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Posted By: Fossilridge - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/27/2015
Location: Salvo / Mount Joy, PA
Total Posts: 118

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 12:51 PM




The wife convinced me to go to Sanibel in a month on the premise of warmer temperatures and our kids can swim in the gulf. I am a creature of habit and would be content going to the house in Salvo.

Can anyone recommend a good seafood restaurant on Sanibel?

How crowded is the area/beach the end of March? I have become accustom to finding my personal space on Hatteras where I can look in both directions and not see anyone or a very limited number of vehicles/people on the beach. Based on a few Sanibel webcams, I don't think I am going to find that solitude. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for a reply!


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RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: tarisio1 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/26/2016
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Total Posts: 10

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 4:24 PM




My wife and I used to visit my parents at their timeshare on Sanibel. I don't have much use for Florida beaches but I will say that Sanibel had it's own charms in a very different way than Hatteras Island. It was a long time ago but dinners at the Green Flash were special treats. http://www.greenflashcaptiva.com/
The Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve is special and there are great canoe trails in the mangroves. In January it could seem like Paradise but not the kind of solitude you can find on Hatteras.


RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: MarvelousMoondance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/7/2006
Location: Wild and Wonderful WV
Total Posts: 11158

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 5:54 PM




i haven't been there since the 70's, so i'm no help with current information except to say that friends who were there recently said the shells and sea glass were incredible. Their photos and collections were mind boggling.


RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: MichiganJulia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/16/2016
Location: Norton Shores, MI
Total Posts: 125

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 8:59 PM




We spent a week there in an oceanfront condo. I have to tell you that place is awesome. We were there in May. It was not crowded on the beaches. The shells are fantastic. There are lots of great restaurants from Sanibel all the way to the end of the island at Captiva. It is pricey, but you will love it. You don't HAVE to eat at all the expensive places. Go to the Bubble Room. It's an experience just to be there. And not that expensive.
I'm not trying to talk you out of going to the obx, but just this once try Sanibel. You won't be disappointed.

RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: obiex - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/27/2008
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Total Posts: 1459

Date Posted: 2/18/2017 2:11 PM




We spent a week there in an oceanfront condo. I have to tell you that place is awesome. We were there in May. It was not crowded on the beaches. The shells are fantastic. There are lots of great restaurants from Sanibel all the way to the end of the island at Captiva. It is pricey, but you will love it. You don't HAVE to eat at all the expensive places. Go to the Bubble Room. It's an experience just to be there. And not that expensive.
I'm not trying to talk you out of going to the obx, but just this once try Sanibel. You won't be disappointed.

110% concur ! I went to Sanibel May of 2013. Loved it. Going back this April. Heard population from January to April is noticeably heavier than May - Fall. Many great eating establishments. Remember Doc Fords as being good. We biked the entire week, it was great

RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: adunifon - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/20/2005
Location: Miamisburg, Ohio
Total Posts: 129

Date Posted: 2/20/2017 8:15 AM




The wife convinced me to go to Sanibel in a month on the premise of warmer temperatures and our kids can swim in the gulf. I am a creature of habit and would be content going to the house in Salvo.

Can anyone recommend a good seafood restaurant on Sanibel?

How crowded is the area/beach the end of March? I have become accustom to finding my personal space on Hatteras where I can look in both directions and not see anyone or a very limited number of vehicles/people on the beach. Based on a few Sanibel webcams, I don't think I am going to find that solitude. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for a reply!



Can't tell you how busy the beach will be, as I've only been in October. But here are a few restaurant suggestions:

http://traderssanibel.com/new/

https://www.docfords.com/sanibel-island/

https://www.bubbleroomrestaurant.com/ (captiva)

RE: Sanibel Island
Posted By: Fossilridge - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/27/2015
Location: Salvo / Mount Joy, PA
Total Posts: 118

Date Posted: 2/20/2017 10:17 AM




Thank you all for your suggestions. It is much appreciated.

You have given us some great options and we will definitely be doing more research on these places.

Fortunately this trip will give us an opportunity to visit a close friend who recently retired to Cape Coral. We wanted to take them out while we are there.

Thanks again!



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