Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island is just a 45-minute drive away from The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. With quaint restaurants and shops spread throughout the island and white sand beaches in every direction, Sanibel makes the perfect day trip for anyone staying on the mainland in Cape Coral.
Sanibel Island, and its smaller sister Captiva Island, take pride in their wide variety of shells, which bring people from all across the world to go "shelling." Home to more than 300 shell species, Sanibel Island is the ideal environment for shelling with its gently sloped beaches and clear blue waters. Nature lovers can spend some time at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States and is famous for spectacular birdwatching.
For those flying into Cape Coral and taking a quick trip to the beach on Sanibel, beach and baby equipment rentals are available for your use while on the island. Sanibel's own Island Rental Services delivers and picks up a wide variety of items available to rent, including coolers, umbrellas, towels, beach wagons and toys, strollers, beach cabanas and even bocce ball sets. You don't have to bring it all with you!
If you need a day out of the sun, Sanibel always entertains. Stroll along covered boardwalks through unique stores and galleries and pick up a souvenir or two. There's plenty of parking available and many shops are handicapped accessible. The Mad Hatter, The Sandbar and Sweet Melissa's Cafe are favorite Sanibel restaurants and offer indoor seating as well as quaint outdoor patios.