Whether you stay on Sanibel or Captiva, one thing is sure — you’re going to love it here. From the gorgeous beaches to the ample amount of sunshine, it’s easy for guests to put their feet up and relax. 

But one of the most frequently asked questions we at Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals get is, 

“Which should I stay at — Sanibel or Captiva?” 

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry! We have the answer for you: 

Why You Should Stay on Sanibel

If fun activities and adventure are how you like to spend your vacations, Sanibel is the place for you. Home to the best beach for shelling in North America, Sanibel’s wildlife is bound to keep any nature fanatic entertained — from dolphins to manatees to crabs in the sand. Not to mention, Sanibel is home to the most significant natural wildlife preservation in the United States — JN Ding Darling Natural Wildlife Refuge. There, sightseers can travel through the refuge via foot, in a car, bike or even kayak! 

After a day of adventure, the last thing you’d like to think about is making dinner. Sanibel is home to some of the best restaurants in Southwest Florida. Normandie Seaside Cafe, for example, is a local favorite. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Mediterranean Clay Pot Grouper and Cran Stuffed Snapper are two dishes locals love.  

Why You Should Stay on Captiva

If the quieter side is more your style, then Captiva is the place for you. From ample space on the beaches to the tropical and private landscape — Captiva is the perfect getaway for guests who want the island life and a bit of alone and intimate time. 

Although quieter than its counterpart, Captiva does have things to do. If you’re looking to get out on the water, kayaking through the Roosevelt Channel is a guest favorite. Or, if you’re looking to dine out with a drink before or after, Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille are two staples and favorites among guests. 

So whether you prefer to have a vacation full of liveliness or one on the quieter side, we’ve got the place for you! Check out all the beautiful properties on both islands by clicking here or call us at 877.388.5050.