These two islands are part of the Barrier Islands and are connected to the mainland by a 5 km causeway at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River in the Gulf of Mexico and are absolutely worth the trip.
These islands with a large variety of palm trees serve, among other things, to protect the mainland. The beaches invite you for hours of walks. The islands themselves are great to explore by bike.
Both islands have large nature reserves and in general, much attention is paid to the environment. For example, there are no traffic lights on these islands and the buildings on Sanibel are "no higher than the highest palm".
Sanibel and Captiva offered the Spanish explorers a reason to stop for a break and the rich and famous a holiday destination. One of them was cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, who helped create the 26 km2 National Wildlife Refuge bearing his name.
Visitors to both islands will not only enjoy the unspoilt beaches, but also the quiet island life, great restaurants, the best ice cream far and wide, small museums and of course a wealth of local flora and fauna. Captiva is more secluded than Sanibel and also gives the visitor that feeling.
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