The Sanibel Arms Condominiums are located on Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. The island is closely acquainted with its sister-island of Captiva. It is uniquely shaped from East to West, which allows Sanibel Island’s beaches to collect thousands of shells every year. Sanibel’s beaches also attract many birds crabs. They all sit elegantly upon the beautiful sands, adding their own touch to the many picturesque beaches surrounding the islands. Each beach is just waiting for you to come and paint your memories with its beauty.[break]
With fifteen miles of beach to choose from, you are certain to find a beach that suits your liking. All of Sanibel Island’s beaches will supply you with the means for fun. You will find a wonderful array of Sanibel Island shells that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even colors. Each beach has its own collections of shells and other benefits as well. They are conveniently accessible several different ways. When you’re out for a drive or cruise, taking a walk, or bike ride, running, skating, scootering, however it is you’re getting around, head to one of the many beautiful beaches that Sanibel has to offer.
Close to seventy-five percent of Sanibel Island is protected nature and wildlife preserve and the island asks that it’s beaches also be protected, by it’s guests. Whether you are visiting with friends, family, or pets, please remember to follow the beach rules when shelling and otherwise enjoying yourself on the beaches.
It’s time to set up your beach chair, shake off your frisbee, or bait your line. If you’re questioning whether you will enjoy your time at the beach, ask yourself, what’s not to love? Every Sanibel Island beach is sure to make you want to stay. They all invite you to enjoy their raw beauty every minute you can. While Sanibel Arms Condominiums is situated right on the beachfront, we may be partial in our loving opinion of the Sanibel Island beaches, but we don’t doubt that you will love them too. As an added bonus, Sanibel Arms has free chairs & umbrellas for all of our guests
Whether your intent is to soul search, or shell search, you can accomplish both while shelling. “Shelling” is a favorite pastime of many beach goers throughout the world. Sanibel Island in Florida, is one of the World’s top locations for collecting shells, or, as the locals call it, shelling. The unique shape of Sanibel Island makes for phenomenal shell findings. The island is shaped from East to West, unlike the common North to South islands, allowing for the sea to rush in thousands upon thousands of shells every year. People come from all over the world to collect Sanibel shells. The island has been voted as one of the best shelling locations. Shelling is a relaxing and fun activity that you and yours should try today![break]
To build a more productive collection of Sanibel shells, vacationers often ask the Sanibel and Captiva locals for shelling tips. Sanibel Island shells are some of the most beautiful of their varieties and many just can’t get enough. The first key to remember is always have fun with shelling. As you’re looking down searching for shells, you will find yourself in a position known to the island as, the “Sanibel Stoop”. Don’t be too particular or you may pass up a shell with a wonderful history.
Seashells are divided into six classes, as described by Michelle Wittenberg:
The best time to look for Sanibel shells is at low and high tide. It is recommended to investigate the times of these tides for the duration of your stay with a tide-chart. When the water is low, the shells become easily accessible for picking. A full or new moon period has the best tides for shelling. Sanibel Arms Condominiums is conveniently located right on the beach. Your chances of finding the “pick of the litter” of coveted Sanibel Island shells is greatly increased by allowing you to get out on the beaches before that days’ deliveries from the ocean have been picked over. Pay attention to the winds, as those from the northwest, are excellent conditions for shelling closer to the eastern side of Captiva; southwest winds are great for shelling near the western portion of Sanibel. iloveshelling.com posts tips for optimal shelling every day so that you get the best tips for that day.
The best activities are those that involve relaxing and having fun at the very same time. With shelling, you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for the perfect two-for. Go on and get to the beach and start your collection today. Don’t forget to take your shelling tips into consideration and have a blast enjoying identifying all of the shells you find. Take in some magnificent scenery while walking your worries away, plucking treasures that nature put there just for you. Once you’ve started your collection, take a walk through The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to compare what you have and get excited for what you have yet to discover!
