Seven Active Southwest Florida Day Trips


shells at Sanibel Island
What: A trip toSanibel and Captiva Islands. They are collectively known as the Shell Islands because of the amazing variety of shells scattered about the islands’ pristine white beaches.
Location, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are located off the coast of Fort Myers.
Great for: Anyone who digs finding cool shells, as well as anyone keen on the laid back island lifestyle.
Why Go: Shelling, shopping, waters ports…oh my!
Must See Attraction: Sanibel Island has been named one of the top 10 beaches in the United States, and the fun never stops in this sub-tropical climate. Whether you choose boating, kayaking, jet-skiing, shelling or bird watching, Sanibel and Captiva are the perfect location. One of the best ways to see Sanibel and the surrounding barrier islands is on a chartered boat expedition. Walk around one of the many small islands between Sanibel and Cayo Costa while looking for up to 250 kinds of shells—and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins! Then kick it up a notch with some stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling.
What to Bring: A big floppy hat, sunscreen and walking shoes. Take a break from that abundant sunshine to mill about the local art galleries and if you get hungry, grab a bite at Island Cow, a favorite spot for cold drinks and good eats.
When: Boat and island tours are available year-round through the Sanibel Island Cruise Company. Tours range from one hour up to a half-a-day and must be booked in advance by calling 239-472-5799. For more info, visit their website.
Did You Know:  J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge was named for Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, the first environmentalist to hold a presidential cabinet post. The Refuge occupies more than half of Sanibel Island.