Now that I’m back in the States for a few weeks, I’m on the lookout to find nearby beach destinations in Florida and South Carolina to recreate a little of my Southeast Asia beach getaways in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. I heard about Sanibel Island from a former co-worker who visited frequently, so I’m adding that to the list. Sanibel is only an hour and a half away by flight from Atlanta (or an eight-hour drive), and with easy access to beaches, wildlife reserves, and accommodations, it’s on my short list for my next beach getaway. Here are some of the places I’m considering for my upcoming stay:
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Song of the Sea, a property that includes a combination of rooms and suites, receives high marks for its accessibility to shops, restaurants, and the beach. Guests also mentioned that you’ll get the most bang for your buck here, especially with continental breakfast, free bike rental, and a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival. I also like the fact that there’s access to a kitchenette (in all rooms); beach chairs and umbrellas; and paddle boards and floating mats for the beach.
Located on the beachfront, Sunset Beach Inn is less than two miles away from the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and is also near the city center. The hotel has gas grills if we want to barbecue, a heated outdoor pool for swimming, a shell-washing station by the beach, and convenient in-room amenities like free wi-fi and full kitchens.
If I want a little taste of upscale luxury, Casa Ybel Resort fits the bill. Though it’s a bit more expensive than the other options, the amenities definitely make the price tag worth it. The property offers one- and two-bedroom suites with a beach view, and amenities include a recreation concierge who will help plan activities for you based on your interests. They also have a spa, six tennis courts, beach volleyball, a basketball court, and a nature sanctuary. In addition, there are a couple of onsite restaurants where guests can dine.
Sanibel Inn is another hotel with easy access to the beach and a plethora of outdoor activities and excursions like kayaking, bike riding, and the like. Their accommodations are very similar to the other hotels that I previously mentioned as they offer rooms with kitchen outfittings like microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. And if I prefer to lounge around all weekend, they have a poolside bar that I can take full advantage of for meals and drinks.
And, last but not least, I’m considering West Wind Inn Hotel for my stay in Sanibel. This affordable hotel has four onsite restaurants where we can dine (I love options!), activities like golfing, kayaking, canoeing or boating, and other facilities like a pool with an adjacent bar. Guests who have stayed at this property rave about the excellent service from the staff and the location of the property and its proximity to shops and boutiques on the island.
Have you heard of Sanibel, Florida before?