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Escape to the Surrounding Islands of Sanibel and Captiva

Bonita Springs, Florida, is the ideal destination for your next getaway. This breathtaking city combines gorgeous beaches, luxurious amenities, and a small-town atmosphere to give you the best possible outcome. Many of our vacation rentals in Bonita also perfectly situated for some awesome day trips, and two of the best are Sanibel and Captiva Islands. While these two islands are often lumped together, they each have their own special offerings.

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is just an hour away from Bonita Springs, the ideal distance to spend the day. If you are a seashell collector or lighthouse lover, this island is the spot for you. There is a little something for everyone on the island, making it one of the best family friendly activities near Bonita. From nature to history to relaxation, it’s easy to get lost in all the unique attractions of Sanibel Island.

Here, you will find some of the most unique and picturesque beaches in the world. While most islands have a north-south orientation, Sanibel Island’s beaches run east-west, making them the perfect place to hunt for seashells with the so-called “Sanibel Scoop”! It isn’t hard to see why this island has consistently been ranked as having the best shelling beaches in Florida.

When you get hungry, Sanibel Island takes advantage of the freshest seafood to give you an unforgettable meal. Sanibel Fish House was awarded the 2016 Taste of the Islands Award for Best Seafood and Dessert, but no matter what you choose on the menu, you’re sure to be delighted! Enjoy tapas with a Gulf view at Traditions on the Beach, or indulge in a drink at Sandollar Kitchen and Bar.

Sanibel Island is also known for its wonderful nature and nightlife. Go bird watching on Wildlife Drive in J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, or explore the unique flora with a guided botanical tour at Sanibel Moorings. After dark, enjoy live music at many of the restaurants in the area, such as Island Cow or Il Cielo. Visiting Sanibel Island is the perfect way to cap off Bonita Springs vacations.

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Captiva Island

Drive just past Sanibel to hit Captiva Island, a total drive of about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Captiva is another hidden gem of Florida, offering all the culture and sunshine without the crowded hustle and bustle. You’ll feel right at home in Captiva, where you can enjoy the warm weather while taking it easy and soaking in the stunning nature.

As with all Florida vacations, visiting the beach is a must, and the shores of Captiva Island are some you just can’t miss. Bowman’s Beach is a breathtaking spot for you to sunbathe and enjoy the crystal clear waters before collecting as many seashells as you can carry. It only costs $4 to park for the day, making this a great budget option. Another popular spot is Turner Beach, known for its phenomenal views at sunrise and sunset. You’ll need to get there early to secure a parking space, but the sand and surf are definitely worth it.

Craving some time on the golf course? Captiva has you covered. Visit South Seas Island Resort’s par 27 course, providing a gorgeous Gulf view as you play. Want to enjoy nature a different way? Book a cruise with Captiva Cruises, kayak through the mangroves, or try to spot some dolphins. There are endless ways to experience Florida nature in Captiva.

Finally, Captiva Island is home to some of the most unique eateries you can find. The Bubble Room is eclectic and draws families from near and far, encouraging every guest to channel their inner child. Key Lime Bistro is great any time of day and offers live entertainment and a full bar, or enjoy a relaxing dinner with a view at The Mucky Duck. Bonita beach vacations just wouldn’t be complete without an incredible day trip to Captiva Island.

While there are countless fun things in Bonita, taking a day trip can provide the perfect extra touch to your getaway. Contact us for more information about Sanibel and Captiva Islands and to learn about our vacation rentals near Bonita. We take pride in providing excellent service, low prices, and a wide range of rental options, guaranteeing you the getaway of your dreams.