Events And Fun Facts

  • 1Aug2014
    Sanibel's Historic Lighthouse

    Sanibel's Historic Lighthouse

    Photo Courtesy Southwest Florida Museum of History

    Completed in 1884, the Sanibel Lighthouse which stands at 104 feet casting it's light 16 miles offshore was a beacon for the growing trade route from Cuba. As the first lighthouse on the West Coast of Florida from Cuba, it helped safely guide trade into Punta Rassa port. Punta Rassa was a major destination for the cattle trade with cowboys known as "Florida Crackers" driving cattle from across the state to trade with Cuba for pieces of gold. The construction of the Sanibel Causeway in 1963 ended Punta Rassa's days as a port of trade, and Fidel Castro's rise to power in Cuba ended trade with the United States.

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  • 4Jul2014

    Fourth of July on Sanibel Island

    Sanibel Real Estate
    If you are looking for a small town old-fashioned celebration with a parade, float judges, free hot dogs, boy scouts, fire works and road rally, then mark your calendar and plan to be on Sanibel Island for the annual 4th of July Celebration. You won't be disappointed.

    The parade route begins across the street from Bailey's General Store on Tarpon Bay Road, then comes down Periwinkle Way to the intersection at Casa Ybel Road at Jerry's Plaza. Bring a cooler, folding chairs, and a bag for the kids to catch candy as it is tossed from the parade route.

    Following the parade, be sure to stop by Jerry's for free hot dogs and snow cones provided by the local Boy Scout Troup. Donations are appreciated.

    The afternoon events include the Road Rally scavenger hunt that benefits the Sanibel Optimists Club. If you plan to attend this event be sure to register your team, pick a driver and a navigator and good luck. This scavenger hunt is much harder than it sounds. Beware.

    The fireworks display on Sanibel occurs off of the causeway in San Carlos Bay. Beginning at sun down, the sparks fly. Popular spots to watch the fire works include the Sanibel Dunes Golf Club, The Sanibel Causeway Islands Park, or bring a boat out and anchor just off shore in the bay and enjoy.

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  • 1Jul2014
    Vet Street Rates Sanibel - Top Pet-Friendly U.S. Destination

    Vet Street Rates Sanibel - Top Pet-Friendly U.S. Destination

    If you love to travel with your four legged friends, then Sanibel is the place for you. Sanibel's Algiers Beach at Gulfside City Park was specifically sited by www.VetStreet.com the 8th most dog friendly site in the United States. VetStreet is a popular animal health site that provides all types of useful information for pet owners.

    Sanibel locals know our islands are pet friendly and many make a ritual of walking their dogs on the beach daily. As long as dogs are on a leash, they are welcome on ALL Sanibel Beaches.

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  • 26Apr2014

    Dogs on Sanibel

    Sanibel Real Estate

    Sanibel and Captiva residents love animals of all species. Our island beaches are pet friendly as long as the dogs are on a leash.

    Many properties on Sanibel and Captiva are also pet friendly. We have a full list of all pet friendly condominium complexes with on our site.

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  • 17Mar2014
    Planning Your Sanibel Vacation

    Planning Your Sanibel Vacation

    BayToSea.com is the largest locally owned vacation rental "by owner" site with over 350 vacation properties on Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers. Many Sanibel vacation rental properties are privately owned and booked directly from the owners. Private home and condominium rentals offer many advantages over hotel room stays. Enjoy More Room, Freedom, Amenities, Privacy, Savings, & Pet Friendly Options!

    If you are looking for a vacation rental anywhere in Lee County including Sanibel, Captiva, Useppa, Bokeelia, St. James City, North Captiva Island, Fort Myers, Cape Coral or Fort Myers Beach, visit BayToSea.com it is a free service provided by Pfeifer Realty Group here on Sanibel Island.

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  • 13Mar2014
    Sanibel Island History and Fun Facts

    Sanibel Island History and Fun Facts

    Sanibel and Captiva Islands are rich in history with stories of pirate legends, Juan Ponce DeLeon's explorations, nomadic indians followed by the great Calusa Nation, Spanish Fisherman from Cuba and beyond. Enjoy this summary of some notable milestones in Sanibel history. (Photo shown is a replica of the "Nina" one of Christopher Columbus' ships as it waited for the Sanibel Draw Bridge at dawn. Taken by Mary Ellen Pfeifer in 2003.)

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  • 12Feb2014

    Shellabration! 2012

    Sanibel Real Estate
    From February 17th to March 4th, 2012 this island wide celebration will honor the 75th Anniversary of The Sanibel Shell Fair & Show. The shell fair is the longest running show if its kind in the country! Kicking off the event is the Guiness book of World Records Attempt to set the record for the most people in one area doing the Sanibel Stoop at the same time. To be a part of this historic event Trolleys will be running from 9:15am on February 17th to Bowman's Beach. Record will be set at 10:00a.m.

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  • 22Jan2014

    SCCF Beer in the Bushes - Fund Raiser

    Sanibel Real Estate
    Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation presents "Beer in the Bushes" fund raiser. This is a Craft Beer Tasting with Great Sunset, Live Music, Dancing and Beer Food. This "fun-raiser" is a great time for all guests. The attire is casual the music is outstanding, and the micro brews are fabulous.

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