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Welcome to Sanibel Island, Florida

 

 

 
A barrier island off the coast of SW Florida in Lee County, Sanibel Island was the home to a small colony that was started by the Florida Peninsular Land Company in 1832. 
 
In the 1880's a lighthouse was built on the eastern part of the Island, as Florida had become the "land of opportunity", the need to aid in the prevention of shipwrecks had become apparent. Although the foundation of the lighthouse only took 3 months to build, the ship that carried the unassembled iron tower sank during a storm just 2 miles off the coast of Sanibel. This delayed progress as hard hat divers had to salvage the wreckage.  They recovered all by two brackets! This 104 foot high spectacle still stands today at Point Ybel and is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
In 1945, Sanibel Island was declared a national wildlife refuge and inhabits six thousand acres of sensitive upland and estuarine habitat that are held in the public trust by the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
 
Sanibel Island is unique in the fact that this barrier island runs from east to west as opposed to north to south, as other barrier islands.  Therefore, due to its geographical location and thousands of years of storms and wind, Sanibel Island is home to some of the most sought after shells in North America.  Dubbed "The Shelling Capital of the Western World", Sanibel Island provides more shell varieties than any other beach in Florida and is considered one of the best shelling beaches in North America. Littered with over 400 different species of shells, including whelks and conchs, residents are able to unearth perfectly preserved shells right in their own backyard!
 
Encompassed by the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island offers breathtaking sunsets, fishing, water sports and so much more!  
 
 
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