West coast of Florida
Sanibel - Captiva Islands
March of 2007 was an extremely beautiful month (meaning that we were yet to see the temperatures rising to the 90s across the coast of Florida). We left Orlando and drove all the way to Fort Myers — our destination was 14 miles west of Fort Myers, off the coast of the southwestern shore.
It’s known as one of the best places to go shelling in the United States. As we drove , we passed the St. Petersburg sunshine skyway bridge... The drive was a very nice.
At the far eastern tip of the island you’ll find Sanibel’s sole lighthouse—a conical tower of wired steel. I read that the purpose of the lighthouse being made entirely of metal is so that coastal winds can blow through. I didn't spend much time here as the adjacent beach was unbelievably gorgeous.
The entire experience felt therapeutic and throughout the time I was here, I behaved like I was on a mission "to find shells",unfortunately I wasn’t alone. People come from miles around just to comb the island’s beaches. The beach is great for walking. The sand is completely white and very fine ..... But I guess that's because the shells turn into powder over time and they become one with the sand ...... Never realised that just searching for shells would be such a calming experience... I searched for hours ... it was so much fun searching for shells as new ones rolled in with the surf.
I heard from a local that a lot of jewel designers and fashion designers come to Sanibel because there are so many combinations of colours to be found in these shells that they draw inspiration from them .... I guess one of nature's marvels.
Overall incredibly calm, relaxing and very kid friendly island .....One one my favourite beach vacation spots ever and that's quite a big statement to make, considering I get to see Miami's beach every other day.
Next we drove over to to Captiva which is the very picture your imagination forms when you think of beach town .... As we drove through its quiet roads, I had this urge to just forget that there was a world outside and just stay there for like here for a month .... hmmm someday hopefully
More than 2 miles of pure white sand is the first thing I noticed when we parked the car .. (there is a parking fee where a token is issued for you to park for 2-3 hours) .
Captiva is north of Sanibel island which is connected to Fort Myers by a three-mile-long causeway. I saw a lot of shell stores and noticed a lot of people biking through the beach town ....I also saw people fishing on the T-dock (fishing equipment can be rented apparently), also passed a nature centre, watched kid’s laying games barefoot and passed an arcade. It is a very quiet place overall..... The island is the very picture of what an ideal beach town is supposed to look like.
Great for watching the sun go lower over the horizon and set for the day. I did not get to spend a lot of time here ... just about an hour and a half .... but it will be a place I will remember forever .... Would love to go and spend some more time here ...