There is a plethora of activities to immerse yourself into on Sanibel Island. With plenty of biking and hiking trails, the outdoor activist is due to have a fulfilling vacation. At Sanibel Arms Condominiums, you’ll find that no matter which direction you head out for adventure, you’ll find it. Whether you’re staying in a vacation rental, or visiting one of our guests, when you’re looking for something to do, you may discover there’s so much to see and experience, that you aren’t sure where to start. Sanibel Arms Condominiums hosts a beautiful beach and view for you to enjoy right in our own backyard. when you’re loving the beach and decide you want a more in-depth outdoor experience while you vacation on Sanibel Island, you are welcomed to start your journey at Tarpon Bay.[break]
Tarpon Bay Explorers is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s official recreation concessionaire that offers many guided tours, in many different ways. You can tour The Wildlife Refuge by kayak, canoe, bike, pontoon boat, or even by stand-up paddleboard. This center of discovery will take you up close and personal with an abundance of wildlife. You will admire Sanibel’s splendid variety of birds, dolphins, alligators, manatees, and other intriguing wildlife.
Those of you visiting Sanibel Island who just want to get outside and into nature, can’t go wrong when exploring with the experts at Tarpon Bay. While it may be difficult to leave the comfort of your vacation rental at Sanibel Arms Condominiums, we would love for you to have a well-rounded vacation. It would be a shame to not get out and share the beautiful sights and exciting activities that Sanibel Island has to offer with your friends and loved ones. Tarpon Bay is a perfect place to start your fulfilling vacation experience. Not only do you get to be outside and take part in the heart of the wildlife action, you also get to build amazing memories of adventure, to be cherished by all, for years to come.
One of the most amazing amenities of vacation, besides those covered by Sanibel Arms Condominiums of course, is the ability to immerse yourself in your surroundings. When beautiful beaches, fascinating wetlands, enchanting nature trails, and captivating wildlife surround your vacation rental, you’re in for a real treat! The island of Sanibel and sister island, Captiva, have so much to offer outdoors. Sanibel Arms Condominiums proudly supports the efforts of the nature conservationists, who maintain and protect all of the beauty these islands hold. And we encourage you to see and experience it for yourself![break]
Beautiful Sanibel Island has evolved immensely from what was once only a sandbar, into the lush and awe-inspiring vacation destination it is today. Native to the island, prior to even the earliest settlers more than 2,000 years ago, is the intricate food web. The island is home to hundreds of species of intriguing animals and plant life. The Sanibel wildlife and vegetation are actually to thank for the magnificent views and delightful nature activities. If it hadn’t been for their purposeful preservation, the island would be a much different, much less soul-gratifying place.[break]
Roughly seventy-five percent of Sanibel Island is under protection of development, allowing a large majority of the island, to stay purely natural. An astonishing half of the entire island, is the well-renowned J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It is known nationwide and is a must to experience for a fun-filled vacation. The more than 6,000 acre wildlife preserve, has a splendid history and a well-developed Education Center with employees and volunteers eager to share their knowledge. There is even a special tribute full of historical facts dedicated to The Refuge’s beloved J.N. Darling. While you enjoy your stay at your vacation rental, be sure to visit for an intimate endeavor into the wild.
In 1906, a later two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist, Jay Norwood Darling, coined himself the nickname “Ding”. He used this signature on his many illustrations to raise environmental awareness. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed “Ding” as the Director of the U.S. Biological Survey. With much concern for the sustainability of wildlife habitats, he founded the Federal Duck Stamp Program. As of the same year, with the addition of the passage of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, Darling helped changed the future of endangered and threatened species. Hunters aged sixteen years and older, must purchase a Federal Duck Stamp. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar from the sales of Duck Stamps goes to the purchase of wetlands. These wetlands are used for preserving nesting locations for endangered birds.
