COASTE - Summer 2018

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Because of its geography that curls east-west instead of north-south like most other islands, Sanibel is known as the Shelling Capital of the World. Home to over 250 species of shells, common sightings on both Sanibel and Captiva include lightning whelks, conchs, banded tulips and limpets. Rare shells are the junonia and alphabet cone — and if you’re lucky enough to find one, you may just get your picture in one of the papers on the island. Locals will share that some of the best spots for shelling are Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel’s east end (and home to the island’s 130-year-old beacon) and Bowman’s Beach (a mid-island must-do for families and fisherman), as well as Blind Pass at the threshold to Captiva Island. Want to end your day with a Captiva sunset, called the Most Romantic in America by Travelocity? Park at Alison Hagerup Beach at the north end of Captiva (where the road ends) for one of the best views anywhere. The bridge toll to the islands is $6 per car, with beach parking on Sanibel and Captiva is $5 per hour. SANIBEL-CAPTIVA.ORG


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