Sanibel Island is a must do location on the Telephoto Florida Trail.
Not only does this small barrier island house the wonderful J.N "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but the beaches here are known for their beauty and their world class shelling. The shelling is so great and the shellers so plentiful, there is a term adopted for the posture beach goers assume when shelling - The Sanibel Stoop.
Sanibel is located in the South West Florida, a half hour drive from Fort Myers. The island is a perfect weekend getaway. There are some fine dining and casual fare restaurants, plenty of shops and the beaches, as mentioned, are some of the best in Florida.
Hike, ride a bike, kayak, or canoe the island from end to end, a twelve mile trek. Go fishing, shelling or just soak up the rays on the beach. All in all this quiet location is a relaxing get away from the hub bub of normal life.
The birding here can be fabulous, from the shore birds along the beach to the regular compliment of waders at Ding Darling park. Look for gulls, terns, sandpipers, herons, egrets and the beautiful roseate spoonbill. The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge can yield bald eagles, osprey and any number of migrants. It is said that some 240 species make the island home.
To see more Sanibel area photos visit The Lonestar North Gallery - Sanibel Island.