With much encouragement from “Ding”, in 1945, President Harry S. Truman endorsed an Executive Order, thereby establishing the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. The Preserve is located on Wildlife Drive in Sanibel, Florida. In honor of his many years of pro-environmental service, the refuge was renamed the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in 1967.
Of the more than 550 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, J.N. “Ding” Darling has the largest population of mangroves. These trees have intriguing tangled roots that twist above ground, making them appear almost magical. Something else beautifully interesting about them, is the microorganisms that feed from their leaves, as well as seagrasses, are just one beginning thread of a sophisticated food web. The presence, or lack of, even one type of organism, can affect the existence and condition of many other species.
When poisonous DDT was used as a cheap crop pesticide, it would seep into the water and retain in the fat of the fish. The birds that fed on those fish produced fragile eggs and resulted in diminishing populations. One particular type of bird affected was the Osprey, also known as a Sea Hawk. In 1974, two years after DDT was banned, Sanibel and Captiva Island joined forces to build the first-ever nesting platforms for the dwindling Osprey. Those have, to date, been able to increase their population by an incredible four-hundred percent. The refuge is currently one of the top birding spots in the country. Dedication proves results and the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge displays this by visibly changing lives.
What’s better than a vacation that’s affordable and fun? When staying at Sanibel Arms Condominiums and vacation rentals, you can be confident you’ll have an amazing time, even on a budget. At the nearby J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, there are three wonderful nature trails off of The Wildlife Drive. It is a four mile road that leads you through the heart of a magnificent mangrove forest. Every year the Drive welcomes more than 800,000 visitors. Guests are invited to enjoy themselves via vehicle, a guided tram, on bicycle, and by foot. The trails are accessible Saturday through Thursday. There is a five dollar and one dollar entrance fee per vehicle or person (over fifteen years of age) respectively. Visitors carrying a current Federal Duck Stamp, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Annual Pass or Refuge Annual Pass are not required to pay the entrance fee. A self-guided tape/CD about the Wildlife Drive and a souvenir booklet are available for purchase in the Education Center. Binoculars are available for rental at the information desk.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “272 bird species have been identified utilizing refuge habitats, as well as 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 33 species of mammals, and 102 species of fish. There are more than 250 volunteers helping to educate visitors and to join in partnership with the residents of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Lee County, and the State of Florida, to safeguard and enhance more than 7,300 acres of pristine subtropical habitat for the benefit of wildlife. The refuge fee program is one of the most successful fee programs in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge concessionaire staffs the collection booth and provides helpful information. The refuge collects over $300,000 annually, of which $240,000 stays at the refuge. Monies from the entrance fee program are used to support the refuge’s environmental education, interpretive, and public outreach programs.
Visitors can orient themselves with the refuge and receive valuable information at the Ding Darling Education Center. This state-of-the-art Center was constructed with $3 million in private donations from the refuge friends’ group, the Ding Darling Wildlife Society. The Center, opened in 1999, features interactive exhibits on refuge ecosystems, the work of “Ding” Darling, migratory flyways, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and a hands-on area for children. The Center is open January 1 – April 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and May 1 – December 31 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is free of charge. The Center is staffed by the hundreds of volunteers.”
At the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the best time for wildlife observation is near low-tide in the morning or evening. Birds will be feeding in the exposed mud flats. The flats are a key part of the life cycle for the birds on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, as it’s the shallow waters that allow for the birds to feed easily on the visible fish.
The three trails of The Wildlife Drive each have their own viewings to offer.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located next to the Florida Power and Light Company's Orange River Power Plant. A dominant wintering area for the endangered West Indian manatee, is the Orange River's outflow. Warm water created by the power plant makes for excellent breeding conditions.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports other threatened and endangered species positively affected by the refuge are “Eastern Indigo snakes, American alligators, American crocodiles, wood storks, Florida manatees, Atlantic Loggerhead sea turtles, Atlantic Green sea turtles, Hawksbill sea turtles, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, Leatherback sea turtles, Piping Plovers, and smalltooth sawfish.”
