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Old 04-20-2007, 09:22 PM
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The wife, kids and I are going to Sanibel Island sometime between June and August. We are looking for recomendations as to where to stay, and where to go in the boat while we are down there. We went there a few years ago prior to the kids, and just layed around the beach for a few days.

We will be dragging our 24ft. Carolina Skiff with us, so parking might be an issue for the lodging.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:04 AM
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Try Pricilla Murphy realty, if you stay at sunset captiva on the beach side, they have condos on the other side they have docks for guests. Go out to Cayo Costa nice area. Enjoy. Try the following restaurants, The lazy Flamingo, otters, and Mucky Duck and don't forget the bubble room, the kids will love it.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:24 AM
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Might want to look at North Captiva. Probably 1 mile north of Sanibel and the only way to get there is by boat or plane. Every house has a dock. Really nice place with no cars. You get around with bicyles or golf carts. Good luck, James
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:32 PM
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I think the "Tween Waters Inn has a marina, but I'm not positive.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:48 PM
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I have a timeshare down there. They also rent by the week. It is called Shell Island Beach Club and it's right by the lighthouse. It is a stone's throw to Sanibel Marina and you can keep your boat moored there and they will also let you keep your trailer there.

There is another timeshare that may be better with kids, but I haven't been there in years. That is called Casa Ybel. It has many more amenities than Shell Island. I have always liked Shell Island because it is very rustic, homey and not pretentious. You can bring the boat and anchor right off the beach there. I do it with my 23' Whaler and have done it with a 21' Pursuit for years and years.

As far as places to go ... oh man... there are so many. You have to bring a good chart (GPS chart wouldn't hurt) and be very mindful of the chanels. You will not like what happens if you're not However, you can go down to Ft. Myers beach and there are plenty of restaurants / marinas in their river (I can't recall the name off-hand).

You can also take a day trip to Cabbage Key. Cabbage Key is a cool little island with a restaurant that has been visited by many a famous person. It's walls are covered in dollar bills. Very quirky and not a bad burger. You can take a trip to Captiva and eat at any of a bunch of on the water restaurants or you can go to Pine Island and eat there. No matter where you go, you are sure to see tons of wildlife including many birds such as ospreys, roseate spoonbills, ... and dolphins and manatees.

If you can't tell, I love it there.

Lastly, not to self plug (but what the hell), but I have a condo that i rent out monthly in the Ft. Myers area. It is not on a beach but has golf and marina. There is a monthly minimum, but if you look up my posts, I have prices for THT members. Either way, if you want any more information, I will be glad to give it or get it for you. Have fun.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the replies. A co worker of mine has a condo at the end of Pine Island. I'm all for that one, but the wife wants to be near the beach. I'm still looking for a place, and the cheapest time to go down there. I'm guessing around June/August?
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:27 AM
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Pine Island is a long, long drive to the beach, and there's not much to do there. Here's a site you can at least check out:

http://www.tween-waters.com/
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Sea Six - 4/24/2007 10:27 AM

Pine Island is a long, long drive to the beach, and there's not much to do there. Here's a site you can at least check out:

http://www.tween-waters.com/
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:06 PM
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Yes, but if you just want to take a quick stroll out to the beach to watch the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico, you ain't gonna do that from Pine Island.
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