Car Rentals Fort Lauderdale and Sanibel Island
Close to Fort Myers just off the southwest coast of Florida, Sanibel Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Picking up your Fort Myers car rentals at the airport you are only a short 45 minutes away from a great holiday destination.
This barrier island is about 12 miles in length and 4 miles wide and is easily accessible by crossing the causeway in your Fort Myers car rentals. It runs east to west of the Florida coast instead of north to south, which gives it a scoop shape. Sanibel is a wildlife refuge with almost 2/3 of it a wildlife preserve. It offers great bike and hiking trails along with 17 miles of tranquil, sparkling sandy beaches.
No trip to Sanibel is complete without at least one excursion into beachcombing. Acting as a scoop because of its shape the island attracts people worldwide for this activity. Sanibel is considered one of the best places to gather shells and best of all sea shelling appeals to all ages. See all those people hunched over, carrying buckets and shovels? That’s the “Sanibel Stoop”. The best times for beachcombing are right after a storm and at low tide so get your bucket, net bag, shovel, hat and sunscreen from the trunk of your Fort Myers car rentals and join the stoopers. You’ll pick up some exquisite shells for your collection and crafts. And you can help the living, stranded mollusks by placing them back in the water.
Sanibel Island has some rules about access to the windswept, sandy beaches that you may want to keep in mind. For instance, there are various permits available to you, such as ‘A Permits’, which limits certain beaches only for you. ‘B permits’ can be purchased at the Police Station and will allow you to have access to certain beaches in your Fort Myers car rentals. All public beaches have restroom facilities while some offer other amenities such as outdoor showers, picnic tables, or barbecues. Walking on the hard-packed sand at the water’s edge or just relaxing under the shade of the huge pines is a great way to spend your time so pack a picnic along with your swimming gear into the trunk of your Fort Myers car rentals and hit the beach!
Free parking is available for your Fort Myers car rentals at all Causeway Beaches. You can even park right up to the water’s edged - just remember about high tide - or under the numerous shade trees. For the more active person, you may want to go kayaking, windsurfing or canoeing. Fishing for your supper in the gulf is also a great pastime but watch out for those seabirds that will try to steal your catch. Have a camera ready to have evidence of the one that got away.
Things To Do
Besides spending time at the beaches, Sanibel Island offers an abundance of things to do. You may wish to hike along the many nature trails enjoying the native flora and fauna. Walking under the shading trees seeing the colorful butterflies flitting about and listening to beautiful songs of the birds chirping happily is a great way to wear off that delicious ice cream cone or decadent dessert from the night before. There are really great bike trails too. Of course Florida is not Florida without golf and tennis clubs. Grab your clubs or racket from your Fort Myers car rentals and experience the Island games. There are many great places to shop as well. Sanibel Island is famous for its shell art and crafts so be sure to pick up some unique souvenirs to take home with you as a reminder of your great holiday.