We decided that it was time to head off for a long weekend for Chuck’s birthday. Wanting something quiet and restful, he picked Sanibel- Captiva for his destination. So, we’re off on an SW Florida Road Trip!
It’s a short two-hour drive from our home in Saint Petersburg, Florida. With a quick stop for lunch in Sarasota, the halfway point, we were there in no time.
Destination Ft Myers
For this trip, we chose an Airbnb just a few minutes across the causeway to Sanibel-Captiva.
In general, we found that staying in that area was less expensive than rentals or hotels on the island. The only negative is that you’re not walking out the front door to the beach, the nature preserves, and restaurants Sanibel-Captiva is known for.
The plusses, aside from the savings, were huge amounts of space. The townhouse slept six, so there was plenty of room for the two of us. It had an awesome kitchen and was well equipped. Being this close to home, we brought some breakfast foods, drinks, and snacks and relaxed in the morning, rather than rushing out.
The Airbnb was spotlessly clean, but as we mentioned in previous posts about our Airbnb in Merida, Mexico, we could come in and wipe everything down. We had a washer and dryer and didn’t have to worry about hotel crowds or housekeepers. And, as it turns out, we had the complex pool to ourselves every afternoon.
Location, Location, Location
Yes, we were off the island, but we only had a short drive across the causeway to enjoy Sanibel – Captiva- the toll was an affordable $6.00.
Sanibel Causeway has a contactless payment system. It accepts Sun Pass and a local Lee County Pass as well. Beyond that, it scans your license plate and bills you – so if you have a rental you might want to check your agreement for additional charges.
We’ve heard rumors that cars without transponders will be charged an additional $3.00. Stop by Publix supermarket on your way to the island, pick up a Sun Pass transponder, and set up an account.
This might not be something we suggest during’ season, ‘ as traffic getting onto the island can really back up. But then again, we probably wouldn’t be venturing here during the season.
Beyond easy access to the island, we found that we were just a short drive to Ft Myers Beach and Cape Coral. We found several restaurants along the way that offered fresh local seafood and great views. We found a great local ice cream shop, and the Sanibel Outlets were right around the corner.
Be sure to check back beaches, restaurants, and local attractions from our Sanibel- Captiva – Ft Myers road trip.
Be sure to check out the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce website for a lot of great information on weather, maps, and local businesses.
Additionally, if you are traveling with bikes. We were told there is free parking at the chamber’s site, just across the causeway when entering the island. You can park for free and explore the 25 miles of biking trails across the island.