With so many outdoor activities and the luxury of so much pristine land to enjoy, visitors are handed the recipe for fun on Sanibel Island. The conservation of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is magnificent. It’s on-point concession offerings are the vacation-goer and local resident’s ideal ingredients for a truly enjoyable and educational retreat. Throughout your stay at your vacation rental at Sanibel Arms Condominiums, we encourage you to head over and take in the scenery and let out the stress from your daily life. Take time now to breathe in nature and help support a wonderful cause. Just like Sanibel Arms Condominiums, if you haven’t been there yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The first one is so obvious we feel kinda silly saying it but… go shelling on Sanibel! With Sanibel Island being the third best shelling destination in the entire world, you will you find hundreds of varieties of conch and other beautiful shells walking our beaches. Need help identifying them? Stop by the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and view their exhibits! If you take the time to head out and comb the beaches during low tide you will have a true basket of natural treasure. In not time you will master the world famous “Sanibel Stoop.”
Next up on the list, we can’t say enough about the joys of kayaking. There’s just something peaceful about kayaking through the mangrove kayak trails of Tarpon Bay and Buck Key off of Captiva. You can also give standup paddleboarding a try. We recommend Finnimores Cycle shop. They’re knowledgeable and have nice rental prices.[break]
Third thing on the list to do is to take an eco-tour with Tarpon Bay Explorers.They offer breakfast and evening cruises. They also have a fantastic touch-tank at Tarpon Bay where the kids can join a naturalist to see what lives beneath the water.
Next up we recommend the Sanibel Thriller Cruises. We’re talking speed, nature and exotic wildlife all wrapped up in one. Everyone in your party will find something to love about this cruise. You can check them out at www.sanibellthriller.com.
If you are feeling ambitions, you may choose to tour Sanibel via bike on the 28 miles of pathed Sanibel bike trails. For more info go to www.sanibelcaptivamap.com.
Finally, we recommend you take one day to wing it. Just grab a copy of the Treasure Islands Guide map and explore the best of Sanibel and Captiva. They do a great job of laying out restaurants, art galleries, and everything else there is to see and do on Sanibel Island.
Let the adventure begin!
The perfect vacation for both Florida residents and National vacationers may involve a history lesson on Sanibel Island, which is just off the coast of Ft Myers, Florida. Think of the untampered, pristine beaches like in Gilligan’s Island or Cast Away that are littered with beautiful sea shells. Think history!
While much of Florida’s coastline has been razed and covered in high rises, that is not the case on cozy, intimate Sanibel Island. Sanibel was settled by the Calusa Indians over 200 years ago. They built their homes on foundations of shell mounds and when you and your family visit Sanibel, you’ll see why. The variety and number of beautiful seashells is famous worldwide.
In the 1800’s the U.S. government placed a lighthouse on Sanibel Island, which quickly became a homestead for Floridian families.
If you want to combine a lazy get-away with the backdrop of a rich history, then Sanibel is the place for you and your family. Aside from shelling and swimming you can enjoy some great day cruises with companies like Santiva Salt Water Fishing Team where you can go fishing, shelling and snorkeling. You can also get out to watch the dolphins. Captains Jimmy Burnsed, Rob McKay and Jim Burnsed are well known on Sanibel for their local knowledge and guide expertise.
Life in this South Florida island town just west of Fort Myers is a pastel dream, combining pale blue skies, white-sand beaches, and millions of seashells that have literally built the island on which it sits. When locals dig in their backyards on Sanibel, they turn up conch, scallop, and clam shells—intact.
As for the quiet, away-from-it-all life that Sanibel offers its 6,469 residents, consider that there are no stoplights, nor buildings taller than the tallest palm tree. And the shell-seekers know that Bowman's Beach, a natural stretch accessible only via pedestrian bridge, is one of the best for shelling (and birding).
