Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island, an Island Sanctuary

  • Sanibel Island is linked to the mainland by a four-mile causeway.
  • More residential and less resort oriented than Captiva, Sanibel has large tracts of preservation land. More than two thirds of the island can never be developed. The J. N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation have preserved most environmentally sensitive land. Thousands of acres of wetlands, mainly along the Sanibel River, a freshwater body of water meandering through the center of the island are preserved.
  • Sanibel's strict building codes result in…height restrictions. No high-rise condos are allowed.
  • The bay and bayous of Sanibel are fringed with mangroves and Sanibel’s beaches boast the best shelling in North America and the third best in the world.
  • Sanibel is incorporated as a city and has a land use plan that caps the number of units that can be built on the island to around 9,000. Currently there are approximately 8,500 homes, condos and businesses units on the island.
  • Year round population of Sanibel is 5,600. That swells to about 17,000 at the peak of the winter season in March


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