SANIBEL’S HISTORIC VILLAGE AND MUSEUM
For a trip back in time, visit original island homes and buildings with some dating back to 1898. Walk the historical footsteps with volunteers who recount the tales of these structures that have stood the test of time. And hear about the early pioneers who began the migration to this popular island escape called Sanibel.
SANIBEL LIGHTHOUSE AND PIER
Originally lit in 1884, this historic Sanibel landmark continues to help sailboat and yacht captains navigate the Gulf today. As you take in a piece of history, make plans to enjoy the rest of what the east end of Sanibel Island offers.
Cast your lines into the Gulf off of the Fishing Pier, located just across the way from the lighthouse. Or hit the beach to uncover some of the world’s most incredible shells, watch the pelicans feed or catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the waves.
It’s all just a short hike – or even quicker drive with ample parking – from your Sanibel Arms West condo.
Shell-lovers from all over the world come to enjoy one of the best shelling ecosystems in North America — where stunning gifts from the sea wash ashore along 14 miles of sugar sand beaches. Take advantage of this miracle of geography, do the ‘Sanibel Stoop” and bring home more than just memories. Thanks to the “Sanibel Stoop,” stunning gifts from the sea wash ashore along 14 miles of white sandy beaches. Take advantage of this miracle of geography and take home more than just memories of your stay.
J.N. “DING” DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
“Ding” as it’s known to locals is the heartbeat of our island. The 6,300-acre wildlife preserve is famously home to more than 293 species of birds, 50 types of reptiles and 32 species of mammals.
Explore this breathtaking natural jewel just minutes from Sanibel West Arms by car, bike, foot or guided tram. Want to get even closer? Rent a kayak to paddle through the mangrove tunnels that weave through the backwater and feel the pulse for yourself.
BAILEY-MATTHEWS NATIONAL SHELL MUSEUM
Sanibel Arms West’s own private strand of Sanibel beach has a reputation for some of the best shelling in North America. Set aside time to visit the only museum in the US devoted solely to shells and the mollusks that make them.
Marvel at some of the most unique finds ever and get tips on what to look for during your stay to start your own collection.
C.R.O.W. (CLINIC FOR THE REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE)
Yet another jewel in Sanibel’s natural crown, injured creatures from all over South Florida find help at C.R.O.W. — where more than 3,400 native wildlife, including 160 different species, have received vital care. Tour the educational center and learn the importance and value of preserving and prospering our valuable island neighbors.
Its mission is to not only care for sick and injured wildlife, but also educate the public on the importance of preserving wildlife. And living in peace together with the animals of Sanibel and Captiva.
Injured creatures from all around South Florida are brought to CROW for treatment and rehabilitation to be returned back into nature.