The well-to-do have been flocking to Sanibel and Captiva Islands for years – and for good reason. These islands off the southwest coast of Florida are a warm and scenic tropical paradise, filled with every amenity an active adult with money to spend could want. The 15 miles of white coral beaches are famous for shelling, the beautiful homes and apartments sing “buy me”, and the weather is just about perfect from October through May (it gets hot and humid in the summer). Sanibel-Captiva is a very desirable vacation spot and a place to live for anyone, but particularly for active adults 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 island 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.
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