Sanibel Island is home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive real estate in the region. Linked to the coast by a 3 miles bridge, it is famous throughout the world for its 400 different kinds of sea shells! But for most visitors “shelling” is only an excuse to spend long hours relaxing in the sunshine along one of the most beautiful coastlines in North America.
Sanibel and Captiva accumulate an amazing number of magnificent sandy beaches that are still uncrowded. In Sanibel, there are a number of interesting tours to occupy your days: the lighthouse dating from 1884, the Matthews Shell Museum, the History Museum, the Tarpon Bay Park (kayak and canoe rental), and the JN “Ding" Darling National Refuge (car, boat, tram or foot) which is a home for thousands of migratory birds; There are no fewer than 220 species that have established “residency” in this area which is a true paradise for photographer and bird watchers.
Legend has it that the pirate José Gaspar built his house in Pine Island, established his headquarters on the island of Sanibel and kept his wives in captivity on the island of Captiva. It is also said that he buried his booty on the island of Gasparilla and imprisoned his beloved, the Mexican princess Joseffa on the Island of Useppa."