5 reasons because Sanibel, Florida assured me to transport again

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel and Sanibel Moorings Resort hosted a author for a demeanour during life on Sanibel during coronavirus.

I acknowledge it: I’ve been demure to transport given a commencement of a coronavirus pandemic. My fear wasn’t so many about throwing a illness given I’m assured wearing a mask, being aware of amicable enmity and sanitizing high-touch surfaces will keep me safe. (I cite an N95 or P100 respirator-style face covering; cave are vented so we also wear a surgical facade over it to safeguard a reserve of those around me in further to myself.)

My incomparable regard was this: How many fun is a vacation where we don’t go on a guided tour, take a cooking category with a internal chef, revisit a museum, eat during a restaurant, helper an after-dinner splash during a internal bar or conduct to a venue to listen to live music? All of those things customarily need spending extended time indoors — infrequently maskless — with lots of people, and we do lift a line there. So, we directed transparent of trips given it usually didn’t seem value a resources and bid to have a less-than experience.

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But, as this pestilence wears on, it’s transparent we’re all going to have to learn to live with this illness for a while longer. Many of we have already found workarounds when it comes to balancing a risks of COVID-19 with travel.

Maybe we bought an RV (like Richard Kerr, TPG’s faithfulness and rendezvous editor) or rented one to stay somewhere like Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Perhaps we rented a private beach house where we had all a space — indoors and out — we could presumably want. Others motionless to take advantage of hotel packages, such as Work From Hyatt, to get divided from home, even usually for a tiny while.

So, when The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel reached out to sign my comfort turn for in-state beach trips (I’m a Florida resident), we knew it was time to reevaluate my thoughts on protected getaways. Sanibel, after all, is one of my favorite places on Earth. In fact, behind in April, we wrote about how I’d expected visit Sanibel as shortly as it felt safe.

The route to Sanibel’s Gulfside City Park Beach, also famous as Algiers. (Photo by Andrea M. Rotondo/The Points Guy)

Here are a few reasons because we finished Sanibel my initial pandemic-era vacation, and because other demure travelers competence wish to cruise a islands of Sanibel and Captiva for a getaway themselves — even yet a coronavirus is an ongoing concern.

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It’s easy to get here

In Lee County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, you’ll find Fort Myers and a extraordinary seashore with a separator islands of Sanibel and Captiva usually over a causeway from Punta Rassa. If we live in a Sunshine State, Fort Myers and a islands are no tip and it’s easy to get here: It’s about a 3.5-hour expostulate from Orlando, 3 hours from West Palm Beach, 2.5 hours from Tampa, dual hours from Sarasota and an hour from Naples.

Even a expostulate from Jacksonville is a docile 6 hours and can be finished on one tank of gas.

To keep things simple, we gathering to Sanibel, though we can fly to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, United and WestJet all offer RSW from gateways in a United States and Canada. Alaska Airlines starts drifting to RSW from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) during a finish of Nov 2020.

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Sanibel has a face facade order

The City of Sanibel’s commercial 20-040 states that facial coverings are imperative while indoors during open places. According to a rules, face coverings are compulsory during all businesses or other places of open accommodation with a roof overhead. These are places where business is conducted; products are made, stored or processed; and where services are rendered. The order relates to for-profit, non-profit and bureaucratic comforts though it does not extend to places of eremite worship.

Like during Disney World or on airplanes, these manners request to everybody over 2 years old. And, when outdoors, a commercial calls for mask-wearing if we contingency be closer than 6 feet to another chairman with whom we don’t reside. You don’t need to wear a face facade outward when we can use amicable distancing.

People aren’t good about wearing masks where we live in Florida, so we was a tiny endangered about roving to Sanibel. But scarcely everybody we saw was complying with a face facade rules.

That gives me good certainty that Sanibel is a protected place to visit. (Studies and reports by medical journals such as The Lancet infer that face masks and amicable enmity are effective measures to assistance forestall coronavirus as we wait for a origination and placement of a viable vaccine.)

You can simply lease a beach lodge or condo

'Tween Waters Island Resort  Spa lodge on Captiva
Beachfront cottages are permitted during ‘Tween Waters Island Resort Spa on Captiva. (Photo pleasantness of a resort)

One of a genuine lures of Sanibel and Captiva is a fact that we can lease a lodge or condo right on a beach, brook or unequivocally nearby. Quick entrance to a Gulf of Mexico is a present and a plcae of these accommodations creates it easy to go shelling during low waves (the many optimal time to do so), play in a roller whenever we wish and lapse after in a day in time for a pleasing sunset.

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Many accommodations have potency or full kitchens, and being means to ready during slightest a few dishes from a comfort of your let is a outrageous perk, generally right now. It’s a cost-saving magnitude for some and a officious preference for families when someone is guaranteed to be inspired during all times of a day!

Having a home-like sourroundings also allows we to unequivocally bond with a island. Many condo complexes, for example, have a brew of rentals and residential units, so we have a event to accommodate and association with locals if we want. It’s overwhelming to get discernment and suggestions from people who call these islands home.

There are many glorious places renting Gulf-front cottages or condos. On Sanibel, try Island Inn, any of a 4 Inns of Sanibel (Sanibel Inn, Song of a Sea, Sunset Beach Inn and Seaside Inn), Sundial Beach Resort Spa, Casa Ybel Resort, Castaway Beach and Bay Cottages or Mitchell’s Sand Castles, to name a few.

If Captiva is job your name, demeanour to ‘Tween Waters Island Resort, Jensen’s Twin Palm Resort and Marina, Jensen’s On a Gulf and South Seas Island Resort.

