Sanibel Island lies just off the west Florida coast near Fort Meyers. It is a barrier island, a collection of sand, sheltered by Pine Island slightly further north. Sanibel is a busy tourist destination and renowned for its shell laden beaches and wild life sanctuaries.
Sanibel beaches attract visitors from all around the world, partly because of the large quantities of seashells that frequently wash up there. Many sand dollars can be found as well. One of the reasons for these large accumulations of shells is the fact that Sanibel is a barrier island which is "part of a large plateau that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico for miles.
Around the Island
Apart from the long sandy beaches, the island has a number of wildlife refuges, of which the J.N."Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the largest.
Ding Park Wildlife