Sanibel Island

Swimming at Bowman's Beach Sanibel Island

Some thoughts on the Fort Myers area for families

Before I was contacted by the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, I didn't even know where Fort Myers, Florida was. I may have realized that it was on the Gulf Coast, but it wasn't until I consulted a map that I knew it was only about 150 miles …

A margarita and a hug at the Pink Shell Resort

Comfort and fun at the Pink Shell Resort in Fort Myers Beach

As I've discussed before, I've never really thought of myself as a "resort" type of person. I like to rent apartments or stay in small hotels or guest houses where I can meet the owner. But as the kids get older and our life gets busier I've started …

Chair in front of The Island Cow, Sanibel

Eating out on Sanibel Island: The Island Cow

When we were driving out to the "Ding" Darling Nature Refuge on Sanibel Island we passed a cute restaurant decorated in the best of Florida pastels and with a very inviting front porch. The best sign: Although we were there during a low-season …

Baby otter at C.R.O.W. Sanibel

Sanibel Island with kids: Sun, seashells, and saving the animals

Sanibel Island is one of those places where I could easily spend a month puttering, biking, and getting to know every glorious corner, especially in the fall when the humidity starts to drop a bit and the winter tourists haven't yet arrived. But …

Anhinga at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with kids

Our second full day in Florida was spent almost entirely on Sanibel Island, which with its neighbor Captiva to the north forms a crescent off the coast of Fort Myers (a causeway connects Sanibel to the mainland). Sanibel is home to a series of …