You can lease vacation homes on Sanibel, though there’s a 28-night smallest during many rentals. So, if you’re looking for short-term vacation home rentals, Captiva is your improved bet.

Sanibel Moorings Resort

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Sanibel Moorings Resort has both Gulf and brook perspective condos. (Photo by Andrea M. Rotondo/The Points Guy)

Sanibel Moorings Resort is hosting me for a few days on this outing and I’m vehement to have a bottom on a East End of a island. I’m customarily a Middle Gulf Drive or West End girl, so this is a treat.

During my stay here, we devise to:

  • Shell during a beach that fronts a resort
  • Explore a on-site botanical garden
  • Swim in one of dual exhilarated pools and check out a kiddie pool
  • Visit a wharf on a waterway side of a island (which can accommodate boats adult to 25 feet for a tiny daily fee)
  • Borrow a nominal boat or canoe
Sanibel Moorings Resort - waterway docks
You can lease a outing during a waterway wharf during Sanibel Moorings Resort. (Photo by Andrea M. Rotondo/The Points Guy)

You can also lease boats, standup paddleboards and bikes here for a tiny fee; play tennis (there are dual courts); fish from a beach or bay; and strike a aptness room.

The review has instituted new COVID-19 cleaning procedures that also set me during ease. The procedures include:

  • A 24-hour opening between checkout and a subsequent check-in
  • After guest check out, disinfecting mist is practical to all condo surfaces,d and all sheets, bedspreads, blankets, sham shams and towels are professionally laundered.
  • The day after a initial cleaning, upkeep staff enter again with an electrostatic fogger to request another disinfecting solution.

There are 16 two-story buildings — 5 on a waterway side of East Gulf Drive and a rest on a Gulf — that contain Sanibel Moorings Resort. Each building has 8 units, with a difference of No. 1 that includes usually dual condos.

You can lease one-, two- or three-bedroom units and any has a vital room, full kitchen, dining area and screened lanai (ours, section No. 122, had dual lanais — where we enjoyed many of a takeout dishes — and both had knock-out views of a beach). There’s also a village washing room.

Wi-Fi is giveaway for everybody during this review and any condo is given with all you’d need for your stay.

The flora and fauna are incredible

Sanibel is in a subtropics and opposite a island, we can see plants and animals that competence not be partial of your daily experience. And, a island creates it easy to get adult tighten to inlet with a many walking and biking trails, many of that are paved or boardwalk-style.

You can take a wildlife expostulate (or house a tram for a narrated visit) during J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Keep your eyes peeled for all demeanour of fish, fowl, reptiles and mammals. Over a years, we’ve seen alligators, iguanas, bobcats, raccoons, stream otters and pleasing birds, such as salmon spoonbills, blue herons, snowy egrets and more.

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great bird - JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Sanibel, Florida
A good bird during a JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. (Photo by Andrea M. Rotondo/The Points Guy)

There are also miles and miles of paved walking and biking paths to enjoy. Or, try one of a many trails. we like a Pond Apple Park Trail, that is permitted from a Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce (1159 Causeway Boulevard) parking lot. The easiest (and many shaded) is substantially a Shell Mound Trail during a finish of Ding Darling’s Wildlife Drive. The quarter-mile loop route is on a lifted boardwalk, so it’s easy for tiny kids or anyone who can usually transport on a sturdy, prosaic surface.

And don’t forget a miles and miles of beaches — all affording we a event to go shelling and move home pleasing gems from a sea (just make certain not to take home any live shells — that’s opposite a rules). This is where you’ll see white and brownish-red pelicans put on a uncover as they dive-bomb a H2O in hunt of their subsequent meal. Dolphins mostly merriment usually offshore and we competence even see leatherback turtles that nest on a islands between Apr and October. Many visitors also make a familiarity of a gopher tortoise or dual while on vacation.

It’s parochial America

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Sanibel Lighthouse (Photo by Andrea M. Rotondo/The Points Guy)

I was usually a toddler when we visited Sanibel for a initial time with my family.

In fact, one of my beginning memories is of my sister, hermit and we building a sandcastle on a beach during The Gallery Motel. The motel is prolonged gone, though a skill is not distant from where I’m staying right now.

In a years since, I’ve visited Sanibel and Captiva for anywhere from usually a few days during a time, to weeklong stints and even month-long stays in let homes. On any trip, I’ve desired Sanibel’s parochial feel. Residents hail any other — and visit visitors — by name. There are copiousness of mom-and-pop restaurants, many of that have been open for years and years. And, there are copiousness of village events via a year.

Visit on a Fourth of July and knowledge an old-timey parade, highway rally, village grill and fireworks display. In early December, a categorical drag, Periwinkle Way, is lined with intense bags for a Luminary festivities, and internal businesses bust out decorations, song and treats for passersby The whole city turns out to flog off a holiday deteriorate and it’s a ton of fun in a simple, rational way.

On Sanibel, life unfolds during a rather slower gait and we always feel recharged as we skip a island, cranky a Sanibel Causeway and start streamer home.

Bottom line

Whether or not to transport right now — and how we do it — is a personal decision.

At this point, I’m gentle with highway trips to destinations that have reserve measures in place and activities that can be finished with copiousness of amicable distancing. For me, Sanibel is usually that place.

It’s probable to be discreet and clever during a pestilence and still live a lives. It usually competence take some additional formulation to lift off a outing that competence be utterly distinct those you’ve gravitated toward in a past.

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