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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Sanibel-Captiva, Florida

If you like beaches, Sanibel and Captiva is the answer to your dream. The 15 miles of white coral beaches are famous for shelling, beautiful homes and apartments, and perfect weather from October through May . Located off the southwest coast of Florida, they offer a warm and scenic tropical paradise.  Sanibel-Captiva is a very desirable place for folks who have the time and inclination to live a slower lifestyle. Sanibel-Captiva is located in Lee County. Ft. Myers is 11 miles away. The average age on the islands is one of the highest in the country - 60+.

The down-side of paradise in America is that it generally comes with both a high price tag and big crowds. Real estate is very expensive and mid-winter traffic to and from the mainland (Ft. Myers) is often at a standstill. However for those willing to tough it out in their beautiful beachside homes, this can be a great way to pass the time.

Sanibel is the larger island and is closer to the mainland. It has a few golf courses, much tennis, great beaches, and fabulous shopping. The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is vast and worth a visit. Captiva, a much smaller island at the end of Sanibel, was devastated in the 2004-5 hurricane seasons.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sanibel-Captiva has many galleries and artists in residence. The Sanibel Public Library is well funded and has more than 60,000 volumes. Nearby Ft. Myers has a number of theatres and performing arts facilities. As a popular tourist destination there is no shortage of good restaurants, either here of just off the island in Fort Myers Beach.

Crime

Crime here is very low.

Medical facilities

There are at least 4 hospitals nearby: -  Healthpark Hospital (10 miles)  Cape Coral Hospital (14 miles) - Lee Memorial Hospital (19 miles) - Gulf Coast Hospital (18 miles)

Transportation

Ft. Myers Airport is 19 miles away

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