE CONSERVATION has a gift shop and famous plant nursery.
Head north to:
Just six miles
by two miles, CAPTIVA is small only in size,
despite the occupation at the northern half of one of
When you cross (1)
Downtown Captiva was best appreciated on foot since it is compact and crowded. Go see the (3) CHAPEL BY THE SEA (1901) at 11580 Chapin, built by first settler William Binder as a schoolhouse. The nearby MEMORIAL LIBRARY is an interest site.
northern tip of Captiva is (4) SOUTH SEAS
PLANTATION, 320 acres of super resort facilities. Clarence Chadwick,
inventor of the check writer machine, took over the old Carter Plantation in
1923, and started a major golf, boating, and tennis resort.