Sanibel and Captiva Island Florida

16th December 2013
We had the chance to visit and spend just a few short days on this well known pair of island off the gulf coast of southwest Florida. Why the visit? A very special 35th wedding anniversary and some much needed private time for me and my fantastic wife. If you haven't visited this area of Florida before, put it on your bucket list. Just the drive through Ft. Meyer's Mcgregor Blvd is pretty neat. Amazing palm trees reaching for the sky line this Idyllic street. Then there is the causeway across the bay to get to Sanibel. Once you get on the island, the first thing you will notice is no traffic lights! Just the local police force directing traffic at the handful of intersections where it's needed. Then it will also dawn on you that there are no franchised fast food places. These almost attached islands are well known for one thing, collecting sea shells. Sanibel didn't disappoint. Just walking along any part of the beautiful sandy beaches produced more shells then you could ever hope to carry in your hands. We stayed at the Holiday inn and they provide all guests with really cool mesh bags (that won't rip) for you to fill with your daily catch. Once we got to know our way around we spent a day at Bowman's Beach and got in to some very serious shelling. Bag after bag of giant conch style shells colorful, and intact.

Now the problem! How to get them home on the airplane? Plan ahead if you go. We brought an extra suitcase just to bring our bounty back to North Carolina. The Holiday inn provides a neat shell cleaning/rinsing station so you can wash off the smell and sand before returning to your room.

Yes we live on a barrier island of the Carolina coast, and while we get great sea glass, sharks teeth, and nice shells here, Sanibel is like the Superbowl of shelling.
While I did take the Nikons, taking photos wasn't the priority for this trip. Maybe next visit, I'll spend more time photographing the beauty of Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Island Light House with a threatening sky as a back drop.

One of the locals on Sanibel happy to pose for the lens