WEEKAWAY: Tips for traveling around Sanibel and Captiva, Florida

<p>Photo courtesy of Sanibel Island Chamber of Commerce</p>

Photo courtesy of Sanibel Island Chamber of Commerce

Sanibel and Captiva are two beautiful Florida islands that capture the spirit of beachside vacationing every month of the year. They each only have a handful of roads, and there is not a single traffic light on either island. When you plan your vacation on these breathtaking islands, you may be getting around in ways that you are not accustomed to at home. Here is at some helpful traveling tips to help you navigate the islands and appreciate all that they have to offer.

Rent a bike for your vacation

Between the two islands, there are 22 miles of gorgeous bike paths winding through the commercial areas and natural wonders of Sanibel and Captiva. The weather is almost always perfect for a bike ride, so you might get around by renting a bike through one of several rental companies. You should also pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes to carry you through some of the islands’ most beautiful nature trails.

Carry cash for beach parking

If you do drive on the islands, you will want to be prepared for beachside parking. Parking is available in public lots with park-and-pay machines, which charge $2 per hour. There is no roadside parking, and lots may fill up fast during busier times of the year. Golf carts can also be driven on main roads near Captiva Village.

Start planning your next vacation to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva by calling Royal Shell Vacations at 1-800-656-9111. You can find luxurious accommodations for you family, with pet-friendly condos available. 

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