The barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva, located west of Fort Myers, just off the coast of Florida, are unique treasures steeped in rich history and well-known vacation hot spots that draw thousands of visitors to their shores each year.
Made from the very shells they are so famous for, Sanibel and Captiva have shelling enthusiasts flocking to partake in this popular pastime, hunting for a variety of different shells on over 15 miles of beaches. Beachcombers will find a wonderful variety of species to collect that include Conch, Junonia, Lightning Whelk, Cockle, Scallops, Murex, Tulip, Olive and Coquina, among others.
The Sanibel Lighthouse and fishing pier are also popular draws to this area. Established in 1884, the historic Sanibel Lighthouse, the most photographed location on the barrier islands, continues to guide ships safely into its port as a fully functioning facility – its brilliant beacon can even be seen from the shores of Fort Myers Beach. Although it’s not open to the public, visitors are free to roam the grounds, take pictures and enjoy the beach.
From the fishing pier, located on Lighthouse Beach, anglers can enjoy inshore fishing, bringing in species like redfish, snook, sheepshead, and snapper. Offshore charter or deep sea fishing adventures can lure in larger catches that include Goliath Grouper, King Mackerel, Yellowtail Snapper, Hogfish, and various species of Shark.
With this area being such an attractive and popular tourist destination, finding suitable lodging can be a daunting task. Here are a few outstanding luxury RV resort suggestions located less than 20 minutes from Sanibel and Captiva and situated just on the outskirts of both Ft. Myers and Ft. Myers Beach:
Enjoy a quiet community with a friendly neighborhood feel when you stay at Groves RV Resort. This family oriented park offers spacious RV sites or gorgeous vacation rentals with amenities that will entertain the whole family! Enjoy an assortment of planned seasonal activities, a beautiful in-ground heated swimming pool, and outdoor recreations like horseshoes and shuffleboard.
Catering to active 55+ adults, Siesta Bay offers outstanding accommodations with an amenity package that gives guests a cruise ship experience without the hassle of the ship! Three recreation halls offer exercise and art classes, organized day trip sign-ups for activities like golfing or bowling, and themed parties like Mardi Gras and karaoke! Guests can also choose from two swimming pool areas, one includes a relaxing spa, plus a fitness center, two on-site fishing lakes, tennis and pickleball, billiards and much more!
This sprawling 55+ RV resort is a true gem of southwestern Florida, offering premium and standard RV site accommodations, plus gorgeous one or two bedroom vacation rentals. Guests can enjoy a full amenity package featuring three picturesque fishing lakes, pickleball, heated swimming pools and a hot tub, billiards and games, planned activities and special events, tennis, a fitness center, shuffleboard, and volleyball!