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Shell-lovers from all over the world make pilgrimages to tiny Sanibel Island’s Gulf Coast, considered the best shelling spot in North America according to Travel & Leisure Magazine. Sanibel’s beaches, protected by a broad underwater shelf perfect for gently receiving deliveries from shell-laden currents, are carpeted with tiny, perfect pastel coquinas and false angel wings.
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From direct Beachfront to Beachside to Dockside with FREE boat dockage), our well maintained and updated condos offer the best of Sanibel Island. View our photo gallery to see what Sanible Arms Condominiums has to offer. [break]
What would it be like to live in paradise? Well, a 1,000 new people move to Florida every day to find out. And why not? After all, the average annual temperature of South Florida in the summer is 82.7 degrees, and 68.5 degrees in the winter. Indeed, sunny skies every day and balmy beach conditions relieve more stress than you'd think -- you'll never get back all that time you spent bundling up and digging your car out of the snow.
But for some people, picking up and moving isn't an option quite yet. That's why beachfront condos and vacation rentals exist -- and there is no reason why you shouldn't take advantage of them.
Photograph on Day One
As soon as you arrive at your rental, hold the urge to flop down on the bed or dive into the pool and take pictures of every room. This will protect against liability from damage claims -- it is best to know the exact state of the home you arrived in.
Find Out the Housekeeping Situation
Before you arrive at the vacation rental, find out exactly what the housekeeping situation is like. Some hosts will have cleaners come every day, every few days, or only after you've left. It is best to know exactly what the accommodations are and be able to negotiate a better arrangement earlier on.
Utilize the Kitchen
One of the best things about having a vacation rental is having a full kitchen at your disposal. Since this is your vacation, by no means will you be doing much cooking or meal prep -- but sometimes, it is more relaxing to nosh on fresh provisions (requiring no preparation) from the comfort of your own home-base instead of braving the crowds at a restaurant for every single meal. Not to mention, having snacks on hand for in-between times and on-the-go meals can be a real life, and money, saver.
And most importantly...
Remember to Rest
More than half (53%) of employed U.S. adults come back from vacation feeling refreshed, but what about the other 47%? It's easy to get caught up in the logistics of a trip, and to feel like you have to take advantage of your time off to do all the available activities. Schedule a couple of "dates" with yourself to do absolutely nothing in your vacation rental -- make it your new home away from home where you don't have to worry about cleaning or maintenance. Even if you need to sleep for 12 hours straight, use your vacation time to get rested and relaxed.
How much do you know about the Sunshine State? Known for its warm weather, vacation condos, popular theme parks, and dangerous reptiles, Florida has always been a great destination for retirees and vacationers alike.
Fun Facts About Florida
For your next vacation, check out beachfront condos for rent on the beautiful shorelines of the country's southernmost continental state. See for yourself why Florida is the top travel destination in the world.
You need a vacation. There's no question about that. We all do, and your boss will probably agree. Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary to prevent burnout and improve job performance. You saved up all that PTO, and now is the time to use it.
You deserve a beach vacation and nothing less. Camping? Too dirty. Cruise? Too crowded. Vegas? Way too crowded. The only vacation accommodations fit for someone as hardworking as you are oceanfront condo rentals.
Relaxation, rejuvenation, leisure: that is what vacation condos are all about. As many as 53% of employed Americans say that they come back feeling refreshed after a vacation. As for the other half? They probably took a family road trip to an amusement park or went on a week-long backpacking excursion. Why make your vacation more exhausting than your everyday life?
There is one very real reason you need to take a beach vacation: your mental and physical health. Eight out of 10 leisure travelers consider vacations to be essential to their well-being. Working too much causes stress, and stress leads to all sorts of bad things like high blood pressure, sleep problems, heart disease, and depression. A relaxing getaway is always the best medicine for a bad case of stress and anxiety. Lounging on a sunny seashore will allow your body to absorb more Vitamin D, something that is severely lacking inside your stuffy office.
