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Families will love:

  • Laidback, family-friendly destination
  • Plethora of restaurants
  • Beautiful beaches

Tucked away on the southwest coast of Florida -- as far south as you can go on the west coast without hitting Key West by boat -- are islands that are hidden gems lacking the crowds of the larger, more famous islands in Florida. Referred to as a collective Sanibel and Captiva Island, the two islands were once one until a storm caused rising waters to separate them into two. ... more
Tucked away on the southwest coast of Florida -- as far south as you can go on the west coast without hitting Key West by boat -- are islands that are hidden gems lacking the crowds of the larger, more famous islands in Florida. Referred to as a collective Sanibel and Captiva Island, the two islands were once one until a storm caused rising waters to separate them into two. Sanibel is the larger island, and guests have to travel through it to visit the smaller Captiva. This laidback island is not laden with resorts and towering hotel complexes; instead, this is a sleepy place dotted with cottages and vacation rentals.

Once comfortably unpacked and ready to relax, the island offers an old-fashioned family getaway. Hop on a bike to get to a local restaurant serving up fresh seafood caught in the Gulf and brought into the marina that day, take a walk along the sugar-soft sandy beaches and search for shells and crabs, and just enjoy lazy island living. It will soon be easy to see why families have returned year after year to this island getaway.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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