The Magic of Sanibel Island

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Once you have exhausted all the activities Naples has to offer, it’s time to spread your wings for a Shoreline Aviation seaplane day trip! From Naples we can take you on a one-of-a-kind adventure with your family and friends to destinations throughout Florida and The Keys.

While Sanibel Island can be a somewhat tedious drive from Naples, a seaplane adventure can put you on the beach in just minutes. Spend the day collecting shells, basking in the sun on the sandy white beaches, or grabbing some lunch at one of the unique restaurants the island has to offer.

Sanibel Island is known for its many shells. You can find over 250 species of shells on the beaches here, making it one of the top destinations for collectors from around the world. You may want to visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum before you start beach combing. They’re open from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. At the museum you can sign up for an hour long beach walk with a guide, view hundreds of shells, or participate in an interactive activity called “Mollusks on the Move.” Pick up a shell guide to help you identify the treasures you found, as well as a beach pail to put them in.

After your museum visit and beach combing experience, you may want to stop at one of my favorite shops on the island, the aptly named She Sells Seashells. It offers everything you need to make some one-of-a-kind artwork creations with your new found treasures. It’s well worth a stop.

For those who would rather take a walk on the wild side, head to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which offers something for everyone. There are fishing opportunities, a tram tour, and a walking wildlife scavenger hunt. There is one animal that is sure to grab your attention, the unofficial bird of Florida: the flamingo! These blush beauties are just about everywhere on the reserve and will pose for you to snap their picture!

After a long day of exploring it should be time for lunch. The Mad Hatter Restaurant offers a dining experience like no other with its upscale menu served in a whimsical setting from the world of Wonderland. If you are looking for quick and casual, then The Island Cow is the perfect place for some southern style comfort food. Sanibel Island has something for everyone and there can never be a bad decision when it comes to dining.

The island has so much to offer and hidden surprises around every palm tree, a day trip is the perfect way to experience the magic of Sanibel.

To arrange your seaplane day trip adventure, call us at 1-800-468-8639 or email us at We’ll help you make it a day you’ll always remember!

Until next time-
Tim Cairo-Devlin

Shoreline Aviation – Providing Seaplane Adventures Since 1980