You could also benefit from some time alone. With our busy schedules, we are rarely alone, leaving us little opportunity for reflection. How many nights have you laid awake in bed, going over in your head the events of the day, problems that need to be solved, and things you wish you had or had not said? In the rare calm that you only experience at night, your brain is struggling to catch up. Give it a chance! Take a break, slow down, and make time for reflection in a place with no distractions.
When you're looking for vacation accommodations, consider the tranquility and beauty you would find at a beachfront condo. You may even bring a companion with whom to enjoy the romantic sunset over the swaying tides.
You've gotten through the harsh winter and as a springtime reward, you've booked yourself a week-long getaway at a beachfront condo. Your resort pulls out all the stops, including island fishing, bike rentals, a pool, and even a small library to rent books from. You've finally booked the luxury vacation of your dreams, and you're set to leave in a week.
However, you realize that there's one small, stress-inducing problem that you have yet to approach: you have no idea what to pack. Luckily, there's no need to fret. Vacations are supposed to help you relax -- in fact, 53% of vacation goers say that they feel refreshed after a getaway. That being said, packing shouldn't be a struggle. To help you on your quest, we've provided some expert packing tips for your next vacation rental getaway:
What to Bring:
Luckily, most beachfront condos are equipped with the basics, such as towels. That being said, you won't need to waste the extra space in your case stuffing in fluffy towels. When it comes to packing for a beachfront vacation, it's important to stick to basics. For a week away, it's wise to pack two active outfits, one fancy outfit, and two to three casual outfits. Along with that, pack a pair of sandals, one pair of dress shoes, and one pair of sneakers. Pack one sweatshirt for chilly nights. Of course, bring sun protection in the form of sunglasses, a hat, and SPF 50 sunscreen.
What NOT to Bring
Vacations are meant to be restorative. In fact, three out of four executives believe that vacations are essential in order to prevent burnout. And upon returning from vacation, more than half of all people feel rested and more relaxed. That being said, this is not a good time to bring your work laptop or cell phone. In fact, you might as well just unplug entirely. Vacation islands with condos such as Sanibel Island have zero traffic lights, for Pete's sake! If an entire island of 6,000 residents can slow down, you should be able to also. Take this time away as a chance to reflect, relax, and recharge -- without the use of technology.
Paris, Rome, Las Vegas -- all great places to spend your anniversary if you like weeding through crowds of tourists and buying tickets for tacky shows you don't even want to see. If you love hotel breakfast buffets and lobby coffee, if you dream about gift shops, or if the shrieking of tired children is music to your ears, you can have your ideal anniversary in any of these high-volume tourist cities.
Chances are, though, you are looking for something a little more romantic, relaxed, and private. Why would you want to celebrate your marriage in an environment more stressful than your office or the grocery store on a Sunday?
A survey shows that at least four out of 10 travelers feel more romantic when they are on vacation. Those couples were most likely found on a quiet island, and not surveyed at the slot machines in Vegas. Couples looking for romance will not be disappointed after checking out island vacation rentals here in the United States.
Over half of travelers report feeling refreshed and well-rested after vacation, and 49% said that they sleep in later on vacation. Beachfront condos serve as the perfect place to be alone with your significant other, together enjoying the warmth of the sun, the touch of the breeze, and a frosty margarita. The privacy of your own rental home will allow you to sleep without disruption from other travelers.
Think of all the things the two of you can do together on a Florida island vacation. Golfing, island fishing, swimming, or simply resting--it is all up to you; there is no itinerary or tour guide.
If this sounds like your perfect romantic anniversary getaway, you need to check out Florida's island vacation rentals. On the other hand, if you wish to serenade your lover to the shrieks of over-tired children and come home with cheap gift shop souvenirs like a keychain with your name on it, go ahead and book your overpriced flight to Paris, or Rome, or Las Vegas. When bachelorette parties and high school trips disrupt your romantic night out, just remember that you had options.