SANIBEL, FL - DEC 27, 2007

Sanibel Island is a comfortably-sized barrier island along Florida's Gulf coast. Getting there is fairly easy and driving the entire island end-to-end takes only about fifteen minutes. The island offers an interesting mix of sights to enjoy. There are multiple great beaches, an interesting old light house and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. If you are an avid shell collector, the Sanibel (and Captiva) islands are known to be some of the best places in the world for "shelling."

 

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The best way to explore the island is probably on a bike. I rented one on the island itself for $12 for four hours. A bike allows you to experience the island at a comfortable pace and provides easy access to the beaches and the side trips inside the wildlife refuge ... considering that you may want to frequently stop in the wildlife refuge to look at interesting species of migratory birds or some neat flora, the easiest way to do it would be by bike vis-a-vis starting and stopping your car every 10 yards.

 

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The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is certainly an excellent place to photograph birds. Surprisingly enough, you will find a good variety on the beaches also. In fact you might be able to get a lot closer to the birds on the beaches. Here are my on photos of Sanibel's birds and everything else that the island has to offer.

 

 

 

 

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